Earlier this year, we wrote about how to combine a walking safari with a visit to Victoria Falls. Now, there’s a new option, with the launch of Inzila Mobile Safaris a safari company based in the town of Victoria Falls.
The name behind the company is Adam Jones, an experienced Zimbabwean guide who is a product of Africa’s most demanding guide training programme. He has been immersed in the wilds since childhood, and has a special love for wilderness walking.
Starting in the 2024 season, Inzila will offer a unique 6-night safari covering both northwest and southeast areas of Hwange National Park. This will allow guests to experience Hwange’s diverse landscapes while enjoying the consistency of the same guide and camp throughout their safari.
These are not pure walking safaris, but a mix of driving and walking. The camps will have the essential comforts including hot showers, comfortable stretcher beds, and tasty meals. The plan is to set camp for three nights in the Sinamatella area and three in the Main Camp area of Hwange. For those short on time, three nights at one or other of the camps is an option.
Guests can take the short flight from Victoria Falls to one of the park’s airstrips, or travel the tar road in a closed vehicle which takes about two hours. Once in the park, they switch to a game viewer vehicle and as the maximum group size is six, nobody is forced to sit in a middle seat. These are “open” safaris which is good news for solo travellers, who can join an existing group with no single supplement.
Hwange’s unfenced camp sites are exclusive use, so guests will get a proper wilderness experience, and always a chance of meeting some wildlife wandering through camp. The sites have a communal flush toilet and for safety at night each tent will have its own en-suite short drop loo.
The walking terrain is good in both areas, and a bit more rugged in the Sinamatella area. Walkers can expect to encounter elephant and buffalo, and there’s the possibility to track some of the park’s remaining black rhino.
The Hwange itinerary will run from April-November and Inzila has more walking plans in the works. For more information see inzilasafaris.com.