Zimbabwe Rewilded great plains

Zimbabwe Rewilded

High school sweethearts turned conservation power couple Dereck and Beverly Joubert are some of the most remarkable environmentalists in the safari world today. Their latest effort is Project ReWild Zambezi in Zimbabwe, which will be the largest wildlife relocation in Southern Africa’s history. This intimate Insider Journey, created with their foundation Great Plains and hosted by Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley, will bring you incredible, exclusive access to witness this historic relocation first-hand—with the chance to get involved, while on safari at top lodges in some of the finest private concessions in Africa: Tembo Plains, Camp Hwange and Mpala Jena.

Click here to read more about Dereck and Beverly Joubert—or listen in on our podcast episode!

What to Expect

Long overlooked after years of upheaval, Zimbabwe is enjoying a resurgence as a top safari destination. This region offers an incredible variety of landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage sites like Victoria Falls and some of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. This 11-night adventure offers unparalleled wildlife-viewing in some of Zimbabwe’s most animal-rich national parks and reserves—Sapi, Hwange, Zambezi and Mana Pools—and the chance to make an impact through excursions with conservationists.

Hear more about this trip and Project ReWild Zambezi from Melissa Biggs Bradley below:

At the heart of this trip is a 280,000-acre private concession, the Sapi Private Reserve, located along Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River and forming the heart of a 1.6-million-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sapi was a former hunting concession that had seen its wildlife decimated over the years. In 2017, Great Plains took over the reserve to conserve and protect the land as a photographic safari destination. Sapi struggles with underpopulation of wildlife, making it the prime location to welcome a massive relocation effort, to save animals who are overpopulating the Savé Valley Conservancy. Project ReWild Zambezi, which will relocate 3,000 animals across Zimbabwe, including 400 elephants and species like lions, buffalo, impala, zebras, painted dogs, eland, and more, is one of the largest wildlife relocations in Southern Africa’s history and is Great Plains’ most ambitious project to-date. On this journey, you will be able to go out into the bush to track these animals with the Project ReWild conservationists, for a behind-the-scenes experience that is truly once-in-a-lifetime. Pending the movement of the animals, you will also witness live releases on the ground as the project progresses, and you’ll get a sneak peek at the operations centers for a special understanding of the science and technology behind the project—all in support of this historic initiative, which has never been accomplished before on this scale.

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Witness and participate in Project ReWild Zambezi’s relocation efforts—a once-in-a-lifetime, intimate experience—in the company of exceptional safari experts from Great Plains Conservation, as well as Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare and author of Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges.

  • Enjoy daily explorations by vehicle, canoe, boat and on foot, with expert guides (with both day and night excursions) that will reveal magnificent creatures like big cats, rhinos, buffalo, hippos, elephants, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, zebras, impala and many species of birds and more—all in spectacular private concessions.

  • Relax at three beautiful lodges that offer a variety of immersive wilderness and cultural activities—including guided tracking, stargazing, birding, river cruises and helicopter touring. You’ll start at Tembo Plains Camp on the Sapi Reserve, and then move along to Camp Hwange in Hwange National Park, ending at Mpala Jena Camp in Zambezi National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the iconic UNESCO Site Victoria Falls (at additional cost).

  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions (with the purchase of Indagare membership). Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at insiderjourneys@indagare.com.

  • When
    June 3 - 14, 2023
  • Length
    12 days / 11 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Families , Trailblazers , Soul Searchers

This Journey's Host

INDAGARE FOUNDER & CEO MELISSA BIGGS BRADLEY

After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels and has scouted in Zimbabwe many times. Melissa’s first book, Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges, was released in the fall of 2021.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    June 3 - 14, 2023
  • Length
    12 days / 11 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 8 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From
    $17,900

Includes

  • 11 nights’ total accommodations at City Lodge Hotel, Tembo Plains Camp, Camp Hwange and Mpala Jena
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Round-trip airport transfers and air and ground transfers throughout the itinerary, as detailed
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host Melissa Biggs Bradley, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip

Excludes

  • Transportation to/from Zimbabwe and visa fee
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • All gratuities and any Covid-testing fees
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
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