DMC Zimbabwe - Bushtracks Africa
Bushtracks Africa is a professional Destination Management Company with long term experience in the MICE industry. We offer incentive activities, conferences, corporate and group events and business meetings.
Operating since 1997, Bushtracks Africa has grown from what was initially a Ground Handling company in Zambia, to one of the largest leading Ground Handling and Destination Management Companies in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Add on destinations that compliment these regions are also available.
Over the years, we have catered for client groups from large conferences and incentive groups to individual travelers. We believe that having our own operational offices, as well as our own staff and vehicles in the provided areas, is what makes us the company of choice.
Our reservations and accounts office is based in Johannesburg, South Africa for ease of contact. The infrastructure in the city allows for a larger team of highly experienced and qualified staff to ensure that we provide the best service and itineraries possible. As specialists, we deliver authentic, memorable African adventure travel experiences, with flair and resolute attention to detail.
In addition to the above, we also won the tender to be the preferred Ground Handler and Destination Management Company to Sun International’s groups. Our buying power allows us to negotiate the best available rates from all the properties in our regions, and our expertise allows us to place the right guest in the perfect hotel and area.
Climb aboard one of our elegant and opulent steam trains. Steam locomotives and carriages have been carefully and lovingly restored by Bushtracks Africa and Rovos rail, to create a whimsical experience of a bygone era. The carriages have been beautifully and luxuriously decorated in a theme reminiscent of a dazzling and forgotten era. Guests are greeted with a welcome drink to sip on while looking out at the surrounding scenery. Guests will then indulge in a delicious five-course meal and fine wines, served in a romantic, vintage setting. After dinner enjoy sundowners on the Victoria Falls bridge, appreciating the spectacular sunset views of the falls and the gorge below, before returning to the platform.
Bathe in tranquility while meandering down the Zambezi River on one of our deluxe water crafts. Activity hums through the trees as the bush breathes with the flap of bird’s wings. Hippos disturb the peaceful water by blowing small pockets of water from their snouts, while crocodiles break the surface of the river and glide onto the banks to warm themselves in the sun’s rays. Occasionally, elephants will submerge their bodies into the river and swim from island to island.
Set against this picturesque backdrop, delicious snacks and chilled refreshments are served by a team of friendly staff, ensuring ultimate relaxation and a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi river.
Bushtracks river safari boats each have two engines for increased safety and are jet propelled, so the Zambezi River can be experienced as it was by David Livingstone when he canoed, unknowingly, towards The Victoria Falls.
Tour of Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls possess a beauty that is impossible to replicate through any man-made efforts, a natural wonder created by Mother Nature reminding us of her power and complexity. A trip to Southern Africa would not be complete without laying eyes on this incredible spectacle.
During the dry season the Victoria Falls is best viewed from the Zimbabwean side. A guided tour of the falls enables you to delve into the local customs and traditions while gaining insight into how such an exquisite creation came to be. The adventure ends at a craft market at the entrance of the rainforest, where guests can appreciate the talent of local craftsmen and purchase memorabilia of this special experience.
Elephant Art Safaris
Enjoy a truly unique eco-conscious experience with orphaned elephants. The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage was founded on the principle of conservation, they believe the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to showcase what stands to be lost.
The experience begins in an open thatch Boma, granting guests uninterrupted views of the beautiful Masuwe River. Guests will have the opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed incredible distances, both physically and metaphorically, with the elephants in order to learn more about the complexities of each individual as well as the structure of the herd.
Guests will then venture down to the waterhole, where they will find a chair and easel set up with a fresh sheet of paper, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree. Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with splotches of paint will be handed out. A private tutor is provided to guide guests through a painting workshop, using their sketch pads and brushes to capture the scene before them. Once finished, guests will return to “The Wallow” for a delicious two-course buffet style lunch, rounding off a perfect morning experience.
Climb aboard one of our elegant and opulent steam trains, that have been beautifully and luxuriously decorated, recreating a whimsical experience of a bygone era. Guests will visit the Victoria Falls bridge, where spectacular sunset views of the falls can be enjoyed, followed by a delicious five-course meal.
STEAM SAFARI ITINERARY
Winter Timings / Summer Timings
S: 16:30 / W: 16:00
Guests will be picked up from their hotels by our luxury Bushtracks vehicles and transferred by road to your respective station. A safety brief will be given by the Bushtracks guide en-route to the station. Tickets (including an indemnity on the back) will be issued to all guests.
S: 17:00 / W: 16:30 (depending on the guests’ hotel)
On arrival at the station, a red carpet welcome will lead guests to the train and the locomotive will be ‘in steam’: the perfect photographic opportunity. (NB: children are fascinated by the train, but should not be encouraged to approach too near to the train as it is a moving vehicle and can be dangerous!)
S: 17:30 / W: 17:00 The train will depart and chuff its way through the African bush to the border. The train will pause at the border so a ‘general declaración’ can be given by the train guard to the immigration authorities and then continue to the bridge.
S: 18:20 / W: 17:50 The train will arrive on the bridge between these times, depending on the game that has been viewed en route. Guests may alight from the train once on the bridge for some tremendous photo opportunities of The Victoria Falls, the train, the bridge and the sunset. Perfect photographic opportunities of the locomotive have a beautiful sunset background.
S: 18:50 / W: 19:45 The train will depart the bridge for its journey through the respective conservancy to pull into a siding for service of a 5 course crystal service dining experience.
S: 21:00 / W: 20:20 The train makes its return journey to it’s station
S: 21:40 / W: 21:00 The Train will arrive at the platform where a Bushtracks transfer will be waiting to take the guest back to their hotels.
The perfect activity for MICE and larger traveling groups.
As advertised, Bushtracks Express Zimbabwe, is running as a dinner train. However in order to cater to a diverse travel budget we will be running FRIDAY SPECIALS on the following days: