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.
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.
The African Queen cruise vessel based on the Zambezi River, above the Victoria Falls, will be including a ‘Full Moon Dinner Cruise’ option to their list of activities.
This option will include a delicious 3-course buffet style dinner to be enjoyed with live classical music in the background. The cruise will be be offered on select dates only, and will be approximately 2 hours long.
The 2019 dates set aside for this activity are as follows:
Please note that booking is essential, and this activity is subject to availability, as well as weather dependent.
It has been announced that there will be more clearing counters at the Kazungula border Post in Zimbabwe.
This was implemented by the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Immigration Department. The border post will have 5 additional clearing counters and a building that will hold up to 100 travellers. This is expected to help travellers crossing the border enjoy a quicker and more efficient experience. This border post is used by travellers travelling between Zimbabwe and Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
Please see below the dates for 2020 on which the Bushtracks Express, Zimbabwe, will host alternative runs:
The Lookout Cafe experienced severe fire damage during the festive season of 2018 and was forced to close it’s doors.
It has recently been announced that the cafe is being rebuilt and is due to open in the middle if this year. The cafe will be rebuilt in an environmentally friendly way with sustainability in mind. All the wooden decks are being replaced with composite decking, and the thatch roof will be replaced with chromadek roofing. The cafe will also adjust their design to enhance the stunning view of the Victoria Falls and gorge below.
Image: The Lookout Cafe
White-water rafting activities on the Zambezi Rive below the Victoria Falls are being shifted further downstream due to rising water levels.
The white-water rafting will now take place between Rapid 11 and 22, as the water level is too high between rapids 1 – 11, which makes the rafting between these rapids dangerous. The Rafting Association of Zimbabwe have been closely monitoring the water levels, and have decided that the rafting will be shifted until further notice.
The Zambezi River usually experiences high water levels between April to October.
Images: Safari Par Excellence
Bushtracks Africa has recently launched the Victoria Falls Activities App
The FREE mobile application is an instant activity booking system for guests visiting the Victoria Falls region. It is now available on the Google Play Store for Android users and on the App Store for Apple users. Using an online payment system users will be able to secure their activities on ground as well as abroad. The App books activities through the trusted DMC and service provider Bushtracks Africa. Bushtracks have an expert team that are highly experienced in the field, with their own signature activities on offer as well as an amazing group of third-party suppliers that provide quality activities.
Victoria Falls Activities have carefully chosen the suppliers for various activities and services, and have come to build strong relationships with them over the years. Bushtracks Africa is affiliated with the very best suppliers in the region, and therefore can guarantee excellent service and one of a kind experiences and adventures. The app is a direct booking system to some of the best available options in the region.
‘’As the travel industry is becomes more technology based, we thought developing an instant booking system in the form of a downloadable app would be the perfect way to offer people visiting our area a convenient way of experiencing what the region has to offer in the way of unique activities, getting the most out of their trip. This app is the first of its kind, as far as I am aware there are no similar apps that offer the same service and convenience in the region. We are very excited about the launch of our app and expect it to revolutionize the way guests book activities in the Victoria Falls area.’’
Megan Conn, Brand Manager
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: