Zimbabwe

This land locked country is undoubtedly one of Southern Africa’s most stunning. Visitors here will be treated to exceptional guiding, magnificent wilderness and a bounty of natural and cultural riches. Whether you seek languid pools hosting vast herds of wildlife along the Zambezi, the thrill and adventure of booming Victoria Falls, or to wander amongst the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, looking beyond the headlines will reveal a country of immeasurable depth and beauty.


You'll find a useful guide to Kenya and some of its attractions at the bottom of this page, along with a handful of sample safari journeys to inspire you, with guide prices. All our private safaris are tailor-made - there are many different combinations possible and we work with a multitude of camps and lodges and not just the ones shown in the sample tours. We are happy to suggest combinations using our personal knowledge and first-hand experience of these areas, but if you have a preferred lodge/camp please let us know.

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9 days
From £4030
Classic Zim: Victoria Falls, Hwange & Mana Pools

Experience the thunder of Victoria Falls before safaris in both Hwange and Mana Pools.

9 days
From £4520
Luxury Zim: Victoria Falls, Hwange & Mana Pools

Staying in small tented camps in Hwange and Mana, and at the closest lodge to Vic Falls, this is a spectacular safari.

Attractions in Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe’s largest park stretches from the arid Kalahari sandveld in the south to the stony hills, rivers and woodland of the north. Wildlife includes imposing herds of elephant and buffalo as well as wild dog and leopard. Hwange’s lions are famous. You will not see Cecil, but you may encounter his offspring.

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Attractions in Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park

Four pools edging the Zambezi give Mana its name – depressions filled with water in abandoned river channels. Chine and Long Pool hold water throughout the year and attract large animal concentrations in the dry season. Herds of buffalo, elephant, a variety of antelope and predators roam the floodplain. Much of the park is only accessible on foot or by canoe.

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Attractions in Zimbabwe

Matusadona National Park

The park was created during the 1950s when the Kariba Dam was built, flooding much of the Middle Zambezi Valley and forming Lake Kariba. Game levels on the islands and shore have remained buoyant and several excellent lodges thrive here with the Matusadona Mountains as their backdrop. The rare black rhino can be seen here as well as varied wildlife from crocodiles to fish eagles

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Attractions in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the UNESCO World Heritage Victoria Falls, shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia is an absolute must-see.

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When To Go

The dry winter months between May and September offer warm days of around 23-28 degrees, and cold nights. Increasingly, animals congregate around water sources while vegetation is reduced. Victoria Falls is majestic at this time with mid to low water levels ensuring spray does not obscure your view. The hottest month is October with highs of 33 degrees. The wet summer season which peaks December to February sees the landscape transform to a lush green with many young being born and wonderful birding.

What To Do

Zimbabwe’s guides have the reputation for being among the best in Africa – accreditation is incredibly hard to achieve with years of study and field experience required. Access between parks is often by light aircraft, with camps and
lodges in remote areas. Camps tend to be less luxurious. A safari here is all about the immersive experience; walking in the bush,paddling a canoe, and letting your guide reveal Zimbabwe’s culture and wildlife to you.

Why We Love

Zimbabwe (or Zim as it’s affectionately known!) is slowly opening up its doors to tourists once again. This used to be one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa and rightly so. It is a fascinating country with a huge abundance of wildlife, beautiful scenery, some historic sites such as Great Zimbabwe and a wonderful range of accommodation. 
The people of Zimbabwe are famous for being warm and welcoming and are keen to restore the reputation of their country as a fantastic holiday destination. Zimbabwe is still a relatively quiet destination with some diverse landscapes providing excellent safari destinations. 

You won't find better more dedicated guides anywhere else in Africa and if you're happy to surrender a bit of panache at your lodge then Zimbabwe will be hugely rewarding. Try a mobile camp in Mana, get out in a kayak on the great Zambezi River, walk in the bush and get close to elephants or stake out a waterhole in Hwange. We love the range of activities and the off the beaten track feel of Zim. We hope the new Vic Falls International Airport will result in better value flights to this region.