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Zimbabwe offers diverse and very hands on experiences from rafting down the Zambezi to fishing in tiny mountain streams for trout. Its dramatic landscapes vary from balancing rocks of the Matopos and sunsets on Lake Kariba to the mighty Victoria Falls.

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Why we love Zimbabwe

The latest insight from our time spent exploring Zimbabwe.

Heart of Southern Africa

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the heart of Southern Africa defined by its impressive national parks and dramatic landscapes. A safari here feels like nature in the raw and it’s easy to see why Zimbabwe lays claim to being one of the African continent’s most exciting destinations.

Dramatic Scenery & Incredible Wildlife

From the Kalahari sands of Hwange to one of the magnificent seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is a land of dramatic contrasts, offering a sense of scale and wilderness that easily matches that of its more visited neighbours. Full of game-rich destinations, fascinating cultural history and some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is easy to see why Zimbabwe always was Southern Africa’s premier tourism destination for many years.

 

The Mighty Zambezi River

While the Victoria Falls may be its crowning glory, the mighty Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia, offers safari destinations with a difference such as the beautiful and untouched Mana Pools along the banks of the Lower Zambezi, or Matusadona National Park on the shore of man-made Lake Kariba.

Wonder of the World

Set on the Zambezi at the site of one of Earth’s seven natural wonders, Victoria Falls has a strong claim to become the hub of Southern African safari. Sharing borders with Zambia, Botswana and Namibia entering Southern Africa via Victoria Falls makes a lot of sense for visitors to these premier tourism destinations.

Zimbabwe Highlights

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park was founded in 1928 and is Zimbabwe’s largest park, playing host to the greatest elephant population in Africa, as well as over 100 mammals and 400 bird species. From the sand flats of the Kalahari in the south to the lush teak forest and hills of the north, the park sustains a wide range of game including great herds of buffalo, eland, sable, roan and zebra as well as lion, cheetah, leopard and wild-dogs. The main activity here is safari, which can be enjoyed either in 4x4s or by walking with possibly some of the finest guides on the continent. Thanks to the vast number of privately maintained waterholes within the Park, game viewing is spectacular and a stay here is an absolute must.

The Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls

The crashing deluge of the mighty Zambezi as it spectacularly plunges over the Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most awe-inspiring and iconic sights. We think that the Falls are best seen from the Zimbabwean side and when you’re standing close to the world’s greatest mass of falling water and enjoying the sight of double rainbows, you won’t feel short-changed. The clearest views are from July to March when the spray isn’t as thick and you can meander through stunning rainforest on to 16 viewpoints along the gorge-edge, including one above the thundering Devil’s Cataract (named by missionaries who witnessed tribes sacrificing beasts to the rainbow god). Known by its African name, Mosi-ay-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), the Falls are now linked by dozens of daily flights and holds a reputation for being the adrenaline centre of Africa with bungee jumping, white water rafting and helicopter flights that drop right into the gorge.

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, with the great Zambezi River running through, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its extensive wildlife and wilderness are considered as one of the very best in Africa. The park is a particular favourite for keen photographers, boasting huge concentrations of African wildlife - herds of impala, eland, elephant, zebra, buffalo, waterbuck and kudu - which attract the sought-after lion, leopard, wild dog, hyena and other predators and scavengers that inhabit this unique and beautiful region. The name 'Mana Pools' comes from the pools that still lie in the abandoned river channels that run through the terraces. The word 'Mana' is said to mean "four", which refers to the largest of these pools with are filled with water year round. During the dry season, wildlife gathers around the few inland pans in search of water, providing incredible game watching sightings as the predators lie in wait nearby. If you are keen birder, Mana Pools is certainly worth a visit, as a very special place for bird watching. Look out for fish eagles, heron and other water based fowel, scarlet carmine bee-eaters as well as elusive delights such as the Pels Fishing Owl and the African Skimmer, which nests on sandbanks mid-river. Mana Pools offers a very rewarding wildlife experience. Accommodation is unfenced, and bush walks are a must. However there are plenty of other activities on offer: canoe trips down the Zambezi River, hiking, game viewing, bird watching and, at night, studying the stars in an African clear sky are just a few examples of what you can do in Mana Pools National Park.

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba

Along the Zambezi River you will find Lake Kariba; Africa's largest man made dam, 226km long and up to 40km wide. The lake covers an area of 5,000 square kilometres and has become a paradise for both wildlife and humans alike. The lake offers some of the best fishing in the world, particularly for the tiger fish, which in turn attracts the most iconic images of Lake Kariba; the fish eagle. The lake is a nature lover's dream, due to its incredible game and spectacular scenery. We recommend enjoying a few days on a houseboat to really take in the breathtaking surrounding whilst you drift along watching the wildlife go by, drinking from the lake's shores.

Matopos Hills National Park

Matopos Hills National Park

Matopos, southeast of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, is characterised by a mass of granite hills formed by a combination of river erosion and weather that have formed them into incredible shapes, recognisable around the world. The name 'Matopos' is believed to have originated from 'matombe', meaning "the rocks" or 'matobo', meaning "bald heads". Within this national park of granite kopjes, wooded valleys and distinctive balancing boulders, visitors can enjoy tracking wildlife on foot, including the white rhino and even the elusive leopard, not to mention enjoying the amazing bird life. Matopos is very well known as the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes which has adopted the name 'Worlds View' due to its spectacular views of the horizon. The Matopos Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, as a sacred place dating back the Stone Age.

Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou is Zimbabwe's second largest national park and its name translates from Shona as 'place of elephants'. The park characterises itself by the distinct orange sandstone of the well know Chilojo Cliffs. Across the park, river floodplains are interspersed with lagoons and forest, attracting a great variety of wildlife making for the richest biodiversity of any Zimbabwe national park. Gonarezhou has the greatest diversity of birds in the country, with over 400 species, an elephant population of around 11,000 and over ten packs of wild dog. Not only that, Gonarezhou is the only park in Southern Africa which is home to all size of the smallest antelope - a wildlife lover's paradise.

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe

The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the largest collections of ruins in Africa, south of the Sahara. They are found between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers and are certainly the largest of their kind on the Zimbabwe Plateau. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, Great Zimbabwe represent the country's great architectural skills and deep traditions, once home to cattle-herding people. The ruins are made up of granite walls, characterised by turrets, towers and incredibly sculpted stairways, however the purpose of these ruins is yet to be discovered. That said, they showcase skills in architecture that are unparalleled elsewhere in Africa, or indeed the world.

How to Explore Zimbabwe

These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalised to meet your specific requirements.

Travel the Zambezi

Travel the Zambezi

  • Understand why Zimbabwean guides are considered the best in Africa. Game drive, walk and paddle through Zimbabwe's iconic national parks and experience the thrill of Victoria Falls
  • 10 nights of safari in luxury lodges and quality bush camps, fully inclusive accommodation, includes safari activities and domestic flights from £4,250 per person based on two sharing.
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona, Lake Kariba and Mana Pools National Park
Highlights of Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Highlights of Zimbabwe and Mozambique

  • Recline on the banks of the Zambezi, fly over the Victoria falls and have elephants surround you at Hwange as the drink from the camp waterhole. Dive the two-mile reef and enjoy walks on pristine islands
  • 14 nights from £4,900pp including transfers, helicopter flights at Victoria falls, all park fees and activities on Safari on an all inclusive basis
  • Zambezi Sands, Nehimba and Azura Benguerra
Rhinos, Walking, and Waterfalls

Rhinos, Walking, and Waterfalls

  • Track rhino on foot among ancient San Bushmen artworks, take in the breathtaking scenery in Matopos National Park and enjoy breakfast overlooking elephants in Hwange National Park
  • 7 nights from £3,160pp including transfers and accommodation
  • Camp Amalinda, Somalisa Expeditions, and Victoria Falls Hotel.
Zimbabwean Family Adventure

Zimbabwean Family Adventure

  • Stand at the cliff edge and hear the roar of the Victoria falls, cycle deep in the heart of the African bush, and boat down the Zambezi
  • 14 nights from £3,700pp including transfers and accommodation based on a family of 4
  • Georges Lodge, Bomani, Jozibanini and River God Adventures
Victoria Falls and Masai Mara Honeymoon - Float and Fly

Victoria Falls and Masai Mara Honeymoon - Float and Fly

  • Float over the Masai Mara, watch the wildebeest migration and take a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
  • 7 nights from £2,800pp including transfers, hot air balloon ride, helicopter flight and accommodation
  • Ol Seki and Zambezi Sands
Cape Town, Okavango and Victoria Falls

Cape Town, Okavango and Victoria Falls

  • Experience Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta & Cape Town throughout 3 Southern African countries at any time of the year
  • 10 nights from £2,750pp including transfers and accommodation, on a fully inclusive basis in Botswana and a B&B basis in Cape Town and Victoria Falls
  • Cape Town - Camps Bay, Okavango - Chief's Island and the Upper Zambezi - Victoria Falls

Where To Stay in Zimbabwe

Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Zimbabwe Collection.

Somalisa Camp

Somalisa Camp

Hwange National Park
Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge

Vic Falls
Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands

Zambezi National Park
Little Makalolo Camp

Little Makalolo Camp

Hwange National Park
Davison's Camp

Davison's Camp

Hwange National Park
Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge

Zambezi National Park

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