Why Visit Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe has four World Heritage sites, one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders’ of the World and vast tracts of land signed over to wildlife management, which are home to numerous animal and bird species. There is also the Zambezi river, the Eastern Highland Mountains, ancient stone cities and prolific bushman rock paintings. Zimbabwe is a big 5 safari destination.
Zimbabwe has a variety of ways to experiences its fantastic game and wildlife areas, including game drives, and safaris ranging from walking, horseback, canoe, sailing and elephant rides.
Fisherman can catch tiger on the Zambezi, trout in the Eastern Highlands and Bass in the Highveld lakes. Golfers will find excellent golf courses throughout the country
Historically our ancient stone cities are the largest stone monuments south of Egypt. Bushman rock paintings are scattered throughout the country with the highest concentration, over 3000, being found in the Matopos area.
Highlights & Places in Zimbabwe
The Zambezi river forms the countries northern border. From the Botswana border it passes the Zambezi National Park before reaching Victoria Falls. Moving through the Batoka Gorge, famous for white-water rafting it enters Lake Kariba, flows over the Kariba dam, and passes Mana Pools National Park before entering Mozambique at Kinyemba.
The Eastern Highlands lie on the Eastern border. Nyanga National Park is home to Mount Nyangani the country’s highest point. To the south-east Great Zimbabwe in the Midlands province is the best example of Zimbabwe’s great stone cities. Further south Gonarezhou National Park borders South Africa and Mozambique.
Harare, the capital is found in Mashonaland. The middle of the country, Matabeleland, is home to Hwange and Matopos National Parks and Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city.
Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe
When to Go
June and July are the coldest months yet daytime temperatures remain comfortable in the early twenties (Celsius). Game viewing is at its best during the June to October dry season with the best time being October, the hottest month. The December to April rainy season is great for ornithologists. Lodges have special ‘green season’ rates. Victoria Falls are at their fullest in April at the end of the rainy season, although best time for viewing is often around June.
Getting There & Getting Around
Getting To Zimbabwe
It is possible to fly to Harare daily from Europe, but not always direct. There are approximately six flights a day direct from Johannesburg. There are also flights connecting Lusaka to Harare. Other international airports are Bulawayo and Chiredzi. Victoria Falls is accessed directly from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Zimbabwe road access is via Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. Public transport is available on all these routes. The distances can be long and a Johannesburg to Harare bus trip can take 20 hours.
Getting Around Zimbabwe
Air Zimbabwe links Harare to Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and sometimes Kariba. Solenta Air has scheduled flights from Harare and Victoria Falls to Kariba, the airstrip near Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park. Charter flight companies service many of the smaller airstrips throughout the country.
There are daily coaches between all the major cities. There is a very basic rail service between Mutare, Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe Tips : Know Before You Go
All major towns have ATMS. The largest banks are Barclays, Standard & Chartered and Stanbic.
Money can be changed in banks throughout the country. There are forex bureaus in the bigger towns, tourist centres and airports.
Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, tourist related businesses and the more established shops. Smaller shops and markets use US$ cash.
Apart from the National Parks, internet can be easily found in all cities and tourist areas throughout the country and in most hotels.
Water is treated throughout Zimbabwe. Remote places often use borehole water and bottled water is available throughout the country.
Hospitals & Medical:
Medical facilities in the major cities and Victoria Falls are very good. There aren’t any medical facilities in National parks and the more remote wilderness areas.
Most Nationals require a single entry visa which costs $30; a double entry is $45. Britain and Irelands single entry is $55, double is $70 and a multiple $90. Canadian single entry is $75. A double or multiple needs to be obtained from your local embassy prior to departure.
Zimbabwe Accommodation: This page features 5 recommended places to stay in Zimbabwe. View all 14 Zimbabwe accommodation options.
Meikles Hotel Harare Price On RequestCategory : Hotels
Meikles Hotel provides 5-star luxury in the vibrant city of Harare in Zimbabwe.
Davison’s Camp Hwange National Park Priced from ZAR 2,457 pps Priced from ZAR 2,457 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Davison's camp, gains its namesake from named Ted Davison, the first head warden of Hwange National Park. The camp site overlooks a popular waterhole and an open plain, making this camp site perfect for game viewing and discovering the wild of Africa.
Little Makalolo Camp Hwange National Park Priced from ZAR 19,002 pps Priced from ZAR 19,002 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Little Makalolo Camp is the "sister" camp to Makalolo Plains. Located in the heart of Hwange National Park; one of its best game viewing areas in Zimbabwe, Little Makalolo Camp is ideally situated overlooking a vibrant waterhole. The Makalolo area is ecologically diverse, ensuring vast numbers of wildlife sightings year-round.
Makalolo Plains Camp Hwange National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Makalolo Plains Camp offers a vast array of wildlife for which the remote and private concession within the Hwange National Park is renown for. This camp incorporates the best of the wild and comfort, resulting in an expereince of tranquility and fun.
The Hide Safari Camp Hwange National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
The Hide Safari Camp provides luxury safari accommodation within the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Ilala Lodge Zimbabwe Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Close to the Victoria Falls Easy transfer to Botswana
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge Lake Kariba Priced from ZAR 2,335 pps Priced from ZAR 2,335 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge brings Africa's Big 5, along with a wide variety of bird-life and additional wildlife straight to you. Located on the cusp of the spectacular Lake Kariba, this lodge will leave you breathless as you take in its spectacular beauty surrounds. With vistas unrivalled, serenity is the order of the day.
Singita Pamushana Lodge Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
While six luxurious suites and a 5-bedroomed villa bring forth the tribal history of the local Shangaan people, the main lodge has three lounges and a full wine cellar. Lodge facilities also include a bush spa and gymnasium, two heated swimming pools and a Jacuzzi.
Ruckomechi Camp Mana Pools National Park Priced from ZAR 21,430 pps Priced from ZAR 21,430 ppsCategory : Tented Camps
Ruckomechi Camp is one destination that yearns to be discovred by all eager travellers. Situated along the Zambezi River, a hundred kilometres below Lake Kariba one will find the Mana Pools National Park, in the heart of the Zambezi Valley; thus setting the stage for Ruckomechi Camp.
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge Matetsi Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a luxury game lodge situated within a game-rich riverine concession on the Zambezi River.
Safari Lodges in Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 200 pps Priced from ZAR 200 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, with its intricately designed layout, centralized around indigenous trees, almost creating a large open-plan tree house, offers guests a unique outdoor experience, that befits royalty. Encapsulating refined luxury and the call of the wild, guests are sure to revel in the novel journey tread at this safari lodge.
The Elephant Camp Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 2,507 pps Priced from ZAR 2,507 ppsCategory : Tented Camps
The Elephant Camp is a luxurious intimate lodge, that is easily accessible from Victoria Falls. Being in such close proximity to the 'Smoke that thunders',attractions and activities are plentiful. The fact that The Elephant Camp is located on its own private game reserve, allows for a sense of seclusion and privacy, ideal for the close-up encounters with wildlife.
The Stanley and Livingstone at Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 1,755 pps Priced from ZAR 1,755 ppsCategory : Hotels
Spot game from the balcony of each room, and enjoy old-world elegance at The Stanley and Livingstone Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls Hotel Victoria Falls Price On RequestCategory : Hotels
The Victoria Falls Hotel is a five-star hotel within the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Tours: This page features 2 package tours that visit Zimbabwe. View all 2 Zimbabwe tours and safaris.
Great Wilderness Journey And Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 54,435 pp Priced from ZAR 54,435 ppCategory : Safaris
11 days in Botswana, Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Okavango Delta
Explore and experience Botswana's scenic northern areas: From the lush Okavango Delta to the game-rich Linyanti and Chobe, ending this tour with the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.
Things to do in Zimbabwe: This page features 2 "must see" Zimbabwe activities. View all 2 Zimbabwe highlights we recommend.
Victoria Falls Lunar Rainbow Tour Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 466 pp Priced from ZAR 466 ppCategory : Landmarks & Historic Sites,Parks & Nature
Victoria Falls Half Day Activity, Guided
Visit Victoria Falls for a peek at nature's lunar beauty. During the full moon ogle at the spectacular sight of the lunar rainbow while surrounded by the tranquil rainforest.
Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 322 pp Priced from ZAR 322 ppCategory : Boat Cruises & Sailing,Parks & Nature
Victoria Falls Half Day Activity, Guided
Enjoy a tranquil cruise up the Zambezi River while viewing a variety of Zimbabwe's beautiful land and birdlife.