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Zimbabwe safaris, tours & holiday packages

Ancient stone cities, a mile-wide waterfall and top-notch safaris

A highly rewarding safari destination, Zimbabwe is also home to the mysterious ruined city after which it is named, the thundering Victoria Falls and the green and rugged Eastern Highlands.

Despite negative international perceptions, Zimbabwe remains a truly rewarding and very accessible travel destination. The country's flagship safari attraction is the immense Hwange National Park, which is renowned for its large herds of elephant (especially in the dry season) and plentiful big cats and other wildlife.

A more singular adventure is offered by Mana Pools National Park, which lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River below the Kariba Dam, and offers wonderful canoeing safaris as well as the opportunity to walk freely among big game. Also very worthwhile is Matusadona National Park, which overlooks Lake Kariba and is famed for supporting several thousand-strong herds of buffalo, a dense lion population, and one of Zimbabwe’s last black rhino populations.

Popular Zimbabwe safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park

$ 2,255

£ 1,720

R 30,985

1,957

per person

5 days

Luxurious Cape Town and Victoria Falls

Two countries in 8 days may seem like a lot but with this well thought out itinerary you will see some of the regions most iconic destinations without feeling like you are rushing through it at all.

$ 3,925

£ 2,994

R 53,932

3,407

per person

8 days

Affordable Vic Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools

Fall under the spell of three prime attractions in Zimbabwe and Zambia – Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools 

$ 6,725

£ 5,129

R 92,405

5,838

per person

9 days

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls

$ 3,360

£ 2,563

R 46,168

2,917

per person

7 days

7-Day Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park adventure safari

Spot huge herds of elephants in the Hwange National Park; and enjoy kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park

$ 3,350

£ 2,555

R 46,031

2,908

per person

7 days

Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Explore the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the wildlife rich Okavango Delta

$ 3,615

£ 2,757

R 49,672

3,138

per person

8 days

Highlights of Southern Africa

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list

$ 4,241

£ 3,235

R 58,280

3,682

per person

13 days

Victoria Falls and Chobe Experience

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos at the Chobe River

$ 1,590

£ 1,213

R 21,847

1,380

per person

7 days

Combo Offer of Hwange & Matusadona

A Zimbabwe safari offers beautiful landscapes and fantastic encounters with wildlife in the famous Hwange National Park and Matusadona National Park

$ 2,800

£ 2,136

R 38,473

2,431

per person

7 days

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent

$ 5,990

£ 4,569

R 82,310

5,200

per person

19 days
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Philip Briggs says

Zimbabwe is home to two of sub-equatorial Africa’s most singular and impressive attractions in the form of Great Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. I'd also rate Hwange and Mana Pools right up there with the region's top safari destinations.

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Introduction

West of Kariba, the focal point of Zimbabwe's tourist industry is Victoria Falls which, at 1.7-kilometres wide and 100 metres deep, is arguably the single most thrilling natural landmark in Africa.

The area around Vic Falls offers some good wildlife viewing, and a host of adventure activities includes canoe safaris upriver of the waterfall, white-water rafting in the gorge below it, and a 110-metre bungee jump from the bridge facing it.The top attraction in the east is Great Zimbabwe, the most impressive of several stone ruins that dot the country. This site comprises the extensive remains of an indigenous medieval stone city that grew wealthy on the trade of locally extracted gold with Swahili trade ports such as Kilwa.

Its most impressive features are the Great Enclosure – its outer wall comprises almost one million stone blocks – and the fortified hillside palace.In contrast to the rest of the country, the Eastern Highlands offer a cool moist climate, undulating scenery, and a lush cover of the montane forest and rolling sub-Alpine heath. The best-known locale in this region is Nyanga National Park, a pretty highland landscape dominated by immense onion-shaped granite domes. For wildlife lovers, a must-see is the Chirinda Forest Reserve, which protects Africa’s most southerly true rainforest and a host of rarer forest wildlife.

Know before you go

​Zimbabwe has two major airports, namely Victoria Falls (VFA) and Harare (HRE).

There are also various domestic airlines to connect all the major towns and safari destinations to other destinations in Africa.

Connecting between flights may need various modes of transport, it’s advised to note the inclusions and exclusions when booking your holiday.

It’s best to consult your physician about 6 weeks prior to departure to ensure that you compy with your country’s vaccinations for Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is a malari area and preventative meds will be needed before, during and after, especially during the rainy season from October to May.

Apply insect repllant to exposed skin while travelling in Zim.

Wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants at dawn and dusk.

Consider travel insurance.

Make several copies of your travel documents - leave a set at home and bring a set with you and place it in a location separate from your originals.

We recommend using US Dollars as currency in Zim. You can convert currency prior to departing, but VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country.

Don’t let Zimbabwe’s bad reputation deter you from visiting. The people are very hospitable to tourists and it’s probably one of the safest African countries to visit.

Make Hwange National Park a must-see during your trip.

When to go

Peak season: April-August
Mid season: March and September
Low season: Jan, Feb and Oct-Dec

What to pack

​Casual, conservative clothing is widely accepted throughout Zimbabwe.

It’s recommended that revealing clothing be avoided.

Note that camouflage clothing is not recommended in Southern African countries because it’s reserved for official military only.

Hat and sunblock.

Walking shoes.

Layers.

Warm jacket.

Swimming costume and sandals.

Toiletries.

Small torch with batteries.

A good pair of binoculars.

Weather and Climate

​January, February, October, November and December: temperatures are high and there is humidity in the air. Rain starts falling towards the end of October and peaks in December and January.

March and September: temperatures are still hot, but comfortable and humidity has dropped. There is occasional rainfall only a couple of afternoons a week. September sees little chance of rain.

April-August: temperatures begin to cool and rain abates. This is the best time to view the incredible Victoria Falls.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Safari-style holiday with room for adventure.

Where to stay

Our Recommended Accommodation

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Elephants at Linkwasha Camp in Hwange, Zimbabwe

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Showroom pool deck Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zimbabwe

Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Zimbabwe

Is tipping expected in Zimbabwe and how much should I give?

Tipping is not compulsory, and the amounts that you tip each person is also not set. Do remember, when tipping large amounts (eg. to the guide at the end of a 10-day safari), place the tip in a sealed envelope - and hand it directly to the… go there.

Are there special health requirements when visiting Zimbabwe?

Yes, because Zimbabwe is a malaria area and the use of malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. You will need to take prescription medicine before, during and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide when… go there.

What languages are spoken in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages - namely as Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koi-san, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa. However, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely… go there.

When is the best time to visit Chizarira National Park?

The best time to visit Chizarira National Park is during the middle and end of the dry season (July to October). The wildlife is more easily seen at this time, because the vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the waterholes.… go there.

When is the best time to visit Hwange National Park?

April up to October is the best time to visit Hwange National Park - Wildlife viewing in the dry season is better since the waterhole becomes a place where animals gather. go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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