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
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
per person7 days
The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens
per person14 days
Fall under the spell of three prime attractions in Zimbabwe and Zambia – Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools
per person9 days
Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos at the Chobe River
per person7 days
A Zimbabwe safari offers beautiful landscapes and fantastic encounters with wildlife in the famous Hwange National Park and Matusadona National Park
per person7 days
Discover the wild beauty of Zimbabwe with a luxury safari
per person10 days
Explore the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the wildlife rich Okavango Delta
per person8 days
Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls
per person8 days
Spot huge herds of elephants in the Hwange National Park; and enjoy kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park
per person7 days
Experience the best of the migration and wildlife in Kenya, then travel to Zambia to witness Victoria Falls, ending your adventure at Hwange National Park.
per person10 days
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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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.
Swimming costume and sandals.
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
The Victoria Falls Island Lodge, (opening 1 August 2017), offers ultimate luxury and exclusivity. Set among trees on the private Kandahar…
Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resortis the brand new luxury Club. It is a place where African…
Linkwasha Camp lies in Hwange’s south-eastern corner, on a private concession. Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the camp is…
Zambezi Sands provides a wealth of opportunities for drives and walks with experienced guides, while the Zambezi River itself invites…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zimbabwe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Reviews on our Zimbabwe safaris
It is the first travel in Africa for us. I'm Marco, 56 years old, travelling with my guys Filippo (age 24) Gianluca (age 20). For our first visit to Africa, we wanted to experience something authentic yet unguided and safe. We decided on…
First experience but not the last!
from Botswana and Zimbabwe
I found Discover Africa to be first class. All my questions were answered quickly and sensibly. Megan, with whom I dealt throughout, was helpful and patient and responded to any questions or queries I had rapidly and efficiently. The price…
Discover Africa delivered the dream trip! It was a pleasure dealing with Matthys at Discover Africa from start to finish. He made everything as simple and easy as possible. Our trip was tremendous and we would fully recommend anyone planning…
Thank you for the way you organised the trip for us. It was a pleasure dealing with Discover Africa and Matthys in particular. From start to finish, everything was simple and easy. Our trip has been tremendous and we would fully recommend…
Craig and Sue Wood
Nestled on the shore of Lake Kariba, Changa Safari Camp is a luxurious and intimate lodge in the jaw-dropping setting of Matsudona National Park in northern Zimbabwe. Blending into its surroundings with an unobtrusive charm created by the… read more
Sit back, relax and learn from our professional guide Bruce. He is a ranger at Changa Safari Lodge, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. read more