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Ancient stone cities, a mile-widewaterfall 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

Walking safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Walking safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

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

$ 12,574

£ 10,073

R 157,878

11,658

per person

8 days
Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

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

$ 14,082

£ 11,281

R 176,812

13,057

per person

20 days
Affordable Victoria Falls, Hwange & Mana Pools (SA 9 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 

$ 5,579

£ 4,469

R 70,049

5,173

per person

9 days
Botswana and Zimbabwe photographic safari

Botswana and Zimbabwe photographic 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

$ 2,490

£ 1,995

R 31,264

2,309

per person

7 days
Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Exploring the tip of Southern Africa continent should on top of your bucket list for 2017

$ 1,493

£ 1,196

R 18,740

1,384

per person

13 days
Zimbabwe and Botswana big cat safaris

Zimbabwe and Botswana big cat safaris

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

$ 2,120

£ 1,698

R 26,619

1,966

per person

5 days
Our African Travel Expert

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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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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 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.

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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 shots 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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