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Zimbabwe Safari

The ultimate guide to your next Zimbabwe Safari

Get to Know Zimbabwe

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By Antoinette Booyse

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

The country’s flagship safari attraction is the immense Hwange National Park, renowned for its large herds of elephants (especially in the dry season), plentiful big cats, and other wildlife.

Mana Pools National Park offers a more singular adventure, which lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River below the Kariba Dam. It provides incredible canoeing safaris and the opportunity to walk freely among big game.

Also 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.

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Why Zimbabwe?

  • The majestic Victoria Falls
  • Great Zimbabwe, sub-equatorial Africa’s most spectacular ruins
  • Canoe and walking safaris in Mana Pools National Park
  • Rambling through the forests and boulder-strewn moonscapes of the Eastern Highlands
  • Overnighting in a hide at Hwange National Park
  • White-water rafting on Grade Five rapids below Victoria Falls
  • Spectacular birdlife along the Zambezi and in Chirinda Forest

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FAQs about Zimbabwe

  • Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash comfortably.
  • Generally, there is an en-suite private shower stall within your tent with a “rainfall” style shower head at which you can control the water flow. Outside the tent, there is a large waterproof bag or bucket which is filled with about 10 to 15 litres (5 US gallons) of hot water before being raised with a pully/rope system to either connect to the shower pipe or fill a cistern.
  • The water is delivered at the ideal temperature so it is best to use it as soon as it arrives. Staff typically fill the showers at a pre-arranged time of day, or you simply need to give them a few minutes notice so they can get it ready.
  • Tipping is not compulsory on a safari in Zimbabwe 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 person for which it is intended.
  • 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 which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria.
  • Any person entering Zimbabwe from or via a yellow fever or cholera-infected area must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever or cholera.
  • Zimbabwe has 16 official languages namely: Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koi-san, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa.
  • However, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken languages in the country.
  • Approximately 70% of the population is Shona speaking and speaks ChiShona as their first language. But the official language of Zimbabwe is English.
  • 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.
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