Who should visit Zimbabwe?

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Zimbabwe attracts wildlife enthusiasts, active holidaymakers and lovers of the outdoors with its game parks, beautiful wilderness areas and exciting outdoors activities such as canoeing and walking safaris, but there’s also more to the country for other travellers. History and culture buffs will love exploring the fascinating archaeological ruins of Great Zimbabwe, as well as discovering the ancient rock art of Matobo National Park, while walkers and hikers will find their mecca in the beautiful rainforests and mountains of the Eastern Highlands.

While Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park are easily accessible destinations for anyone, if you’re going to be exploring other areas of the country on a self-driving holiday, it helps if you’ve got a taste for adventure, as travelling around Zimbabwe does come with some challenges.

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However, Zimbabwe does suit all travel styles, whether you like to stay in luxury camps and lodges and explore the country’s parks and reserves by chartered plane, or if you prefer to get off-grid, driving your own 4x4 on muddy tracks in remote wilderness areas where you can camp in the wild.


Our Recommended Itinerary

10-day wild Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

day 1 to 2 to 3

Khwai Community Area | Botswana
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day 4 to 5 to 6

Okavango Delta | Botswana
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day 7 to 8 to 9

Hwange National Park | Zimbabwe
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Popular Zimbabwe Safaris

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

 | Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls ...

 | Combo Offer of Hwange & Matusadona

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...

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

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...

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Highlights of Southern Africa

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

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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…

 | Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

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...

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Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari

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

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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 ...

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