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.


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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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  • 10-day wild Botswana and Zimbabwe safari
  • 10-day wild Botswana and Zimbabwe safari
  • 10-day wild Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

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

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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 ...

 | Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

Discover the wild beauty of Zimbabwe with a luxury safari...

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

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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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10-day wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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