Wildlife in Zimbabwe

hwange national park zimbabwe safari elephants

Northern Zimbabwe is the country’s most popular region for wildlife safaris, as it’s home to a number of game-rich wilderness areas. In the northwest, Hwange National Park is the biggest reserve in the country, conserving one of Africa’s largest elephant populations (an estimated 40 000 animals), as well as the other four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo), one of Africa’s biggest wild dog populations, and unusual antelope such as sable and roan. It’s also one of the only places in the country where you can see giraffe.

Next to Zimbabwe’s most visited attraction – Victoria Falls – the Zambezi National Park is a convenient safari destination for visitors to Zimbabwe who are short on time and aren’t able to visit some of the country’s other reserves. The park is home to the Big Four (there are no rhino), as well as a wide range of other animals, from giraffe and wild dog to sable antelope and eland.

buffalo in lake kariba zimbabwe

Also in the north but further east of Hwange, Matusadona National Park lies on the shores of Lake Kariba National Park, and offers fantastic Big Five sightings – particularly buffalo, lion and leopard – as well as the rare roan and sable antelope and lots of hippos and crocodiles in the water.

Near to Matusadona, Mana Pools National Park is a rugged, untamed wilderness area where the game viewing is superb. The park is known for its big herds of elephant, large numbers of buffalo, high density of endangered wild dogs and regular sightings of cheetah, leopard and lion.

wild dogs in zimbabwe wildlife safari

South of Lake Kariba, Chizarira National Park is an off-the-beaten-track wilderness of dramatic gorges and ravines where you can spot four of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo) as well as some rare antelope, although the density of animals is low, and many people visit the park more for its scenic beauty and walking safaris than for wildlife viewing.

matobo national park in zimbabwe

In southern Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park isn’t a prime wildlife destination (animal density is low, and the park doesn’t have elephant or lion), it does have some highlights: great sightings of white rhino – black rhino is present but harder to spot – the greatest concentration of leopard in the country and more eagle species than anywhere else in the world.

gonarezhou national park birding tour

In remote south-eastern Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou National Park boasts an incredible diversity of animal life: 500 species of birds and 150 mammal species, including growing numbers of wild dogs and lions, rare species such as nyala antelope and 11 000 elephants. It’s also the only park in southern Africa which has all six of the smallest antelope species.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)

day 1 to 3

Arrival in Africa
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)

day 4 to 6

Matusadona National Park
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)

day 7 to 8

Victoria Falls
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)
  • Zimbabwe Water and Wildlife Safari (9 days)

day 9

Heading home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Zimbabwe in August

August is an excellent time to travel to Zimbabwe, as days are sunny, daytime temperatures are mild (dropping down to below 10C at night), and wildlife viewing is at its prime. It’s one of the busiest months of the year so be sure to book all your accommodation in advance. ...

Zimbabwe in December

December means summer rain in Zimbabwe. It’s not an ideal time to visit for wildlife viewing, and Mana Pools National Park as well as roads in some other parks are closed. However, if you’re a birdwatcher, it’s a fantastic time to visit to see hundreds of migratory species. ...

Zimbabwe in May

Mild weathered May is the first of Zimbabwe’s dry winter months and by the middle of the month, the visibility in the bush starts to improve as the grass begins to thin. Natural pans have not yet dried up which means animals can still be hard to spot. ...

Things to do in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to an incredible wealth and diversity of experiences, with something to offer just about any kind of traveller. Zimbabwe’s most popular experience – and a bucket list one for many travellers at that – is viewing Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water and one of Africa’s greatest natural spectacles. There are a few ways to see the…

Southern Zimbabwe

Credit: Be My Travel Muse Southern Zimbabwe stretches along the border with South Africa, and Beitbridge – the busiest border post in southern Africa – is a main entrance point for self-drivers to Zimbabwe. Most destinations in the south are easily accessible for self-drivers: in the west, the pleasant town of Bulawayo and the scenic rock-art-filled Matobo National Park draw…

Your health in Zimbabwe

There’s a high risk of malaria in most of Zimbabwe, and the highest risk months are during the rainy season from October to May. Consult your doctor or travel clinic about getting malaria prophylactics before your trip. Even if you do take prophylactics, you should take care not to be bitten. To prevent mosquito bites, always use repellent on your skin and clothes, wear long trousers…

Popular Zimbabwe Safaris

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

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa needs the contact information you provide, to us to contact you. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime.

Submitting your inquiry

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:


   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2