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

Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 1 to 3

Arrival in Africa
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 4 to 6

Matusadona National Park
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 7 to 8

Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari
  • Victoria Falls, Matusadona and Hwange water and wildlife safari

day 9

Heading home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Hwange National Park

One of Africa’s top national parks, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe’s northwest should be on any safari lover’s bucket list. Roaming Hwange’s savanna grasslands and woodlands are the Big Five and 100 other species of mammals – the park has the biggest diversity of mammals out of the world’s national parks. The Belgium-sized park is also home to some 50 000 elephants and is…

An adventure safari in Zimbabwe

With its vast wildernesses, 4x4-only areas, wild campsites and even wilder animals, Zimbabwe is full of endless adventures. If you like your adventures to last just a day, base yourself in Victoria Falls and take advantage of the activities of Zimbabwe’s adrenaline capital: think bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, abseiling, gorge swinging, cage diving with crocodiles, and…

The regions of Zimbabwe

Northern Zimbabwe is the most visited region of the country. As it’s home to two of the country’s most popular attractions – the bucket list sight of Victoria Falls and wildlife-teeming Hwange National Park – as well as the water wildernesses of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park and the untamed landscapes of Mana Pools National Park, it’s easy to see why northern…

Romantic getaways in Zimbabwe

A holiday in Zimbabwe can be a romantic dream whether you’re into luxury or intrepid adventure: think picture-perfect sunsets in huge expanses of wilderness, dinners for two by candlelight in the bush, sipping gin and tonics on a boat cruising the calm waters of Lake Kariba or the Zambezi River, sleeping under the stars on a remote river island and camping in the wild. Many of…

Zimbabwe in January

January is a rainy month and some camps and lodges are closed. The landscape is green and lush and with abundant water around, making animals hard to spot as they are dispersed in the bush. Birding is excellent during January, as well as the other rainy months, with all of the migratory species present. ...

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

 | 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...

 | Luxury Victoria Falls, Hwange & Mana Pools

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 ...

 | Two weeks in Botswana - a luxury safari itinerary

Two weeks in Botswana - a luxury safari itinerary

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens...

 | Luxurious Cape Town and Victoria Falls

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, 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...

 | Wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe (10 days)

Wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe (10 days)

Why not visit more than one exciting African destination? See the Great Migration, Victoria Falls and wildlife-rich Hwange National Park...

 | 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...

 | Affordable Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls Luxury Safari (10 days)

Affordable Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls Luxury Safari (10 days)

Visit the most popular destinations in Southern Africa on this luxury tour for the budget-conscious...

 | 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...

 | Victoria Falls and Chobe Experience

Victoria Falls and Chobe Experience

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos at the Chobe River...

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 Group needs the contact information you provide to us to contact you about our products and services. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime. For information on how to unsubscribe, as well as our privacy practices and commitment to protecting your privacy, check out our Privacy Policy.

Submitting your inquiry

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:

 +27 21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2