Home to both cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage sites, an incredible diversity of wildlife, some of the most renowned guiding in the world, and all at a steal of a price, Zimbabwe is a hidden gem. Among the country’s many natural splendors, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Lake Kariba are sure to please with stunning landscapes, unique activities, and spectacular game viewing.
Zimbabwe shares Victoria Falls with Zambia, but boasts better vantage points of the largest waterfall on Earth. Spend the day exploring the natural beauty on foot, opt for a relaxing sunset cruise with cocktail in hand or embrace your fears and dive into the abyss of the falls while bungee jumping or perhaps somewhat less frightening a bungee swing. Spending a few days staying along the mighty Zambezi River before or after embarking on safari is strongly encouraged.
For safari, travel to Hwange National Park for vast landscapes shaded by picturesque mopane trees where elephants are plentiful, the Big Five are common, the bird species are vast, and you have the chance to spot rare species such as white rhino, aardwolf, caracal and African wildcat. Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world, stretches 140 miles in length, separating Zimbabwe from Zambia, It draws visitors for its incredible bird populations and superb fishing. Mana Pools, on the edge of the Zambezi River, is a landscape dominated by majestic acacia trees, famed for its incredible walking safaris, multi-day canoeing trips, and four famed pools where elephants, leopards and lions can be at the local watering holes.
What’s To Love in Zimbabwe
Tour the Falls
Take a guided or self-guided tour of the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Views of the "Smoke that Thunders" and rainbows are spectacular If you find yourself in Vic Falls with a full moon prepare for a local party and "moonbows".
Venture into the wilderness of Mana Pools on foot as your highly trained guide explains the nuances of the habitat in which Africa’s wildlife live, highlighting its incredible birdlife, and even stopping to show you how to track its largest predators!
Home to the annual international tiger fishing tournament, there is arguably no better place than Lake Kariba to try your hand at angling for Tigerfish or its other known species of bream and vundu.
Visit A School
Interact with the community; visit a primary school.
Enjoy the Variety of Birds
Best to visit during the rainy season when migrations flock to the national parks, those interested in winged creatures will not be disappointed by the more than 650 bird species that call Zimbabwe home.
Explore the Zambezi via Houseboat
Spend a Few Days Exploring the RIver via a Crewed Luxury Houseboat
Enjoy a Night Drive in a Private Concession
Night drives take place after dinner and give you the thrill of observing nocturnal animals not easily seen in the day as well as predators on the prowl.
Painted Wolf Sightings
Zimbabwe has devoted research and conservation efforts to the African Painted Wolf, or more commonly referred to as Wild Dog. Living in large packs, it is common in some areas of Zim to see the dogs as they rest in the heat of the day.
Get Up Close and Personal to the Elephants
Zimbabwe is known for it's large elephant herds. Don't be surprised to see an elephant or two waltzing through camp; for those camps with "swimming pools" the ellies are happy to claim them as their personal watering holes.
Ride the Elephant Express
Board the Elephant Express between Southern to Central Hwange. The journey can accommodate 24 people and lasts 2 hours, give or take a lounging lion.
Visit the Rhinos
For the first time in nearly 20 years visitors will be able to see rhinos. A Rhino sanctuary has been built on communal land fueled by the vision and leadership of Mark Butcher, owner of Imvelo Safari Lodges, in collaboration with local villagers and the National Park Service. The sanctuary recently opened with the translocation of 2 white rhinos and will support efforts to reintroduce rhinos to the wild in Hwange over time. The community buzz supporting the wildlife-human interaction is wildly positive, with all the rangers hired from the community and school children talking non-stop about the two new celebrities in the village.
For Safari, you want to go during the dry season from July through October with the peak months for game viewing being August and September when the terrain is dry and the heat is bearable. Traveling in October, while game viewing may be the best as scarce water supplies force predators and prey into close encounters, the heat can be especially scorching for areas in the north like Mana Pools. That being said, with the exception of Mana Pools, the game areas are open year-round. For birders, consider traveling in the wetter season from November through March when migratory birds flock to the parks.
For the Falls, there is really no bad time to go. If you are seeking the Falls in its full glory, consider traveling when the water volume is at its highest, April through June. But if you are adamant about rafting, consider traveling when the water levels are lower and the rapids are prime, in September and October.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Zimbabwe can run from $700 - $1,200+, per person per day
primarily dependent upon if you are traveling to the Falls or safari, time of year, single or double occupancy, lodging style, and included activities. Quoted Tour prices include camps and lodges, required regional flights, guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, equipment rental, ground transfers, all meals, all beverages including local alcoholic beverages.