Best of Zimbabwe Safari

Zimbabwe offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, as well as extraordinary natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. This safari explores three of Zimbabwe’s greatest highlights: expansive Hwange National Park – famous for its huge elephant herds, breathtaking Mana Pools National Park and unforgettable Victoria Falls. Enjoy game drives, as well as opportunities to explore by canoe and on foot.

This is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary. We can easily extend or shorten the itinerary to include more or fewer nights in an area, and can mix and match the accommodation to suit.

9 days/8 nights
Tented Camps & Hotel
Departs daily ex Victoria Falls

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Highlights:

  • Vast Hwange National Park, supporting 105 species of mammal and over 400 bird species
  • Beautiful Mana Pools National Park, on the banks of the Lower Zambezi
  • The iconic Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s best known natural features
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photography opportunities
  • Explore the wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by canoe

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Best of Zimbabwe

Itinerary

9 days/8 nights Safari

Days 1-3

Hwange National Park
Take a light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls to Little Makalolo Camp in Hwange National Park for 3 nights. This exclusive eco-camp features just 6 comfortable tents, and is surrounded by a range of habitats making it one of the reserve’s best gameviewing areas. Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange supports 105 species of mammal and over 400 bird species. During your stay, you can participate in morning and afternoon game activities and bush walks. LD (Day 1) / BLD (Days 2/3)

Days 4-6

Mana Pools National Park
Fly by light aircraft to your next destination, Mana Pools National Park. Transfer by road to Ruckomechi Camp which offers 10 ensuite tented rooms with superb views overlooking the Zambezi River. Mana Pools sits on the Lower Zambezi ringed by the dramatic Zambezi Escarpment. This stunning part of the world is famous for its seasonal pools, islands, majestic forests and woodlands. The ecosystem harbours exceptional birdlife and abundant wildlife. Large herbivores that can be easily seen here include elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, while predators include lion, leopard and African wild dog. Enjoy game drives, walking safaris and canoeing. BLD

Days 7/8

Victoria Falls
Fly by light aircraft to the magnificent World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. You are accommodated at Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe’s oldest and finest luxury hotel. The hotel features 161 air-conditioned rooms and suites, three restaurants, a bar, library, reading room and 24-hour room service. On Day 8 take a half day tour of the falls followed by a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on the Ra-Ikane riverboat. B

Day 9

Tour ends Victoria Falls
Today, you will be transferred by road or air to Victoria Falls airport where the tour ends. B

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Zimbabwe Overview

Why should I travel to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.

What is the culture of Zimbabwe? Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.

What is the climate in Zimbabwe? Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with? Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.

How to get to Zimbabwe? Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

Do I need a Visa for Zimbabwe? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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