Zimbabwe

A landlocked country which is often described as the most beautiful in all of Southern Africa.

Bordered in the north west by the great Zambezi and in the south west by the Limpopo, it is home to the awesome majesty of Victoria Falls, to swathes of wild savannah and to the magical wilderness of Mana Pools National Park. The Matusadona National Park and Lake Kariba offer a water wilderness while the Matobo National Park is where to go to see 20,000-year old San paintings and for bird-watchers it is as near to heaven as is possible, as it is home to one third of the world’s species of eagle. Nature’s largesse also knows no bounds when it comes to the Hwange National Park, for here some 30,000 elephant are free to roam, whilst the Matobo National Park remains a sanctuary for rhino.

It is a country so rich in nature’s gifts with a super abundance of flora, fauna, game and wildlife. From its great evergreen forests and acres of bush come  60 different species of mammal and more than 500 different species of birds, and well over 130 different types of fish. It is a naturalist’s idea of heaven and still almost unspoilt.


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Highlights

  • Gazing at the majestic Victoria Falls
  • Experience the bushveld led by the renowned Zimbabwean Safari Guides
  • Catching a dramatic sunset over Lake Kariba
  • Canoeing along the Zambezi
  • Watching elephants in Hwange National Park
  • Walking through the bush in Mana Pools
  • Exploring the San rock art at Motopos
  • Bird watching in the Gonorezhou with over 500 species to discover

Seasons

  • Dry - May to September
  • Green - November to March

Wildlife

  • Big Five, antelope including the rare Sable & Roan, zebras, giraffe, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, cheetah and elephant in large numbers in both the Hwange and Mana Pools National Park.
  • Abundant bird life with over 500 species recorded across the regions

Fast facts

  • Capital – Harare
  • Currency – US Dollar
  • Point of Entry – Victoria Falls, Harare, Bulawayo
  • Airlines – British Airways & South African Airways via Johannesburg, Kenya Airways via Nairobi,Emirates via Dubai
  • Flying Time – 1 hour 30 minutes from Johannesburg
  • Time Zone – GMT +2
  • Visa on arrival
  • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis recommended

When to go

  • To view the Victoria Falls at their fullest travel from February to May
  • The best time for fishing on Lake Kariba is August to March
  • For white-water rafting visit in September, October & November

Insider tips

  • Try not to get to Victoria Falls airport too early - there is not a lot on offer at the airport
  • For a real thrill, stay in the open-air Doves Nest tree-house at The Hide Safari Camp in Hwange
  • Do engage with the locals – Zimbabweans are the friendliest people in Africa
  • Walk across the bridge to the Zambian side for a different view of the Victoria Falls.
  • Drink the local Zambezi beer – it is far better than most overseas brands

&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge

Upstream from Victoria Falls and situated on a private game reserve, &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge is a haven of tranquility that enjoys 15 kilometres of exclusive river frontage.  The falls themselves and the various activities in the area, such as helicopter trips, are easily accessible and guests can also enjoy game drives and walks on th...
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Big Cave Camp

Located atop a huge granite ridge in the Matopo Hills, Big Cave Camp is built around the boulders and trees giving a very natural feel to the whole lodge.Guests congregate in the Leopard's Lair which includes a bar, lounge and dining area for communal meals while the cosy library allows some quiet time.  The natural rock swimming pool and ...
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Bomani Tented Lodge

Commanding a wonderful location in a 5,000 acre private concession of the Ngamo Forest, Bomani Tented Lodge is perfect for visitors looking for a laid back safari experience.The emphasis here is on flexibility, with guests being offered the chance to tailor their safaris and activities around what they want to do. Whether this means a full day out ...
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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi is a famous and beloved Lake Kariba Accommodation brand and has been since first opening in 1975. The panoramic vista from the pool, bar, dining deck, spa and all premium rooms is simply astonishing and would be difficult to surpass by any safari lodge on earth.After some years of neglect this Lake Kariba Safari Lodge has been totally revitali...
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Camelthorn Lodge

Imvelo Camelthorn is the most luxurious lodge of their portfolio and certainly the most unique of the 3 offerings. Set in unspoilt woodlands of the Hwange National Park, this is a paradise for birders and those who are looking for a less traditional safari experience.The lodge is set 1km from the nearest waterhole, so animals cannot be seen directl...
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Camp Amalinda

Nestled among the granite domes of the Matopos Hills is Camp Amalinda, a peaceful retreat that is very much a part of the environment, built around the massive boulders.The nine thatched rooms and suites combine luxury with the natural environment incorporating the rocks into the structure of the rooms.  The main lodge areas enjoy panoramic vi...
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Changa Safari Camp

On the shores of the vast, man-made Lake Kariba, Changa Safari Camp provides seclusion and under canvas luxury while remaining in tune to its natural surroundings.With 4.5 kilometres of shoreline and access to Matusadona National Park, Changa is able to offer varied activities including game drives to search for elephant and buffalo; ...
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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge has a stunning cliff top location overlooking the Save River and is on the edge of the Gonarezhou National Park, part of a huge protected area spanning Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique. This is a truly remote lodge in a pristine wilderness area where privileged visitors can explore the rivers, cliffs, waterfalls and ba...
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Davison’s Camp

Nestled under a grove of ancient false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp is situated in a remote north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park.  Estimated 30,000 elephants within close proximity
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Gorges Lodge

Imvelo Gorges Lodge sits on the rim of the Batoka Gorge, 250 metres above the mighty Zambezi, giving it a location unique amongst all African Lodges.The ten stone and thatched cottages that make up the lodge sit along the rim of the gorge and with their own private garden and veranda, this is an ideal location to sit and enjoy the stunning views. T...
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Ilala Lodge

Location is everything at Ilala Lodge.  It is the closest hotel to the Victoria  Falls which are just a 10 minute walk away and the shops and restauarants in Victoria Falls town are on your doorstep.  The lobby and main guest areas have a colonial flavour with antiques and pictures of explorers while the rooms have a more modern styl...
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Ivory Lodge

Situated on a private concession just outside Hwange National Park, Ivory Lodge overlooks an active waterhole that attracts a lot of animals.  The tree house style rooms are raised up on wooden platforms and have a simple, rustic and natural feel with thatched roofs and wooden furniture as well as a verandah on which to sit and watch the passi...
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Kanga Camp

Kanga Camp is found in the most remote part of Mana Pools National Park and offers an unspoilt and private safari experience. The area is a mixture of woodland, forest and river systems and is a wonderful area to explore on foot.  Kanga Camp is situated next to a very active waterhole that is particularly prolific during the dry season as it i...
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Khulu Ivory

Set within a private concession adjacent to Hwange National Park, Khulu Ivory is the smaller, smarter sister of Ivory Lodge. Perfect for couples, this intimate lodge has just six rooms and the waterhole and ancient riverbed in front of camp allow close up views of a steady procession of game including the herds of elephant that Hwange is so famous ...
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Linkwasha Camp

Found in Hwange's south-eastern corner, Linkwasha Camp is making waves as arguably the most luxurious safari camp in Zimbabwe following its complete renovation. The camp’s new contemporary style is a breath of fresh air, and in its position overlooking a pan it is also in a prime viewing location for game all year round.Zimbabwe is widely...
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Little Makalolo Camp

Little Makalolo occupies a privileged position as one of the few private camps situated within Hwange National Park. The camp enjoys exclusive use of an enormous concession area in the heart of Zimbabwe's premier game reserve
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Little Ruckomechi Camp

Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises the largely undeveloped Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area. The camp’s location within Wildernesses' private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclu...
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Meikles Hotel

Meikles Hotel is situated in the heart of Harare and overlooks the historic landmark and colourful flower gardens of Africa Unity Square.The gracious charm, vibrant culture and silver service showcased at this legendary establishment have earned its reputation as Zimbabwe's premier hotel.
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Musango Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

Located on an island just off the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park this is a wonderful owner-run safai camp. There are just six large safari tents and three honeymoon suites (each of which has a private plunge pool) all of them facing east so that they wake with the rising sun. Musango offers the type of safari holiday people dre...
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Nehimba Lodge

In the remote northern region of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and deep inside a private concession, Nehimba Lodge combines the comforts of a luxury safari lodge and exciting game viewing activities.The seven thatched rooms are raised on teak decking and, like the lounges, dining area, bar and swimming pool at the main lodge, overlook Nehimba...
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Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp spans nearly a kilometre of the riverfront in a private concession just beside the north-west corner of Mana Pools National Park. The scenery surrounding the camp is remarkable: the vast Zambezi River, on its way towards the Cahora Bassa Dam, flows in front of a backdrop of the mountains of the Zambezi Escarpment, which rise up...
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Singita Pamushana

In a remote corner of Zimbabwe near the Gonarezhou National Park, Malalingwe Wildlife Reserve was established over 20 years ago to protect the wildlife and ecology of this extraordinary wilderness area and to benefit the neighbouring communities.Singita Pamushana Lodge is perched on a hill top with wonderful bush and lake views.  With just six...
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Somalisa Camp

Somalisa has just seven tents and has upgraded the standard of the accommodation while still maintaining the high level of guiding and hosting that it has become renowned for.  Hwange may be famous for its large numbers of elephants but there are many other species here including buffaloes, sable antelope and lions and the camp’s expert ...
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The Elephant Camp

Situated on a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views across the bush towards the spray from the Victoria Falls as well as the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.  The town and the falls are only a ten minute d...
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The Hide Safari Camp

The Hide epitomises what it is to be a family-run safari camp, and has more than earned its reputation as a consummate safari destination, for both the exceptional wildlife experience and the hospitality it offers. Situated in Hwange National Park, which was once the royal hunting ground of Ndebele kings, there is abundant and diverse wildlife - in...
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The Nesbitt Castle

Originally built in the early 20th century this medieval style castle complete with winding staircases, towers and ramparts was restored and reopened as a hotel in 1990.  Filled with antiques and grand furniture, The Nesbitt Castle is an eccentric place to stay while visiting Bulawayo. Each of its nine rooms are uniquely designed in a historic...
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Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was rec...
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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Voted "Best Safari Lodge" in Zimbabwe for 17 consecutive years and listed on Conde Nast Travellers Gold List, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a place of legend.Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's for...
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Zambezi Expeditions

Mana Pools National Park is a remote, unspoilt wilderness with the chance to explore the Zambezi River, floodplains and lagoons and enjoy some superb, up close game viewing.Zambezi Expeditions are a mobile camp that is set up prior to your arrival on the banks of the river.  The tents are comfortable with outdoor bucket showers and flush ...
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Zambezi Sands

A visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls is on the wish list of many a traveller to Africa and this huge falling curtain of water is justifiably one of Zimbabwe’s, and indeed Africa’s, must-see sights. Rather than staying in the busy tourist town of Victoria Falls retreat upriver to Zambezi Sands which enjoys a lovely, peaceful lo...
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Under The Skin Of Zimbabwe

Days: 10 | From: £4,199 per person based on two sharing
This is the perfect luxury holiday to get you under the skin of Zimbabwe. Combining the best of both worlds, you can enjoy spectacular game viewing at Hwange National Park and witness the beauty of Lake Kariba, all to be topped off by the mighty Victoria Falls. So make sure the camera is c...
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Classic Zimbabwe

Days: 12 | From: £3,820 per person based on two sharing
An extraordinary trip highlighting Zimbabwe’s must see destinations – visit the mighty Victoria Falls, go on safari in Hwange National Park and witness a magnificent sunset at the iconic Lake Kariba. Brief Overview: 3 nights Victoria Falls Hotel 3 nights Somalisa Camp 3 ni...
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Victoria Falls and Hwange Explored

Days: 12 | From: £3,695 per person based on sharing
This exciting itinerary takes you from the banks of the Zambezi River to the far corner of the Hwange National Park, exploring the largest game reserve in the country. Brief Overview: 3 nights Zambezi Sands River Camp 3 nights Nehimba Lodge 3 nights Camelthorn Lodge 2 overnight flights 
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Matopo Hills, Hwange and The Falls

Days: 12 | From: £3,695 per person based on sharing
For those looking to explore different areas of Zimbabwe, this is the itinerary for you. Camp Amalinda is an African inspired refuge, where world-class facilities combine with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty, for which the Matobo Hills is so celebrated. Khulu Ivory, &ld...
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From Mana Pools to the Falls: Luxury Flying Safari

Days: 16 | From: £5,725 per person based on sharing
Travel Zimbabwe in true style with this exclusive flying safari itinerary. Ruckomechi Camp, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, is set amongst broad-canopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. T...
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Zimbabwe and Botswana Adventure

Days: 11 | From: £3,270 per person based on two sharing
This exciting itinerary takes you to two of Africa’s biggest safari destinations, Zimbabwe and Botswana. After an incredible safari in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, you enjoy a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world – The Victoria Falls. Your stay here can be as ...
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Icons of Zimbabwe

Days: 11 | From: £4,380 per person based on two people sharing
Zimbabwe is a superb but often underrated destination and this itinerary showcases its highlights.  Marvel at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls and then head off on safari to Hwange National Park, famed for its elephants and walking safaris, and finally to the ...
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Ultimate Tour of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Days: 13 | From: £7,995 per person based on two people sharing
See the best of Zambia and Zimbabwe whilst on this exclusive 13-day luxury safari. Along the way you will get to stay at some truly exceptional properties, enjoy incredible game viewing and witness the majesty and power of the Victoria Falls. A truly once in a lifetime holiday.Brief O...
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Press
Back to Zimbabwe for Africa's Greatest Safari published Tuesday 26th August 2014
The Heart of the Matter published Wednesday 1st October 2014
Country & Townhouse: Call of the Wild published Wednesday 24th December 2014
Zimbabwe is Still a Winner published Monday 18th May 2015
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