Early towns, safari parks as well as a lively history of culture and local traditions make Zimbabwe a very good Safari destination. Zimbabwe safari and holidays offers tourists a variety of places to visit, adrenalin adventures and several options for overnights.
There are many tourist attractions in Zimbabwe, which include wildlife safari parks, Victoria Falls, botanical gardens and also beautiful suburbs. Looking for a great and also updated Zimbabwe travel guidebook, proficient travel and tour agents can assist you in choosing how to spend a Zimbabwe safari holiday, where to go, where to stay and the activities you’ll enjoy doing.
Things to Do In Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s unique environment is one of its biggest attractions. From breathtaking water bodies to humongous national parks, the country is full of custom-made adventures for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. The unique ambience of Zimbabwe makes it one of the major tourist destinations on the African continent. These range from its large national parks, the different water bodies, various adventure activities for lovers of mother nature as well as those interested in wildlife can all be enjoyed here such as hiking, Bungee jumping, trekking, canoeing safaris, African safaris, golf and freshwater fishing.
Below we have highlighted the top things to do and places to visit while on holiday in Zimbabwe.
- Visit the Famous Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls is among the world’s natural wonders and alleged to be the most spectacular waterfall across the world. This waterfall is found on the great Zambezi River and forms the national border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is the widest curtain of water covering 1,708 meters / 5,604 feet wide and making a drop of 108 meters / 354 feet below that makes a very thundering sound.
There is a huge volume of water spray that rises from these beautiful waterfalls that can be seen even thirty (30) miles away, and because of that the local people called it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which translates into ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. This is a must-see attraction while on holiday in Zimbabwe
- Explore Harare City
Previously referred to as Salisbury, Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe as well as the starting point for majority of the safari itineraries in Zimbabwe. This amazing city also referred to as the sunshine city is pretty sophisticated, very clean and has all features of an urban cosmopolitan city. the beautiful city has several flowering trees lining its streets, modern-day architecture as well as amazing parks and gardens like the Lion & Cheetah Park, Lavron Bird Gardens and the Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens, with a blend of different cultures. The nightlife is another aspect to explore; it’s very vibrant and there are several happening places such as night clubs, lounges, bars, restaurants and dance halls in the city.
- Explore Zambezi River
The mighty Zambezi River is best known for its magnificent Victoria Falls that are found on it, however, there is so much more that this river offers. Besides the the fourth (4th) longest river on the continent, it is also the river tat pours the largest volume of water into the Indian Ocean. this spectacular river flows through six (6) different countries before finally empting into the ocean, there are different activities that are carried out on it such as white water rafting, swimming, tiger fishing and canoeing.
- Bungee Jumping
for a real adrenaline rush experience in Zimbabwe we recommend that you go bungee jumping over the Zambezi river close to the beautiful Victoria Falls. There is a team of experts who have been licensed to conduct this activity with international standards.
- Visit the Mana Pools National Park
This national park has four different pools found inland after which the park’s name was derived; in the local Shona language the phrase ‘mana pools’ means ‘four pools’. The park prides in a rich biodiversity found around these inland pools that were created by River Zambezi. Some of the animals you will be able to see here include: zebras, hippos, elephants and crocodiles seen in very large numbers. Tourists interested in fishing are also advised to obtain fishing permits from the local authorities that will permit them to engage in that activity. The vundu, tiger fish as well as the Bream are some of the species here.
- Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Another amazing thing to do during your visit on Zimbabwe is to visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins which are remnant of the once powerful Kingdom of Zimbabwe whose building are said to have been constructed several years ago between the 11th-and-15th centuries AD. These ruins are divided into three (3) sections which include the hill complex, the great enclosure as well as the valley. When you visit this site you will see evidence of Chinese ceramics as well as the Arab coins obtained from East Africa which show that this old city was an old fortress for trade and commerce
- Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage
This wildlife orphanage was established to provide a home for the wild animals and birds that had a very minimal chance of survival. Orphaned animals and birds as well as those which were injured, abandoned, being held as pets or even born in captivity or have been rescued and given a safe home here. The injured animals have been treated and rehabilitated and given another chance to live. This establishment was founded by Vivian Wilson a former game ranger together with his wife.
- Lake Kariba
Back in 1959, Kariba dam was constructed on Zambezi River to generate hydro power and as a result of this blockade on the river Lake Kariba was formed as an artificial reservoir. This is a very fascinating place to see on your visit.
Today, Lake Kariba is the largest manmade lake in the whole world covering a width of 25 miles and a length of 140 miles. Some of the activities enjoyed on this lake are: tiger fishing, wildlife viewing, enjoying a house-boat ride, and a great variety of water sport activities.
- White water rafting on Zambezi River
The Zambezi River offers some of the best class of rapid in the whole world. In case you are a fearless adventurer interested in navigating these waters then white water rafting should not be missed.
- Visit the Chinhoyi Caves National Park
The Chinhoyi Caves National Park is among the most mystic and mystifying places you will encounter while in Zimbabwe. It is situated approximately 130 kilometers from Harare Zimbabwe’s capital city. Within this park is a beautiful bet work of the Chinhoyi Caves which are made of dolomite and limestone as well as numerous tunnels. There is a unique breathtaking blue pool found fifty (50) meters underground and it’s the highlight in these caves. Another activity conducted here is scuba diving in the blue water pool.
These caves derived their name from the Chief Chinhoyi who together with is tribesmen sought refuge in these caves in which they lived in for a long time to protect themselves from being raided by people from other tribes.
- Visit Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist Village
In case you are interested in buying some good quality authentic African craft souvenir while in Zimbabwe, then we highly recommend that you go to the Elephant’s Walk Shopping & Artist Village. This place has several stores dealing in authentic art crafts plus boutique galleries offering you a wide selection to make your choice from. There is also a coffee shop where you can enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and scrumptious delicacies.
- Flying Fox
For the extreme adventure lovers, visiting Zimbabwe will give you an opportunity to go flying fox over the gorge as you horizontally soar through the air. The sight of the raging waters of river Zambezi below you is a very unique experience. This activity is better suited for adults only
- Hwange National Park
the Hwange National Park covers an area of over 14,600 square kilometers and its is the largest national park in Zimbabwe as well as one of the top ten (10) largest game parks in Africa. It is found on the border of Botswana and is home to more than 100 different types of animals including 40,000 elephants and approximately 400 bird species.
- Visit the Khami Ruins
Khami in simple words is a ruined city found west of Bularwayo. previously, this was the capital city of the Kalanga kingdom despite the fact that today it stands in total ruins as a national monument which in 1986 was declare a UNESCO world heritage site. This city which was under the Torwa dynasty was constructed from around 1450 to 1650, however, after the Ndebele Invasion, the city was totally deserted in the 19th century. The walls of this ancient city are adorned with beautiful decorations and elaborate patterns, while some of the artifacts plus valuable relics that were discovered here have been well displayed in the tiny museum found at the entry point of this site.
- Visit Bulawayo City
Bulawayo city is home to a great history of Zimbabwean people as well as urban culture. by the mid-19th century this city was established by Lobengula the then king of the Ndebele people, however following the Matabele war, the city was taken over by the British. During your walking tour s in this city, you will be able to see some of the ancient architecture constructed during the colonial era and walk through the beautiful streets lined with colorful flowers. there are a number of fascinating places of interest you can visit here such as the Hillside Dams Conservancy, Bulawayo railway museum, Nesbitt Castle and the Chipangali wildlife orphanage
- Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site that has several anthropological and geological features in addition to a variety of wildlife. The major tourist highlight in the park are the huge granite rocks balanced on each other. To a photographer, setting eyes to these unique natural rock arrangements is dream come true. There are several rock arts found across the park that are believed to be drawn by the San Bushmen about 2000 years ago. There is also the Matobo recreational park that offers a good hiking experience to holidaymakers who are passionate about hiking.
- Go Zip Lining
Zip lining is another exciting activity you can enjoy during your holiday in Zimbabwe; you will fly on a zip line that crosses great Zambezi River at a speed of 50 miles per hour suspended on a height of 364 ft above the ground. This activity can be enjoyed by couples on a honeymoon holiday, a group of friends as well as families.
- Enjoy Canoeing on the Mana Pools
Take on the Canoe Trail offered in the Mana Pools if you are interested in enjoying another unique way of exploring the unique wildlife of Zimbabwe. This trail offers a 4 day adventure that enables holidaymakers to canoe while soaking in breathtaking landscapes and get up close to the amazing animals and birds in this area. This adventure gets you closer to Mother Nature as you experience the unique sounds, smells and sights of this part of the country.
- Gorge Swing
Take a giant swing over the waters of the Zambezi River close to the Victoria Falls taking a free swing at a height of two hundred and thirty feet (230 ft). It’s quite an exhilarating experience that will surely get your heart pounding.
- Join the Victoria Falls Marathon
The Victoria Falls Marathon gives runners an opportunity to run a course that is characterized by breathtaking beauty. The athletes will run across the beautiful Victoria Falls Bridge as they marvel at the widest waterfall in the world. There is also accommodation found within the area for those who would love to stay for extra nights.
Frequently asked Questions on Zimbabwe
below we have compiled a number of questions frequently asked about Zimbabwe that will enable you better understand the destination and better plan your safari so that you have an enjoyable and memorable stay.
What are the visa requirements for visiting Zimbabwe?
All foreign visiting the country are required to have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity starting from the date of departure or end of your visit in Zimbabwe. Travelers who plan to cross border into South Africa are recommended to have two blank consecutive pages within their passport otherwise although you may have a valid South Africa Visa you might be denied entry if you don’t have these blank pages. Person’s visiting the country for tourism reasons will pay a single entry Visa an it costs thirty US dollars (US $30) and it’s valid for only 30 days. There is however a multiple entry visa valid for 60 days available at a cost of sixty US dollars (US $60)
Depending on your citizenship you may or may not be required to have a visa to enter into Zimbabwe. For additional information regarding visas into Zimbabwe we recommend that you visit the embassy website. In case a parent or a guardian is traveling with a minor who is eighteen (18) years or below, you will be required to present a certified consent letter from the non accompanying guardian or parent.
Is Zimbabwe safe?
Zimbabwe is generally considered to be a safe country to visit particularly if you are going to follow the main tourist routes. Similar to many destinations in the world, the instances of petty theft have also been reported especially in the large cities; therefore it is recommended that you take some personal precaution. Below are some of the tips you can follow
- Do not walk alone at night
- Do not simply leave your valuables within the hotel rooms; ensure that they are well looked up in the safety deposit box or in the safe room provided by the hotel
- Do not move with large amounts of cash
- Do not move with your important documents; it is better recommended that you make copies of all your important documents and you have the originals carefully looked up in the safety box at the hotel. Only move with photocopies.
- Do not expose your valuable equipment such as cameras, laptops when moving in public
- Do not go on Safari with you valuable and expensive jewelry it’s better to leave them home
What is the electric current used in Zimbabwe?
The electric current in Zimbabwe used for all its electrical gadgets is 220 volts and mainly uses the three pin plugs. Although many hotels May provide adaptors, you are advised to carry your own electrical current conversion adapter
When it comes to Safari camps and camps the largest number of them depends on generators and solar power considering that they are found in very remote areas. For such places power will be on for specific hours and you may not to find charging points in your rooms so guests are advised to plan their time well and do all they have to do before the power is turned off, especially for the ladies who might want to dry or iron their hair in the morning.
in instances where there are no charging points in your rooms such lodges normally provide the charging points within the common guest areas so you may have to leave your electrical gadget that needs charging with the receptionist to charge it or preferably you can carry spare batteries for your electrical.
What is the weather like in Zimbabwe?
The rainfall and temperatures in Zimbabwe are directly influenced by altitude. In general the climate is warm with the days being mostly bright and sunny while the nights are cool and clear. During the dry season or winter months that begin in May to July the daytime temperatures range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 73 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and in the evenings they drop ranging from 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 49 degrees Fahrenheit from August to October. The days are generally hot and dry and temperatures can shoot up to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The evening and early mornings however are really cold so people going on a safari and will be in engaging in the early morning game drives are recommended to pack enough warm layers.
Is English spoken in Zimbabwe?
Yes, English is among the three official languages used within the country in addition to Ndebele and Shana. The hospitality and tourism industry as well as Banks and most government agencies and offices speak English for that reason during your visit communication will be easy.
What currency is used in Zimbabwe?
The local currency for Zimbabwe Is the Zimbabwean dollar which is denoted as ZWD. Following an economic decline that led to inflation levels of about 5 billion percent, the reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in the month of July in 2009 allowed the use of foreign money / currency in the country. By April 2009 the local Zimbabwe dollar was indefinitely suspended and until today the use of foreign money such as the British pound, the South African rand as well as they United States dollar were granted official use. being a ‘Cash country’ the people of Zimbabwe mainly use cash and for that reason credit card services are very minimal.
Are credit cards accepted in Zimbabwe?
Well the biggest numbers of major hotels within the large cities and at the Victoria Falls accept credit cards and for that reason people visiting the country are advised to make prepayment of most of their expenses through their Safari or tour operator and refrain from caring large amounts of cash on them. You cannot use your credit or debit card to get cash in most of Zimbabwe. In case you are around the Victoria Falls and you run out of cash you may be required to cross borders using a taxi into Zambia where you will be able to use an ATM or bank (this process is quite expensive as you will require a visa to cross borders as well as to pay the transport charge for your taxi, for that reason you are advised to make proper financial pre-planning as its very key when visiting this country). Travelers are also advised to bring new notes of the US dollar currency when coming to Zimbabwe preferably in small denominations
Can I visit Zimbabwe when I have a special dietary requirement?
Yes majority of the special dietary requirements are catered for and can be organized for as per your requirements given that you make prior communication to your travel agent and to that Safari Lodge that will be staying at. You should also point out any allergies to say peanuts or gluten or any other to your hotel or Lodge to give them enough time to prepare for you well.
What Is The Accommodation And Service LIKE In Zimbabwe?
You can expect a high level of service at your accommodations and from your guides. During your holiday in Zimbabwe, look forward to great service at the accommodation facilities you will be staying as well as from the tour guide who will lead you on your safari. All the safari guides have been extensively well trained to international standards to ensure that they satisfy every guest’s standards. Zimbabwe offers a diversity of accommodation facilities including hotels, tented camps, lodges and basic camping facilities. Besides the basic camping facilities, the rest differ from luxury, mid-range to budget facilities.
What to pack on a safari in Zimbabwe?
It is recommended to pack a soft duffle bag that is waterproof preferably with multiple luggage compartments. Refrain from bringing a huge suitcase that may be challenging to carry around.
When choosing clothing it’s better that you bring those that are natural colored preferably beige, khaki or brown and they should be lightweight. Don’t forget to bring a jacket or warm sweater for the cold evenings and early mornings especially when you’re visiting in the summer months. A set of formal clothes for the evening dinners is also recommended. Brightly colored clothing such as white that easily attract dust are not a good option especially if you are going to visit the remote tourist destinations such as the national parks which have dusty tracks
It is also a good idea to bring a smaller daypack in which you can carry your personal item such as your camera, insect repellent, a re-usable water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen and any other personal items for your day activities.
Below we have compiled a list of items to bring on your Safari
A hut a wide-brim and preferably straps below the chin to protect it from flying away in case of windy conditions
Shorts or skirts
Good quality sunglasses
Long trousers or pants
T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts
Formal attire for your evening dinners
Strong hiking shoes with ankle support
Flip-flops or sandals
A warm winter coat, scarf, gloves or jacket especially for the winter months from May to September
A lightweight jacket or a sweater
A lightweight raincoat for the summer months from late November to April
A camera with its lenses and several memory cards as well as spare batteries or a charger
A pair of binoculars depending on the activities you are going to engage in
In case you wear contact lenses, it is better advised to bring a pair of glasses to avoid irritation since most of the rural parts of Zimbabwe are dusty.
A copy of the prescription of your personal medication
Sunscreen and moisturizing cream
Wipes or wet tissues
a basic personal first aid kit with band aids, plasters, hand sanitizer, antiseptic cream, eye drops, pain tablets, chapstick, heartburn relief, Kleenex packets and an itchy spray for insect bites
Make copies of your travel documents passports insurance and don’t forget your cards including Mastercard or the Visa plus some cash on you
Water proof bags to cover your equipment such as the camera and even hold your swimsuit when wet
Is there a luggage restriction for charter flights in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe offers personal luggage restriction of 20kg per person including camera equipment and hand luggage. Hard suitcases will not be accepted in these aircraft because normally they do not fit, for that reason carry soft bags. In case you have additional luggage, extra luggage weight can be purchased.
Zimbabwe has stringent size and weight restrictions for persons using light aircrafts because of the following reason:
- Majority of the f fields are located in faraway places that are 3000 feet above sea level and for that reason the current capacity the aircraft is reduced
- The aircrafts also have restrictions for their physical space
- The aircraft are made with a maximum luggage weight as well as personal weight allowance
In fact the acceptable passenger weight is 100 kilograms per person however if you are beyond that you will be required to purchase an additional seat in advance
Can I do laundry in Zimbabwe?
Yes laundry can be done however most hotels, lodges and camps do it at an additional small cost so it is recommended to consult with the concierge desk or reception to better understand the price
Do I need vaccinations when visiting Zimbabwe?
No, Zimbabwe doesn’t have any formal required vaccination however it very important that you take precaution against some diseases especially malaria when you’re visiting in the summer months. You should also keep in mind that HIV and AIDS is prevalent in Africa so you need to take all the necessary precautions. Prior to visiting travelers coming into Zimbabwe are advised to visit their Doctors back home to get malaria prophylaxis prescription.
Below we have given you some of the tips to follow to avoid contracting malaria in Zimbabwe
- sleep under a mosquito net
- Use insect repellent
- Wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts to prevent insect bites
- Take your anti-malaria drug as prescribed by your doctor.
Zimbabwe is not a yellow fever risk country however the Zimbabwean government requires that people entering the country show proof of yellow fever vaccination especially if you are traveling from a country with a high risk yellow fever. You can always check with the embassy to get more details regarding whether you need or not to have a yellow fever shot.
Persons coming from the USA are not required to have proof of the yellow fever vaccine however it’s important to b e certain especially if coming from another country. But in case you come from a country listed among the high risk yellow fever countries and you do not have the certificate you might be denied entry in the country.
What is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?
Many holidaymakers especially those visiting Zimbabwe for the first time are normally bothered with a question: ‘when is the best time to take my Safari’. I believe every Safari agent or tour operator has answered this question so many times however I should say Zimbabwe is one of the destinations on the African continent that can be visited all year round. But the question when to visit Zimbabwe will be best answered by what activities you are going to engage in.
The country experiences different weather patterns that are brought about by the different weather season. Various tourist activities like sightseeing, game viewing, visiting the Victoria Falls and many others will surely depend on the weather season.
Below we bring you the different seasons with a month-to-month guide on which is the best time to go to this amazing country
December to March- the rainy season
During this time the country is experiencing the rainy season and the heavy rains normally begin in the month of December. The dry plains of Zimbabwe at this time of the year turn into a green blanket succulent with water and several waterholes fill up again. The water volumes in the rivers as well as the lakes rise to higher levels at this time, and the wild animals are also dispersed since there is plenty of pastures to eat and sufficient water to drink. Migrant bird species on the other hand begin arriving in the country especially from mid January and February all through to March, and the game parks come to life again as many of the animals are birthing at this time.
When it comes to photographers taking a safari at this time of the year is a very highly recommended time since the sky is a very clear especially right after the rain and the backgrounds are emerald green. This is considered the best time to take bird watching Safari as well as a photography Safari in Zimbabwe.
As many people say the rainy season is not recommended for game viewing since the animals are dispersed and not congested in one place which is normally around the few remaining waterholes. In fact finding the animals may take you sometime but when you do so you will enjoy game viewing in a less crowded ambience. this time of the year there are very few tourists in the country due to the weather conditions and some destinations such as the Mana Pools might even be closed, in addition to a couple of accommodation facilities found in the far remote areas. nonetheless the Hwange as well as Matusadona can be explored if you visit the country at this time of the year.
April and May – the shoulder season
This is considered the shoulder season in Zimbabwe and it is one of the most spectacular seasons with evidence of the wet rainy season still visible despite the fact that the rains hardly ever fall with the dry season around the corner. During these months, majority of the accommodation facilities that would have closed in the previous season reopen and begin to ready themselves for the upcoming dry season. Visiting during this time of the year will reward you with bright cool days with perfect views of wildlife in a less crowded environment since the number of tourists in the country is still very low. Places like Matobo National Park can be visited at during this month; however, we should remind you to carry an umbrella with you since the area may receive some unexpected small rain showers.
The well-known Victoria Falls can also best be visited during this time of the year especially for people who are interested in taking imperfect photographs. During this month the level of water on the waterfall is still very high and there is a large cloud of water spray rising above the entire surrounding area seeming like a cloud. As the year progresses the water level continues to drop very low and by the months of November and December the waterfall appears like a shadow of what it is in April and May. On the other hand holidaymakers interested in enjoying the different water sports around these waterfalls are recommend that you visit in August and September to engage in activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting. From the month of January through April the water level begins to rise again since the wet season has started again.
June to November – the dry season
This is customarily regarded as the best time to visit Zimbabwe. The country is experiencing the dry season and the local people of Zimbabwe referred to it as the winter time though I am sure that people traveling from the northern hemisphere could disagree with this. During this time of the year from the month of June to November the average temperatures during the day are 25 degrees Centigrade while in the early mornings it is normally very cold especially in the Eastern Highlands and Hwange National Park. For that reason, in case you are going to engage in the early morning game drives we highly recommend that you park some warm clothing (like jackets and sweaters) to layer up. By mid October and November, the temperatures begin to rise to an average of 30 degrees Centigrade and sometimes the days may turn out to be extremely hot. The days normally have blue skies and the sun is bright and shinning to its fullest making it a very pleasurable time of the year to explore Zimbabwe.
Best time for viewing wildlife in Zimbabwe
From June to November persons interested in game viewing while on holiday in Zimbabwe are advised to visit at this time. Most of the water sources have dried up and the animals tend to congregate around the remaining water holes. The vegetation as well has thinned making it easier to spot wildlife. Consequently since most of the animals especially antelopes can easily be spotted around one waterhole area they attract several predators to themselves offering very fascinating views. On a lucky day you might even see a lion praying in the grass to make its catch. When you visit places like the Mana Pools, you will realize that a very large number of herbivores congregate within the Zambezi floodplains with large numbers of hungry carnivores waiting to prey on them.
In conclusion I should say that due to the changing weather conditions being experienced across the world as a result of global warming, the above weather information may not be 100 percent accurate year after year; however it’s a good guide.
Zimbabwe Safari attractions
Wildlife Safaris usually are a very good way to enjoy the untamed side of Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game park with significant herds of African elephants. Experience this beautiful park on a guided Elephant Back safari through the acacia woodlands, thick savannah bushes and across the Zambezi River on the ride and visit nearby Victoria Falls. Other sights on the trails include lions, zebras, rhino, buffalo, eland, sable antelopes, waterbuck, leopard and over 400 different birds.
Not far away from Lake Kariba is Mana Pools National Park. This small park remains mystical and is rarely visited on Zimbabwe safaris and tours. Canoe rides cross the park over Mana pools on the banks of river Zambezi and enjoy the scene of schools of hippos, elephants on the banks, antelopes and birds like kingfishers, the endangered black eagles and fish eagles.
Sport fishing on the river Zambezi is another adventure as catches include record sizes of tiger fish. The river is also site for bungee jumping, canoeing, white water rafting and other water sports. Catch the thrill of Victoria falls, Zimbabwe’s prime attraction with awesome sights during the rainy season. Down the river is Lake Kariba popular for luxury house boating trips, spectacular sights of small islands, fewer game on the shores and birds here and there.
Make it part of you safari in Zimbabwe to visit the beautiful rugged landscape that border Zimbabwe to the east. The rugged mountains are covered in lush rain forests, spectacular wildlife sights like antelopes which extend to further into Mozambique.
Bulawayo is the second biggest city of Zimbabwe and is particularly an old and crowded social centre with many tourist points, restaurants, museums, hotels and scent of outdated buildings. Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city is another interesting city with beautiful buildings, tree lined streets and several gift/ curio shops.
Even with fewer places to visit, Zimbabwe safari holidays have a wide range of hotels and accommodation, guesthouses, holiday inn, bed and breakfast facilities and luxury safari lodges in Zimbabwe. There are many online Zimbabwe traveling packages that may include things like lodging at a luxury spa and resort.
With regard to adventurous tourists, Zimbabwe backpacking and camping tours are offered. Hiking around the extraordinary landscapes of Zimbabwe in the eastern highlands is usually a wonderful trip at the end of the day. You’ll find good overnight facilities in Harare Zimbabwe hotels, Hwange national park has accommodation in Ivory lodge, Makalolo plains camp and Sikumi Tree lodges. Victoria Falls’ sights are good from Zambezi River lodge, elephant hills lodge, Victoria Falls hotel, Victoria Falls safari lodge and from Gorges lodge. Travel and transfer within Zimbabwe are handled and prepared in your Zimbabwe safari packages by either your hotel or Zimbabwe tour operator. Private car hire are another option for adventure Zimbabwe safari. Make sure you have / buy a good Zimbabwe travel handbook or map.
Adventures in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is one of the best safari locations in Africa. In fact the safari sites of Zimbabwe are one of the prime attractions for the tourists. The main safari zones of Zimbabwe are Matusadona, Makalolo Plains, Bulawayo, Hwange and Mana Pools.
The Safari industry of Zimbabwe is one of the most developed and fast growing industries of Africa. Zimbabwe safari is one of the best Zimbabwe Activities.
Zimbabwe is the natural haven for the wild animals and so it is one of the richest hunting destinations in the world. This is the reason behind Zimbabwe Hunting being one of the primary and most popular Zimbabwe Activities.
Zimbabwe is filled with different types of wild species and the hunters may often come along some of the rarest species of animals in this country. The main hunting zones of Zimbabwe also offer the hunters with good lodging and accommodation facilities.
Zimbabwe also offers the tourists with great shopping experience. It is fun to move around in the country shopping for the unique tribal jewelries and clothes. Zimbabwe also offers the shoppers with the advanced shopping experience.
Why take a safari in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe blends an abundance of beautiful landscapes, remains of very old civilizations, amazing wildlife as well as adventures in abundance.
d in between two amazing rivers – the permanent Zambezi filled with fairy tales and the seasonal Limpopo; Zimbabwe is endowed with plenty of natural resources.
River Zambezi has an remark
able range of breathtaking scenery in addition to one of the natural wonders in the world: the Victoria Falls, locally referred to as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – translated as “the Smoke that Thunders.”
What to see on a safari in Zimbabwe?
- Watch the large elephant herds as they gather around the waterholes
- Bungee jumping at the amazing Victoria Falls
- Enjoy Game drives in the countryside on your wildlife safari
- Take Canoe rides down the length of the great River Zambezi River
- Enjoy the various adventure activities, iconic scenery and safaris
- amazing game viewing plus bird watching in Hwange National Park
- explore the wilderness area and take canoe safaris in Mana Pools National Park
- take boat trips, go fishing, see lions and elephants in Matusadona National Park
- see the rock paintings, big game and lovely scenery in Matobo National Park
- explore Gonarezhou National Park plus the nearby Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve for birding and game viewing
Just a couple of destinations in Africa can compete with the powerful Victoria Falls for best visual drama. Outright, livid flood, the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ as locally recognized, is among the most mesmerizing attractions on the African continent, leaving visitors immersed and exhilarated simultaneously. And also the very best on-foot sights – so beautiful that David Livingstone a long ago explorer declared that they should have been looked on by angels – are from the Zimbabwe’s side of River Zambezi.
Zambezi white water rafting
Enjoy a wild ride on River Zambezi below the Victoria Falls found in Zimbabwe, for an entire day. This does not require you to be a professional as rafting on the Zambezi; will reward you with an adrenalin experience! This is the wildest single day whitewater rafting adventure on the planet
Zimbabwe’s leading wildlife reserve is the Hwange National Park, a quick drive from the Victoria Falls and habitat to a wide variety of predators in addition to large herds of buffalos and elephants that compete with those of bordering Botswana. The wild animals in and around River Zambezi include hippos, crocodiles, whereas timid antelopes – are the highlight of Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, where tourist activities such as game drives plus river cruises in addition to canoe adventures plus walking safaris can be enjoyed.
Which Safari Company or Tour Operator?
There are plenty of tour operators besides safari companies inside Zimbabwe. Fortunately the majority of companies organize safaris to most part of the country and offer visitors the chance to explore and enjoy the different attractions of Zimbabwe. On top of that, it’s extremely important to establish whether the company you intend to use is registered with the country’s recognized Tourism organizations
Where to Stay On a Zimbabwe Safari?
From the natural power of the fascinating Victoria Falls to the hardly ever visited wildlife reserves, the natural splendor of Zimbabwe is part of what makes it a very appealing destination. Similarly attractive is the great variety of Zimbabwe accommodation, suitable for the bush-camper as well as the luxury safari lover. Situated in all of the leading destinations in Zimbabwe from the Victoria Falls to the impressive Hwange National Park as well as from Mana Pools to unique private reserves; the lodges plus hotels within Zimbabwe are diverse in design however share something: excellent service which constantly comes with a warm smile!
Examples include: Victoria Falls Hotel, Singita Pamushana Lodge, The Elephant Camp, Little Makalolo, The Hide, Changa Safari Camp, Ruckomechi Camp
When to Go on a Safari in Zimbabwe?
With moderate temperatures, hardly any rain as well as a low malaria-risk environment, the dry months from May to October which is the winter season are usually considered as the most ideal time to go to Zimbabwe for wildlife viewing, however keep in mind that September as well as October are extremely hot dry months.
on the other hand The perfect time to visit the Victoria Falls is at the close of the summer which is the rainy season as the falls are in maximum flood – visit between April and May for the best dramatic views. But, to go white-water rafting on the Victoria Falls the best regarded time is August to December which is the low water season; the volume plus speed of water is decreased and also the rapids tend to be revealed.
How much does a Zimbabwe Safari cost?
A 4 days safari package with three nights at Chundu Island along the River Zambezi very near to the powerful Victoria Falls costs EUR 663 or USD 850
Are Zimbabwe people Friendly?
The men and women of Zimbabwe are very warm and friendly and extremely welcoming. there are actually a variety of tribes here every single one with special norms plus practices. the biggest number of Zimbabwe’s people originate from the great Bantu speaking migrant family which first entered east plus south Africa approximately 2000 years back.
These Iron makers together with agriculturists occupied the highveld, the middleveld as well as around the Zimbabwe eastern highlands.
There they started the lengthy process of forming the unique Shona culture which is much part of today’s Zimbabwe.
What is the Weather like in Zimbabwe?
In Zimbabwe, the rainfall arrive mainly in December, January, February as well as March; the more north you go, the sooner the rain arrives and then the later they end. The higher eastern regions of Zimbabwe normally receive more rain compared to the lower western regions.
In April and May almost all of the rainfall is finished, leaving a green environment, that is beginning to dry out. Particularly in more southerly as well as the higher locations, the temperatures at night begin to drop.
In June, July and August The nights turn out to be colder, therefore make sure you carry some warmer clothing especially if you plan to spend some time outside in the night; the daytimes are clear and hot. For Zimbabwe, it is the beginning of the ‘peak season’ the days are usually cloudless and also game viewing regularly increases.
In September as well as October the overall temperatures increase yet again: the lower lying rift valley areas of Zimbabwe like the Mana Pools become extremely hot in the month of October. During that period, you will see a number of amazing wild animals, as the wildlife gather around the only available sources of water.
November is on the other hand very unpredictable; it may be hot and even dry, it may as well see the arrival of the very first rainfalls of the season and in this regard it is a quite intriguing month, as on a good day, you may experience these two weather patterns.
Zimbabwe is quite a charming country with a diversity of attractions to offer to its visitors. The list below high lights some of the best attractions you can visit in Zimbabwe while on your holiday in the country. So when you think of adventure in Africa, think no further than Zimbabwe.
Mana Pools a World Heritage Site is a large conservation area for wildlife located in the western part of Zimbabwe, covering a total expanse of 2500 sq Kilometers. Mana which in Shona means “Four” is references the four huge permanent pools that were formed with time by course of lower river Zambezi. There are several wild animals seen particularly in the dry season among which are lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals, zebras, elephants plus many others and more than 300 bird species.
The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are the largest waterfalls in the world and among the 7 Natural Wonders. They are the widest and highest yet most powerful of all waterfalls and more still very attractive falls which have attracted thousands of tourists from all corners of the world to come marvel at this natural wonder. David Livingstone the first known explorer to discover the falls who named them after the Queen of England. These falls are a favorite destination for many people on holiday, honeymoon, families and couples.
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi National Park is located in the beautiful River Zambezi valley along the northern bank. The park is well populates with several hippopotami and crocodiles and it is an ideal destination for bird watching with more than 300 bird species among which are the Kingfisher, fishing eagle, Bishop bird, fishing owl, stork plus the crane in addition to other types. The valley can be toured by boat or on foot giving visitors a wonderful opportunity to view the rich flora cover in the area.
Masvingo is one of the provinces found in southern Zimbabwe. The area is famous because of the various tourist attractions it holds among which are great National Monument of Zimbabwe, Kyle Recreational Park, Gonarezhou Tran-frontiers to mention but a few. The parks have various animals like giraffes, wildebeests, zebras and white rhinos. It is a place worth touring.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
These ruins lay adjacent to the Masvingo town and where previously referred to as Fort Victoria. These ruins which are a genuine collection of rock formations are the greatest in the country covering an expanse of about 1800 acres. These ruins where constructed by the cattlemen of the Shona people and later in 1986, where declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe and is a blend of both well kept historic buildings and modern-day structures, with beautiful streets lined with trees, large garden, parks and a Botanical Garden having over 900 tree species. Harare has various tourist attractions among which are the National Gallery with an assortment of charming and quite valuable art pieces and stone carvings, the national archives, plus the Queen Victoria National Library. There are top-notch shopping malls in the city, wonderful restaurants, top-class hotels and most of all is the incomparable vibrant nightlife in Harare.
Zimbabwe which is formally known as the Republic of Zimbabwe is a non coastal state and is situated in southern part of Africa sandwiched between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers. It is abutted by South Africa in the south, Botswana in the western and southwestern side, Zambia in the northwestern part and then Mozambique in the eastern and northeastern side. Even though it doesn’t border Namibia, a reduced amount ofnot more than200 meters of the River Zambezi divides it from that state. Its capital and biggest city is known as Harare and it is a republic of approximately 16 million citizens. Zimbabwe has only 16 approved dialects with English, Ndebele and Shona being the ones that are most frequently used.It also has a stifling climate with many indigenous deviations. The southern parts are recognized from their hotness and aridity while the areas in the central plateau get frost during the winter time. The Zambezi gorge is also well-known for its great high temperatures while the Eastern Hilltops usually experience unruffled temperatures and the utmost precipitation in the republic. The nation’s rainy period usually runs from late October till March while the warm climate is toned-down by the cumulative altitude. Zimbabwe however is challenged by the recurrent droughts.The Republic of Zimbabwe also has quite a lot of main tourist fascinations, like the Victoria Falls that are on the River Zambezi and which are communally shared with Zambia. They are situated in the north western part of Zimbabwe. Long fore the trade and industry fluctuations, much of the travel done in these sites emanated to the Zimbabwe part. However, Zambia now is the leading recipient. The Victoria Falls National Park is as well in this region and is also uniquely among the eight major national parks in Zimbabwe, the largest of them all is the Hwange National Park.
The Matobo National Park:
This Matobo National Park makes up the center of the Matopos Hills and or the Matobowhich is aregion of wooded valleys and granite kopjes originating some 35 kilometers (22 mi) in the south of Bulawayo and in the southern part of Zimbabwe. These hummocks were molded over 2 billion ages ago with stone being pushed to the surface, this has eroded to harvestthe smooth “whaleback dwalas” and shattered kopjes, scattered with rocks and interspersed with coppices of vegetation. Mzilikazi who is the forefather of the Ndebele state gave the region its name and it carries the meaning; ‘Bald Heads’.The Hills conceal a region of about 3100 kilometers² (1200 sq. mi) of these, 424 kilometers² (164 sq. mi) is the National Park while the restis being principally shared land and a slight percentage formoney-making farmland. The park spreads along the Mtshelele, Thuli, Mpopoma and Maleme river valleys. Part of the state park is put aside as a 100 kilometers² (39 sq. mi) game parkthat has been made available with game that includes the white rhinoceros. The uppermost point in the hills is the cliffknown as Gulati and is (1549 m; 5082 ft.), lying just exteriorof the north-eastern bend of the National park.Managerially, the Matobo National Park includes the Lake Matopos Leisure Park, which is the region surrounding Sandy Spruit, Lake Matopos and Hazelside. This national park is positioned in the interior of southern Africa bushveld eco region.The Matobo Hills is a region of extraordinary vegetal variety with over 200 classes of trees documented in the national park and they include the wild pear, paperback tree and the mountain acacia. There are also a number of wild herbs, aloes and more than 100 pasture species.The Matobo National Park has an extensive assortment of wildlife: the 175 bird species, 39 snake classes, the 88 mammal and 16 fish types. Game includes the white rhinos, impala, sable, leopards and antelopes. The National Park of Matobo comprises the utmost concentration of breeding duos of these birds and black eagle suniversally. This national park is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe and it was recognized in 1926 as the Rhodes Matopos National Park, an endowment from Cecil Rhodes. The original park boundaries stretched well to the southern and eastern part of the present-day park..The Hills of Matobo were selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2003 because the region “displays an abundance of unique rock landforms that rise overhead the granite buffer that covers a larger part of Zimbabwe”.
The Victoria Falls /Mosi-oa-Tunya:
These falls are amongst the greatest and enormous cascades in the whole world. The River Zambezi, that is more than 2 kilometers in width at this point, drops loudly down the sequences of basalt canyons and elevates a shimmering mist that can be perceived when more than 20 kilometers away. The Mosi-oa-Tunya and or Victoria Falls is the biosphere’s utmost mass of dropping water and it is significant universally for its extraordinary geographical and geomorphologic topographies and dynamic land formation procedures with the exceptional magnificence which is accredited to the waterfalls i.e. the mist, rainbows and the spray. The Victoria Fall and or the Mosi-oa-Tunya and related eight sheer sided canyons that have been molded through the varying cascade positions over a geographical time period. The canyons are an exceptional example of waterway arrest and the erosive forces of the water still carry on to sculpture the unbreakable basalts. These canyons take a twisting and turning course of a distance of about 150 kilometers alongside the River Zambezi just underneath the falls. Seven preceding cascades occupied the seven canyons beneath the current falls and the Devil’s Waterfall in Zimbabwe is the preliminary point for wounding back into a new cascade. Furthermore, a midair view of the drops displays probable future cascade points.
Upstream are a remarkable sequences of the riverine islets that were molded in due course of the continuing geographical and geomorphologic progressions.The Mosi-oa-Tunya is the biggest drape of dropping water in the world; it measures 1708 meters wide and with close to 500 million liters of water every minute pouring at 61 meters (at the Devil’s Cataract), 99 meters (at the Rainbow Falls), 83meters (at the Main Falls) and 98 meters (for the Eastern Cataract). The eight remarkable canyons of igneous descent (i.e. consisting of basalts) and numerous islets in the central zone act as the breeding sites for the four kinds of rare and migrant bird species like the Black Eagle and the Taita Falcon. The riverine ‘rainforest’ that is surrounded by the waterfall gurgle zone is a delicate ecosystem of intermittent forestry on the sandy alluvium, reliant upon conservation of the plentiful water and high moistness which results from the spray cloud of close to 500 meters (at its peak height) and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers and 30 kilometers all the way from the Bulawayo and Lusaka routes correspondingly. An uninterrupted facade that gives you the sight of the falls is promising from both Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The Hwange National Park:
The Hwange National Park is found in the western part of Zimbabwe. Its savannahs and Mopanecoppices are a household to huge elephant masses, the African wild dogs and lions. In the northwestern side, the wildlife gathers at the Masuma and Mandavu dams, here there are hidden view points. The Bumbusi National Monument consists of 18thera ruins and pre-colonial pillar artefacts. In the southeastern side, the watering holes comprise the Nyamandhlovu Pan that has its raised watching stand.The park is near to the verge of the Kalahari Desert which is an area with pint-size water and a very scarce xerophile undergrowth. The Hwange National Park welcomes more than 100 mammals and 400 bird kinds inclusive of the 19 huge herbivores and eight outsizedflesh-eaters. All Zimbabwe’s specifically endangered animals can be found in Hwange and it is the only guarded area where the brown hyena and gemsbok ensue in rationalamounts.The populace of the Cape wild dogs to be seen in Hwange is believed to be of among the largest enduring sets in the African continent in this present day along with that of the Selous Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. Other main predators comprise the Southwest African lion, whose dispersal and blood sport in Hwange is intensely connected to the pans and watering holes, the Spotted Hyena, the African leopard and the South African cheetah. The Elephants also have been extremely popular in Hwange and their populace has improved to directly above that which was naturally sustained by such a region. This populace of elephants has placed a lot of draining on the funds of the park.
The Lake Kariba:
Lake Kariba is the biosphere’s biggest artificial lake and basin by capacity. It lies about 1300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean alongside the border in the middle of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Lake Kariba was chockfull between the years 1958 to 1963 after the accomplishment of the Kariba Dam at the northeastern point, overflowing the Kariba Valley on the River Zambezi. The Zimbabwean city of Kariba was constructed for structural employees on the lake’s barrage while some additional places like the village of Binga and Mlibizi in Zimbabwe, Sinazongwe and Siavongain Zambia have developed up into houses for the people exiled by the increasing waters.Lake Kariba is the forename given to anenormous body of fresh water that spreads 5 200 sq. kilometers over the River Zambezi valley after the building of the first main hydro-electric barrage was finalized in the year 1959athwart Africa’s fourth biggest river. It is approximatelypredicted to be roughly 280 kilometers long and 40 kilometers at its broadest.The Lake Kariba has since thenturned out to be an eye-catching and widely heldtouristterminus. Its massivevastness of water forms a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe; its far-reaching and beautifulshores are home to thebigpopulaces of wildlife and its islets are scattered in a picture-postcard profound blue sea alongside a background of high ridge mountain arrays on each and every side. The big sky dusksabove the lake are fabulous, with the tranquil waters turning into excellent shot silk in the sunset and the unadornedtwigs of its celebratedcovered trees silhouetted in the center.This Lake Kariba is a phlegmaticlong weekend playground with anextensive choice of happeningsthat are perfect for families, a scorchingstifling climate, bizarre fishing, with lots of boating selections; the houseboats, motor boating, cruising, wildlife and water sporting, then there’s the safari occasionsthat are second to nothing. Lake Kariba has also got quite a number of the “movinghotels” which come in theseveralforms, notches of luxury and sizes. They are put up for hireon either a full-board and or the self-catering way. They are also commonly fortified with aproficient and reliable crew who will be able to do the whole lotof things so as to arrange for youthe greatesttrip you’ll ever have in a lifetime. The most commonterminus for the houseboat trips out of the town of Kariba is the Matusadona National Park which is approximately 30 kilometersathwart the lake. Here there are islets, soothing bays and streamsswarming with wildlife alongside the superb backdrop of the Escarpment Mountains of Zambezi. If you are fortunate enough, you could get to see anassortment of the large African mammal kinds which include the Cheetahs, Elephants, Lions, Buffalos and anastoundingvariation of the water birds.
There are a number of other places that you can go visit and see that might be of interest to you. These among others include; the Nyanga National Park, the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences, the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Great Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi Caves, Khami and Mount Nyangani.