'We couldn’t have had a better holiday, anywhere...'

People said, why do you want to go to Zimbabwe of all places? Why do you want to go in the rainy season? Why do you want to go away at Christmas? All we can say is this: We had our best holiday ever and we would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Our itinerary, for a family of four including two teenagers, was cleverly arranged by African Bush Camps to give us a variety of experiences.  Starting in luxury at Ilala Lodge hotel in Victoria Falls, we explored the uncommercialised and unspoilt Victoria Falls, both by foot and by helicopter.

After a couple of days we were whisked away to Somalisa, the tented camp situated right in the heart of Hwange national park, hours from ‘civilisation’ – except that our welcome and treatment at Somalisa was as civilised as anywhere we have ever been! Its a very special, beautiful place and contrary to what we had been warned, we saw many many animals, some at very close hand just outside the camp itself.  A herd of 40 elephants and 200 buffalo turning up at the camp’s waterhole made Christmas Eve very special, whilst the highlights of Christmas Day were a fantastic Christmas dinner (how did they manage that in a tent in the heart of the bush?) and 22 lions turning up at camp just as we were turning in for the night.  Special thanks to Ray, our guide and Angela the camp manager for making our stay so memorable.

There then followed a two night stay at Sikumi Tree Lodge where the highlight  was watching a beautiful Cheetah just yards from the jeep (thanks David!) and then on to beautiful Imbabala lodge next to the Zambezi where the was a herd of Impala who thought it was a good idea to spend their nights in the grounds of the lodge, until a pack of wild dogs found them on our last morning there…

The holiday was rounded off by a magical night at the incomparable Victoria Falls Hotel, where during dinner and by common consent we decided that we couldn’t have had a better holiday, anywhere. We unhesitatingly recommend this holiday to anyone with a love of nature, and we found Zimbabwe itself to be both surprisingly beautiful and very friendly.

David Miles and Family, UK