Zimbabwe: A Top Safari Destination

Safari Travellers worldwide are talking about the fact that Zimbabwe is back on the map as one of the most sought after Safari Destinations in Africa.

Despite its political past and its economical challenges, Zimbabwe has kept in tact its most extraordinary tourist credentials: dramatic landscapes under a perfect climate, friendly and welcoming people, a wide range of historical and cultural attractions, a number of thrilling adventure activities, and some of the best wildlife encounter worldwide.

Somalisa Camp

Hwange National Park

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Somalisa Acacia

Hwange National Park

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Somalisa Expeditions

Hwange National Park

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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Lake Kariba

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Zambezi Expeditions

Mana Pools National Park

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Kanga Camp

Mana Pools National Park

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Zimbabwe for the Traveller

Zimbabwe has something to offer everyone:
Raw, natural, untamed wilderness just waiting for visitors, with some of the most premier game watching in Hwange national park, Mana Pools or Matusadona. Not only amateurs of natural wonders will be stunned by the Victoria Falls, the crowning glory of Zimbabwean natural beauty, one will also be amazed with the grandiose mysticism created by the spectacle of the granite boulders at Matobo Hills. Adrenaline seekers will love bungee jumping and white-water rafting at the Falls, while adventurists turn to canoëing and walking safaris along the mighty Zambezi River. Amateurs of culture and history will be delighted with the discovery of bushman paintings at Matopos, and the mysterious Ruins of ancient Great Zimbabwe. They may also love the stone sculptures in Harare and the visual arts exhibitions at the National Gallery in Bulawayo!
Wildlife & safari spots

Dramatic landscapes, teeming with wildlife, beautiful national parks, rugged mountains and lush forests, provide the greatest wilderness experiences, thus making Zimbabwe a prime safari destination. Zimbabwe is renowned in Africa for the high quality of its guides, and the standard of lodges. The decline in tourism in the past years in Zimbabwe provide even greatest opportunities for unparallel wilderness experiences, far from the safari highways known in South Africa, Kenya or elsewhere. Zimbabwe’s national parks offer great opportunities for game viewing. There is a good chance you will see several the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino), as well as girafes, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, monkeys, antelopes… Zimbabwe is one of the last rhinoceros havens with both white and black rhinos. Other rare species to be found in Zimbabwe include the wild dog, nyala, the king cheetah and the samango monkey.

Good infrastructure make it relatively easy to move between different parks and enjoy different environments. Hwange national park is just about one hour south of the Mighty Victoria Falls, in the northwest corner of the country. On the edge of the Kalahari desert, it features desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops, and hosts over 400 species of birds, more than 100 different mammal species including up to 30,000 elephants. Further South to Bulawayo, Matobo Hills National Park is also easy to access; another World Unesco heritage site, it features not only valuable game viewing, but also amazing landcapes of granit constructions, and interesting history. More difficult to reach but highly rewarding is Mana Pools by the Zambezi river, in the North of the country. It has some of the most spectacular river scenery and game-viewing, with superb opportunities to get close to game coming to the Zambezi to drink. Another great water-based safari experience is at Matusadona park, on the Southern shore of lake Kariba, between Victoria Falls and Manap Pools.

Greatest weather on earth

Nature has given Zimbabwe one of the finest climates in the world: it is warm without being oppressive and with an average sunshine ranging from four to ten hours per day (and sun shines 90% of the year!). This is because the generally high altitudes compensate for the tropical latitudes. Generally, the days are bright and sunny, the nights clear and cool. Even during the rainy season, the sun will brighten most of your days!

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November to April are the summer months (green season) while winter is from May to July, with a generally dry weather. The period August to October is very hot and dry. Both temperature and rainfall are directly influenced by altitude. To better understand seasons in the region, please check our safari seasons information.

The dry season (June to October) is generally better for game viewing, but the shoulder season (May) and the beginning of the green season (November to April) may be very pleasant as well. You will benefit decreased rates in our camps and safaris during those seasons. The country is generally not prone for malaria, except in selected areas (Hwange, Victora Falls, Mana Pools…).