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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Big-five adventures, off the beaten track

Zimbabwe safaris

Introduction

Once prosperous and politically stable, Zimbabwe has been in the grip of a political and economic crisis for years. With some light at the end of the tunnel, there's hope this once attractive and hospitable country will return to travellers' itineraries.

Most of the attractions are wild. Victoria Falls isn't the tallest waterfall in the world but it's certainly the largest. Spray from the cascades is visible 30km away and soaks all that come to gawp at the spectacle. To get a true understanding of the scale of this natural wonder though take a light aircraft flight over the Falls, which feed into the mighty Zambezi River, which deserves to be explored as well.

Elsewhere, enjoy the natural beauty of Mana Pools National Park, hike in the Mavuradonha Wilderness, go in search of wildlife in Matapos National Park or Hwange National Park, keep an eye out for birds and animals around the scenic Lake Kariba or take in the largest stone structure in sub-Saharan Africa at the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
10½ hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Currency
Zimbabwe dollar (Z$) = 100 cents

Language
English

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & travel advice

Top itineraries in Zimbabwe

The Elephant Camp, The Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Highlights of Zimbabwe

11-day luxury safari from £9,770 pp incl. flights

This 11-day luxury tour of the highlights of Zimbabwe is ideal for families or couples wanting an authentic experience of the country's magestic wildlife and scenery.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

11-day tailor-made holiday from £5,045 pp incl. flights

Discover the icons of Cape Town, the world-famous wildlife of Kruger National Park and epic Victoria Falls on this spectacular Southern Africa adventure.

Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

Discover Hwange & Victoria Falls‬

12-day tailor-made holiday from £8,045 pp incl. flights

Explore Zimbabwe in style, with included excursions ranging from game drives, bush walks and rail safaris to visits to local communities, San Bushmen sites and that natural wonder, Victoria Falls.

Zambezi Queen

Rivers and Rails of Africa: Zambezi Queen & Rovos Rail

15-day luxury rail & cruise holiday from £12,640 pp incl. flights

Combining a luxury Botswana river cruise and a journey aboard the opulent Rovos Rail, this is the perfect introduction to Southern Africa. We've even included a stay at that most impressive of natural wonders – Victoria Falls.

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Top places to stay in Zimbabwe

Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

Small & intimate lodge

A unique African safari lodge in a private wilderness area and located close to Victoria Falls, The Elephant Camp offers excellent opportunities to sample Zimbabwe's natural beauty.

Courtyard, Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

Historic hotel

This elegant colonial hotel dates back to 1904 and was among the first hotels to be built in near Africa’s most iconic waterfall.

Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Contemporary tented camp

Mana Pools National Park is one of the most amazing parks on the African continent, renowned for its strong concentrations of kudu, waterbuck, zebra, impala, lion, hyena and, in particular, wild dog.

Changa Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

Changa Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

Traditional tented camp

The calm waters of Lake Kariba and the magnificent scenery of the Matusadona National Park provide the setting for this off-the-beaten-track luxury camp in remote northern Zimbabwe.

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Where to go in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Named by Dr David Livingstone, the first European to see what is now considered one of the world's great natural wonders, Victoria Falls have been captivating visitors for centuries.

When to go to Zimbabwe

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Cool nights and dry, clear days characterise Zimbabwe’s dry season, which runs from June to August. From September the temperatures begin to rise as the rainy season approaches. October tends to be very hot, but the wildlife viewing is also at its best, as animals congregate around the few remaining water sources. From December to February the rains come, bringing verdant vegetation and newborn animals to the national parks.

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Top 10 alternative wildlife experiences

Ever felt overwhelmed by crowds when spotting wildlife at a popular destination? For many it leaves them longing for a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience. So, while the world's famous wildlife spots are popular for a reason, there are plenty of alternatives waiting to be discovered.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0611 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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