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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 traveller's 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.

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 FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Where to go in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls has been captivating travellers for more than a century, ever since the Victoria Falls Bridge was constructed. Built just below the falls, remains a good vantage point for watching the Zambezi River as it rushes through Batoka Gorge.

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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 itineraries in Zimbabwe

The Highlights of Zimbabwe

11-day luxury safari from £7,695 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.

Discover Hwange & Victoria Falls‬

12-day tailor-made journey from £4,195 pp incl. flights

Staying in forest villas and luxury camps, return from Big-Five safaris to all-inclusive gourmet dining and waterhole sundowners. Included excursions range from game drives, bush walks and rail safaris to visits to local communities, San Bushmen sites and that natural wonder, Victoria Falls.

Rivers & Rails Of Africa

15-day stay, cruise & rail holiday from £10,330 pp incl. flights

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This is Southern Africa at its luxurious best, whether it’s a cruise through Botswana’s Big Five national parks, a three-night rail journey between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg or an indulgent stay in Cape Town.

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Top places to stay in Zimbabwe

Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland

Small & intimate tented camp

This exclusive wilderness camp is set amid 450,000 acres in the arid Palmwag Concession, home to the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa

Royal Chundu, Victoria Falls

Contemporary lodge

It’s hard to imagine a more private and peaceful setting than at Royal Chundu. Zambia’s first Relais & Châteaux property, which has two lodges, sits on a private stretch of the Zambezi, 30 kilometers upstream from 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.

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.

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Special offers in Zimbabwe

Rivers & Rails Of Africa

15-day stay, cruise & rail holiday from £10,330 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This is Southern Africa at its luxurious best, whether it’s a cruise through Botswana’s Big Five national parks, a three-night rail journey between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg or an indulgent stay in Cape Town.

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