Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe provides its visitors with scenic landscapes, remnants of ancient civilizations, abundant and diverse wildlife, some of Africa’s best walking and canoeing safaris, and the most qualified safari guides in the industry.

“Once known as “the breadbasket of Southern Africa,” Zimbabwe is a country I immediately fell in love with.”—Marguerite Smit, Consultant

Highlights

See and do:

  • Visit one of the 16 viewing points of the majestic Victoria Falls
  • Stroll through the town of Victoria Falls
  • View crocodile and hippo from a boat on Lake Kariba
  • Enjoy a canoe safari on the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park

Pairs well with:

  • South Africa to combine a safari, Victoria Falls and Cape Town in one visit
  • Zambia and Botswana for accessibility
  • Malawi for a beach experience off the beaten path

Situated on the eastern edge of the Kalahari Desert, Zimbabwe’s Hwange Natural Park is its premier wildlife area and the dry home to one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. Its ecological diversity guarantees large numbers of game year-round along with excellent birding. Hwange is best known for its predator sightings: lion, leopard, wild dog, and cheetah, along with smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Hwange is also known for its dense elephant population.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its intense natural beauty and abundant wildlife, Mana Pools is another spectacular park. After plunging over Victoria Falls and filling Lake Kariba, the Zambezi River opens up, becoming a fertile floodplain with four main pools and several smaller pools. Set in the heart of the lush Zambezi Valley, the area boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants and buffalo in Africa during the dry season.

It is not uncommon for a trip to Victoria Falls to be on the top of a visitor’s bucket list, especially if its their first time to Africa. In Zimbabwe, guests are able to explore the majestic Falls on a footbridge close enough to be drenched by the warm mist or from an aerial viewpoint on a helicopter tour. The breathtaking waterfall, considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world, is certainly worth a visit.

Trip Inspirations

Wildlife + the Magnificent Falls

10 Days: South Africa + Zimbabwe + Zambia

Soak in the knowledge and passion of expert safari guides as you track the most captivating animals Africa has to offer. Stand in awe, witnessing the marvel of Victoria Falls, coasting over the tranquil waters on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Enjoy the many distinctions of a South African safari paired with exciting river experiences.

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