Zimbabwe is a destination that offers stunning scenery, excellent game-viewing, and all the fun activities and warm hospitality you could ask for on safari. Despite a turbulent history, Zimbabweans are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Their bright smiles, welcoming attitude, and genuine warmth leave a lasting impression and you will want to come back to Zimbabwe again and again.

Zimbabwe offers a diverse range of safari experiences. It boasts big game, plentiful birdlife, and highly professional guiding. It’s actually known to have the most rigorous guide training program in all of Africa. It caters to the active and adventurous traveler as well as offering cultural experiences and incredible ruins for those interested in history.

Zimbabwe is home to 5 World Heritage sites including the majestic Victoria Falls; known by the locals as Mosi oa Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders), Mana Pools National Park, Matobo Hills for its granite landforms, and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Khami Ruins National Monument for their historical significance. Zimbabwe’s national parks (Hwange, Mana Pools, Matusadona, Matobo Hills, and Chizarira) ensure top game viewing in some of the more remote and truly wild reserves in Africa. In fact, some of our most trusted guides swear that Zimbabwe provides better game-viewing than Botswana!

Because of its history, Zimbabwe hadn’t been considered a real tourist destination until recently. But now we see that Zimbabwe is growing in popularity and demand for safaris there seems to be increasing steadily. As a result, we are seeing lots of large investments into the tourism industry and infrastructure, making Zimbabwe a real competitor in the safari market, which we love to see. Zimbabwe offers an amazing product and because it’s relatively new to the market, it’s great value for money.

Secrets and Tips

  • Hwange NP is driving distance from Victoria Falls.
  • Singita Pamushana is the most luxurious property in Zimbabwe.
  • Take advantage of walking with Zim's highly qualified guides.
  • June, July and August are cold, bring layers!

Good To Know

Zimbabwe boasts five World Heritage Sites, uncrowded national parks, and the best safari guides in Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are our favorite areas in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has a range of fascinating national parks, cities, historical ruins, and areas of incredible scenery. It has 5 World Heritage sites which include Victoria Falls, Matobo Hills, Mana Pools, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Khami. It also has a number of top game reserves such as Hwange, Zambezi National Park, Gonarezhou and Matusadona.   

Hwange is the easiest game park to access as you can drive from Victoria Falls or from Buloweyo and Mana Pools is definitely one of the most beautiful game reserves we’ve been to.

Who would like Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is a wonderful country for guests looking for a quality game experience in addition to wanting a cultural and historical component to their trip. Zimbabweans are welcoming and hospitable, so potentially nervous travelers will feel comfortable and at ease in Zimbabwe.

It is all about the wildlife in Zimbabwe and with a guide training program that is unmatched in rigor and competition, the Zimbabwean guides are top notch. Your guide will take you on a “real” safari in wild and rugged terrain, where you need to search for the game, rather than expect it to come looking for you. It will suit those looking for a safari that is not confined to a vehicle – walking and canoeing are other ways to appreciate the flora and fauna.

Zimbabwe also caters to those interested in culture, history. and archeology. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are the largest ancient city ruins in Southern Africa that date back to the 11th century, and the Matobo Hills National Park is a granite wilderness with San Rock Art of major spiritual and historical importance.

Zimbabwe offers a range of activities for those who like to keep busy. From the more gentle activities (canoeing, walking safaris, elephant back safaris), to the more adrenaline-pumping (Class-5 white water rafting on the Zambezi, bungee jumping,kayaking, abseiling), you can make your visit as active or as laid back as you choose.

Accommodation in Zimbabwe varies, ranging from budget to the more luxurious.  Although service is friendly and accommodation comfortable, this is the place for flexible travelers who don’t mind rolling with the punches. If you require super luxury, then go with Singita Pamushana. Otherwise, Zimbabwe is a fairly laid-back destination that epitomizes old-world safari style and ethos. 

Who wouldn't like Zimbabwe?

It’s hard not to like Zimbabwe. Some people were worried about supporting the regime of Mugabe, which is a valid concern. However, most safari camps are the only hope to safeguard the wildlife and they need all the help they can get!

For those who are averse to flying in small planes, accessing Mana Pools and Lake Kariba will prove to be a challenge for you.

Finally, the main cities of Harare and Bulawayo have shopping, restaurants and nightlife, but the smaller villages are certainly not for those looking for glitz and glamor.

When is the best time to go?

We believe the best time to visit Zimbabwe is between May and October, which is during the dry season and not too hot yet but also not its coldest (it can reach freezing!).

From November onwards Zimbabwe gets very hot, although the game viewing is good – especially if you want to see elephant.

April, May and June are great months to visit for game-viewing, although the evenings can get cold.

Is there a time you should avoid going?

There is no bad time to go to Zimbabwe, although November through March gets very hot and this might be uncomfortable for some. During this time it can also get rainy which makes the scenery beautiful and lush, but game-viewing can prove to be a bit more challenging.

How much should you budget for a safari to Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has a wide range of accommodation at different price points throughout the different seasons. The ultimate luxury safari experience is Singita Pamushana which averages $1000 per person per night once you add flights. Most other camps are around $700 per person per night.

Although not a cheap destination, it offers great value for money when compared with other neighboring countries, and it’s much less expensive than Botswana.

What are some of the ways you can experience Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe offers a variety of ways to experience the country, and a mix of accommodation types to fit your taste and budget.

Game drives and bushwalks are the main game-viewing activities in the reserves, but there are also elephant back safaris, horseback riding, boating and canoeing. Activities for the more adventurous include white water rafting, bungee jumping, sunset cruises, and helicopter trips over the Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe is home to some of the best guides in Africa due to the stringent training program. We truly believe in the impact that good guiding has on a guest’s safari experience, and for this, Zimbabwe is second to none.

What animals will you see?

Zimbabwe is home to the Big 5 in addition to numerous other mammals and birdlife.

Hwange is a Big 5 reserve and gemsbok, brown hyenas and wild dog are found in good numbers in the park.

Mana Pools is a good park to see elephant and buffalo in the dry season and hippopotamus and crocodiles year-round.

The Matobo Hills National Park has breeding programs for the endangered black eagle and rhino which makes for a really special game-viewing experience.

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Jenna Stockman