Why choose Zimbabwe?

A country of unrivalled beauty and spectacular scenery, Zimbabwe is a land of enormous diversity with something to offer everyone. The thunder and awesome majesty of Victoria Falls, the abundance of animals (Hwange National Park is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations), the warmth and openness of expert guides, the exhilaration of white water rafting or canoeing the calmer reaches of the mighty Zambezi, enjoying breath-taking scenery on the way.

The ancient stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe (a Unesco World Heritage Site), Lake Kariba offering watersports and African wildlife viewing in its almost natural environment, exquisite rock formations in Matobo, the Eastern Highlands offering fine walking and fishing and an incredible range of camps from extraordinarily comfortable to extraordinarily close to Nature – you will find all of these in Zimbabwe and more. Zimbabwe is definitely back on the list of “must visit” places in Africa!

Places to visit

Gonerezhou National Park

Gonarezhou is Zimbabwe's second largest National Park and a truly wild place. This vast and rugged national park situated away from the main tourist routes in south-east Zimbabwe is an area of pristine wilderness home to the magnificent red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs.

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the northern region of Zimbabwe on the southern banks of the Zambezi River. It offers a paradise for walking and canoeing safaris and will leave you breathless with its beauty.

Hwange National Park

Hwange is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe home to a rich variety of different habitats, vegetation and wildlife. The dry season (from July to October) is the best time to visit Hwange, as large concentrations of wildlife– particularly the wonderful elephant herds – descend upon the area to drink from the waterholes in order to survive in this hot and unforgiving environment.

Matobo National Park

Home to some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world and brilliantly-preserved rock paintings, the Matobo National Park is an enchanting piece of Zimbabwe rich in history and culture.

Lake Kariba & Matusadona

Situated on the shores of Lake Kariba, the beautiful Matusadona National Park is wonderfully rich in wildlife and vegetation. Enjoy waterborne safaris and spectacular sunsets on the largest artificial lake and reservoir in the world.

Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is the stuff of legends, romance and myth. An iconic draw card that features prominently on the "must see list" of travellers to south and southern Africa the sheer size, sight and sound of this magnificent spectacle never fails to inspire. There are many ways to view the Falls: by land, river and from the air - in a microlight, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter.

When to visit Zimbabwe

Most parks in Zimbabwe offer year-round wildlife viewing. However, in general, the best time to visit is during the dry season (May to September) as the animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. You can expect mild temperatures, virtually no rain and excellent game-viewing. Hwange is a magnet for big elephant herds in September-October however these are extremely hot and dry months and can be unbearable. The rainy season (December to March) is a beautiful time in Zimbabwe and excellent for bird watching, but the roads in some places can be a problem. If you’re planning to visit the Victoria Falls, March to May is the ideal time to experience it at its fullest and most spectacular.

A Sample Of What You Can Experience

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ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS

Zimbabwe is an ideal destination for an adventure holiday. It offers an appealing mix of abundant wildlife, impressive landscapes and the magnificent Victoria Falls. From bush walks to canoeing and riding safaris, a holiday here can be an adventurous and rewarding experience away from the crowds.

WALKING SAFARIS

Walking can play a big part of a safari in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean guides rank as some of the best in Africa, measured by their knowledge about wildlife and the ecosystem. Many camps in include walking safaris as part of their activities as walking is permitted in all of Zimbabwe’s wildlife areas, including its National Parks.

RIDING SAFARIS

A riding safari holiday in Zimbabwe is a wonderful way to experience the African bush. Zimbabwe is a true African wilderness rich with game and exciting riding country. This landlocked country comprises of open savannah and dense, untouched bushland, set between two of Africa’s most famous rivers – the Zambezi and the Limpopo.

14 DAY GROUP SAFARI | ZIMBABWE

Outposts Travel Africa arranged a 2 week fully guided itinerary for a group of 4 loyal clients. Their main proviso was to see as much of Zimbabwe as possible away from the crowds, with great game viewing, excellent guiding and comfortable accommodation.

“I cannot thank you enough for the holiday to Zimbabwe you put together for us. It was all we could have wished for and lots more.”

“The arrangements worked fantastically well with airlines, small charter aeroplanes, transitions from airports to lodges and lodges to airports and train. The train was delightful, a real treat operated by ex-workers of the “ex” public railway. I am a bit of a train nerd so it was very special for me and I had a very interesting time talking with the crew. Our guide from Bomani Camp came with us to make sure we were picked up by the Hide team. The skill and knowledge of our guides was very impressive and all were very polite and charming and took great care of us.

We are 4 very bossy ladies and had left travel details to someone else sure in the knowledge that one of us would have the relevant paper work to hand. We all did have the paper work, but safely in our luggage! Your arrangements were so good it did not matter, as we were collected escorted and generally spoilt on every move. The wild life was truly outstanding, accommodation very high standards and great comfort at all the lodges, efficient service super food, and lots of fun, staff from lodge managers to the lads sweeping the garden were a joy, always greeting us with smiles and happy to chat and explain anything we asked them, they too were curious about our lives. The visit to a village and the school was a an eye opener for us who live in a world of easy come, easy go and money beyond these peoples dreams.”

S Jenkins & 'The Girls'

Somerset, UK

Zimbabwe Adventure Holidays

Zimbabwe is a wonderful destination for an adventure holiday. It is a country full of unrivalled beauty, spectacular scenery and adventure activities with far fewer visitors compared with neighbouring Botswana and South Africa. All the more reason to visit sooner rather than later. Zimbabwe is a land of enormous diversity with something to offer everyone.

Experience the thunder and awesome majesty of Victoria Falls and the exhilaration of the abundance of adrenalin activities on offer. Try white water rafting or canoeing the calmer reaches of the mighty Zambezi, a truly magical and pure way of getting close to nature. For game viewing, visit Hwange National Park where there is a n abundance of animals, an excellent choice of lodges and guides who are both passionate and true professionals. This is a destination for the discerning traveller who wants real Africa.

MANA CANOE TRAIL

Located in Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe, the Mana Canoe Trail is ideal for adventurous travellers wanting some up-close wildlife experiences. It has long since been one of the best safari experiences to be had in Africa. This 3 night wild adventure traverses the Mana Pools National Park, along the Zambezi River and is a superb way to see the Zambezi Valley offering up close interaction with big game including elephant, hippo, croc and lion.

The experience is tailored to your preferences with options to go for early morning walking safaris and game drives alongside your canoeing experience whilst staying in light mobile camps. Zambezi Life Styles, an 8-bedded tented camp, offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools with exceptional experiences of the river and the wildlife prolific open flood plain. Kanga Camp, set within the most remote part of this World Heritage Site, is built around the Kanga Pan, the only permanent water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.

Zimbabwe Riding Safaris

VARDEN SAFARIS

For Experienced Riders

In Zimbabwe there is a wilderness wildlife area that is little known to most locals and visitors. A rugged blending of grey granite with the red serpentine soils of Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke Complex. Balanced on the escarpment of the famous Zambezi Valley. 180 km north of Harare you will find a pristine wilderness of more than 600 sq km. where deep river valleys bisect towering rock faces and grass covered mountains.

On a fine steed, you can ride for days exploring Miombo and Mushanje woodlands. Orchids, water berry, palms and wild fruit support generous pickings for elephant, buffalo, eland, sable, kudu, zebra and many other species. From the isolated camp you can explore on horseback and foot with no noisy engines or generators disturb the tranquillity. Experienced and sure-footed horses give you a peaceful yet exciting view of the bush from a different perspective. Licensed guides and keen staff help to create a visit of many facets. A cosy mountain experience with no electricity, phones or email to disturb the soul. Come for a few nights to relax at Kopje Tops or head out for an 7-night Explorer Safari, there are a wide range of options to suit any rider.

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