Zimbabwe Holidays: an Overview

Zimbabwe has tracts of untamed wilderness, a delightfully moderate climate, a wonderful diversity of landscape and some of the best guides in Africa (and we feel it is the quality of guiding on a safari that makes all the difference to your experience). We know Zimbabwe well and work with small and independent operators who will welcome you with warm smiles and great hospitality.

Eleanor and Louise Fitzgerald are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • This is one of the classic safari destinations in Southern Africa, with possibly the finest guides in the business - we feel it is the quality of guiding on a safari that makes all the difference to your experience
  • The country has tracts of untamed wilderness and a variety of contrasting national parks (in which you can walk), giving a wonderful diversity of landscape, terrain and wildlife experiences
  • There's just so much to do, from the adrenaline pumping diversions at Victoria Falls, with helicopter flights and white water rafting, to walking safaris in Hwange and Mana Pools national parks, and canoe safaris and fishing on the Lower Zambezi

Luxury Zimbabwe Safaris: the Detail

Zimbabwe is a country made for adventure where the terrain is spectacularly varied from Victoria Falls where the Zambezi cascades into the Lower Zambezi on the border with Zambia to the serenity of Mana Pools further down the river and the game rich tracts of wilderness in Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park. The holiday activities to be found are equally so, from the adrenaline pumping diversions at Victoria Falls with helicopter flights, white water rafting and bungee jumping to walking safaris in Hwange and additionally, canoe safaris and fishing on the Lower Zambezi.

Zimbabwe is such a fantastic safari destination because it is one of the few countries in Africa in which you are allowed to walk in the National Parks; a great bonus as despite the problems it has suffered in the last few years the wildlife and birdlife remains prolific. In Hwange and Mana Pools there are huge elephant herds, great concentrations of buffalo, lion and all the other wildlife you might expect. The safari camps, many of which have been recently refurbished, are small and intimate and hosted by charming, friendly people and with no unnecessary frills welcome you to an authentic African and bush experience.

Did you know

  • Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia
  • The Zimbabwe bird is the national emblem of the country
  • The most popular drinks are the maize beers 'vhavha' and 'chibuku'
  • Zimbabwe is home to the world's largest population of black rhinos

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Original Highlight

Elephants are a definite highlight of Zimbabwe! Hwange is a must if you want to get up close and personal with these most relaxed of pachyderms. You could find yourselves literally sharing a plunge pool with thirsty elephants - I did!

Eleanor, Original Traveller

A note on price

Zimbabwe is a fantastic safari destination and certainly holds its own against neighbours Zambia and Botswana. Luxury safari holidays in Zimbabwe start from £5,000 per person at the cheaper end of the spectrum, including flights, but for a more elaborate itinerary exploring the remote regions, £9,000 per person is the kind of price you'd expect to pay. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 21°C / 69°F
  • Rainfall — 20cm / 7.9 inches
Flight from London

10:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Zimbabwe

Elephant Camp

Elephant Camp

Victoria Falls

Elephant Camp has the best of both worlds – the boutique lodge (one of the few in the falls) is close to Victoria Falls with views of the spray, and is set within a private game reserve where elephants rule the way.

Where to stay

Kanga Bush Camp

Kanga Bush Camp

Mana Pools

Kanga Bush Camp is in a completely remote and unspoilt area near Chitake Springs in the heart of Mana Pools National Park. This is Africa in the raw.

Where to stay

The Hide

The Hide

Hwange

The Hide has consistently been voted the Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe since 1995. Situated on the Eastern Boundary of Hwange National Park, this is one of the few camps in the Park itself.

Where to stay

Davison's Camp

Davison's Camp

Hwange

Davison's Camp is in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession, one of the best game viewing areas of the Hwange National Park.

Where to stay

Lion Cub Stretching

Hwange

Zimbabwe

Hwange, the largest of Zimbabwe's national parks, is famous for its large concentrations of game and diversity of mammal species.

Where to go

Luxury Train Journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls

Luxury Train Journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Rovos Rail evokes the style and old age glamour of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – minus the murder – with subtle modern touches bringing the train into the 21st Century.

What to do

Linkwasha camp and milky way

Linkwasha Camp

Hwange

Opened in May 2015, Linkwasha is one of the most luxurious lodges in Hwange, one of Zimbabwe’s legendary National Parks.

Where to stay

The Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group.

Where to stay

Somalisa Camp

Somalisa Camp

Hwange

Somalisa Camp is an authentic bush camp hidden away on an acacia island overlooking the ancient seasonal flood plain of the famous Kennedy Vlei line.

Where to stay

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls

Set high on a natural plateau, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just two miles from the Victoria Falls themselves.

Where to stay

Hippopotamus in Mana Pools

Mana Pools

Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park, in the north of Zimbabwe, stretches from Lake Kariba to the border of Mozambique in the east, in the heart of the Zambezi River Valley.

Where to go

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

The name alone conjures up visions of exploration and adventure. David Livingstone "discovered" the Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria

Where to go

You may rest assured that Original Travel will be a first port of call when next arranging future hols. Thanks again for all you did for us.

Simon

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