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Why visit Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is best known for the magnificent Victoria Falls, known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Zimbabwe is home to four World Heritage Sites – Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Parks, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Kama Ruins. A journey to Zimbabwe will take you through unspoiled landscapes, lush mountains and magnificent rivers. Zimbabwean people are truly a joy to meet – friendly, warm and always willing to help. The country is also recognized for its abundant birdlife, with more than 600 recorded species. Lake Kariba is one of the largest manmade lakes in the world offering unbelievable wildlife sightings at its shores. Lake Kariba is also home to the fierce tiger fish, renowned among avid anglers. Exhilarating adventure activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter excursions are on offer for the thrill seeker.

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Where to go in Zimbabwe 

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (translating to the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water: Boaruka Island is nearest to the western bank and Livingstone Island nearest to the middle—the point from which Livingstone first viewed the falls. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres and is visible from up to 48km away. The Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and; one of the seven natural wonders of the world for having the largest curtain of falling water on the planet. The town is well-known as being Southern Africa’s adventure and safari hub. Activities on offer include: white water rafting, canoeing on the river above the falls, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge over the mighty Zambezi River, abseiling into the gorge, and helicopter and microlight flights over the falls. For the thrill-seeker a swim in the Devil’s Pool on the edge of the falls is sure to get your pulse racing.

“The most wonderful sight I have witnessed in Africa. None can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” — David Livingstone

Mana Pools
The game reserve takes its name; Mana, from the Shona word meaning ‘four’ and refers to the four large watering holes that are formed by the Zambezi River. Mana Pools is not only one of the most remote and least developed parks in Zimbabwe but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mana Pools protects over 2,000km2 of Zambezi riverfront vegetation, comprised mainly of forests of mahogany, wild fig, ebony, mopane and baobab. The unique combination of beautiful trees, wildlife and unspoiled river is set against the backdrop of distant mountains making it a dream for wildlife-lovers, birders, fishermen and photographers. Large populations of elephants, hippos and Nile crocodiles gather at sunrise in the Long Pool and in the park’s south, lions wait for prey around the waterhole at Chitake Spring. During the rainy season, much of the wildlife retreats from the wet ground on the valley floor and heads for the escarpment. Then from around April, as the pools in the bush dry up, they start to return to the riverine areas.

Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe and one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife: home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and a large concentration of giraffe. The park is situated between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls. The park has a variety of landscapes: one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert; the south is sandy with forests and open grassland. Hwange has one of Africa’s four viable wild dog populations and has reasonable numbers of the endangered brown hyaena and the rare gemsbok.

Kariba Dam
Lake Kariba is by volume the largest artificial lake and reservoir in the world located on the Zambezi River. The Kariba Lake is home to several islands, including Maaze Island, Mashape Island, Chete Island, Sekula, Sampa Karuma, Fothergill, Spurwing, Snake Island, Antelope Island, Bed Island Chikanka. Lake Kariba is a tremendous wildlife experience. Nile crocodiles and hippos thrive in the lake. Kariba’s fertile shores attract a wealth of game animals – including elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah and antelope. Great fishing and wonderful houseboats that can be taken up and down and along the great expanse of water. Incredible sunsets, wonderful birdlife and animals coming down to drink along the banks.

Masvingo
Masvingo is a small and busy centre located in southern Zimbabwe, almost at the middle of the country’s four important cities—Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Beitbridge (a border town with South Africa). The city is close to Great Zimbabwe, the national monument from which the country takes its name. The home to the Zimbabwe Ruins, which is Africa’s oldest stone monument after the Pyramids and was home to nearly 10 000 of the Shona peoples. The town lies near Lake Mutirikwe and is home to a golf course and a freight railway line. It lies on the Mucheke River, with Queen Victoria Gardens in the town centre and Shagashe Game Park and an Italian memorial church built during World War II nearby. It also has an airstrip. There are a variety of tourist attractions within a thirty mile radius of the town. Within 20 km of Masvingo are the Great Zimbabwe National Monument and the Lake Mutirikwe Recreational Park and Kyle game resort with 12 different species, including the white rhino.

Matopos Rocks
The precarious balancing rocks of Matopos are unbelievable.  The Park includes an Intensive Protection Zone where a large population of Black and White Rhinoceros are successfully breeding. The Park offers a diverse package of tourist attractions and activities. The Matopos park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. The majestic and rugged terrain of the park is a hikers paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. Matobo meaning ‘bald heads’ was the name chosen for the area by the great Ndebele King, Mzilikazi. He is buried in the Matobo Hills just a short distance from the park. Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. He is buried at the summit of Malindidzimu -‘ hill of benevolent spirits’. He referred to this hill as having a ‘View of the World’. A short walk from the parking lot will lead the visitor to his grave, which is carved out of the solid granite hill and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of massive boulders. The Matobo area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place. The Park is home to a wide variety of animal species including: black and white rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, sable, klipspringer, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, rock dassies, waterbuck, wildcat, springhare, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons and monkeys. There are so many exciting adventure activities on offer in Vic Falls no wonder its called the Adventure capital of Africa . You could spend a week here and it still won’t be enough time for you  to partake in all of the incredible adventure activities on offer .

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When to go to Zimbabwe

The best wildlife viewing time is in the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. The skies are clear, temperatures are on the milder side, and little rain means fewer mosquitos. September and October are considered the best time to see elephant herds in Hwange National Park. If your main reason for visiting is to experience the Victoria Falls, then April or May will be the best time when the river is at its fullest. October is also dry but very hot with temperatures soaring into the thirties. The nights between June and August are cool, so make sure you have warm clothes for the mornings and evenings. If you ae seeking water sports, then book your trip between August and December when the water is lower and the rapids are more pronounced.

For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net

Most Popular Tours In Zimbabwe

11 Day Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Family Friendly Camping Adventure

1 week +
Heading to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, where we go in search of the “big five” before crossing into Zimbabwe to explore the Great Zimbabwe ruins – once an ancient ‘city’ in southern Africa. At the Antelope Park there are many opportunities to get up close to wildlife and even walk with a lion cub, while the Matobo National Park is a haven for rhino and rich in ancient San rock paintings. We end our adventure at the mighty Victoria Falls.
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: USD 365
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From ZAR 7,900 pps and Local Payment USD 470 pp

14 Days Southern Magic Budget Accommodated Adventure

2 weeks
The Southern African Magic offers an adventure holiday taking in some of southern Africa’s most popular and memorable highlights. Tried and tested over many years the tour offers very good value for money with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in the City of Gold, (Johannesburg), the journey includes breath-taking scenery views and wildlife of Kruger, Matobo and Chobe National Parks, to the feeling of Zambezi river spray thundering out of the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls, to the quiet tranquillity of the Okavango Delta. This two week adventure covers a range of landscapes, a variety of game-parks and a breadth of experiences to introduce you to Africa’s depth and variety, showing you the ‘magic’ of southern Africa – an area rich in culture, beauty and background. This is one of our most popular open age Small Group tours, with departures all year round. It is an excellent introduction to this wonderful continent.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Starts:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates:2017 Rates from ZAR 22,880 plus USD 1,380 mandatory Safari Pass per person. 2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure.
  • Single Supplement: Applicable
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2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure.

16 Day Botswana Safari Camping Adventure

16 days
The bestof Botswana: Almost a quarter of this country is devoted to wildlife sanctuaries and these remote and unspoilt wilderness areas are widely acknowledged as offering the finest game viewing in Africa.
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Johannesburg
  • Group Size: Max 16
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From 2018 rates EUR 1,995 pps

9 Days Best of Botswana Budget Accommodated and Camping Safari Adventure

9 days
This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure attractions. The itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls area, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath-taking views of the Zambezi River, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and a full day immersed in the Zimbabwe culture. This Adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and Zimbabwe that will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. The Best of Botswana is the only safari of its kind that allows you the opportunity to explore Botswana’s best national parks and game reserves and the Victoria Falls area in less than 9 days.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Starts:Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates:2018 Rates from ZAR 19,500 plus USD 480 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
  • Single Supplement: Applicable
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2018 Rates from ZAR 19,500 plus USD 480 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.

12 Days Delta & Chobe Waterways Budget Accommodated Safari

12 days
The Delta & Chobe Waterways takes you on a comprehensive adventure holiday taking in some of the best highlights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Tried and tested over many years this tour offers incredible value with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in the City of Gold, (Johannesburg), your epic journey heads north and includes breath-taking views across a variety of terrain from the bustling towns to the wild animals roaming in Polokwane game Reserve, Matobo National Park and Chobe National Parks. Marvel at the thundering Victoria Falls, glide across the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta and see the endangered African Rhino up close. This 12 day adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the spirit of Africa, leaving you with a desire to discover more of this diverse continent.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Starts:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates: 2017 Rates from ZAR 19,200 plus USD 1,230 mandatory Safari Pass per person. 2018 Rates from ZAR 22,825 plus USD 1,410 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
  • Single Supplement:Applicable
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2018 Rates from ZAR 22,825 plus USD 1,410 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.

21 Day Nairobi to Victoria Falls Budget Camping Safari

21 days
There’s plenty of action on this trip, The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are Tanzania’s best known game reserves, and Zanzibar is a tropical paradise that’s steeped in history and tradition. It’s impossible not to relax on the golden beaches of Lake Malawi. Chobe National Park offers a superb game viewing opportunity. Victoria Falls offers great adventure activities and is a perfect way to end this awesome safari trip.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: 2018 Rates USD 1,400 pps
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2018 Rates from ZAR 19,400 pps and local payment USD 1,300 pps