Best of Zimbabwe Safari

This safari explores three of Zimbabwe’s greatest highlights: Hwange National Park, breathtaking Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, as well as extraordinary natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. This safari explores three of Zimbabwe’s greatest highlights: expansive Hwange National Park – famous for its huge elephant herds, breathtaking Mana Pools National Park and unforgettable Victoria Falls. Enjoy game drives, as well as opportunities to explore by canoe and on foot.

This is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary. We can easily extend or shorten the itinerary to include more or fewer nights in an area, and can mix and match the accommodation to suit.

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9 days/8 nights
Tented Camps & Hotel
Departs daily ex Victoria Falls

Highlights:

  • Vast Hwange National Park, supporting 105 species of mammal and over 400 bird species
  • Beautiful Mana Pools National Park, on the banks of the Lower Zambezi
  • The iconic Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s best known natural features
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photography opportunities
  • Explore the wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by canoe

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Best of Zimbabwe

Itinerary

9 days/8 nights Safari

Days 1-3

Hwange National Park
Take a light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls to Little Makalolo Camp in Hwange National Park for 3 nights. This exclusive eco-camp features just 6 comfortable tents, and is surrounded by a range of habitats making it one of the reserve’s best gameviewing areas. Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange supports 105 species of mammal and over 400 bird species. During your stay, you can participate in morning and afternoon game activities and bush walks. LD (Day 1) / BLD (Days 2/3)

Days 4-6

Mana Pools National Park
Fly by light aircraft to your next destination, Mana Pools National Park. Transfer by road to Ruckomechi Camp which offers 10 ensuite tented rooms with superb views overlooking the Zambezi River. Mana Pools sits on the Lower Zambezi ringed by the dramatic Zambezi Escarpment. This stunning part of the world is famous for its seasonal pools, islands, majestic forests and woodlands. The ecosystem harbours exceptional birdlife and abundant wildlife. Large herbivores that can be easily seen here include elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, while predators include lion, leopard and African wild dog. Enjoy game drives, walking safaris and canoeing. BLD

Days 7/8

Victoria Falls
Fly by light aircraft to the magnificent World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. You are accommodated at Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe’s oldest and finest luxury hotel. The hotel features 161 air-conditioned rooms and suites, three restaurants, a bar, library, reading room and 24-hour room service. On Day 8 take a half day tour of the falls followed by a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on the Ra-Ikane riverboat. B

Day 9

Tour ends Victoria Falls
Today, you will be transferred by road or air to Victoria Falls airport where the tour ends. B

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Zimbabwe Overview

What is the best thing to do in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe offers plenty of fabulous safari experiences and the two major national parks – Hwange and Mana Pools – are top of the list when visiting the country. For the more adventurous, Zimbabwe is one of the best countries across Africa for walking and canoeing safaris, whilst the magnificent Victoria Falls is a must-visit.

What is the climate like in Zimbabwe?
Overall the country has a pleasant climate but temperatures vary with elevation. The highveld has a moderate climate (up to 29°C in summer) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-October when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from June-August. October is the hottest month with days in the mid to high 30°s. Rain falls regularly in the summer (November-March/April) turning the bush lush and green.

How do I get to Zimbabwe?
The easiest way into the country is from the South African hub of Johannesburg. Multiple major airlines fly into the city including British Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and of course South African Airways. From Johannesburg there are regular flights to Victoria Falls, the start and end point for many safaris. Alternatively, for an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience, journey by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with?
Zimbabwe is easily combinable with neighbouring countries including Botswana, Zambia and South Africa – all of which provide a different safari experience. Another popular combination with a Zimbabwean safari is a visit to Uganda or Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

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