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Zimbabwe

Despite the political upheaval of recent years, Victoria Falls and surrounds remained popular and safe and as times have changed and evolved, visitors are returning in greater numbers to fully explore this beautiful land–locked country. Now is the time to go!

Group Safaris

Many group tours simply take in the mighty Victoria Falls but if you look closer there is far more on offer taking in Hwange National Park renowned for its elephant population, the beautiful Matopos Hills, Lake Kariba or the famed and ancient Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Experience this emerging country with camping, accommodated or even on walking safaris.

07 Day Windhoek, Delta, Chobe to Victoria Falls Scheduled Safari

This scheduled, fast–paced safari starts in Windhoek and finishes in Victoria travelling via Botswana to experience the San culture, the tranquility of the Okavango Delta before continuing to Chobe National Park and great wildlife sightings in particular huge elephant herds, before finishing at the spectacular Victoria Fall.

20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Scheduled Safari

This 20 day overland style safari starts from Cape Town (South Africa) and finishes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe taking in Namibia and Botswana. A great value for money tour visiting many of the highlights along the way. One of the most popular routes, there is a camping and accommodated version of this safari available.

06 Day Best of Zimbabwe Scheduled Safari

A short tour starting in Victoria Falls where you’ll enjoy a guided tour at UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy game drives in the spectacular Hwange National Park and spot some of the many elephants, then explore the Matobos Park with a local guide, before crossing the border into South Africa and finishing in Johannesburg.

13 Day Rediscover Grand Zimbabwe Scheduled Safari

Join this 13day tour and discover the magic of Zimbabwe while on an intimate tour through this breathtakingly beautiful country. Venture to famous Hwango & Matobo National Parks and learn about Zimbabwe’s fascinating history on a visit to the 900–year–old Great Zimbabwe Ruins, rumoured to be the capital of the legendary Queen of Sheba and also the namesake of the nations, Zimbabwe comes from a Shona word for ‘big houses of stone’.

15 Day Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe Scheduled Safari

A 15 day accommodated tour to Botswana and Zimbabwe – perfect partners for a safari where you will encounter some of the world’s greatest wildlife. Enjoy the guides’ expertise and knowledge of both countries and get to explore two enigmatic countries with its endangered wild dogs, rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and among others, a traditional canoe (mokoro) trip along with an overnight trip on a houseboat.

Zimbabwe Regions: take a closer look

Located south–west of Bulawayo, Matopos is renowned for its extraordinary granite outcrops with bizarre balancing rock formations eroded over the millenia. Proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 2003, this small but superb 424sq km park includes populations of black and white rhino, surrounded by stunning landscapes, diverse flora and impressive views. It is also home to the worlds largest population of black eagles as they soar the skies.  Visitors can enjoy walking in the park (there are no lion or elephants but plenty of leopards) and a wealthy array of Bushman art.  Famous for World’s View named by Cecil Rhodes it is also his burial site. A number of safaris include Matopos in their itineraries.

As one of Zimbabwe’s highlights, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools borders Zambia (separated by the Zambezi River) and considered a truly wild African park.  Animals abound with large populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino, along with numerous species of antelope. It’s not unusual to see buffalo and elephant (amongst others) swimming between islands.  Stunning scenery from mountainous escarpments acting as a backdrop, riverine areas and flood plains along with huge acacias make this an ideal destination for walking or canoe safaris.

At 226km long and up to 40km wide, it is Africa’s largest man–made dam and by volume the worlds artificial lake, Kariba powers electricity to both Zambia and Zimbabwe but its fair to say that the majority of visitors are more interested in cruising along on houseboats enjoying tiger fishing, birding and wildlife than the great engineering feat!  Kariba Town holds little interest to many though acts as service point for houseboats and trips from which you can explore the lake and its islands.

Located in the north–west and close to Victoria Falls, (2hours drive), this is Zimbabwe’s largest national park (approx. 14,650sq km) and home to huge herds of elephants along with over 100 species of other mammals and nearly 400 bird species.  There is a selection of accommodation ranging from government run to luxury lodges spread around the park (the pivotal area around Main Camp) and private reserves adjacent to the park.  Overland safaris, private safaris and fly in options can all include Hwange.  Set up as a private park back in 1929, there are plenty of waterholes, a variety of vegetation and game–viewing can be incredible, with main focus on its elephants – numbers estimated at anything between 20,000–70,000 as they migrate through Chobe and surrounds.  Nyamandhlovu Pan in particular is a wildlife paradise with plenty of animal species (buffalo, lion, leopard, giraffe, jackal, plains game – zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck) and bathing elephants adding to the spectacle.  Protected species such as wild dog and rhino have strong holds here. Different areas of the park offer different diversity from plains to teak forests,  and birdlife prolific including a variety of raptors  Dry season from July–September is often regarded as best time to visit and when weather is not too hot, September–November is great for game–viewing, then the rainy season from December–April brings vegetation to life along with plenty of babies!  However, some roads can become quite tricky /closed.

Set in a lush valley near the head of the Mutrikwi River, these impressive stone ruins cover a 722hectare site where construction started way back in the 11th century and continued for 300 years and are some of the oldest ruins in southern Africa.  Using simple hand–held tools these geometrical forms are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and believed to have housed around 25,000 people.  The formidable Great Enclosure is by far the most impressive and used by the King with the Valley complex for its citizens.  Several tour operators will include this fascinating historical site in their itineraries.

Whilst this area remains unvisited by the majority of tours, the Eastern Highlands is home to the steep Vumba Mountains, a huge granite ridge and swathed in forest, ferns, and mosses with ravines gauging through the hills.  Coffee and banana plantations abound on the lower slopes along with beautiful flowers and birdlife and botanical gardens. Areas of interest include Chimanimani Mountains along with Nyanga National Park – some of the main hiking spots those remain as low visitor destinations.  Gonarezhou National Park is considered a “best–kept” secret with stunning vistas, rewarding game–viewing and a wild, remote experience.  Few visitors make it this far and limited operators include it in itineraries however, for those that do it is a highlight on a tour.

It goes without saying that a trip to Zimbabwe is not complete without a visit to Victoria Falls.  This UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Natural Wonders of the World it is unsurprisingly one of the greatest geological sights and the most visited site in Zimbabwe.  The Falls themselves are within Victoria Falls National Park, and with a width of around 1.7km (you can walk in the park and stop at various viewpoints to appreciate their splendour) and up to 550 million litres of water cascade over the rim every minute when water levels are at their height. Let’s just say a waterproof jacket is needed when you view them and the roar of the water is incredible! Activities abound from a leisurely breakfast on Livingstone Island, to adrenaline fuelled bungee jumping and white–water rafting.  By just moving a fraction away from the falls, there are palm–dotted islands and nature reserves offering game drives to see elephants, hippos and plenty of other animals and birdlife. The town itself remains relatively small, and within walking distance to the park and falls, with a range of accommodation both in the centre and along the Upper and Lower Zambezi River.  The airport offers a range of international and regional flights so visitors to Zimbabwe, even if just visiting Victoria Falls can easily incorporate into itineraries within southern Africa.

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