Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in southern Africa, is renowned for its captivating landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. It has emerged as one of the most sought-after safari destinations, offering a unique and unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. With its diverse ecosystems and well-preserved national parks, Zimbabwe promises an immersive and authentic safari experience like no other.
One of the crown jewels of Zimbabwe’s safari offerings is Hwange National Park. Spanning over 14,600 square kilometres, it is the largest national park in the country and home to an incredible array of wildlife. Hwange boasts a staggering population of elephants, estimated to be around 40,000, making it one of the best places in Africa to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Visitors can embark on game drives or guided walking safaris, allowing them to witness the raw beauty of the African wilderness up close.
Another must-visit destination in Zimbabwe is Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, this park is characterized by its picturesque floodplains, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. Mana Pools is renowned for its exceptional walking safaris, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the park on foot and witness extraordinary encounters with wildlife such as elephants, lions, and buffalo. Canoe safaris along the Zambezi River are also a popular activity, allowing visitors to spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.
Zimbabwe’s safari offerings extend beyond its national parks. The iconic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a must-see destination for any traveller in Zimbabwe. The sheer power and beauty of the falls, combined with the multitude of activities such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and helicopter flights, make it an unforgettable experience. Adjacent to Victoria Falls lies Zambezi National Park, where visitors can partake in thrilling game drives, river cruises, and fishing expeditions along the Zambezi River.
The advantage of choosing Zimbabwe as a safari destination lies in its commitment to conservation and responsible tourism. The country has made significant efforts to protect its wildlife and ecosystems, ensuring that visitors can experience the wonders of nature while supporting conservation initiatives. Many safari operators in Zimbabwe are actively involved in community-based conservation projects, which not only benefit local communities but also contribute to the long-term sustainability of wildlife conservation efforts.
What’s Typically Included
- Accommodation, guest laundry, all meals & local beverages
- All domestic light aircraft and road transfers to and from Victoria Falls or Harare.
- All light aircraft and road transfers between camps.
- Daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.
- (Exclusions: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.)
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Southern Africa Safari
Indulge in the ultimate 12-night Southern Africa Safari, where romance meets untamed beauty. Traverse the iconic landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana, witnessing the mesmerizing Victoria Falls, exploring the vast Okavango Delta, and encountering diverse wildlife in Hwange National Park. Let this extraordinary journey create everlasting memories for you.
Embark on a breathtaking 6-night Abundant Zimbabwe Safari, where wild wonders await at every turn. Experience the untamed beauty of Hwange National Park at Little Makalolo Camp, then immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Mana Pools at Little Ruckomechi. Prepare for remarkable encounters with wildlife and unforgettable moments in Zimbabwe's most captivating landscapes.
Embark on a mesmerizing 9-night Zambezi Explorer Safari, where the wonders of Zimbabwe and Zambia unfold. From the vast landscapes of Hwange's Davison's Camp to the untouched beauty of Mana Pools' Ruckomechi, continue to Toka Leya upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, before concluding at the captivating Shumba Camp in the Kafue. Prepare for awe-inspiring wildlife encounters and unforgettable adventures along the Zambezi River.
These itineraries are fully customizable. To change or learn more about any of our itineraries, please enquire with us.
The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWL), although it is not recognized internationally. The currency takes the form of Bond Notes and RTGS (real-time gross settlement).
However, it’s important to note that the country’s economy is effectively tied to the US dollar, making it the dominant currency. As a visitor to Zimbabwe, it is advisable to primarily consider transactions and expenses in US dollars.
In Zimbabwe, the power sockets used are of Type D and Type G.
Type D sockets have three round pins in a triangular pattern. They are rated for a voltage of 220-240 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz. This type of socket is commonly used in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and other countries.
Type G sockets, also known as British Standard BS-1363, are rectangular in shape and have three rectangular pins. They are rated for a voltage of 220-240 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz. This type of socket is commonly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and other countries.
It’s worth noting that while Type D sockets are still prevalent in some older buildings in Zimbabwe, the country has been transitioning towards using Type G sockets in recent years.
If you’re planning to visit Zimbabwe, it’s advisable to carry a universal travel adapter that can accommodate both Type D and Type G sockets to ensure compatibility with the local power outlets.
When packing for a safari in Zimbabwe, it’s important to consider the specific requirements and recommendations for the trip. Here’s a suggested packing list keeping in mind the soft bag weight limitation of 20 kg and the availability of free laundry in the camps:
- Lightweight, breathable, and neutral-colored clothing for hot weather
- Long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against sunburn and insects
- T-shirts, shorts, and skirts for daytime wear
- Sweater or jacket for cooler evenings
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sandals or flip-flops for relaxing in camp
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap for sun protection
- Swimsuit (if there are swimming opportunities)
- Socks and underwear
- Binoculars for wildlife viewing
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Hat with a strap to keep it secure during game drives
- Sunglasses and sunscreen (preferably eco-friendly)
- Lightweight rain jacket or poncho
- Personal medications
- Travel adapter and chargers for electronic devices
- Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
- Cash, credit cards, and necessary travel documents (e.g., passport, visas)
Remember to pack efficiently and avoid overpacking, as you will have limited space in a soft bag. Plan your outfits based on the duration of your safari (3-4 days) and the availability of free laundry services in the camps. Layering clothing is recommended to adapt to changing weather conditions throughout the day.
The official language of Zimbabwe is English. English is widely spoken and understood, especially in urban areas, government offices, and the tourism industry.
However, Zimbabwe is a linguistically diverse country, and there are several other languages spoken by different ethnic groups. Some of the major indigenous languages spoken in Zimbabwe include:
- Shona: Shona is the most widely spoken native language in Zimbabwe. It is spoken by the majority of the population, particularly in the eastern and northern parts of the country. There are several dialects of Shona, including Zezuru, Karanga, Manyika, and Ndau.
- Ndebele: Ndebele is the second most widely spoken indigenous language in Zimbabwe. It is spoken mainly in the southwestern region of the country, including the city of Bulawayo and surrounding areas.
- Tonga: Tonga is spoken by the Tonga people who live in the northern regions of Zimbabwe, particularly around Lake Kariba.
- Chewa: Chewa is spoken by the Chewa people, primarily in the eastern part of Zimbabwe, near the border with Mozambique.
- Kalanga: Kalanga is spoken by the Kalanga people who reside in the western part of Zimbabwe, mainly in the Matabeleland South province.
- Many other languages: Zimbabwe is also home to various smaller ethnic groups, each with their own languages, including Venda, Nambya, Shangani, Sotho, and others.
It’s important to note that while English is the primary language for official and business purposes, knowledge of basic greetings or phrases in Shona or Ndebele can be greatly appreciated by locals and enhance your cultural experience when interacting with the people of Zimbabwe.
Depending on your nationality, it may be necessary to apply for a visa in advance. However, certain nationalities have the option to obtain visas upon arrival at the port of entry.
Please follow this link to be sure of your countries visa requirements to enter Zimbabwe – https://www.evisa.gov.zw/regime
If you are travelling to Zimbabwe from areas known to be infected with yellow fever, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. We advise our guests to also have an updated TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) vaccine and a hepatitis A vaccine.
Certain regions of Zimbabwe are known for their high prevalence of malaria.
Prior to your trip, it is advisable to consult with your Travel Doctor to determine if you should commence a medication regimen. Some malaria prophylaxes necessitate initiation several days prior to your vacation, as well as continued usage during and after your visit. It is recommended that you discuss with your doctor which specific prophylactic medication would be most suitable for you.