Zimbabwe is one of Southern Africa’s premier safari destinations. It is famous for its guides who are some of the most qualified in Africa as well as excellent game densities in the national parks. The traditional safari season in Africa is June to the end of October when vegetation is less dense and wildlife is drawn to water sources.
Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa, but it is all in the timing. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year, which not only affects what you get to see but also what you can do, with certain activities only available at certain levels of flow. Here we give our rundown of water levels throughout the year, what you can expect to see and when best to go based on what you want to do.
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On returning from a safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe specialist Pierre described it as one of the most full-on safaris that he has ever experienced in 15 years working in travel. Pierre highly recommends Hwange as a holiday destination for the more seasoned safari-goer. Read on to find out why…
Somalisa Camp is a charming and authentic tented safari camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Somalisa's passionate guides are incredibly knowledgeable, so game drives and guided walks are thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of wildlife to be found.
There is no doubt that the Victoria Falls are an impressive sight, but we are often asked which side is best. Technically visiting the Zimbabwean side will allow you to view 70% of the Falls and there are more viewing points, but some of the most popular experiences to be had are only available on the Zambian side. Here we give you our top five points to consider when deciding whether to plump for Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls and Hwange
Best for: Wildlife, Highlights, Safari
Take in Zimbabwe's highlights with a breath-taking visit to the majestic Victoria Falls before enjoying an exciting safari in Hwange National Park. Famed for its impressive elephant population you are in for a treat and can get truly off-the-beaten-track!
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A luxury safari itinerary providing guests with the chance to visit the beautiful Hwange National Park. Start off in Victoria Falls, the adventure capital of Zimbabwe, where you can enjoy white water rafting and bungee jumping to get your adrenaline rushing, or simply put your feet up and admire the falls or go on leisurely cruises on the river. From there head over to Hwange National Park, a unique and less visited National Park which provides guests with a truly exceptional wildlife experience. Splitting your time between Northern and Southern Hwange, you experience the best of this fantastic National Park.
Days 1 - 4 : Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
Stay at Zambezi Sands River Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Zambezi Sands which has a spectacular location on the banks of the Zambezi. You will stay here for the next three nights will all meals, house drinks and activities included. The camp has a wonderful location in the Zambezi National Park upstream of the mighty Victoria Falls. The beautiful tented rooms overlook the river and make the most of the amazing situation. In-house activities include: game drives, game walks, fishing, canoeing and island picnics. Whilst a visit to the Falls themselves is an absolute must, there are plenty of other activities on offer with flights of the angels, elephant interaction, bungee jumping and rafting all on offer.
Days 4 - 7 : Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Stay at Nehimba Lodge for 3 nights
This morning you will be collected and driven to Hwange National Park. Famous for its impressive elephant population, Hwange offers a traditional safari experience. You will stay at Nehimba in a private concession in Hwange National Park for the next three nights with all meals, house drinks and game viewing activities included. Nehimba effortlessly combines a luxurious stay with wonderful wildlife viewing for a truly exceptional safari experience. Nehimba lies in an area of great diversity with plenty of different landscapes within easy reach which offer varied game viewing - it's rare that any two days will be the same. In addition to traditional game drives you also have the chance to explore the bush on foot with a qualified walking guide. This is the perfect way to not just learn how to track big game but also gives you the opportunity to learn about the smaller aspects of the bush too. The lodge also has a great pool which when not attracting elephants to drink, is the perfect place to while away an afternoon watching passing game.
Days 7 - 10 : Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Stay at Camelthorn Lodge for 3 nights
This morning you will be game driven through the park to catch the Elephant Express - a tram which will take you on a scenic two hour trip through the park to Camelthorn Lodge in the southern wilderness area of Hwange where you will stay for three nights with all meals, house drinks and game viewing activities included. Situated on the southern edge of Ngamo's famous plains, a wonderful safari is on offer here. - a secluded safari lodge located in southern Hwange. Whilst here you will go on twice daily game drives as well as having the chance to go on walking safaris where you can track big game including elephants on foot. Camelthorn Lodge is positioned in acacia woodland with a variety of smaller wildlife attracted to the waterholes. Less than a kilometre from the lodge is an underground blind in front of a waterhole which gives guests the memorable opportunity to photograph elephants silhouetted against the sky - a truly exceptional experience! Another unique activity is the change to join in a pump run to drop off fuel to power the pumping of water to the artificial waterholes in the south of the park - this allows you to visit some of the most remote areas of the park and get truly off the beaten track.
Day 10 : Hwange to Victoria Falls
After a final game drive this morning you will be transferred to Victoria Falls in time for your onward international flight home - this marks the end of your classic exploration of Zimbabwe!
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When to go
This corner of Zimbabwe has a wonderful temperate and climate and can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September.
Summer days (November to March) can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms, is usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable.
Autumn days (April to May) can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature is 22-28 degrees. Evenings are 10-15 degrees.
Winter days (June to August) are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties). Evenings and early mornings are very cold with average early morning temperatures of 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time of year, when the bush is golden and dry.
Spring days (September, October) start getting hotter. Evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. There is a very slim chance of rain.
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