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.
Self-Drive Around Zimbabwe
Harare, Eastern Highlands, Masvingo, Matobo Hills, Hwange, Victoria Falls
Best for: Self Drive, Highlights, Safari
Explore Zimbabwe and get under the skin of this diverse and scenic country on this self-drive adventure which is perfect for those who are adventurous of spirit. Taking in many highlights of the country including Great Zimbabwe, Hwange and Victoria Falls!
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This is the perfect trip for those looking to explore Zimbabwe at their own pace with a great mixture of scenic landscapes, history, culture and fantastic game viewing - it really does have it all! Beginning in the capital, Harare, you will explore the Eastern Highlands, an area of extreme beauty with fantastic walking and fly fishing on offer. From here you will head to Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with huge significance in the history of Zimbabwe. It is then off to the Matobo Hills, thought to be the spiritual home of Zimbabwe and where Cecil Rhodes is buried. Continuing your Zimbabwean adventure you will go on safari in Hwange. Famed for its impressive elephant population as well as painted dog conservation, an exciting safari with a sense of wilderness awaits. Your trip ends with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world with plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities on offer too!
Day 1 - 2 : Borrowdale, Harare
On arrival into Harare you will need to collect your rental car before making your way to Highlands House, a boutique guest house in the Harare suburbs. You will spend one night here with breakfast included. With a pool and tennis court this is the perfect place to relax after your international flight. Alternatively you can spend the afternoon exploring Harare with its
excellent soap stone carving market and Unity Square, the heart of the city.
Days 2 - 4 : The Eastern Highlands
Stay at Troutbeck Inn for 2 nights
This morning you will begin your Zimbabwean adventure by driving to the Eastern Highlands which mark the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. One of the most scenic areas of the country, the Eastern Highlands are markedly different in landscape and climate to the rest of the country. You will stay at Troutbeck Inn for two nights with breakfast included. The scenery here is more akin to Scotland with mountains and streams and excellent walking and fishing on offer. You can spend your time how you wish - there is a circular route which covers many of the viewpoints, as well as the excellent Vumba Botanical Gardens. Local batik work is for sale along the route, as well as charming coffee shops on the plateau edge.
Days 4 - 6 : Southern Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Stay at Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort for 2 nights
Descend the mountains today and head south towards Masvingo, passing fine examples of African baobabs and traditional Shona villages along the way. A stop at the well kept Italian chapel in Masvingo, built by prisoners of war, is recommended. You will stay at Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort for two nights with breakfast included. With a lovely setting overlooking Lake Mutirikwi, this is the perfect base from which to explore Great Zimbabwe.
A World Heritage Site, the ruins date back to successive Shona civilisations in the 15th and 16th centuries, and are remarkable in their scale. They stretch from the hilltop above the site, to the plain below where the iconic Great Enclosure is found - the views are at their most remarkable in the late afternoon.
Days 6 - 8 : Matobo Hills and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Stay at Big Cave Camp for 2 nights
Today you will continue to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city. From here it is not far to Big Cave Camp on the edge of the Matobo Hills, the spiritual home of Zimbabwe with incredible granite kopjes which litter the landscape. You will spend two nights here on a half board basis. There are plenty of activities to choose from whilst here - Cecil Rhodes is buried here and there are spectacular views from World's View which offers a panoramic vista across the park. Game drives and rhino tracking are also on offer, or just relax in camp and enjoy the amazing views from rock-top pool.
Days 8 - 11 : Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Stay at Elephant's Eye for 3 nights
Today will be a longer drive up to the famous Hwange National Park. You will drop you rental car off before being transferred to Main Camp from where you will be met by your guide and game driven to Elephant's Eye which lies in a private concession to the east of the park. You will spend three nights here with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. There are plenty of activities on offer in Hwange with game drives, night game drives and bush walks on offer as well as the chance to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre. The lodge also has a spa and pool which are perfect for those who would like the chance to relax between activities.
Days 11 - 13 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Stay at Victoria Falls Hotel for 2 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be collected and transferred to Victoria Falls. One of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls never cease to amaze. You will stay at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for two nights with breakfast included. Situated just 3km outside of town, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set on a plateau with wonderful views over the Zambezi National Park which it borders. As well as visiting the Falls whilst you are here, there are plenty of other activities to choose from including elephant rides and interaction, sunset cruises on the Zambezi and helicopter flights over the Falls all possible.
Day 13 : Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport
Today you will be privately transferred to Victoria Falls airport in time for your flight home. This marks the end of your exciting adventure around Zimbabwe.
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