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Zimbabwe Safaris

Zimbabwe is our Southern Africa choice for an avid safari-goer who does not want to break the bank for an African safari. The guiding is unquestionably the best in the whole of Africa, the game equals anything else on the continent and the private concessions means you can get all the privacy and intimacy of a Botswana safari, but quite literally, at half the price. Zimbabwe should be on the seasoned safari goers hit-list as it offers one of the best safari experiences in Africa. 
Many years ago Zimbabwe used to be our largest market, and it is fantastic to see interest in this wonderful country rising again.  The dollarisation of the country has made an enormous difference, as has investment in infrastructure - Wilderness Air now flies the routes that Air Zimbabwe used to fly (from the Falls and Harare to Hwange, Mana and Kariba).  We’re delighted once again to be sending guests to Zimbabwe on safari.

Why choose Zimbabwe for your safaris?

 
1.      Remote and truly wild, the private concession areas in Zimbabwe have some really amazing accommodation options to explore this canvas of wildlife and beautiful scenery from. The private concessions mean you feel alone in the wilderness, and offers a really personalised safari. 
 
2.      Diversity in activities is a real plus for a Zimbabwe safari. Lake Kariba means that you do not have to travel far at all for a welcomed relaxing break from safari with many other activities on offer. Also, fishing at Mana Pools is not to be missed – this is one of the world's most rewarding destinations for tiger fishing. 
 
3.      The guiding is the best throughout the whole of Africa. Anyone who has been on walking safaris or game drives before will know how very important it is to have a good guide on your safari - they will be your tour guide throughout your stay, and the Zimbabwean guides' knowledge and interest in the African bush makes the whole experience hugely more rewarding and worthwhile. 
 
4.      As previously stated - we cannot stress enough how much you get for your money in Zimbabwe in comparison to a more expensive, and similar itinerary from the Okavango Delta in Botswana or Zambia. You do not have to compromise accommodation luxuries for good game viewing spots, which makes the whole safari more memorable. 
 
5.      Victoria Falls. Yes we know the World Heritage Site it’s not a traditional wildlife-viewing spot, but it occupies a well-deserved space on almost every Zimbabwe itinerary and it’s just so incredible that we have to include it in our top 5! Activities like bungee jumping, white-water rafting and sunset cruises are our favourite activties here.

Which are the best safari lodges in Zimbabwe? 


  • Hwange: Linkwasha is a new build by Wilderness, based in Hwange National Park in a private concession area. With it's own waterhole in "the garden" so you can admire the fantastic wildlife from the comfort of this stylish and contemporary lodge. 
  • Mana Pools: Another all-time favourite of ours is the safari camp Ruckomechi, which is in a private concession area bordering Mana Pools. As well as being a classic, it offers some ofAfrica's most amazing walking safaris and canoeing. You will have an extremely diverse, intimate and one-of-a-kind safari here with the possibility of seeing some of the park's wild dog population. 
  • Lake Kariba: Look no further than the view from Bumi Hills which is absolutely stunning. It's raised positions serves the lodge extremely well. You can also enjoy the best fishing around, as well as many adventurous pursuits for those looking for different safari experiences. 
  • The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve: Pamushana is located in one of the most interesting flora and fauna spots in Zimbabwe. For those who are not only seeking big cat sightings, it is well worth staying here for the dramatic and unusual up-side-down baobab trees and the rare and magnificent black rhino.

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Our top 3 Zimbabwe safari destinations


  • Mana Pools: some of Southern Africa's finest walking and canoe safaris can be experienced along the Zambezi River in the Mana Pools National Park. 
  • One of our favourite safari destinations is in the north of the country: cruise Lake Kariba aboard a houseboat whilst hopping ashore to spot lion in the Matusadona National Park.
  • Hwange National Park is absolutely vast and is Zimbabwe’s premier game viewing location where the absence of permanent surface water means that game viewing is exceptionally good around the waterholes.

Zimbabwe Safari itinerary planning


Our most popular Zimbabwe safari itinerary takes in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls: 3-5 nights in Hwange spotting the Big five (buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, lion) plus hippo and crocodile, then on to Victoria Falls for adventure and adrenaline – or just relaxing!
 
Hwange certainly has enough to keep a safari enthusiast happy. Wilderness run three great camps here; Davison’s, Linkwasha and Little Makalolo, each in a private concession and all offering Wilderness' usual high standards of accommodation, service and guiding.  However, for those wishing to combine parks we recommend starting off in Mana Pools, then heading south west to Hwange and ending up at Vic Falls.
 
A safari in Zimbabwe can be combined with a beach break by flying to the Tanzania Coast (Zanzibar Island is our pick!), or indeed over to Mozambique, with great connections departing from Victoria Falls or Lusaka.

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How much does a Zimbabwe Safari cost?

With the removal of the Zimbabwean Dollar in 2009, the country has adopted a multi-currency system for payments. Hard currencies such as US Dollars (no specific series), GBP Sterling, Euros and South African Rand are accepted widely and you are encouraged to carry small denominations for ease of trade. All the safari lodges and hotels in Zimbabwe are priced in USD.
 
Zimbabwe offers a real range of accommodation options where safari prices start at around $350 per person per night and span right up to $1,100 per person per night. Whilst on safari, the rate includes all your game viewing activities, meals and drinks plus all park fees - no nasty hidden costs to worry about! We would arrange your internal flights which as a guide, costs about $250 to $350 per flight per person. To get an idea of different types of itineraries check out our itineraries page.
 

When is the best time to take a safari in Zimbabwe?

When to go to on safari in Zimbabwe is a tricky question to answer, there are so many factors to consider.  As a general guide, the best time (and peak season) is from June to September.  This is peak season not only because of school holidays, but also because the rains have passed and the dry season is in full swing meaning game viewing is excellent.
 
From January till early April large numbers of zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, buffalo and impala move into the clearings around Makalolo and Linkwasha to give birth to their young and feed on the sweet grasses.  Inevitably, the predators follow, and opportunities for superb wildlife viewing abound.  This is a great time for a Zimbabwe safari.
 
The two rainy seasons you'll probably want to avoid (unless you’re a birder) are usually October and November (short rains), and late March to late May. You’re unlikely to spot a great deal of game during rainy seasons because the bush is thick and animals like roaming around in the rain about as much as we do. 

However, this being said, there are particular pros and cons for each season, depending on the type of safari you are after! So please do call one of our experts to discuss a Zimbabwe further. For more information on the seasons, please visit out when to go page
 

Top 5 Zimbabwe safari tips


  • Zimbabwe’s geography, diverse landscapes and habitats mean that a varied and exciting itinerary can be arranged without lugging yourself on a long flight, and its location allows easy access to other African countries. Adding on a bit of time in winelands of
  • I isn’t just about the classic jeep safari experience...walking safaris are brilliant here, but if you are looking for other activities outside of your safari experience then why not give bungee jumping a go to get the blood pumping, or more sedate options such as canoeing or fishing. There is so much to do, it would be a shame to waste it!
  • Zimbabwe has some of the best quality safari experiences in Africa and in terms of value for luxury it is one of the hardest to beat in Africa! So if you are pushed on money, but don’t want a commercial experience, the Zimbabwe is your one.
  • Do not try and do too much! As tempting as it is, safari is probably the best holiday you can do but can be quite full on... So it is much better to have a shorter (3 night safari) somewhere decent rather than a longer poorer quality safari!
  • A Zimbabwe safari is easy to get to. Whether you are arriving from Victoria Falls, a city and wine break in Cape Town or getting an international flight directly from home, a great Zimbabwe safari is accessible from anywhere. Make sure you contact us for some expert travel advice if you aren't sure about flights.

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