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On Our Radar: Zimbabwe

Exquisite scenery, abundant wildlife & warm hospitality in Southern Africa

From its breathtaking natural beauty and abundant wildlife to rich cultural heritage,

there are so many reasons to love Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls

Of course, no visit to Zimbabwe would be complete without seeing the mighty Victoria Falls – one of the largest waterfalls in the world

With the magnificent display of power and thundering sound of the water as it plunges into the gorge below, it’s no surprise that Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World

The area around the Falls is also home to an abundance of wildlife, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing in nearby national parks. 

On the Zimbabwean side of the falls, you’re likely to see the Big Four (only rhino are missing), as well as many other animals in the scenic mopane woodland and forest landscapes. Think African wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala and sable antelope, as well as plenty of hippo and crocodile in the river.

For adventure seekers, there’s bungee jumping, white water rafting, and helicopter tours, while those interested in the local history and culture can visit the several local tribes in the traditional villages of the area. 

Hwange National Park 

One of the largest game reserves in Africa, Hwange’s mix of grasslands, woodlands, and savannahs is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and many other species. 

It’s a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Think eventful game drives and walking safaris through stunning landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and trying to spot some of the over 400 species of birds recorded in the park. 

Hwange is also situated in an area with a rich cultural heritage, and there are opportunities for visitors to visit nearby villages and interact with the local people to learn about their customs and traditions.

Hwange is also situated in an area with a rich cultural heritage, and there are opportunities for visitors to visit nearby villages and interact with the local people to learn about their customs and traditions.

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s perfect for travellers looking for a truly remote wilderness expedition. 

Located in the heart of the Zambezi Valley, the park is unique in its opportunities for guided canoe trails. The biodiverse landscape is also great for walking safaris

If it’s wildlife you’re after, you certainly won’t be disappointed at Mana Pools. The wide variety of species that call the park home ranges from large mammals to over 350 species of bird. 

Think plenty of elephant, hippo, crocodile, and a plethora of aquatic birds. Your chances of seeing lionesses hunting around waterholes are also high, thanks to the abundance of prey in the area. 

Matusadona National Park

Flanked by Lake Kariba and two perennial rivers, the remote and wild Matusadona National Park offers a striking, water-rich landscape. 

Within its rolling hills, expansive lake, shoreline grassland and thick woodland, you’re likely to spot an abundance of elephant, hippo, hyena, lion, leopard, zebra, warthog, honey badger, a variety of different buck and apes, and even – if you’re lucky – the illusive black rhino. 

The lion population is particularly impressive, with Matusadona host to the highest number of lions per square kilometre of any reserve in Africa! 

Lake Kariba

After your national park immersion, we can highly recommend heading out to Lake Kariba – one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. 

The setting is breathtaking, with regular boat rides offering unrivalled views of the lake and surrounding hills. 

We’d suggest booking a sunset cruise, if you can! Lake Kariba is also a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities to catch tiger fish, bream and catfish. Fishing trips can be organised with experienced guides. 

Of course, in typical Zimbabwean style, there is a variety of wildlife surrounding the lake, including elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and several species of birds. 

A boat safari is a great way to explore the resident wildlife and nature reserves around the lake. For the more adventurous traveller, Lake Kariba offers a range of water sports, including water skiing and jet skiing.

Eastern Highlands

Another noteworthy point on Zimbabwe’s majestic landscape is the Eastern Highlands.

 A region known for its natural beauty, the Highlands offer some of the most stunning landscapes in Zimbabwe. 

Think rolling hills, lush forests and beautiful waterfalls. 

Enjoy the area on a scenic drive, or traverse one of the several world-class hiking trails for a range of abilities. 

A birdwatcher’s paradise, the Eastern Highlands boast over 300 species of birds, including the rare blue swallow and the red-winged francolin. 

Golf enthusiasts may be surprised by the area’s several world-class golf courses, with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. 

Our Favourite Places to Stay in Zimbabwe

Situated just 40 km from Zimbabwe’s famous Victoria Falls, andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge is a great base from which to explore the magic of the Zambezi River

Located on a 50 000 hectare private game reserve, Matetsi River Lodge offers a unique combination of modern luxury and rich local tradition

With 15 km of prime Zambezi River frontage, each of the lodge’s rooms offers an unrivalled view of the river. 

One of just two lodges offering a luxury safari within a comfortable drive of the Falls, Matetsi is perfect for travellers wanting to enjoy an unforgettable wildlife safari as well as an intimate experience of the Falls. 

The lodge shares its home with a myriad variety of wildlife on the Matetsi game concession, with everything from elephant, sable, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala roaming the plains, while predators like lion and hyena are commonly spotted. Many other impressive species can also be seen, including the elusive leopard and wild dog.

Bucket-list activities at the lodge include expert-led game drives, sunset boat cruises, walking safaris, canoe trips, fishing, birdwatching, day trips to the Falls, and even a range of activities specially for kids. 

© Matetsi River Lodge

For a truly exclusive experience on the banks of Lake Kariba, we can’t recommend Musango Island Safari Camp more highly. 

Located close to the Matusadona National Park, Musango offers just nine rooms, each under canvas to provide a real wilderness experience. 

As the camp was created by the previous warden of the park, the safari activities are unrivalled and led by the most knowledgeable team around. 

The shores of Lake Kariba offer great opportunities for safari expeditions by boat, car or foot – all of which are excellent for birding and getting up close and personal with some of the area’s amazing wildlife. 

The Musango team really go out of their way to ensure that guests experience the best of the area, and you can enjoy everything from walking safaris and Big Five game drives to tiger fishing on Lake Kariba.

© Musango Island Safari Camp

Last but certainly not least, Singita Pamushana Lodge offers an unrivalled experience for travellers wanting to experience the unique natural splendour of Zimbabwe.

Located atop a sandstone outcrop in Malilangwe, it offers a variety of accommodation options for families, friends and couples.

The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is not only rich in wildlife and natural splendour, but also in cultural history – including activities like guided tours of the area’s San rock art and opportunities to meet members of the vibrant Shangaan community. In fact, the lodge’s design is directly influenced by the Shangaan people and the beauty of Great Zimbabwe.

Far more than just a holiday destination, Pamushana Lodge is also an important centre for outreach and conservation, with a research facility and a number of community programmes such as agricultural projects and feeding schemes that make it an invaluable part of life in Malilangwe.

© Singita Pamushana Lodge

Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe

The dry winter season from May to October is recommended for game viewing (thanks to the mild temperatures, virtually no rain, and low malaria risk). However it should be noted that September and October are extremely hot and dry!

How to Get to Zimbabwe

You can fly to Harare with Ethiopian Airlines, or to Victoria Falls on the many daily flights from South Africa. 

Best Way to Get Around Zimbabwe

Chat to us about arranging a chauffeur/guide to drive you around with ease. 

Last but certainly not least, Zimbabweans are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors, and it’s a relatively affordable travel destination compared to other African countries.

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