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Discover Zimbabwe’s Iconic Destinations

Tucked between the mighty Zambezi and the rolling Limpopo River, Zimbabwe is best known for the magnificent spectacle of the Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe derives its name from the spectacular stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe ruins, a World Heritage Site with a mysterious origin. The country is home to another four World Heritage sites, including the rugged granite outcrops of the Matobo Hills, the spectacular conservation area of Mana Pools and the magnificent Victoria Falls. The world’s largest man-made reservoir, the vast waters of Lake Kariba are home to the fierce tiger fish, renowned among avid anglers, while herds of wildlife wander its shores.

 
 

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Victoria Falls

A World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles and the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Victoria Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’. Livingstone had named the Falls after his queen. Today, the town rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting.

Mana Pools

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools offers a truly remote and rugged wilderness experience.

Here, visitors to the park can encounter a plethora of wildlife that ranges from large mammals to over 350 bird species. Meaning “four” in the local Shona language, Mana refers to the park’s four large pools that are vestiges of ancient ox-bow lakes carved out by the mighty Zambezi. Situated in the middle of the Zambezi Valley, the Mana Pools National Park offers the incredible opportunity to embark on expertly guided canoe trails.

 
 

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe’s largest national park, the elephant stronghold of Hwange is a game-rich area roughly the size of the Bahamas that was once the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior king Mzilikazi. It was proclaimed a national park in 1929. Here, guests can explore a variety of landscapes, from desert sands and sparse woodland to grasslands and rocky outcrops. Vast herds of elephant and buffalo, gemsbok and clans of brown hyena can be found in this pristine slice of wilderness, which also boasts one of the largest surviving populations of African wild dog.

Few attractions are as evocative and atmospheric as the haunting Skeleton Coast. Situated on Namibia’s remote western coastline, it is named after the many ships that sank here over the past few centuries. The rusted remains of wrecked ships are often surrounded by swirling mists and make for moody and dramatic visuals. The Skeleton Coast is home to the flourishing Cape Cross seal colony; one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals.

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Why Visit zimbabwe?

  • Drift with the current on a sunset cruise and watch the life on the banks of the Zambezi slowly settle in for the night

  • Travel back in time and savour the elegant ritual of high tea at the beautiful Edwardian-style Victoria Falls Hotel

  • Get high on life with one adventure activity after another – white water rafting, abseiling, river boarding, jet boating, gorge swing, kayaking and canoeing

  • The magnificent Zambezi River and breathtaking Victoria Falls – the largest curtain of water in the world

  • Spectacular Lake Kariba, set in the heart of a wildlife haven

Zimbabwe is a terrific holiday destination with activities for the whole family. Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba are ideal for families. as there is something for everyone. Seeing the Falls is a must and the village of Victoria Falls offers a wonderful array of activities, from the milder pleasures of shopping and fine dining to heart-stopping thrills like bungee jumping and white water rafting.

Zimbabwe is an excellent year-round destination. However, there are certain seasons for special interest groups to take note of. For high adventure enthusiasts, white water rafting is most exciting when the Zambezi waters are low, generally from August to December. The best months to visit the famous Vumba Botanical Gardens are December to May, when the vegetation is lush and green, and most plants are in flower.

Climate

Summer (October – April)
30˚C/86˚F 14˚C/58˚F

Winter (May – September)
20˚C/68˚F 5˚C/41˚F

Rainfall November – March

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select the style that best suits your safari plans- meet our hosts

Our African safari experts make planning your Zimbabwe safari simple. Our safari packages range from our Livingstone Luxury to the rugged Adventurer style,

Our Vintage or Heritage style safaris are perfect for keen photographers or for walking safaris. For first time travel to Zimbabwe or for a short

multi country combination safari, try our Classic Safaris. For those travelers wanting a Conservation based Safari, follow our host Ralph the Rhino and see how you can give back to Africa. Exploring Zimbabwe’s parks and reserves and the magnificent Victoria Falls is a once in a lifetime safari extravaganza.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite Zimbabwe tours below.

Chat to one of Travel Specialists to help create a personalized journey for you.

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If you are looking for a unique experience and want to combine Victoria Falls with a unique 3 or 4 day safari, view our Adventurer and Conservation Safaris

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Mana Pools National Park

Situated in the middle of the Zambezi Valley, the Mana Pools National Park offers the incredible opportunity to embark on expertly guided canoe trails.

 
 
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Discover iconic Victoria Falls

A World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles and the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Victoria Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’. Livingstone had named the Falls after his queen. Today, the town rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting.

 
 
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