Zimbabwe Tours and Safaris
With spectacular scenery, friendly people and abundant wildlife, it’s no wonder Zimbabwe is known as the jewel of Africa. This amazing wilderness is host to diverse and raw landscapes, powerful rivers, rocky escarpments, flood plains and creates the perfect backdrop for amazing safari adventures.
A safari in Zimbabwe is a unique and memorable experience with lightly visited national parks and exceptional lodges and camps. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country with Zambia to the north, South Africa in the south, Mozambique on the eastern side and Namibia and Botswana to the west. The incredible Zambezi River powers its way from the west to east and along the northern border of the country. Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba (the Matusadona National Park) and Mana Pools National Park are major drawcards for the region and are home to abundant wildlife. Zimbabwe is also home to the Hwange National Park which sits two hours south of Victoria Falls. Despite the occasional negative media report (which are usually exaggerated to make the stories more ‘interesting’), Zimbabwe is a friendly and safe place with the locals understanding the value that tourism brings to their country.
The east is mostly made up of high mountains and plateaus which contain rich mineral resources, especially metallic ores, diamonds and coal.
The Best Zimbabwe Safari Tours
Wildlife and Best Viewing Times
Zimbabwe is a country of diverse landscapes and unique habitats which support a vast array of wildlife species, including rare wild dogs, huge herds of elephant and black rhinoceros. The Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest National Park and is home to ‘The Big 5’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard), plus diverse birdlife and so much more. The Matusadona National Park (on Lake Kariba), Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Park all showcase an abundance of wildlife.
The optimum time for wildlife viewing is during the winter months (May to October) when the region is dry. During this period water is quite scarce, particularly just before the rains arrive which makes animals congregate around remaining water sources. Afternoon showers or storms can be expected in the wet season which lasts from November to March.
Traveling on Safari in Zimbabwe
Negative media reports relating to Zimbabwe’s political situation have made many travellers slightly apprehensive about travelling to the region. The country is considered safe to visit, especially if you utilise the experience of the team at Sensational Africa to plan your safari holiday. Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, Mana Pools and Motobo National Park are experiencing some of its highest tourism numbers ever with reputable tourism companies hosting many guests throughout the year. If you need to stay in the city, then choosing a reputable hotel for the night will ensure your safety.