Sandwiched between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers in southern Africa, Zimbabwe can certainly lay claim to being in just the right spot for any prospective safari-goer. Several tourist experiences, from wildlife encounters to adventure excursions, will fill up any travel itinerary. It is a varied landscape that stretches across the country. Mountains, hills, and outcrops are scattered like beacons with Mount Nyangani at 2,593 meters the highest, offering views as far as 70 kilometres on a clear day.
Visitors won’t want for anything more from a safari, with more than 20 protected wilderness areas to visit. In the northwest of the country, the indomitable Victoria Falls tumbles more than a hundred meters to the bottom. Further north lies the famed Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the biggest national park, Hwange, where herds of elephant roam, occupying the west of the country. Zimbabwe is home to a great number of ancient city ruins. The most famous is, of course, the Great Zimbabwe ruins while sites at Khami, Dhlo-Dhlo, and Naletale can also be visited.
It takes a roundabout way to travel to Zimbabwe with flights via other cities in the region to the capital Harare, Bulawayo, or even straight to Victoria Falls. Because of political turmoil in recent years, it is wise to check travel advisories before travellers depart from their home countries.
Whether observing wildlife from the comfort of a game-drive vehicle, adrenaline-pumping through the veins while cascading down a river, or stepping back in time amid the remnants of yesteryear, Zimbabwe offers the full experience. Visitors can opt for anything from traditional safaris in national parks like Hwange and Lower Zambezi, to gliding along in a canoe in Mana Pools. Additionally, travellers can marvel at the “The Smoke That Thunders” on foot or admire the Victoria Falls from a helicopter vantage point. For adrenaline junkies, the choices are endless. Bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and even attempting the flying fox are just some of the activities on offer.
Watersport lovers and keen fishermen with a tiger fish or two in their sights, shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend some quality time on Lake Kariba, the largest manmade lake in the world. For those more culturally inclined, discovering the Great Zimbabwe Ruins is a must.
Zimbabwe is a good destination to visit all year round. Between December and March, the country experiences seasonal rain, while dry season occurs between June and November—the ideal months for game viewing.
Zimbabwe offers various accommodation options, catering for every discerning traveller. The country boasts a well-established tourism sector, provides easy access to modern facilities and services. Accommodation options range from luxury lodges and hotels to tented camps and rustic camping sites.
Visitors to Zimbabwe require a valid passport, a visa, proof of a return ticket, and adequate funds to cover the intended stay. Visas can be obtained at the airport or from any consulate in the traveller’s country of origin.
It is always important to take into consideration the possible health risks when travelling to Africa. There are various tropical diseases in many African countries, so vaccinations for the most common risks are recommended. However, travellers should always check with their local Travel Clinic. Vaccinations for the following are usually recommended: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, malaria, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR),
In some places, tap water is fine to drink, while in other places, travellers should boil or purify the water. Bottled water is readily available, and is the better option when travelling in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is a fantastic destination for family-friendly safari experiences. There are a host of options for everyone, including fun and adventurous activities for children.
This really depends on the type of safari experience travellers are looking for. Walking safaris can sometimes require a certain level of fitness, while guided game drives are ideal for any level of fitness.
Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving in Zimbabwe. Most plans include emergency air evacuation if visitors are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that visitors talk to their travel consultant before travelling.
As a general rule, travellers opting to self-drive in Zimbabwe should always carry their driving license/international driving permit, registration documents, and insurance documents. Cars drive on the left side of the road.
Always be respectful towards the culture. While there are a few different cultural and religious beliefs, a large population of Zimbabweans have modernized their traditions. However, there are certain traditions that remain, such as slightly bowing when greeting, giving or receiving a gift with both hands, not raising your voice to elders, and dressing conservatively.