With the end of Robert Mugabe’s long and destructive rule, Zimbabwe is attracting a resurgence of interest as a safari destination. The country offers an incredible variety of landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage sites like Victoria Falls, some of the best wildlife experiences on the continent and a population that is eager for the positive impact of tourism.
Perfect forAdventurers | Trailblazers | Soul Searchers | Romantics
When to goDecember-February | September-November
Ideal length of stay1 Week
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
8 Days: Essential Zimbabwe
With all members of the Big Five and the iconic Victoria Falls (nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls), Zimbabwe offers all the elements of a life-changing safari. Visitors will likely visit a few different regions during a trip to Zimbabwe. Indagare travel specialists can match you at the camp that is right for you and plan special experiences like private dinners in the bush and helicopter flights over the Falls or to other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can arrange for you.
Days 1-2: Victoria Falls
Begin your safari with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Falls, known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘smoke that thunders,’ was created millions of years ago and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Indagare can arrange activities at the Falls that range from tours by boat or helicopter and sunset cruises down the Zambezi to white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, zip lining, paragliding, and visits to Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool. Special wildlife and community experiences can also be arranged.
Days 3-5: Hwange National Park
Spend the next days on safari at the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Roughly the size of the Bahamas, the massive Hwange National Park is home to robust populations of buffalo, lion, cheetah, hyena and elephant (there are more than 100 strong herds of the latter), as well as other game. One of the largest surviving populations of wild dogs—one of the last on the African continent— also roam the reserve.
Days 6-7: Mana Pools
Spend your next two days on safari at Mana Pools National Park, a sprawling tk thousand-acre reserve in northern Zimbabwe that has remained largely undeveloped and is one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife-viewing destinations. The conservation area, which is located along the lower Zambezi river, is a wetland for most of the year, when the waters from the Zambezi flood over during and following the rainy season. The area is known for its particularly high concentration of hippos, elephants and crocodiles. The scenery draws photographers, and it is a great spot for walking safaris as well as canoeing on the Zambezi.
Days 8-10: Singita Pamushana
For an unforgettable bush finale, head to the country’s most extravagant safari lodge, Singita Pamushana, which is located in the 130,000-acre Malilangwe Reserve. This cosseting lodge offers such amenities as a gym, spa and world-class wine cellar as well as access to some incredible game viewing of the Big Five. The accommodations here are villas with their own plunge pools, but what most guests really fall in love with is the conservation and community work that has been done here. This is the only place in Southern Africa where the anti-poaching team is so successful that they are donating rhinos to other countries and the school and community visits are truly inspiring.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Undisputedly one of the most luxurious safari lodges in Africa, Singita Pamushana sits in the Malilangwe Reserve, which is home to the Big Five, including both black and white rhinos.
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This high-end camp, which boasts an unrivaled location in the game-rich Hwange National Park, has put Zimbabwe on the map as a luxury safari destination.
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This small tented property offers one of the most diverse wildlife experiences in Zimbabwe.
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The Elephant Camp
Located near Victoria Falls on a reserve for rescued elephants, this preservation-focused camp is ideal for animal lovers.
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Victoria Falls River and Island Lodge
These sister camps offer an instant safari immersion in the Zambezi National Park plus access to Victoria Falls and all of the area’s activities.
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