Zipline over Victoria Falls, white water raft down the Zambezi River, canoe beside pods of hippos in Lake Kariba or marvel at the herds of elephants in Hwange National Park. A holiday in Zimbabwe promises to be full of adventure.
No holiday to Zimbabwe is complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Stretching across the Zimbabwe and Zambia border, it's one of the largest waterfalls on earth. You can’t fail to be awestruck by the endless curtain of tumbling water thundering over the cliffside. From flying fox zip lining and diving with crocodiles to taking a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, there’s plenty to do for the adventurous spirit. For a more relaxed approach, you can also enjoy craft shopping trips or a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.
On safari in Zimbabwe
Another natural wonder to visit on holiday in Zimbabwe is the Hwange National Park. You’ll experience incredible wildlife encounters on an open game drive or a walking safari. The national park has a wide variety of animals, with 400 species of birds and 107 types of animals, including lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. But the real star of the show here, is the elephant. Hwange has one of largest elephant populations. More than 50,000 elephants roam the plains, often in herds as large as 400. Watching these gentle giants in their natural habitat on a Zimbabwe safari holiday is an unforgettable life experience.
Lake Kariba is another haven for Zimbabwe’s rich wildlife. It is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and gazing out across it, feels like looking out to sea. Pods of hippos and nile crocodiles thrive in the lake and a wealth of game animals including elephants, buffalos, lions, cheetahs and antelopes come to its shores for water. It attracts anglers and bird watchers and watersports such as sailing and kayaking are also popular here. But really the wonder of blue expanse of water with its sunken trees dotted against the magnificent African sky is what brings people to holiday here.
A holiday in Zimbabwe is full of life-changing experiences. What’s more its position makes it the perfect place to see more of southern Africa. There isn’t a direct flight from the UK to Zimbabwe, so why not team your Zimbabwe holiday with discovering Cape Town? Or perhaps pair your Zimbabwe safari holiday with the Chobe National Park? Call us today and our Destination Specialists can help you create your dream holiday.
Great sample itineraries
Our Destination Specialists can create a bespoke holiday in Zimbabwe, tailored to include your dream tours, visits and must-sees. Almost anything is possible, so please call to discuss all your options.
Victoria Falls Tours Zimbabwe
Escorted Tour To Zimbabwe
Our favorite hotels
Here are some of our favourite all-inclusive lodges and luxury retreats in Zimbabwe. If you can’t see something you like, please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.
Prepare to be stunned by the beauty of Zimbabwe, its staggering variety of wildlife, the great Zambezi River and spectacular highland mountains. You’ll tick off one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders when you witness the mighty Victoria Falls and you also have a great chance of spotting Africa’s famous Big Five while on safari.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is home to a vast array of wildlife. In addition to Africa’s famous Big Five, they have one of the largest surviving groups of African Wild Dogs in the continent. Predators within the reserve include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. Plus, a huge population of elephants, 30,000 to be exact, can be found here making it one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa.
Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its undeniable beauty and remote wilderness. The park has a wide range of large mammals and over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife, and it's not hard to see why Mana Pools is such a popular attraction.
Otherwise known as the Smoke That Thunders, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Offering picturesque scenery, breath taking sunsets and amazing fishing opportunities, Lake Kariba is Zambia’s hidden gem.
Best time to visit Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s tropical climate has average annual temperatures between 13°C to 22°C. The best months to visit Zimbabwe if you want warm, sunny days is between April and October. The rainy season runs from November to March. The high season falls between July to September when conditions for white-water rafting and the chance of wildlife encounters are at their peak.
- Best Weather
- Good Weather
- Average Weather
Average Weather in January
Average Weather in February
Average Weather in March
Average Weather in April
Average Weather in May
Average Weather in June
Average Weather in July
Average Weather in August
Average Weather in September
Average Weather in October
Average Weather in November
Average Weather in December
“Try to visit Victoria Falls during March and April as the water is in full flow with the spray reaching a height that be seen for miles. Hwange National Park is huge (roughly the size of Wales) and so the type of animal you see will depend on where you are. To spot Africa’s wild dogs, head to the hillier north-west near Camp Hwange. To spot cheetahs, giraffes, buffaloes and prides of lions stalking elephants, stick in the centre, near Main Camp. Knowing which animals you would love to see will help you plan your visit to this richly diverse national park. ”
“I loved my helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. And then sipping champagne at the Victoria Falls River Lodge in my hot tub while watching the mighty Zambezi River – they’re all experiences I will forever treasure. I would also recommend exploring Zimbabwe’s craft markets, which are known for their stone sculptures and West African fabrics. Buying a souvenir from one of these markets is the perfect keepsake.”
“For the fit, take the little known climb down the gorge to river level, for an extraordinary view of the base of Victoria Falls. The Dam is also well worth a visit with its plunging drop into the gorge on one side and its breathtaking Lake Kariba on the other. It’s pioneering engineering is as awesome as its surrounding natural beauty. ”
Types of Zimbabwe holidays
You might also like these
We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
Sign up to our newsletter
Receive the latest travel inspiration and destination news.
How we tailor make your holiday
The Hayes & Jarvis Way
We've been tailor making holidays for 65 years. With over 60 destinations to choose from, talk to us and we'll listen to your travel ideas to create unforgettable holiday experiences.