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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.

Destination Highlights

  • Zipline over the world’s largest waterfall at Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy a safari on Lake Kariba and marvel at the up-close wildlife encounters
  • Visit Hwange National Park, which has one of the largest elephant populations in Africa
  • Explore the Upper Zambezi River by canoe, walking safari or boat. Looking out for the pods of hippos, crocodiles and waterbirds

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

Trip To Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £1,599 PP
Our Iconic Victoria Falls four-day tour provides you with a perfect base to experience the seventh wonder of the world....
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Escorted tours holidays
Leopard in Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls Tours Zimbabwe

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £3,899 PP
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, our Victoria Falls...
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Adventure holidays
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Escorted Tour To Zimbabwe

  • 12 Days
Your twelve-day Discover Zimbabwe adventure starts in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Continuing on to Mana Pools National Park and the...
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Safari holidays

Grand Tour Zimbabwe

  • 14 Days
Your 14 day Grand Tour of Zimbabwe adventure starts in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Moving on from Harare to the...
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Escorted tours holidays

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.

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Bagan

Victoria Falls River Lodge

With its open-plan design, the Victoria Falls River Lodge offers uninterrupted views over the African bush where elephants graze and...
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Explore Zimbabwe

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flight Time

Approx. 14–16 hours; Indirect flights are available from UK airports.

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens will need to obtain a visa for travel to Zimbabwe.

Language

English

Health Info

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Zimbabwe.

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.

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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.

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Mana Pool

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.

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Victoria Falls

Otherwise known as the Smoke That Thunders, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Lake Kariba

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.

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  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Zimbabwe
21° C
191 mm

Average Weather in February

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Zimbabwe
21° C
176 mm

Average Weather in March

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Zimbabwe
20° C
99 mm

Average Weather in April

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Zimbabwe
16° C
37 mm

Average Weather in May

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Zimbabwe
16° C
8 mm

Average Weather in June

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Zimbabwe
14° C
2 mm

Average Weather in July

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Zimbabwe
13° C
2 mm

Average Weather in August

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Zimbabwe
16° C
3 mm

Average Weather in September

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Zimbabwe
19° C
7 mm

Average Weather in October

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Zimbabwe
22° C
39 mm

Average Weather in November

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Zimbabwe
22° C
93 mm

Average Weather in December

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Zimbabwe
21° C
183 mm
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“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.

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Robert, Destination Specialist

“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.

Robert
Destination Specialist
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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.

John
Destination Specialist

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