Zimbabwe Safaris

From the mighty Victoria Falls to World Heritage-listed wildlife parks, Zimbabwe safaris not only promise the earth, they deliver. With days packed full of incredible game drives and captivating canoe safaris, your Zimbabwe holidays offer some of the best experiences on the African continent. For centuries travellers visiting this part of Africa have wanted to see, first and foremost, the place where the Zambezi River drops 108 metres into the Batoka Gorge. You will understand why the real name of Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya - 'the smoke that thunders' - before you even reach the gorge, perhaps even from your Victoria Falls hotel. 

Land of waterways, wilderness and wildlife

But  Zimbabwe has so much more to offer. Embrace pure wilderness on Zimbabwe safaris – from highland rainforests and rocky outcrops to vast lakes and rolling plains, the dramatic landscapes of this central African country will fulfill all your African safari dreams. 

With some of the most prolific game viewing in Southern Africa, many of Zimbabwe’s national parks are so vast that you could drive for hours without seeing another vehicle, making it feel as if you’re the only people there.

Outstanding wilderness safaris on Zimbabwe holidays

An abundance of wildlife viewing is guaranteed when you visit Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s biggest. Gaze in awe on huge herds of elephant and buffalo. A Big Five safari is likely if that is also on your African safari bucket list and, if you’re lucky, you may also see the increasingly rare endangered African wild dog. 

The Mana Pools National Park is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is famous for the high level of wildlife visibility both by the river and on its flood plain, where a meandering series of oxbow lakes and pools form and disappear as the seasons fluctuate. Amid the lush vegetation and distinctive baobab trees, keep your camera primed for zebra, impala and antelope. Legendary game-viewing waterholes such as the Long Pool and Chitake Spring are where you will see impressive populations of elephants, hippos, Nile crocodiles and even lions at sunrise.

After the sun has set on a busy day of unforgettable experiences, it’s your time to settle into the long balmy evening. Sip a zesty gin and tonic at your Victoria Falls safari lodge or luxury tented camp. We recommend at least one evening spent watching the sun melt over Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park.

Top Tips from our Experts

Christie

Destination Executive

"Whether visiting Victoria Falls or going on safari, stow your camera and video equipment in a waterproof bag which also protects from dust and sand when not in use. I'd recommend one that's lighter in color, not black, to keep your tech cool when the temperature rises."

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

"Carry bottled water with you at all times – on safari and on transfers between camps. Bottled water is readily available at all camps and lodges, and some now offer sterilised metal bottles which can be refilled to reduce the environmental impact of plastic water bottles."