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Zimbabwe Holidays

A place where every moment brings something very different. Join us in perhaps our favourite African nation and discover the lively energy that runs right through this place and its inhabitants.

It’s hard to sum up Zimbabwe. Especially its scenery because it changes and inspires at every turn. This beautiful country offers dramatic landscapes, warm people and wildlife that easily matches that of its more visited neighbours.

The quality of guiding is key on any holiday but especially on safari – Zimbabwe is home to some of the most qualified and best guides in Africa. Added to this it is currently great value for money. Who would not like it?

Canoeing, Sapi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

What to expect on your Zimbabwe holiday

When we began selling safari holidays in the early 90s, we sent more people to Zimbabwe than any other country in Africa. This changed dramatically in 1999 and since then one cannot ignore the fact that it has since been plagued by dubious politics and economic instability and as a result, tourism has suffered.

Recently, however, there has been a noticeable revival. Reinvestment and positive changes are taking place, new lodges are being built, existing dams restored and a quiet optimism prevails that Zimbabwe will once again regain its rightful place as one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. We think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Goliath Heron, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Wild dogs, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Some ideas for a holiday in Zimbabwe

  • Mana Pools remains one of the richest and least developed wetlands in Africa and never fails to impress
  • For lions try Matusadona Park, it has one of the highest concentrations anywhere
  • Hwange National Park is renowned for its elephants and wild dog
  • Stay in the classic colonial Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and visit ‘the smoke that thunders’
  • Visit the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, built between 1100 and 1450 and once a great trading capital
  • A helicopter flight over Victoria Falls.

Explore Zimbabwe

  • Gonarezhou National Park
  • Hwange National Park
  • Mana Pools National Park
  • Matobo Hills
  • Matusadona
  • Victoria Falls

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We’ll tailor your itinerary to suit you.

Mahenye Festival

Visit the annual Mahenye Festival, which takes place just outside the park. This week of festivities is a celebration of the culture of the Shangaan people – the hunter-gatherer tribe who have traditionally inhabited this area.

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Clive Stockil

Join Clive Stockil, Tusk-Award-winning conservationist and renowned guide, on safari in Gonarezhou. Having dedicated his life to conserving the park, there is no better person to explore it with.

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Chilojo Gorge

Visit the beautiful Chilojo Gorge, where red-and-white-banded cliffs rise dramatically above the river.

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Bush Camping

Stay at a private bush camp in the remote southern sector of the park. Spend days exploring the wilderness, joined by one of Zimbabwe’s best guides.

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Sapi Concession

Explore the private Sapi Concession, home to just two small camps. Formerly reserved for hunting, this wilderness has now been turned over to conservation.

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Canoeing

Canoe on the Zambezi River, dodging hippos and crocodiles, as well as spotting elephants that come to the water’s edge.

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Walking Safari

Walk across the rich floodplains that border the Zambezi River, with views of Zambia on the opposite bank. Encounter bull elephants, herds of buffalos, prides of lions and numerous antelopes.

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John Stevens

Join John Stevens for a privately guided safari. Born and raised in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands, John has spent his entire life exploring some of the wildest parts of his homeland.

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Visit the Falls

Visit ‘the smoke that thunders’, walking between viewpoints for different perspectives of this natural wonder.

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Helicopter Flight

Take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view. A helicopter offers the best way to appreciate the sheer scale of the falls.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Frequently asked questions about Zimbabwe

Is Zimbabwe a safe place to visit?

Despite decades of political upheaval, Zimbabwe remains an extremely safe country to visit. Even during brief periods of civil unrest, issues have been limited to Harare, which is a long way away from Victoria Falls and the most popular safari areas. And despite government rhetoric, Zimbabweans remain extremely welcoming towards outsiders and are aware of the valuable investment that foreign visitors bring. For the latest safety and security advice, check the FCO guidance here.

When is the best time to see the Victoria Falls?

Despite regular news headlines suggesting that the falls have dried up, the truth is that water levels fluctuate on a seasonal basis – with this schedule rarely changing much from one year to the next.

The falls are fed by rains in Angola, Zambia and even Congo, far away from the falls themselves. Due to this distance, water levels peak well after the rains begin, usually reaching their peak in April and May. During these months, the falls become a mass of crashing water with spray often obscuring them completely. This means that views on foot can be less spectacular than you might expect, but the views from the air are staggering.

Either side of these peak months – so January, February, June, July and August – a tremendous amount of water still flows over the falls, but the spray is less, meaning views on foot are much better. The sight from the air remains spectacular. For the best all-round experience, we would recommend travelling during these months.

Water levels fall to their lowest point between September and December. As this coincides with some of the hottest weather in October, many people prefer not to visit at this time. During these months, it is quite common for the Zambian side of the falls to dry up almost completely; however, the Zimbabwean side continues to flow and the lack of spray can make for excellent photographs.

 

How different is the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls?

Both sides offer different perspectives and we recommend that, regardless of whether you stay in Zimbabwe or Zambia, you cross the border to see the other side. Therefore, it is not hugely important which side you chose – both offer similar activities and a wide range of excellent accommodation.

The Zimbabwean side does have the greater flow of water, so when water levels are particularly low, this side remains more spectacular. However, the Zambian side can lay claim to the Devil’s Pool, where you can take a dip right at the edge of the falls – an exhilarating experience.

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