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Elephants at waterhole, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Highlights of Zimbabwe

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Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£4,900 ex. flights

Zimbabwe is making a comeback – hardly surprising seeing as it is one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. However, it also prides itself on its rich history and varied landscapes. Explore the highlights on this safari through three contrasting national parks, culminating with some time beside the Victoria Falls.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Native Paintings, Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe 1

Rock Art

Visit the ancient rock art sites that dot the Matobo Hills.

View from Camp, Somalisa Camp, Hwange, Zimbabwe 2

Elephants Drinking

Watch as elephants drink from the pool at Somalisa in Hwange.

Waterbuck on island, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe 3

River Safari

Spot wildlife along the river frontage of Mana Pools, exploring the Zambezi by boat.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 4

Both Sides of the Falls

Have time to visit both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls.

Why we like it

With fewer, smaller camps, Zimbabwe offers a quieter safari experience, albeit one packed with wildlife. This, combined with some of the best guides in Africa, means that it offers enviable value for money when compared with its more popular neighbours, such as Botswana. And this trip offers more than just a safari as well, starting with historic landscapes of the Matobos and finishing with the natural beauty of Victoria Falls.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bulawayo - Matobo
  • Day 2
    Matobo
  • Day 3
    Matobo - Hwange
  • Days 4-5
    Hwange
  • Day 6
    Hwange - Mana Pools
  • Days 7-8
    Mana Pools
  • Day 9
    Mana Pools - Victoria Falls
  • Days 10-11
    Victoria Falls
Boulders, Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Matobo Hills

Matobo National Park is situated in the southern part of the country and boasts black eagles, leopards, klipspringers and both black and white rhinos. At its heart lie the Matobo Hills, known for their unique geological formations of balancing boulders, but also as sacred ground for the resident Ndebele tribe.

Cecil Rhodes’ grave at World’s View is a popular stopping point. And despite his now controversial reputation, there is little argument that this vantage point affords some of the most beautiful views in the park.

Giraffes in sunset, Hwange, Zimbabwe
Hwange, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

This vast wilderness area of Kalahari sands, grasslands and teak forest is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe, especially elephants, which congregate around the waterholes.

This mixture of landscapes provides a home for countless species, including African wild dogs, which – despite their endangered status – are still found here in significant numbers. Set out on game drives in search of these pack-hunting predators, as well as lions, leopards, sable antelopes, blue wildebeests, reedbucks and giraffes.

Elephants feeding, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is one of those parks where you can game view from a canoe, on foot and by 4X4 vehicle. It is renowned for its large concentration of wildlife, especially between April and October. This is when the internal water pans dry out and the animals flock to the permanent waterholes, making for fantastic sightings.

Explore the river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs. This is one of the few places where you are likely to see elephants go up on their hind legs to reach their favourite snack, the pods of the ana trees.

Victoria Falls from the air, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

A holiday to Zimbabwe would not be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a great place to relax after a wildlife-packed safari. Here, the Zambezi River crashes down in a white torrent – giving the falls their name, “The Smoke that Thunders”.

The town itself is both a meeting place of many cultural artists and also a focal point for action-packed fun. Activities include the glorious “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, white water river rafting and kayaking, as well as more relaxing sundowner cruises along the Zambezi.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Somalisa Camp £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Somalisa is an authentic bush camp, a blend of old African charm and exclusive safari experience. Its location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain ensures breathtaking views over the savannah plains of the famous Kennedy Vlei line. The camp comprises just six elegantly furnished canvas tents with en suite bathrooms, flush toilets and alfresco bush showers. The main area and pool overlook the pan where game congregates in large herds.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £4,900 Per person

When to travel

Zimbabwe in January

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

Zimbabwe in February

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

Zimbabwe in March

The rainy season comes to an end, but water levels remain high and the Victoria Falls are in full flow. A great time to spot newborn animals.

Zimbabwe in April

As the dry season begins in April and May, national parks re-open but are still quiet. The landscapes remain lush and green, whilst water levels at the Victoria Falls are high, making for spectacular photographs above the falls.

Zimbabwe in May

As the dry season begins in April and May, national parks re-open but are still quiet. The landscapes remain lush and green, whilst water levels at the Victoria Falls are high, making for spectacular photographs above the falls.

Zimbabwe in June

June and July mark the coldest and driest months in the country. Temperatures overnight can drop close to freezing. It is not yet peak season but game start to congregate around water holes as the landscape dries out. Water levels drop at Victoria Falls, making for less spray and clearer views unobstructed by the spray.

Zimbabwe in July

June and July mark the coldest and driest months in the country. Temperatures overnight can drop close to freezing. It is not yet peak season but game start to congregate around water holes as the landscape dries out. Water levels drop at Victoria Falls, making for less spray and clearer views unobstructed by the spray.

Zimbabwe in August

August and September remain very dry, and temperatures start to rise to the high twenties in the daytime. It is peak season, with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the water holes.

Zimbabwe in September

August and September remain very dry, and temperatures start to rise to the high twenties in the daytime. It is peak season, with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the water holes.

Zimbabwe in October

October and November see very dry landscapes, as the dry season draws to a close. The ideal time to see wildlife, but there is more chance of a shower, especially towards the end of November.

Zimbabwe in November

October and November see very dry landscapes, as the dry season draws to a close. The ideal time to see wildlife, but there is more chance of a shower, especially towards the end of November.

Zimbabwe in December

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

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