Waterhole scene, Hwange, Zimbabwe

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


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

Chilo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

Chilojo Gorge

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

Suggested lodge

Tent, Gonarezhou Bush Camp, Gonarezhou National Park

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.

Suggested camp

Mahenye Festival, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

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.

Suggested lodge

Clive Stockill, Chilo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

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.

Suggested read: blog

Great Zimbabwe, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

The Great Zimbabwe

Visit the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, built between 1100 and 1450 and once a great trading capital.

Suggested read: blog

The elephant Express, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Elephant Express

Travel through Hwange National Park by train. Spot wildlife en route, even stopping when the occasional animal blocks the tracks, as the conductor serves drinks and snacks.

Elephant, Nehimba Lodge, Hwange, Zimbabwe


Visit Hwange’s prolific waterholes, which dot this predominantly dry landscape. Watch as thirsty animals come to drink, including the vast herds of elephants that roam the park.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Secretary Bird, Zimbabwe


Make the most of one of Zimbabwe’s best parks for birding. Look out for the more than 420 species found here, including the racket-tailed roller, kori bustard and martial eagle.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Mountain biking, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Mountain Biking

Accompanied by a guide, explore Hwange by mountain bike. Spot animals, including elephants, as you cycle beneath acacia trees, following winding dirt tracks.

Suggested Holiday Idea

View from Sapi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

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.

Suggested camp

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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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.

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.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

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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