Zimbabwe Holidays

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?

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 dames 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.

Some ideas for a Zimbabwe holiday

    • 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.

Beyond the ordinary

A helicopter flight over Victoria Falls.


We are not afraid to admit the fact that Zimbabwe is one of our favourite countries in Africa and consequently our team have continued to monitor its progress and visit, even in its darkest days. Jackie always returns excited and optimistic about what she has found (although she is a little biased given that she is Zimbabwean).

Like travel in any country, avoid political demonstrations and follow the advice of your guide. The main safari and tourism areas are completely removed from any political problems and we monitor the situation carefully. With any destination we always advise keeping an eye on your belongings, especially when out in busy, crowded areas. It is sensible to leave any valuables at home.

Being one of the best Safari destinations in the world, Zimbabwe is home to an abundance or rare wildlife. Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and hippo are just a few of the animals that belong to the national parks. Zimbabwe is also one of the few remaining places to see both White and Black Rhino in the wild.

In any country you visit, we always advise obtaining permission before photographing the locals out of courtesy. If photographing wildlife, we recommend using a lense to get those great close up shots.

Cotton layers such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. Sun screen, a hat and a swimming costume are the other necessities. It is best to avoid bright colours for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine).  

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