Zimbabwe Safaris

Zimbabwe is a significantly varied country in terms of landscape and safari experience. Hwange, Gonarezhou and Mana Pools National Parks hold among the highest densities of wildlife, whilst Matusadona, Matobo Hills and Zambezi National Parks all offer some good game viewing and extremely distinct experiences. Most notably, Zimbabwe is renowned for its top-notch safari guiding, which ensures that you will have an insightful and thorough safari experience in each of these regions.

Zimbabwe is home to the largest artificial lake in the world by volume, the largest waterfall on Earth, deep caves full of quiet pools that are explored by US Navy divers, and a kingdom that dates back to the eleventh century. This captivating landlocked nation, known for its dramatic landscapes, limitless natural beauty, almost perfect climate, warm and welcoming people, and some of the best wildlife encounters on Earth, is the perfect safari destination for adventurous travelers.

Victoria Falls and Mana Pools are two of Zimbabwe's two World Heritage Sites, but there is so much more to discover, like the abundant wildlife in Hwange, the magnificent leopards of Matobo, the breathtaking seclusion of Gonarezhou, and the breathtaking sunsets over Lake Kariba. Zimbabwe promises an amazing safari experience no matter where you choose to go.

The Smoke That Thunders: Victoria falls.
Probably Zimbabwe's top attraction and the traditional conclusion to a safari. When you add up the height and width of the Falls, which are also referred to as "the Smoke that Thunders" or Mosi-oa-Tunya, they are the biggest in the world. They offer a plethora of exhilarating experiences, including white-water rafting, trips to Livingstone Island, and swimming at the edge of Devil's Pool, bridge swinging, bungee jumping, and sunset cruises. The Zambezi River feeds them.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
Zimbabwe Ruins are believed to have been constructed in the eleventh century by the Shona people of the area, who carefully dry-packed thousands of stones into elaborate designs, towers, and staircases. On a site spanning 1 780 acres or 722 hectares, at least 20,000 people resided here between the 13th and the 15th centuries. Now recognized as a World Heritage Site, it served as the commercial centre of the Kingdom of Mutapa, also known as Munumatapa. Because of the ruins' significance, the nation is named Zimbabwe, or "Great Houses of Stone," from the words "dzimba," which means "houses," and "mabwe," which means "stones."

Despite Zimbabwe's vast size, first-time visitors usually focus on Victoria Falls, Hwange, and Mana Pools because they are the easiest to get to and have the best infrastructure. Visiting other sites in this far-flung land is trickier and only recommended for experienced travelers.

Wildlife safaris.

Due to its abundance of game-rich wilderness areas, northern Zimbabwe is the most sought-after destination for wildlife safaris in the nation. Hwange National Park is the largest reserve in the northwest of the country. It protects one of the largest populations of elephants in Africa (an estimated 40,000 animals), along with the other four Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo), one of the largest populations of wild dogs in Africa, and unique antelope like sable and roan. Additionally, it's one of the few locations in the nation where giraffes can be seen.

Zambezi National Park is a handy safari destination for travelers to Zimbabwe who are pressed for time and are unable to visit some of the country's other reserves, right next to the most popular attraction in the country, Victoria Falls. The Big Four (there are no rhinos) and a variety of other animals, such as sable antelope, eland, and giraffes, can be found in the park.
On the shores of Lake Kariba National Park, to the east of Hwange, is Matusadona National Park, which is also in the north. It offers amazing sightings of the Big Five, especially buffalo, lion, and leopard, in addition to the uncommon roan and sable antelope and a plethora of hippos and crocodiles in the water.

Mana Pools National Park, close to Matusadona, is a wild and rugged wilderness area with excellent game viewing. The park is well-known for its enormous herds of elephants, countless buffalo, high concentration of critically endangered wild dogs, and frequent sightings of lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Chizarira National Park, located south of Lake Kariba, is an undiscovered wilderness of breathtaking gorges and ravines where you can see four of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo) as well as some uncommon antelope. Despite the low animal density, many visitors come to the park more for the walking safaris and scenic views than for the chance to see wildlife.

Although Matobo National Park in southern Zimbabwe lacks lions and elephants and has a low animal density, it does have some noteworthy features. Fantastic white rhino sightings (black rhinos are there, but they are more difficult to spot), the highest concentration of leopards in the nation, and the highest number of eagle species worldwide.

Gonarezhou National Park, located in a remote area of southeast Zimbabwe, is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife, including 11,000 elephants, 500 different species of birds, and 150 different species of mammals, including lions, wild dogs, and growing populations of rare animals like nyala antelope. South Africa's only park with all six of the smallest antelope species is this one.

Walking safaris.

Walk through Zimbabwe and feel the untouched beauty and allure of the country as the first explorers did. Walking through the Hwange National Park is permitted in private concessions and is an incredible and humbling experience, as you walk on the same paths that animals use to roam freely and get a close-up look at their personal lives. It's the ideal experience to help you appreciate the beauty of nature. Your eyes are opened to a new and fascinating world by the leisurely walk pace and the knowledgeable safari guides. The distinct viewpoint obtained while strolling evokes a feeling of satisfaction and appreciation for the senses. You feel unified and at one with the earth after taking a stroll through the park, which inspires you to decompress, unwind, and get in touch with nature.

All of Zimbabwe's wildlife areas, including its national parks like Mana Pools National Park and Mateobo National Park, are open for walking. This implies that a lot of camps offer walking safaris as a component of their offerings, and some specifically cater to walking.

Canoeing safaris.
Savour the thrill of canoeing through some of Africa's most breathtaking wilderness and coming across amazing wildlife as you travel down the powerful Zambezi River. Like the early explorers, imagine the excitement of passing a pod of hippo wallowing in the shallows or a herd of elephants enjoying a drink from the river in your canoe. There's no way to experience the remoteness and beauty of the African bush like this.

Along with the four main pools and their surroundings, you can observe the powerful Zambezi River that rushes along the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The multiday canoe trail, which offers the chance to explore sizable portions of the Zambezi and vast areas of the national park, is undoubtedly the most thrilling activity of all.

Cultural/ historical tours of Zimbabwe.

Unquestionably, one of the best Zimbabwe safari activities is exploring the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Enjoying one of sub-Saharan Africa's most striking architectural environments doesn't require you to be an expert on history.

It is difficult to pinpoint a single cultural norm in this diverse nation of people. On one of our Zimbabwe tours, though, you might witness some interesting traditional rituals as well as some fascinating religious idols and sculptures the Shona being the largest ethnic group.

Zimbabwe's craft culture is both impressive and unique, with its artisans taking great pride in employing the best materials available. You can expect to find stools carved from a single piece of wood and baskets woven in a seamless symmetry. Sculptures typically connect the historical narratives of African folklore and European colonists, sometimes even taking interesting poetic license to depict men as beasts.

Even though English is the official language of Zimbabwe, the vast majority of its citizens (98%) do not regard it as their mother tongue. Travelling through Zimbabwe will allow you to hear a variety of voices, especially in the countryside where Shona and Ndebele, two Bantu languages, are most common.

Harare city tours.
Our area of expertise has been city tours for many years. Contrary to popular belief, Harare offers a lot more! We offer a variety of tours that last anywhere from a few hours to a full day. Is this your first visit to Africa? Beautiful rural African scenery is just a short distance from the city centre. Allow our knowledgeable drivers and guides to take you around.

We have added a popular walking tour that takes visitors through downtown Harare. The guided tour begins at the National Railway Station and travels through the impressive Royal Harare Golf Club before finishing at the 4th Street Market, Eastgate, Meikles Hotel, Africa Unity Square, Anglican Church, National Gallery, Harare Gardens, and Dominican Convent School. Four hours are needed for the walks. Our guides are first-rate; they will walk you through Harare's bustle and teach you about the history of various locations.

Bird watching safaris.
Even without any endemic species, Zimbabwe is a fantastic place to go bird watching. The best time to go birdwatching in Zimbabwe would be during the rainy season (October to March), when food is abundant, migrants are present, and many species are in breeding plumage. The rare Angola pitta, also known as the "African Pitta," and the Taita Falcon are among the specialties.

In Zimbabwe, more than 700 bird species have been identified, with eight of the ten families that are endemic to the continent of Africa being represented.

In Zimbabwe, some of the best destinations to go birdwatching are the arid Kalahari landscape of Hwange National Park, the verdant rainforests found in the small Victoria Falls National Park, and the rocky shores of Lake Kariba. While Mana Pools National Park is well known for its walking safaris, its diverse birdlife, which includes tiny, iridescent Shelley's sunbirds and enormous goliath herons, makes it well worth a visit and among many others.