Zimbabwe Safaris & Tours
Welcome To Zimbabwe
“Known for its enchanting scenery and diverse habitats as well as some of the most qualified and experienced safari guides in Africa, any adventure in Zimbabwe has plenty to offer for the travel enthusiast. Beyond a safari, a trip to Zimbabwe gives you the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls and take in the thundering water by boat or helicopter or on foot.
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Zimbabwe is lucky enough to be enjoyed year round. Some of the most popular parks such as Hwange and Zambezi are warmer throughout the year and often reach temperatures as high as 88°F. From November to March, you can expect heavy afternoon showers, but on occasion can sometimes be lighter and continuous for a couple of days. April to October, you won’t find much rain but there is a significant drop in temperature. Nights and mornings are often as low as 41°F to freezing, but during the day warm back up and are temperable.
Our destinations are carefully selected to give memorable experiences through exciting encounters with animals and nature. This results in tours aimed to give the best wildlife opportunities at the destination, accompanied by our expert safari guides and always spending as much time as possible in nature. When you embark on a tour of Zimbabwe with Odyssey Safaris, you get insights and wildlife interactions that turn your once-in-a-lifetime journey into a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience.
Zimbabwe offers a distinctive collection of National Parks including: Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Zambezi National Park , Matobo National Park, and Gonarezhou National Park. With high concentrations of wildlife and diversity of scenic landscapes, it’s easy to see why Zimbabwe ranks high up on the list for being one of the best safari destinations in Africa. With the help of some of the most highly trained guides in Africa, you have a good chance of seeing the Big Five, alongside an ensemble of other wildlife.
Visiting Zimbabwe is all about timing. The best time to visit is during the Dry Season (April to October) as Victoria Falls is at its very best and the wildlife viewing is phenomenal due to large groups of animals gathering around the rivers and waterholes. Game drives are also at their peak performance due to thin vegetation making wildlife easier to spot along with clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. Even though this is high season, most parks with the exception of Victoria Falls won’t be crowded resulting in a more intimate safari experience.
Zimbabwe is home to a temperate climate where temperatures can range from 41°F in the morning to 95°F in the late afternoon depending on the area you are in. The Dry Season (April to October) has no rainfall and maintains low humidity. Temperatures in the morning during this season can be an average of 43°F so it’s important to pack warm winter clothes for early game drives in open vehicales. Afternoons will be more enjoyable around 77°F while parks at lower altitude will be warmer. Towards the end of the season will be the hottest month (October) where rains make their first apperance to help ease the heat of many lower lying areas. Wet Season (November to March) can be unpredictible with rain but temperatures remain between 64°F in the morning and 90°F in the afternoon. These are the wettest months, characterized by torrential downpours in the afternoon.
Zimbabwe has no shortage of exciting wildlife viewings and Hwange National Park offers big herds of elephants congregating in the Dry Season around rivers and various waterholes. For those that are looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, Mana Pools National Park offers unrivaled wilderness to be explored by 4×4, on foot and by canoe. While many of the popular animals can be found, endangered wild dog and the nocturnal honey badger are some of the hidden gems that can be spotted around camps and campsites at night. Other notable and unique species include the sable antelope which can be spotted in Hwange as well as brown hyena, bat-eared fox and springhare, which inhabit the Kalahari sands of the region.
With its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and rich history there’s no shortage of wonderful experiences to be had in Zimbabwe. In addition to traveling by land, taking to the skies and on the water provides you access to even the most remote corners of the country. Ready to start planning your dream safari? Here is just a little taste of what is waiting for you in this iconic destination we can’t get enough of:
- Visit one of the best places in Africa for leopard spotting
- Enjoy game drives in Hwange National Park
- See riverside wildlife on canoe and boat trips in Mana Pools
- Join expert guides on informative walking safaris
Our Recommended Zimbabwe Tours
A safari in Zimbabwe is known to be unforgettable and with easy reason. Accompanied by some of the most highly trained guides in Africa, you have a good chance of seeing the Big Five, alongside an ensemble of other wildlife. Here you will traverse over expansive plains and navigate through the beautiful waterways as you take in the remote wilderness around you. Beyond a safari, a trip to Zimbabwe gives you the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls and take in the thundering water by boat or helicopter or on foot.
There’s also a rich history to uncover, from ancient rock art in Matobo National Park to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument — a long-abandoned hilltop city. With over two decades of experience designing incredible adventures in Zimbabwe, our dedicated team of safari experts are here to plan your dream itinerary, give you great advice and share in the excitement of your upcoming trip.
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“This was the best trip I have ever taken. It truly was life changing. Not one aspect of this trip was disappointing. Our guide, Jackson was the most patient and informative guide, I think we could have ever asked for. We saw everything – the big five, a cheetah hunt, herds of elephants, lions, hippos! It was the greatest experience I ever had.”
“We have just returned from the most wonderful and amazing trip we have taken! We have traveled in Europe, Asia, North/South and Central America and this was the best trip we have had. The variety of animals and abundance we saw was beyond our expectations. We are looking forward to our next trip!”