Zimbabwe safaris are known to be unforgettable and with good 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 Zimbabwe 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 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 Zimbabwe Safari? Here is just a little taste of what is waiting for you in this iconic destination we can’t get enough of.
Sample Zimbabwe Safaris
These sample itineraries were created by our team and are meant to inspire your next trip. They are ready to be customized to suit your interests, tastes, and budget. As we provide our trips on a private basis, this allows you to experience authentic travel on your own terms and depart whenever you choose.
When To Go To Zimbabwe
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 Zimbabwe safari experience.
Where To Go In Zimbabwe
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.
Wildlife In Zimbabwe
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.
Weather In Zimbabwe
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 vehicles. 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 appearance to help ease the heat of many lower lying areas. Wet Season (November to March) can be unpredictable 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.