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Safaris in Zimbabwe

  • Lion near Davison's Camp in Hwange, courtesy Mike Myers
  • Elephants on parade near Little Makalolo courtesy Dana Allen
  • Mana Pools floodplain near Ruckomechi courtesy Dana Alan

...at a glance


  • Forget the politics
  • Still one of Africa's best
  • Top professional guides
  • Excellent value

Safaris in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools offer some of Africa’s best safari highlights, great value too

Notwithstanding over a decade of political chaos the country is safe. It's particularly good value too.

With exceptional diversity, strong populations of big game and some of Africa's most skilled and experienced Professional Guides Zimbabwe ranks alongside Botswana and Zambia as a premier safari destination.

The Victoria Falls hub makes it very easy to arrange a thoroughly successful traditional wildlife safari in Southern Africa. Hwange National Park is the obvious choice for big 5 options and it's simply combined with Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa.

The lower Zambezi valley is especially good for an active combination of walking and canoe safaris in the Mana Pools - Chewore - Sapi World Heritage Site. The wildlife is exceptional with outstanding landscapes and some vast, unpopulated, remote and undeveloped wilderness areas towards the confluence of the Zambezi and Luangwa rivers.

We find no good reason to expect political or economic recovery any time soon. One certainty is that Zimbabwe offers some of the best value and most productive safari experiences in Southern Africa right now

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Most successful safaris in Zimbabwe

Wildlife highlights

Mana elephant by Trish Berry

Elephants

Largest land animals on earth, the African elephant used to range widely through sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being threatened by habitat loss and ivory poaching African elephants have healthy populations in east and southern Africa. Best places to see elephants include Mana Pools and Hwange in Zimbabwe, Botswana's Chobe and Linyanti, the Luangwa Valley, Selous, Katavi and Amboseli.

A Kalahari lion paying attention, courtesy Noel Smith

Lions

Celebrated in history for their courage and strength when they roamed most of Africa, parts of Asia and Europe. Nowadays the best places to see lions on safari are the Zambezi, Hwange, Okavango and Linyanti - ideally May to November; Queen Elizabeth NP's Ishasha area for tree-climbing lions; Katavi's Kapapa River in September to November; Kidepo Valley in north Uganda.

Ruckomechi buffalo herd courtesy Dana Allen

Cape Buffalo

Robust bovines widely spread through East and Southern African savannahs. They congregate in especially large herds during the wet season with males splitting off into bachelor groups in the dry season. With few predators they're very capable of defending themselves against lion prides who regard them as primary prey. Old bulls are notoriously dangerous and unpredictable.

Best spots

The Zambezi River drops off a basalt edge into the first of the Batoka gorges

Victoria Falls

The Zambezi River separates Zimbabwe and Zambia right here. A World Heritage Site, Africa’s Adventure Capital and southern Africa’s most important hub for wildlife safaris into Hwange, Mana Pools, the lower Zambezi; the Okavango, Chobe, Kalahari in Botswana; Zambia’s Kafue and Luangwa valley; Namibia’s Etosha and Namib Desert. An easy hop from Johannesburg.

Somalisa sunset courtesy Beks Ndlovu

Hwange National Park

Home to some of Africa’s largest elephant herds and renowned for its wild dog population Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest safari wilderness. Predators are common, buffalo and other big game is exceptional, rhino are present but elusive. This massive national park is easily accessed from Victoria Falls. It’s a year round option, at its very best in the dry season from August to early November.

Elephant on the edge of the Zambezi River at Ruckomechi, courtesy Dana Allen

Mana Pools National Park

Finest safari spot on the Zambezi River. It’s the core of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers the Mana-Sapi-Chewore complex. Mana is also central to the larger Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve. Renowned for the best canoe safaris in Africa also regarded as one of the continent’s top walking safari destinations. Ideal from May to November for active safaris. Wildlife is prolific!