Zimbabwe Safari: Authenticity by Car, Boat and Foot
Zimbabwe is coming back as premier safari destination, particularly because of its amazing guiding, marvelous national park system and opportunities for exhilarating canoe and walking safaris—and all still at a remarkable value. An expanded international airport now makes it easier to reach Zimbabwe, but our journeys will take you far off the beaten path to experience the thrills of this spectacular natural playground up close. Whether visiting the thunderous waters of Victoria Falls, navigating the Zambezi River by canoe or tracking a black rhino on foot: for those seeking a deep and authentic safari experience, Zimbabwe has it all.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Walk the Path of Kings: Hwange National Park, the largest park and nature reserve in Zimbabwe offers incredible wildlife viewing within its protected borders. Known to have the largest population of African wild dog, the park is also home to a diverse array of species, including elephant, leopard, lion, giraffe and hyena. Game drives and bush walks are readily available, and you will encounter some of Africa’s finest species every step of the way.
- Canoe the Zambezi River and Mana Pools National Park: There’s no better way to explore Zimbabwe and silently observe its wildlife than by gliding along the mighty Zambezi by canoe, towards the fertile floodplains of the Mana Pools National Park on the river’s southern bank. During the dry season of May to October, animals congregate along the banks in search of water, and the park’s seasonal pools attract hippos, elephants, buffalos, zebras and baboons—along with some giant crocodiles! The Mana Pools Park stretches more than 1200 miles, and is accessible only by foot, so opportunities abound to dock your canoe and rest in the shadow of an acacia tree, or take a walking safari around this lush unspoiled landscape.
- Angle for Tiger Fish on Lake Kariba: Lake Kariba was formed in 1958 when the Kariba Dam was built along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Today it is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and has become a preferred spot for water sports enthusiasts of all stripes. Lake Kariba is also known for its breathtaking sunsets, which can be soaked in while paddling from the bow of a canoe, or lounging on the deck of a luxury houseboat. Sport fishing is also a popular activity, especially angling for the legendary tiger fish, which is found in abundance in the lake’s waters.
- Track an Endangered Black Rhino: Zimbabwe is an emerging leader in rhino conservation, and the Matusadona National Park, situated along the shores of Lake Kariba, is one of the last places on the planet to view endangered black rhinos in their natural habitat. One of the park’s impressive expert guides will be at your disposal to help track these elusive creatures—along with the buffalo and elephants that also populate the park. The experience will leave you in awe at the sheer magnificence of these prehistoric creatures, and you will come away with a greater understanding of how vital it is that these animals remain protected, and continue to roam the earth freely.
REST & REJUVENATE
WHAT TO KNOW
- Visas are required for Americans visiting Zimbabwe.
- The best time to visit Zimbabwe for wildlife sightings is during the dry season, from May to October, when animals congregate around water sources.
- The temperature in Zimbabwe is temperate, and varies according to the season. During the dry season months of May to October temperatures rarely dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit at night, and hover close to a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Temperatures rise during the rainy season months of November through April, climbing as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, often with extreme humidity.
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