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Zimbabwe has long been a top safari destination where you can spot over 100 mammal species inside Hwange National Park's borders, including large herds of elephant, giraffe, and healthy populations of lion and even the now dimishing African wild dog. Travel to Mana Pools National Park for more safari style recreation, or relax on the shores of Lake Kariba for a lakeside retreat. Gonarezhou National Park, Zambezi National Park, and Matusadona National Park also astound its visitors with wildlife sightings on safari. Visit the Great Zimbabwe monument, the rock formations of Matobo Hills and take a tour of the thundering Victoria Falls. All of this and more are possible on a Zimbabwe safari with Adventure Life. Contact one of our African safari experts to start planning your trip to Zimbabwe.

10 Best Zimbabwe Safaris for 2017

Best Cruise + Safari Trips to Zimbabwe

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Discover Africa$1449510RelaxedGet the best of both worlds on this South Africa land and Chobe River cruise tour! Spend two days getting acquainted in Cape Town before you fly to Kasane for your Chobe River cruise. Enjoy a boat safari, view wildlife, and explore Victoria Falls on this 10-day South Africa and Botswana itinerary.
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1499513RelaxedThis 13-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise, a Chobe National Park safari, and a stay at Victoria Falls all in one unforgettable African adventure. Enjoy the rivers and rails as you travel through southern Africa!
Wildlife and the Falls$1449513RelaxedEnjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 5-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights at a luxury safari lodge in greater Kruger National Park.
Stars of South Africa$1449515RelaxedThis two-week adventure combines a stay in Cape Town, a river cruise, and a stay in a private game lodge. Experience the best of South Africa with the opportunity to visit National Parks, take game drives, and visit Victoria Falls all in one itinerary!
Golden Trails of Africa$1449517RelaxedExplore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day combination tour! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, safari through the Serengeti and Tarangire National Park, and tour Victoria Falls. These are just examples of what this itinerary has in store for you! This tour is the ultimate way to see the best of Africa!

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Regional Highlights of Zimbabwe
Nothing captures the wild heart of Africa quite like a safari on the expansive plains of Zimbabwe. Here are a few highlights that your expedition might include:
  • Victoria Falls - Considered the most impressive waterfalls in the world and also ranking on the natural wonders of the world.
  • Hwange National Park - Here you will see much of the trademark African prairie wildlife, including lions, elephants, dogs, and other wildlife. 
  • Mandayu Dam - An excellent point from which to view the surrounding landscapes and get a great spot for wildlife watching.
  • Game Drive - Buckle up for adventure as you explore on the search for lions, elephants, and perhaps even the rare black or white rhino.
  • Mana Pools National Park - A great place to get out on the water in canoes or pontoons to see the water-dwellers or try your hand at fishing.
  • Matobo Hills - Home to Nanke Cave, the Matabele village, and other fascinating cultural and natural highlights.
Zimbabwe FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe?
You must get your Zimbabwe tourist visa at the port of entry into the country, as well as having a valid passport.

Is tipping customary in Zimbabwe?
Definitely tip your guide or ranger (around $15-20 is fine). Most nicer restaurants will include a 10% service charge, but you can include a tip if it's not already on the bill. Otherwise, tipping isn't really an expectation.

What is internet access like in Zimbabwe?
Most of our tours of Zimbabwe are safari expeditions or safari camps, so internet access is unlikely. It's possible that in more developed areas you will find a connection, but generally speaking you probably won't have internet.

Can I use my cell phone while in Zimbabwe?
Probably not. While some people do purchase SIM cards upon arrival so they can connect to the local cell towers, this only works when you are within range of them, which is not the case for most of our safaris and expeditions in the remote corners of Zimbabwe.

Do I need power adapters?
Zimbabwe's 220-240v power has both Type G British style sockets and Type D Indian Style plugs. 110v devices that aren't compatible with 220v power will require a power converter, and all devices will require a plug adapter. 

What are the toilets like in Zimbabwe?
Tented camps and luxury hotels and anything in between do offer western style flushing bowl toilets for your comfort in Zimbabwe, but do be aware that toilet paper should always be thrown in the waste basket next  to the toilet, and there could be some more remote areas on your expeditions that only have latrines or squat toilets.

Can I drink the water in Zimbabwe?
The water in Zimbabwe is not safe to drink, so make sure to only drink the free bottled/ filtered water provided to you by your hotel, lodge, camp, or inn.

Are credit cards accepted in Zimbabwe? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Our tours are all-inclusive, which means that you don't have to worry about any expenses once you're at your destination. If you want some extra cash for souvenirs or tips, don't count on finding an ATM or business that accepts cards while you're on your expedition. Your best bet is to take out some cash at the airport upon your arrival.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes, so check out the Once You're Booked page for deals and promotions that we're offering via TravelGuard so that you can travel responsibly.
 
Fun Facts About Zimbabwe

Q: When did the first settlers arrive to Zimbabwe?
A: The first residents are supposed to have arrived around the year 300 AD.

Q: Which one athlete was responsible for winning the country's only gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games? 
A: Swimmer Kirsty Coventry took home three gold medals for her country.

Q: What is Zimbabwe's population?
A: Approximately 14.5 million people.

Q: Can you name any of the languages spoken in Zimbabwe?
A: Shona (official; most widely spoken), Ndebele (official, second most widely spoken), English (official; traditionally used for official business), 13 minority languages (official; includes Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa).
Featured Lodges & Safari Camps in Zimbabwe
This list of 14 lodges & camps you will visit on our featured tours above is not exhaustive, as we feature a number of other hotels on our Zimbabwe Lodges page.
Game You Can Expect to See in Zimbabwe (by region)

Hwange: Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, White Rhino, Wild dog

Lower Zambezi: Buffalo, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion

Victoria Falls Region: Buffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Wildebeest

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