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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, healthy populations of lion, and even the African wild dog. Travel to Mana Pools National Park 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 during safaris. Visit the Great Zimbabwe monument, the rock formations of Matobo Hills, and take a tour of the thundering Victoria Falls. Stay in hand-picked Safari Lodges & Safari Camps in Zimbabwe, chosen by our safari experts for comfort and prime wilderness locations. Contact one of our African safari experts to start planning your personalized trip to Zimbabwe.

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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Discover Africa$949910Oct 2, 2020From the luxurious Zambezi Queen, this 10-day itinerary showcases the best of South Africa & Botswana, including wildlife viewing, stops in Chobe …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$824410Dec 23, 2020Board the African Dream for a 14-day cruise to the ends of the Earth. Get an up-close experience of the region's wildlife, observe the grandness of …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$73159Oct 6, 2020Board the African Dream for a 9-day cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, from Johannesburg to Zambia. This itinerary offers an intimate look at …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$72869Oct 1, 2020Enjoy this 9-day exploration of Southern Africa aboard the luxurious Zimbabwean Dream. Get an up-close experience of the region's wildlife, observe …
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1429513Oct 2, 2020This 13-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise aboard the comfortable Zambezi Queen, a safari in Chobe National Park, and a stay …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth with Extended Stay at The Cape of Good Hope$1028713Oct 8, 2020After touring South Africa board the African Dream to cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. From Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth with Extended Stay at the Cape of Good Hope$1020113Sep 30, 2020Tour South Africa before boarding the Zimbabwean Dream for the cruise portion of the tour, through the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Start the tour in …
Wildlife and the Falls$1329513Oct 4, 2020Enjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 4-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights …
Stars of South Africa$1399515Oct 2, 2020This two-week adventure combines a stay in Cape Town, a river cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen, and a stay in the private Tintswalo Atlantic game …
Golden Trails of Africa$1589517Oct 4, 2020Explore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day safari cruise! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the Serengeti …

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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 one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world and also ranks as one of the natural wonders of the world; a magnificent sight.
  • Hwange National Park - On a signature Zimbabwe safari here you will see much of the trademark African prairie wildlife, including lions, elephants, dogs, and other wildlife.
  • 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 National Park  - Home to Nanke Cave, the Matabele village, and other fascinating cultural and natural highlights. 
  • Mandavu 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-  the highlight of any great Zimbabwe safari!
Fun Facts About Zimbabwe

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).

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: What is Zimbabwe's wildlife population?
A: 350 species of mammals, more than 500 species of birds, and 131 fish species.
Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe on Safari

Zimbabwe is a fantastic safari destination at any time in the year, but the best times to visit are from June through September.

This coincides with the dry season, which makes it an excellent time to see animals congregating around water holes.

Plus, the fact that it is the winter season promises cooler, more comfortable temperatures.
Game You Can Expect to See in Zimbabwe (by region)
When you embark on your Zimbabwe safari expedition, you are guaranteed a front-row seat to see...

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
Featured Lodges & Safari Camps in Zimbabwe
This list of the 14 top Zimbabwe safari lodges & tent 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.
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.

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