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Travel to this long time safari destination and you will see why it has been a favorite for decades. 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 tour.
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Hidden Zimbabwe$59178May 27, 2024Tour seldom-visited regions in Zimbabwe on this 8-day safari tour. Stay in Matobo Hills, a World Heritage Site where rhino tracking is possible and …
North Zimbabwe Adventure$66857May 27, 2024Travel to the shores of Lake Kariba along the Zambezi River and enjoy game drives in Mana Pools National Park on this active 7-day safari tour of …
Castles of Matobo Hills$15274May 27, 2024Go on safari in Zimbabwe and add this 4-day Castles of Matobo Hills extension to your trip to the Matobo National Park. Wander the rocky landscape of …
Explore Zimbabwe$817210May 27, 2024Explore the untamed beauty of Zimbabwe's national parks, from Mana Pools' wildlife-rich landscapes to Hwange's golden savannah plains. Stay in …
Imvelo Circuit$529210May 27, 2024Venture on an unforgettable wildlife safari from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park. Experience luxury tented camps, game drives, walking …
Classic Imvelo Safari$50008May 27, 2024Explore Zimbabwe on this safari adventure from Nehimba Lodge to Hwange National Park, immersing yourself in Zimbabwe's breathtaking landscapes and …
Jozibanini Explorer$18374May 27, 2024Immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of Hwange National Park at Jozibanini Camp. Experience close encounters with elephants, thrilling mountain …
Victoria Falls & Hwange$21576May 27, 2024Experience a taste of the two most popular attractions in all of Zimbabwe on this short 6-day tour to Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. Stay …
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1499513Aug 30, 2024This 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$1184813May 30, 2024From Johannesburg to Zambia along the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers, this 13-day itinerary provides an intimate look at the nature of South Africa from …
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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!
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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.
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.
Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe on Safari

Zimbabwe is a fantastic safari destination all year round, but the best time to visit is from June to September.

It coincides with the dry season, making it an excellent time to see the animals congregating around the waterholes.

In addition, the fact that it is winter promises cooler and more pleasant 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 RegionBuffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Wildebeest
How Much Does a Tour to Zimbabwe Cost?

Zimbabwe is a tourist destination with a wide variety of travel options, the most popular of which is a safari and the price can start at $900 for a 3-day safari and go up to $8000 for a 10-day safari.

Another way to experience the beauty of Zimbabwe is aboard a river cruise; prices start at about $7,000 for a 9-day cruise, up to $18,000 for a 17-day cruise.

In addition, Adventure Life's expert travel advisors are always ready to help you plan your next adventure.
9 Things to Know Before Traveling to Zimbabwe

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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