A landlocked country with more thrills and spills than you can shake a stick at, Zimbabwe is every holiday makers dream. Despite its socio-economic woes, the country’s tourism industry is steadily gaining ground. Zimbabwe is opening up as a destination hot spot and wild life viewing mecca. With some of the best guides in Africa, it’s no wonder to see why people are slowing coming back.
- Home to a series of mountainous areas with the highest peak standing at a staggering 2,593m
- Zimbabwe plays host to some of Africa’s exclusive wildlife
- Discover species that are unique to Zimbabwe, or found in only limited ranges elsewhere, including the king cheetah in Gonarezhou, and the samango monkey in the Eastern Highlands.
- The country boasts a large number of mediaeval era relics built in a distinct dry stone style
- Nearly all of the 8 parks are home to the Big 5
TOP 5 ZIMBABWE HIGHLIGHTS
- THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the majestic Victoria Falls! The largest waterfall in the world, this natural landmark was deservedly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- SOUTHERN ZIMBABWE Enrich your African safari experience with a trip to Southern Zimbabwe. Be drawn to the magical allures of glorious scenery, astounding wildlife and the enigmatic remnant-kingdom of Great Zimbabwe, the largest historic man-made structure south of the pyramids.
- MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of one of nature’s wildlife sanctuaries. Fantastic photographic opportunities and superbly romantic ambience for those dream hideaways. Choose this idyllic destination and enjoy canoe safaris, game drives plus a lot more exciting activities.
- LAKE KARIBA Treat yourself to a dreamy lakeside break on the shores of Lake Kariba. Take in the spectacular sunsets and spend your days fishing and viewing wildlife. Go there for the ultimate relaxation and adventure.
- HWANGE NATIONAL PARK The flagship of the wildlife parks in Zimbabwe, Hwange will delight you with its staggering game populations. The largest population of African wild dogs left in the world, large lion prides, buffalo herds plus brown and spotted hyena. The best place for leopard and cheetah sightings.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING ZIMBABWE
CURRENCY The US Dollar (USD) is currently the main currency in Zimbabwe. Credit card facilities are few and far between with only the major international hotels in cities offering this facility. ATM’s are available in most towns and cities.
CLIMATE The climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, including a short cool season during the period May to September when the whole country has very little rain. The rainy season is typically a time of heavy rainfall from November to March. Temperatures can range from cold to very hot depending on the region and time of year.
WHAT TO PACK If your safari is in winter, you’ll definitely need a warm fleece or jacket with gloves and beanies, especially in Hwange National Park. Day time temperatures pick up and shorts, t-shirts and light weight clothing is sufficient. Dining in the evening is a casual affair. Pack your swimming costume as most lodges now have a pool. Include sunscreen lotion, a cap and mosquito repellent.
PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON The cooler winter months of May – October is generally the best time of the year to come on safari.