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Zimbabwe Luxury Safari Tours

Zimbabwe is a wonderful combination of wildlife, wild landscapes, and a highly professional safari industry. The national parks here and the wildlife they promise are world-class. One of the best things about going on safari here is that Zimbabwe receives far fewer visitors than most other major safari countries in southern or East Africa. That means safari trails here are rarely crowded, and there are only a handful of accommodation options in each area. This lends most safaris here a real sense of exclusivity. Even Zimbabwe’s most popular parks, such as Hwange and Mana Pools, get only a small fraction of the visitors you might expect elsewhere. Even so, the landscapes and wildlife on offer are every bit as memorable.

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5 Questions About Zimbabwe Luxury Safaris

 
 

5 Questions About Zimbabwe Luxury Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Where should I go on a luxury safari in Zimbabwe?

“Zimbabwe has so much to offer that it’s far more difficult to plan what to leave out from your trip than what to include. Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls are not to be missed. They’re extraordinary parks, stunningly beautiful and filled with wildlife. They also have Zimbabwe’s widest selection of luxury accommodation, with some gorgeous safari lodges and tented camps to choose from in each destination. Most luxury safaris involve flying between the parks and the other in-country destinations, and this means you can accomplish more in a shorter space of time. If time allows, you should include Gonarezhou and Matobo National Parks on your itinerary. The ruins of Great Zimbabwe, which is one of Africa’s most significant historical sites, are another definite highlight.”

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What is the typical cost of luxury safari packages in Zimbabwe?

“You can expect to pay more than $1000 per person per day on your luxury Zimbabwe trip. The cost does, of course, vary considerably between one operator and the next. Other variables include the number of days you’ll be traveling, the number of air transfers included in your itinerary, and the season of the year in which you’ll be traveling. It also depends on the accommodation. The per-person per-day cost could, for example, be much higher if you’re staying in one of the country’s premier safari camps, fly between national parks, have your own private vehicle for wildlife drives, and you’re traveling in high season. Whatever you’re paying remember that this could be the safari of a lifetime, and it’s almost always worth every cent.”

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What are the accommodation options on luxury Zimbabwe tours?

“All of Zimbabwe’s parks and towns, as well as Victoria Falls, have excellent portfolios of high-end tented camps and luxury lodges. A recurring theme with all of these accommodation types is the spaciousness of the rooms and the high levels of comfort. Mosquito nets over the beds and en-suite bathrooms are also standard. Camp and lodge staff are always attentive, and the attention to detail at these places is near faultless. The most common accommodation type is the tented camp, which usually consists of a handful of large, canvas safari tents, with luxury furnishings that evoke the classic safaris of yesteryear, a small private terrace, and immaculate public spaces where you can dine and relax. Many of the camps are inside the parks and they don’t have perimeter fences, which means that animals frequently wander through camp. In such places, apart from the thrill of being this close to the wildlife, you’ll need an escort as you move around outdoors.”

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Is Zimbabwe a good choice for a luxury safari?

“Zimbabwe is an excellent choice for a luxury safari. All the ingredients for the safari you’ve always dreamed of are present, from the exclusivity of the accommodation and the quieter safari trails to the wildlife you can see and the beauty of the landscape you can enjoy. Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s most underrated safari destinations, and its highly professional safari industry is a real plus; you can almost guarantee that you’ll be exceptionally well looked after while you’re here on your luxury tour. Another big reason to choose Zimbabwe is the country’s people. Zimbabwe has higher education levels and literacy rates than many other regional countries, and the time you spend speaking with Zimbabweans will be one of the more rewarding highlights of your time here.”

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What add-ons are available to a luxury holiday in Zimbabwe?

“There are many inclusions in a luxury Zimbabwe holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add in a few memorable extras. Depending on where you are and which operator you’re traveling with, you might have the opportunity to visit local towns and villages or community projects. Such projects usually have some kind of conservation element and can be a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of the region. Other excursions and activities may be possible You can also pay extra to have exclusive use of your own private guide and safari vehicle, while top-shelf drinks are usually considered extras. Many camps and lodges can also organize a bush breakfast, where you’ll be taken out to a scenic location where you’ll be served a full-on breakfast by waiters; I’ve loved it every time I’ve done this.”

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Zimbabwe Reviews

4.3/5 105 Reviews
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Sue Watt  –  
United Kingdom UK

Sue is an award-winning writer who specializes in African travel and conservation. She writes for national newspapers, magazines, Rough Guides and Lonely Planet.

Zimbabwe: A country on the cusp…
5/5

If I had only one chance to go back to Africa and could choose only one country, it would be Zimbabwe. I first visited, going to Victoria Falls, in the height of the country’s toughest times back in 2004 when a trillion-dollar note...

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Brian Jackman  –  
United Kingdom UK

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

Paradise in Crisis
4/5

ZIMBABWE really deserves top billing as a safari destination. In landscape terms it contains some of Africa’s greatest scenic splendours, from the awesome spectacle of the Victoria Falls to the bare granite domes of the Matobo Hills with...

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Michelle Welch  –  
New Zealand NZ
Reviewed: Dec 28, 2019
Wonderful experience - loved every moment
5/5

We had nervous expectations of travel in Zimbabwe. However, from our arrival in Victoria Falls to the day we departed we had nothing but positive experiences. This was largely based on the friendly, helpful and kind people we met along...

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Jessica Negrisoli  –  
France FR
Reviewed: Dec 13, 2019
One of the most beautiful experience I ever had
5/5

Like I just said, this was one of the most beautiful experience I had. Tongesai took care of our safari from the beginning to the end. We spent 3 days at Sable Sands in Hwange National Park. Everyone at Sable Sands is super kind, the...

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Colette *****  –  
France FR
Reviewed: Nov 21, 2019
WONDERFUL TRIP!
5/5

I really have loved this country. Each part has its interests and beauty. I had the chance to see many lions and cheetahs as well as other animals like elephants, zebras, and a lot of birds on Zambezi river where i canoed 4 days. Matopos...

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Diane Marsh  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Nov 8, 2019
Fantastic Trip
5/5

The safari experience in Zimbabwe was absolutely wonderful. I’ve been on three prior safaris in a different country and have to say this trip exceeded my expectations. The wildlife was plentiful, the scenery changed from place to place,...

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