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Zimbabwe Luxury Safari Tours

Zimbabwe offers a wonderful combination of plentiful wildlife, wild landscapes and a highly professional safari industry. The national parks and the animals they protect are world-class. One of the best things about going on safari in Zimbabwe is that it receives far fewer visitors than most of Africa’s other major safari countries. That means the parks 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 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 more difficult to plan what to leave out from your trip than what to include. Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks are not to be missed. Then there’s the stunningly beautiful Victoria Falls, which ranks as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Hwange, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls also boast 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, Matusadona and/or Matobo National Parks on your itinerary. The ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, which is one of Africa’s most significant historical sites, is another definite highlight.”

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How much will this safari cost?

“You can expect to pay anything from US$500 to more than US$1,000 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. The cost also depends on the accommodation. The per-person-per-day price could, for example, be much higher if you’re staying in one of the country’s premier safari camps, flying between national parks, having your own private vehicle for wildlife drives, and traveling in the 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?

“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. Walk-in 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, and a small private terrace. There are also immaculate public spaces where you can dine and relax. Many of the camps are inside the parks and don’t have perimeter fences, which means that animals frequently wander through. In such places, apart from the thrill of being this close to the wildlife, you’ll need an escort as you move around outdoors after dark.”

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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 countries in the region, 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?

“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 and served a full-on breakfast by waiters; I’ve loved it every time I’ve done this.”

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Zimbabwe Reviews

4.3/5 111 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, at 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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Karen  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Jun 5, 2024
Our Zimbabwe trip was fantastic and unforgettable
5/5

I wanted to go to Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Waterfalls. My friend didn't have Africa on his to-do list at all but decided to come along. I convinced him that he should experience at least one game drive while we were there. I organized...

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Tracey Geyser  –  
Spain ES
Reviewed: Feb 9, 2024
It has a natural beauty, the local people are friendly, the wildlife good but the roads terrible.
4/5

We used Serious fun tours for our 4 days in Zim. we wanted to do Victoria falls and a game drive. We got so much more. What a pleasant experience! They communicated well from the start. They offered the biggest variation of things to do...

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Caroline Page  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2024
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with amazing scenery, great animal sightings, & friendly people!
5/5

Our family (four adults) had an amazing time on our trip to Zimbabwe. We loved the scenery on our drive from the Vic Falls airport to our first accommodation stop (Robins Camp). We saw so many wild animals just on that drive alone including...

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Eunice Sameke  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Nov 19, 2023
Fantastic place to visit and knowledgeable guides
4/5

Zimbabwe is a beautiful and peaceful country. We had an amazing time visiting Victoria falls and Chobe. All guides were very knowledgeable. I would recommend anyone wanting to visit Zimbabwe not to hesitate.

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