Overview – Zimbabwe

Because of the political situation in Zimbabwe, tourists are few and prices are competitive, but the main parks are still cared for and well worth visiting. Hwange is not to be missed, and Mana Pools offers great canoeing safaris on the Zambezi. Victoria Falls, Africa’s largest waterfall, is a must-go-to destination; standing in the spray of this powerful curtain of flowing water is both moving and overwhelming.

Rates (USD) $179 to $860 pp/day
Best Time to Go May to September (All parks)
High Season July to October (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
Size 390,757km² / 150,872mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent guiding
  • One of the best walking safari destinations
  • A chance to see Victoria Falls
  • Competitive rates and low tourist densities
  • Some decline of facilities and wildlife numbers
  • Political instability

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Wildlife

Hwange and Mana Pools are Zimbabwe’s prime sites for wildlife viewing. The most commonly spotted animals are the elephant and hippo, while the giraffe, zebra, lion and hyena are also present in good numbers. When it comes to the leopard or other cats, however, sightings can prove rare. The beautiful sable antelope and the bat-eared fox are two lesser-known highlights of the local animal population.

Weather & Climate

Zimbabwe’s temperate climate is characterized by a Dry season (April to October) and a Wet season (November to March). The drier months are cool to warm, although the temperature shoots up in advance of the rains. In the wetter months, the temperature climbs to an afternoon average of around 30°C/86°F with high levels of humidity.

Best Time to Visit

Although the Wet season is a beautiful time of the year, wildlife viewing is generally best in the Dry season (April to October). Note, though, that views of Victoria Falls are often obscured by a veil of spray from March to April because of the amount of water tumbling down its face. You’ll have a much clearer view of these famous falls if you visit from May to September, when the Zambezi River calms down.

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A sleeping giant
4/5

When I first visited Zimbabwe in 1996 it was the jewel in Southern Africa’s safari crown – business was booming and tourist dollars were flowing. Thanks to the malevolence of Robert Mugabe, more than a decade later not only was...

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Roy Chavrimootoo  –  
Mauritius MU
Reviewed: Mar 24, 2020
Interesting but tedious. However the staff at Victoria falls and Hwange national park were exception
3/5

The wild life and scenery are average. The accomodation at Hwange was superb and rustic . The cook and staff at Hwange looked after us very well. We were lucky to have Liberty as our guide as he was kind and knowledgeable. We particularly...

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