​Overview – Zimbabwe

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Zimbabwe is a superb safari destination. The main parks are well tended, and plentiful wildlife includes the second-highest elephant count of any African country. Standing in the spray of Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water, is an overwhelming experience. Hwange National Park, home to all the Big Five, is not be missed, while Mana Pools National Park offers great canoeing safaris on the Zambezi River. Despite years of misrule, Zimbabwe also remains a friendly and well-organized place to visit.

Rates (USD) $118 to $871 pp/day
Best Time To Go June or July to October (Most 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
  • Relatively low tourist densities
  • Some of Africa’s densest elephant populations
  • English spoken widely and to a very high standard
  • The opportunity to explore the ruined medieval stone city of Great Zimbabwe
  • A landlocked country, so no beach holiday options
  • Some potential for political instability

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Wildlife

Hwange and Mana Pools are Zimbabwe’s most popular wildlife-viewing destinations. Less well known but equally worthwhile are the remote Matusadona and Gonarezhou National Parks. Most parks support large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo, zebra, warthog and various antelope. Lion and spotted hyena are also quite easily seen, especially in Hwange, but while leopard, cheetah and African wild dog are widespread, sightings can prove rare. Rhinos are generally rare but can be tracked on foot in Matobo National Park.

Activities

Zimbabwe is a great country for safaris. Game drives can be undertaken in Hwange and other national parks, but most private lodges also offer thrilling guided walking safaris, particularly in Mana Pools, Gonarezhou and Matusadona. Other popular activities include viewing the spectacular Victoria Falls on foot or from the air, bungee jumping and white-water rafting close to the Falls, and exploring the magnificent ruined stone city of Great Zimbabwe.

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 before 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 (November to March) is a beautiful time of year, wildlife viewing is generally best in the Dry season (April to October), especially from June onward. Victoria Falls is worth visiting at any time, but the drama peaks over February to June, when the water flow is highest. It is still very spectacular over July to September, when there’s less spray and views are clearer.

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Paul Murray  –  
United Kingdom UK

Paul is a travel writer, author of the Bradt guidebook to Zimbabwe and is closely involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe.

A Brilliant Past and an Outstanding Future
4/5

Yes, Zimbabwe is still beset with political and economic difficulties but none of this affects visitors much, especially those who book their stay with travel agencies and prepay most of the trip. Despite everything, Zimbabwe remains many...

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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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