Why Zimbabwe - What to expect
The widest waterfall in the world is annually visited by thousands of tourists. Victoria Falls is situated between the border towns Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The falls have a width of almost two kilometres and are also locally called ‘The smoke that thunders’. In the wet months, there are about 550 million litres of water that fall down about 120 m per minute. Enjoy the spectacular views during a helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls. You get a completely new perspective from the bird’s eye view and realize how huge and impressive this natural wonder is. We also recommend a guided walk along the Victoria Falls, which takes about two hours.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is situated just 120 km south of the Victoria Falls. Around 100 types of wild animals and 400 species of birds call the park their home. You could also wonderfully observe large herds of animals in Hwange National Park. Due to its proximity to the Victoria Falls, the park is also easily reached by road transfer.
Matusadona National Park and Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba is a large artificial lake and lies in the mainly untouched territory of the Matusadona National Park in the northeast of the country. Here you experience the charm and magic of this lake, which is surrounded by majestic hills and savannah. The park boasts a dense population of wild animals and is particularly known for its rhino population. Due to its location you could experience classic safaris by vehicle or by foot and boat safaris are especially good to view the wildlife on the shore of the lake.
At The Elephant Camp near the Victoria Falls you have the possibility to get in close contact with these impressive animals. A special attraction is an Elephant Back Safari, where you take part in a tour through the wilderness on the back of an elephant.
Did you know...
thousands of flying ants swarm out at Lake Kariba shortly after the beginning of the rainy season? Just the strongest of them survive to build new colonies. This spectacle is particularly interesting for fishermen, as the flying ants are the preferred bait for several sorts of fish. This means that successful fishing at this period is almost guaranteed within a very short time.
In Zimbabwe I recommend a stay in Matusadona National Park close to Lake Kariba. You easily reach this destination by air from Harare, Victoria Falls or Hwange. At the lake you have the possibility to do boat trips apart from classic safaris. During such you could observe elephants on the shore or listen to a concert of the hippos from a safe distance. Enjoy this perfect moment during sunset with a glass of wine, rounding off your varied and unforgettable journey.
Zimbabwe is the perfect country for a fly-in safari. You could ideally combine this with a visit to Victoria Falls. It’s also worth considering the combination of one or two safari destinations in Zimbabwe with a shorter stay in Botswana. With such a combination you would be able to stay within a certain budget, if you like to have comfortable lodges and absolutely combine the Okavango Delta with a nice safari in other areas.
Be inspired for your journey by our Deluxe Tour. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
|Official Name:||Republic of Zimbabwe|
|Currency:||1 US$ = 100 cents as well as 1 South African Rand (ZAR) = 100 cent|
|Total land surface:||390.757 km² (World rank 59), thereof 22,5% forest 7% farmland, 12% pasture land|
|Expansion||West-East: 800 km, North-South: 750 km|
|Largest Cities:||Harare (1.184.169), Bulawayo (620.936), Chitungwiza (274.035), Mutare (131.808), Gweru (124.735)|
|Climate:||Even though Zimbabwe is situated in the tropics, its climate is milder due its altitude. Winter is dry and often chilly. Rain is mostly limited to the hot summer months. The most rainfall occurs in the eastern mountain region.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Elephant Camp is situated in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park, approx. 10 minutes drive from the little town Victoria Falls. The smoke of the actual Victoria Falls can be seen from the main area of the camp as well as the west wing whilst the rooms in the east wing offer views of the Batoka gorge.
Accommodation is provided in 12 luxury tented suites, each with a private deck and plunge pool. The suites are all equipped with indoor and outdoor shower, bath and offer a private lounge, overhead fan and air conditioning.
The camp overlooks a waterhole that is fed by natural streams in the rainy season that rush down to meet the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges below the Victoria Falls. Walks and bird watching supply guests with boundless photographic opportunities in addition to the variety of optional activities that are available in Victoria Falls. One optional activity on offer at the camp premises is the elephant interaction. This activity gives a closer insight into the world’s largest land mammal, the African Elephant.
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe
Pamushana Lodge is located within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south eastern Zimbabwe. Built under shady trees the Pamushana Lodge blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is set on about 60.700 ha of wilderness bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. The lodge is set amongst towering trees overlooking a picturesque lake in the remote reaches of the pristine reserve. Accommodation is offered in 6 luxury suites (4x 1 bedroom suites, 1x 2 bedroom suites and 1x 3 bedroom suite) which offer fascinating views of the Malilangwe Dam. All master bedrooms feature en-suite bathroom and shower as well as an outdoor shower, air conditioning, overhead fans, private plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, room safe, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope. The architecture of the suites is inspired by the bold and vibrant culture of the local Shangaan people who have lived in the region for thousands of years. The public area offers an indoor dining room, open dining room, teak-deck dining areas, bar, library, open-air lounge, wine cellar, two heated swimming pools and a Jacuzzi.
The separately located Pamushana Villa offers beautiful views onto the Lake Malilangwe and features an additional 5 en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, a living room, a small kitchen and a private infinity pool. The villa is ideal for family and friends travelling together and can only be booked on exclusive use. It naturally comes with a private guide, chef and hosts.
Enjoy extensive day and night game drives through the private Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, which is also home to rare species such as roan and sable antelope as well as to the black rhino. The area is famous for its cathedral Mopane forests, majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees and rock sites, which date back more than 2.000 years. The lodge also offers guided walks, community visits, rock art site visits, fishing, archery and sundowner cruises on the lake. Optional activities are black rhino tracking and guided walks with Bushmen. There is a spa and a yoga room, two tennis courts as well as a gym at the lodge. A 9-hole golf course is just 45 minutes drive away.