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 privately 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. 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.
The Gonarezhou National Park in the south-east of the country still offers an extremely original and wild Africa experience, which certainly fascinates even very experienced Africa travellers. A huge National Park with a size of 5.000 km² and little infrastructure promises scenic beauty and absolute seclusion. Accommodation is also scarce here. From the rather simple Chilo Gorge Lodge, you can explore the original National Park with professional guides. The barely touched flora and fauna is fascinating during authentic safari rides.
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
Matetsi Victoria Falls is located in the private Matetsi Game Reserve, which is located halfway between Victoria Falls and Kasane. The transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Matetsi Victoria Falls takes about an hour. The private Matetsi Game Reserve covers approximately 50.000 ha and has a 15 km private section of the Zambezi River on which wonderfully idyllic boat trips can be undertaken.
The lodge consists of two identical camps, each with 9 suites. One of these suites in each camp is a family suite. From the centre of the lodge, there are nine suites in both directions along the river, so all suites offer wonderful views of the Zambezi River. A private bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower and bathtub, a private veranda with plunge pool and a seating area are provided with each suite. These are individually and comfortably furnished and built by using local materials and inspired by the tradition of fishing- and wickerwork in the area. Each wing of the camp has its own guest and dining areas, an interactive kitchen, bar and fire pit. The two family suites each consist of two sleeping areas with their own bathroom and are connected by a covered or closed bridge. Private verandas and plunge pool are also part of the family suites.
The common area of the lodge also features a fitness centre, massage area, swimming pool and a little curio shop.
Matetsi Game Reserve is home to large herds of buffalo and elephant, antelope, lion, leopard, wild dog, hyena, hippo and about 350 different species of birds. During your stay at Matetsi Victoria Falls, guided game drives, guided bush walks, sunset cruises on the Zambezi River, canoeing and fishing are included. Guided tours to Victoria Falls can also be arranged as an optional activity.
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.
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