As one of the highlights, Zimbabwe offers a visit of the impressive Victoria Falls. Wonderful and diverse safaris could also be experienced in this beautiful country. Hwange National Park for example is known for its dense population of elephants, whereby Matusadona National Park is known for its beautiful scenery at Lake Kariba. Mana Pools National Park is an untouched paradise for unique safari experiences on land as well as on the majestic waters of the Zambezi River.
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.
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Republic of Zimbabwe
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
West-East: 800 km, North-South: 750 km
Harare (1.184.169), Bulawayo (620.936), Chitungwiza (274.035), Mutare (131.808), Gweru (124.735)
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.