Zimbabwe, in our humble opinion, is Africa's finest safari country. It boasts extraordinary and diverse habitats, ecosystems, wildlife and birdlife along with the continent's best professional safari guides. The country also has an approach to safari tourism that others try to emulate and fall short more often than not.
With over ten incredible National Parks in a country slightly larger than Germany yet with a quarter the population, there really is so much to explore here that you could stay a month and still feel like you need more time!
Zimbabwe is back to her best and we are all very excited to share her with you!
Widely regarded for many years prior to 2000 as the ultimate safari destination, Zimbabwe's tourism recovery over the past seven or so years has been incredible. The tourism industry as a whole and the country's national parks and wilderness areas remain one of the most well organised and managed in all of Africa. Safari guides that have trained in Zimbabwe are considered the best safari guides in the world… (a subtle nod to our own Director, Clyde Beaty!)
There are a few places we really recommend you include in your incredible trip to Africa's top safari destination – Zimbabwe:
Mana Pools National Park in the north and Gonarezhou National Park in the south-east are perhaps two of the wildest and most untouched safari areas on the continent. Mana Pools is undoubtedly our favourite and a contender for Africa's best national park.
Enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park on an exquisite and exciting houseboat safari option atop this watery wilderness. Matobo Hills in the south completes the set and is home to a number of the majestic yet endangered Black and White Rhino.
The cost of a safari in Zimbabwe is relatively low considering the incredible experiences on offer (which easily compare to neighbouring Botswana), and with this great value in mind, we're excited to share this fantastic special itinerary with you.
Tailormade Africa's Best of Zimbabwe Itinerary
Zimbabwe market themselves as 'A World of Wonders' – and they aren't wrong.
The great news is that we have designed this gorgeous 13-night itinerary for you which takes in the top spots for you to really taste the country at its best – and, we have no doubt that you'll instantly fall in love.
Starting at the breath-taking Victoria Falls, one of the two UNESCO Heritage Sites you will experience on this trip, you will get two nights to really ease into your Zimbabwean adventure. Your home will be on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, in the heart of the Zambezi National Park, surrounded by marvellous riverine wilderness just a short way from the falls themselves. From here you will venture over to two separate lodges in the famous Hwange National Park, home to over 40,000 elephants. With activities including mountain biking safaris and night drives, you will get the chance to immerse yourself in one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Onwards to Bumi Hills where a stunning lodge overlooking Lake Kariba awaits, where you will discover the aquatic wonders of this life-giving body of water with boating activities galore. Wildlife moving freely onto the private concession from Matusadona means you'll also be ideally placed to enjoy endless game-viewing! You will end your life-altering adventure at the second UNESCO Heritage Site (and one of our ABSOLUTE favourites), Mana Pools National Park. In a lodge with great views overlooking the river, you can relax for three nights watching impala, warthog and elephant meander by. Claim to fame? The owner of the camp, Nick, led David Attenborough's Dynasties episode on the Painted Wolf.
Meet our Zimbabwe safari expert Clyde Beaty
For honest expert advice contact our director, Clyde Beaty. Born in Norway, Clyde's parents emigrated to Zimbabwe when he was seven years old. Aged seventeen, he started working as a fishing guide at the lodge they managed on the banks of Lake Kariba, and from there started his training to become a professional guide. He gained the much-revered Zimbabwe safari guide status in 1998.
In 2001 Clyde set up his own walking safari company in Mana Pools National Park, but eventually, it succumbed to the negative political situation in Zimbabwe. He then moved to Tanzania to be Head Guide and Guide Trainer for one of Tanzania's finest safari companies and here realised a dream of "working" the wildebeest migration of northern Serengeti.