Africa's finest safari country. Extraordinary and diverse habitats and ecosystems, wildlife, birdlife and the continents best professional safari guides along with an approach to safari tourism that others try to emulate and come short more often than not, Zimbabwe is back to her best and you should be very excited!
Widely regarded for many years prior to the year 2000 as the ultimate safari destination, Zimbabwe’s recovery over the last 7 or 8 years or so years has been incredible. That the tourism industry as a whole and the countries National parks and wilderness areas remain one of the most well organised and managed in all of Africa which is a testament to the passion and commitment by all the operators who stuck out the hard times.
The Iconic Victoria Falls and the nearby behemoth of a safari park in Hwange National Park, lead the line of most of the traffic into the country and have done so for years due to its safe proximity to multiple border points. However, for the initiated among safari travellers, there is so much more to Zimbabwe and some gems that will completely blow you away. Mana Pools in the north, Gonarezhou in the South East are perhaps two of the most truly wild and untouched safari areas on the continent. The former being our favourite and contender for Africa's best national park. The breathtaking beauty of Lake Kariba & Matusadona National Park, the houseboat safari option to be had atop this watery wilderness is exquisite and exciting. Matobo Hills in the south completes the set and is home to a wonderful number of black and white Rhino.
The cost of a safari here is incredibly low considering the experiences on offer. In fact, many travellers are converted to Zimbabwe’s charms when they compare it to the higher cost of safari in Botswana. The two countries are in essence able to offer a very similar experience. Whilst the camps are not necessarily the most luxurious you will find, they are generally of a very high quality and retain a real air of authenticity and sense of safari identity. The spectacular Victoria Falls adds an extra dimension and makes a fitting beginning or end to any safari in the country.
Wildlife numbers and the concentration of animals can be truly staggering between the dry season months of May – November. Elephant, in particular, can number in the hundreds at any one time and are some of the most impressive we have seen anywhere. It is also worth mentioning that Hwange National Park supports the largest diversity of mammals in Africa. In the rainy season months of December - April the herds tend to scatter somewhat but game viewing can still be very rewarding and the cost of safari drops even further.
It is the high quality of safari experience, authentic in its best form, and the highest possible standard of safari guiding that is most likely to strike you here though. Zimbabwean guides undergo a very thorough and extensive apprenticeship in order to obtain their professional licences. This process often takes between 4-6 years to complete and results in some of the best guiding skills you will find anywhere. They truly set the gold standard against which all others are measured. One of our founders, Clyde, is himself a Zimbabwean professional guide and we can speak first-hand for his complete dedication to the task of keeping others happy and enthralled on safari!