6 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Hwange National Park

Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe’s largest park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Formerly occupied by San bushmen, it became a national park in 1928. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and woodland offer a rewarding and interesting safari.

  • Where: Matabeleland North Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, Honey badger, Leopard, Sable, Wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Mana Pools National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site beside the Zambezi has fine views towards Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and the Rift Valley escarpment. Its woodland and open plains contain a huge variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephant. It is famed for walking and canoe safaris, and offers a secluded experience.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, Lion, Nile crocodile, Roan
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Matusadona National Park

This relatively unknown wilderness bordering Lake Kariba, dates from 1958, when the Kariba Dam flooded the Zambezi Valley to create a huge man-made lake. Matusadona has a varied habitat, attracting more than 400 bird species. Black rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant populations are also healthy in the area.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, Cheetah, African elephant, Leopard, Lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Combining perfectly with a safari in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls are not only a wonderful place from which to begin or end a safari, but offer enough interest to be a safari destination in their own right. The wildlife in the tributaries is active all year round, and the birdlife is superb.

  • Where: Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
  • Ideal for viewing: Common waterbuck, African elephant, Hippo, Black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Matobo National Park

Established in 1953, this park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003. The terrain is littered with huge granite boulders that balance in striking rock formations. One highly protected area is used to safeguard endangered black and white rhinos, and the grave of Cecil Rhodes is an obvious attraction.

  • Where: Bulawayo Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Black eagle, Black rhino, Burchell’s zebra, South African giraffe, White rhino
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.

  • Where: Southern Province, Zambia
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, Hippo, Trumpeter hornbill, Common waterbuck
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching

7 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Scenic Wonders of Kafue & Hwange

This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora.The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

Distinctive Zimbabwe & Kafue

This trip focusses on the essence of Zimbabwe and Zambia – neighbouring countries that boast some of Africa’s finest wildlife areas. From the stunning Mana Pools and its aquatic wildlife, fly to the remote Busanga Plains in Zamiba’s Kafue National Park for vehicle safaris to see plains game and their predators.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Best of Zimbabwe & Zambia

This upmarket flying safari combines three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas – Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, with the vastness of the Kafue in western Zambia. Staying in delightful tented camps in the best locations, enjoy day and night vehicle safaris and boat trips to see the abundant wildlife.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 11 days

Zimbabwe Highlights

This flying safari is a combination of some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife areas in Zimbabwe. The journey starts at the unforgettable Victoria Falls, before taking in the country’s foremost national park, Hwange. The final stop is Mana National Park, famed for its scenery and magnificent wildlife viewing.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Scenic Splendour & Wildlife Wonders

This safari travels to Busanga Plains in the northern sector of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, home to huge herds of lechwe and puku and an exceptionally high density of lion, before taking in the mesmerising Vitoria Falls. The final stop is wildlife-rich Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest national park.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

Wings over Zimbabwe

This trip idea makes the most of your time by flying between comfortable safari lodges and tented camps. From the imposing spectacle of Victoria Falls, head to Hwange National Park, renowned for its elephant and buffalo herds. Continue with spectacular aerial views of Lake Kariba to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

Wild Zimbabwe

Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's two principal wildlife assets. Your first base is luxury tented camp in Hwange National Park, home to huge numbers of elephants, before experiencing a completely different perspective exploring the river and floodplains of Mana Pools.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 10 days

When to go

Although best visited during dry season, from May to October, the game viewing becomes better as the land gets drier from June onwards and before the rains from, December to March.

Seasons

  • Green season

    Nov to Apr: The rains arrive, vegetation proliferates and animals give birth
  • Dry season

    May to Oct: A pleasant time of year to travel

Wildlife events

  • Dec to Mar: Green season, best time for birding and animals giving birth
  • Jun to Jun: Wild dogs denning in Mana Pools
  • Sep to Oct: Carmine bee-eaters nest along the banks of the Zambezi River

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