Zimbabwe is home to some of the most wild safari experiences in Africa. Between amazing opportunities to walk amongst wildlife and a great possibility to take in unique landscapes like Mana Pools and of course the stunning Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe has so much to offer.
Here are a few good reasons why you need to consider Zimbabwe for your next (truly wild!) African safari.
Hwange National Park
Known as the “land of the giants” for its massive elephant herds, Hwange combines breathtaking views of the savannah plains and prolific wildlife (particularly during the dry season July – October), including elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species. This park ticks all the boxes and, at least for now, remains truly uncrowded.
In addition to traditional game drives, here you can head out on foot with one of Southern Africa’s best safari guides on a walk and also enjoy night drives, which offer a unique opportunity to see the African bush come alive once the sun sets. And don’t miss the Wild Dog Rehabilitation Center, a fun way to learn more about the most effective hunter in all of Africa!
Mana Pools National Park is located in the very north of Zimbabwe alongside the remains of old channels that have been left behind by the Zambezi River. These remains formed small seasonal pools dispersed over two thousand square kilometers. And here, the name of the game is WALKING.
The diverse area has multiple river systems that make up the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.
The fishing here is also extraordinary, some of the best in Africa!
And speaking of fishing, Lake Kariba is a must for fishing enthusiasts.
Situated near the North Eastern border of the Matusdona National Park and is easily accessible by light aircraft and boat, Lake Kariba is easy to access without the stress of a long journey. This extensive wildlife conservation area is home to lion, leopard, big herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a multitude of different plains game.
The lake is home to bream and the fighting tiger fish in abundance. Birding and cultural experiences (with the rich local Tonga culture) also abound.