Zimbabwe (390 590 km2) is a relatively small country and is enclosed between Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. Yet Zimbabwe is almost ten times as large as the Netherlands and quite a unspoiled safari country because the country was closed to tourism for years. A safari in Zimbabwe certainly contributes to the support of the local population and the preservation of nature. Zimbabwe is relatively scarcely visited which makes it an ideal destination for those who would like to experience the authentic safari feel.
In Zimbabwe there are several diverse ecosystems. In the east you will find a large green area whereas in the west there are the dry foothills of the Kalahari Desert. Hwange, located in the west, is best known for its vast elephant populations and in Mana Pools in the North, you will find wildlife along the rivers. You can take boat trips to see the wildlife from the water while being catious not to anger any of the many hippos!
Zimbabwe is drier and cooler than you would expect in the tropics. This is due to its height and because it is not close to the sea.
Going on safari in Zimbabwe is a unique adventure! Wild Times specializes in organizing tailor-made safaris. Guided by your ideas and preferences we create an itinerary that suits you and your travel companions best! It goes without saying that organizing tailor-made safaris is what we do best. Call us for advice or request a safari proposal here.
Unique safaris in Zimbabwe
This safari combines the highlights of Zimbabwe in one trip. You will visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins, game reserves and your safari will be concluded at the world famous Victoria Waterfalls. Victoria Falls is a real adventure destination, with lots of fun activities for children and teenagers to go 'wild' and enjoy themselves after culture and wildlife.
Deze safari combineert de hoogtepunten in Zimbabwe: Matobo, Great Zimbabwe ruïnes, Hwange, Mana Pools Nationaal Park en de Vic Falls. U brengt een bezoek aan de Great Zimbabwe ruïnes, bezoekt wildparken en u sluit uw reis af bij de wereldberoemde Victoria Falls Watervallen, aan de Zimbabwe kant. Het stadje Victoria Falls is een echte 'avonturenbestemming', met veel mogelijkheden voor kinderen en tieners om na de spannende game drives zich uit te leven op en rond het water!
The Victoria Falls is one of the world's most beautiful and romantic destinations. This protected World Heritage Site is one of the few waterfalls in the world where one can see from a very close range 550 million liters of water clattering down a 2.5 km altitude. Due to the force of the water the spray of water can be viewed 30 km up in the air. The Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River, which flows between Zimbabwe and Zambia, but Zimbabwe has always been the most popular entry point for this impressive waterfall.
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park has been named after the local Matuzviadonha Hills, this park is characterized by a beautiful combination of open plains and rugged hilly landscapes. Matusadona has one of the largest populations of lions in Africa and is the natural habitat of the black rhino. The park is located between two rivers, the Ume River in the west and the Sanyati River in the east.
Matopo National park & Matopos Hills
Matapos National Park vormt de kern van de Matopos Hills, een gebied bestaand uit granieten kopjes en beboste valleien. De Heuvels zijn 2000 miljoen jaar geleden ontstaan door gesmolten gesteente die over het landschap uitbarstte, hierdoor ontstonden gladde ‘whaleback dwalas’ en gebroken kopjes, bezaaid met rotsblokken en afgewisseld met struikgewas van vegetatie. De grote keien bieden goede schuilplaatsen voor het wild, maar er zijn ook nog indrukwekkende rotstekeningen te zien van de vroege steentijd.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River and covers 2,196 square kilometers of unspoiled nature. Also called Zimbabwe's 'Wildlife Riviera' because of its abundant wildlife and unique location on the river. Mana Pools offers one of finest walking safari experiences in Africa. It is the only park where you can walk in Zimbabwe. Among the wildlife animals in the river are numerous crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, elephants and over 380 bird species ideal for bird watching.
Malilangwe Private Wildlife Reserve
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is 124,000 acres of wilderness which makes it an ideal refuge for many species. Including the black and white rhino, wild dogs, hyenas, the ‘little six’ beautiful small antelope and of course the Big Five. Visitors to this park will be rewarded with magnificent landscapes, such as mountains, jungle scenery and magical baobab trees.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is first and foremost know for the fact that it is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations. It is also the habitat for the Big Five and more than 100 other mammal species. This park is also a birdwatcher's paradise as there are nearly 400 different species of birds including migratory species. The setting is spectacular because of the extraordinary variety of landscapes, desert landscapes to acacia forests, hardwood jungle and even ancient fossil dunes form the landscape of Hwange.
Harare is a hardworking African city, but also attractive and well designed with wide streets and numerous open spaces and parks. Flowers, shrubs and trees are abundant and when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom, the capital dotted with a purple glow. Harare more often than not is the starting point of your safari in Zimbabwe.
Zambezi National Park
Low Zambezi National Park is located downstream of the Kariba Lake and opposite the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This is one of the newest parks in Zambia, but the beauty of this park is the absolute wilderness. Despite the fact that the variety and quantity of wildlife is not as great as in other parks, there are spectacular opportunities to come within touching distance of the animals wandering through the Zambezi channels. The slope along the northern side of the park serves as a barrier for most of the animals, keeping them in the park.
Safaris are available in all shapes and sizes. Wild Times would like you to enjoy an authentic safari experience. Therefore, our preference goes to small-scale accommodation and game drives in open Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. Apart from great itineraries, it is also possible to include the following activities to your safari in Zimbabwe.
A game walk in Zimbabwe is an amazing experience and adds a lovely and exciting dimension to your safari in Zimbabwe. Game Walks with the big 5 near Victoria falls in Zimbabwe is an activity every adventurer should try at least once. The highly professional guides will teach a great deal about Zimbabwe's wildlife and nature, making a game walk in Zimbabwe a great way of enriching yourself.
Visit the Victoria Falls and you will never be the same person again.
Rafting, bungee jumping, safaris in the surrounding national parks, golfing, river cruises and spectacular flights over the falls, the Victoria Falls attract diverse travelers and provides many reasons to want to go on safari in Zimbabwe.
A night game drive in Zimbabwe is a fascinating experience. Listening to the night sounds of the bush as animals draw close is like nothing you have ever experienced before! Night creatures that you are likely to encounter are the lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, night apes, honey badgers, civets among others.
Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi in Zimbabwe is probably the ultimate leisure activity. Quietly float through parts of the rivers that run through the national parks while spotting crocodiles, elephants and hippos from your cano. Canoeing on the Zambezi in Zimbabwe adds a lovely dimension to your safari in Zimbabwe!
A honeymoon safari in Zimbabwe is that special experience every honeymooner dreams of! The first thing many people want to do while on their honeymoon in Zimbabwe, is visiting the impressive Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe is also a really good option if you are looking for a classic safari experience as it has great game viewing options.
Are you looking for monkeys or hippo's on the golf course? In Zimbabwe, this is possible, and you can choose from several international golf courses. Golf holidays in Zimbabwe are easy to combine with a safari program, this way you will enjoy a diverse, sporty and challenging experience in Zimbabwe.
Best time to travel
Zimbabwe can be visited any time of the year. The best game viewing time is in the dry season. This is from May to October, when animals come together around the rivers and waterholes. This goes especially for Hwange where the artificially pumped waterholes attract many animals, including big herds of elephants. The best time to see the Vic Falls is from May through September.
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