Victoria Falls is a hub for numerous tours and adventures in the surrounding region; the Chobe river is famous for its herds of elephants and hippo populations. Combined, these two regions make for a great 5-day adventure with the perfect mix of activities and relaxation. By the end of your trip, you’ll have visited Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
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June to October is the dry season and the best time to view wildlife—animals are drawn to water sources, and low vegetation offers excellent visibility. Temperatures are moderate with cold mornings and evenings from June-August, while September and October are very hot (this is also when prices are highest). Rains can start as early as November, which makes for beautiful changes in the vegetation. The rainy season is in full swing from January through May, when you'll find hot, humid weather, and a drop in prices. During this time, there's still excellent game viewing in Hwange and Gonarezhou.
Where should you go?
Victoria Falls, the massive natural wonder on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, should be on every visitor's list. This is a year-round destination, though the flow over the falls changes from full flood to less dramatic levels depending on the season. Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River has excellent walking safaris, and remote, southeastern Gonarezhou is a lesser-known safari park off the beaten path. Eastern Highlands offers mountainous vegetation and a totally different experience to the safari track, while Lake Kariba is Zimbabwe's version of a beach holiday—a relaxing way to end a trip.
How many days do you need?
Travelers with at least ten days will be able to see 3 regions at a comfortable pace, with time for multiple days of safari at more than one location. With a week or less, stick to Victoria Falls and one short safari.
Outdoor wildlife adventures meet bustling urban experiences in this ultimate Southern African trip. Canoe down the biodiverse Okavango River Delta, feel the powerful spray of the world-famous Victoria Falls, and conquer Table Mountain for incredible views of bustling Cape Town. Traverse three countries while searching for the Big 5 on daily safaris at traditional accommodations in the heart of wildlife reserves.
Discover Zimbabwe's natural beauty on this adventurous five-day safari itinerary. Experience outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and ziplining at Victoria Falls before spending two days at a safari camp in Hwange National Park. If you've always dreamed of heading out to the savanna to get close to elephants and lions, then this trip will deliver heart-pounding thrills.
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