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.
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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.
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls will leave you with an everlasting impression. If you want to experience the falls at their peak, then April or May is the time to visit. In April, you will find the water levels at their highest level of the year, while during the dry season (especially October and November), you will witness the geological formations of the falls in their purest form. The wildlife here is also fantastic with many safari options in the area, particularly from May to October.
Travelers who want to soak up the beauty of Victoria Falls will love this short itinerary that can be booked on its own or tacked onto a longer trip. Begin with a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River, then take a short helicopter flight where you'll get an impressive bird's eye view of Victoria Falls before heading into Chobe National park for a safari drive and a boat cruise. To top off your visit, you'll also have a full guided tour of the falls themselves before your departure.
Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, attracts more than one million visitors each year. To make the most of your time here, you will want to visit for at least two days. Even if your time is limited, you can make your trip to the falls an exciting memory that will last a lifetime. To enjoy Victoria Falls to the fullest, plan a 3-4-day trip. If you want to explore the surrounding areas as well and embark on a Southern African safari, then we recommend that you visit for at least one week.
This trip to Zimbabwe is perfect for nature lovers as it combines two of Africa's top locations to see wildlife—Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba. Go on safari in Hwange to see lions and elephants before heading to the lake for stunning views and the chance to relax in style on the savanna.
Explore Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, and Matopos National Park in style with this upscale nine-day itinerary. Take in the natural beauty of Zimbabwe with safari outings and guided hikes in areas populated by big game and diverse bird species. This trip is perfect for those who want to experience the wildlife of the African savanna while enjoying top-tier service and amenities at your base camp.
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