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Introducing Zimbabwe

When is the best time to visit?
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.

Zimbabwe Travel Insights

Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
Map of Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days

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.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls
Map of Explore Victoria Falls  - 5 Days
Explore Victoria Falls - 5 Days

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.

Wildlife on Lake Kariba
Map of Wildlife Spotting in Zimbabwe: Hwange & Lake Kariba - 8 Days
Wildlife Spotting in Zimbabwe: Hwange & Lake Kariba - 8 Days

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.

Victoria Falls Safari
Map of Luxury Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls, Hwange & Matopos - 9 Days
Luxury Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls, Hwange & Matopos - 9 Days

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.

Elephants in front of Deteema
Map of Zimbabwe Safari Adventure: Victoria Falls & Hwange - 5 Days
Zimbabwe Safari Adventure: Victoria Falls & Hwange - 5 Days

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.

Cape Town, South Africa
Wildlife and Urban Adventures: Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Kruger National Park - 12 Days

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.

Zimbabwe Travel Maps

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Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
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Wildlife Spotting in Zimbabwe: Hwange & Lake Kariba - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Zimbabwe
Travel specialist Chloe Cottrell

Chloe Cottrell

I have always had a deep connection to Africa, especially my home, Zimbabwe. Through personal travel, my passion for the safari world and travel was born. It brings me such joy to assist others in...

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Travel specialist Stephanie Louw
active 2 days ago

Stephanie Louw

I am a junior consultant at African Travel Gateway. Where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client...

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Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 5 days ago

Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

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Travel specialist Sabine Behrmann

Sabine Behrmann

I've been a traveller all my life and love to see new places, meet new people and experience different adventures. I've worked as a tour guide in Southern & East Africa and love sharing my...

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Trip Reviews for Zimbabwe

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Chloe, I wish more organizations could clone ... · Zimbabwe - Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: Suzanne M. - Local specialist: Chloe Cottrell

Chloe, I wish more organizations could clone you! Stellar support.

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Chloe Cottrell, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Suzanne! It was an absolute pleasure and I am thrilled you had such a great trip.