Victoria Falls is where to go in Zimbabwe for one of the world's greatest natural wonders and a comprehensive range of safari experiences but Zimbabwe's conservation areas such as the enormous Hwange National Park and the lake-and-river destinations of Matusadona or Mana Pools deliver great game viewing in environments largely devoid of other visitors.
Visit Victoria Falls in full flood and discover why it's called The Smoke That Thunders; the scale is immense and the experience unique, but there's so much more on offer at this popular destination. Enjoy scenic flights, elephant-back safaris, lion cub encounters, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, game viewing and Zambezi River cruises plus access to places of interest such as local markets and traditional villages.
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Hwange is where to go in Zimbabwe for the country's best big game viewing. Located a few hours' drive from Victoria Falls, Hwange is home to the densest concentrations of elephant after Botswana's Chobe National Park and is an excellent destination for Africa's big predators.
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Wild, remote and little-visited Mana Pools lies along the Zambezi River, its forests and floodplains home to large herds of elephant and its rivers overflowing with hippo and crocodile. Best explored on walking trails and canoe safaris, Mana Pools is a genuine wilderness area that delivers an exciting, off-the-beaten-track safari experience.
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One of the world’s biggest man-made lakes, Kariba has a magical setting and wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. Flanked by game reserves and private concessions, the waters of the lake attract large numbers of animals both big and small: crocodiles inhabit the many islands, hippos splash about in the shallows, elephant and antelope graze at the water’s edge, and African fish eagles perch on dead tree branches.
The long established Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is well placed for you to explore Lake Kariba and the nearby Matusadona National Park on game drives, guided walks and boat safaris; don't forget to throw in a fishing line for the legendary tiger fish and toast the famous Kariba sunsets with a chilled sundowner drink.
Just upstream of Victoria Falls lies the Zambezi National Park, a wild and game-rich reserve stretched out along the broad, smooth-flowing Zambezi River. Drawing fewer visitors than neighbouring Chobe National Park in Botswana, this largely unknown reserve offers fantastic dry-season game viewing without the crowds: expect large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe but keep an eye out for lion, leopard and even wild dog. The birdlife along the river is superb, and we’d highly recommend a river safari.
If you’re staying in Victoria Falls, a day game drive around Zambezi National Park will give you a quick and easy taste of Zimbabwe’s diverse wildlife; however, it’s worth spending a couple of nights there – we’d recommend comfortable Imbabala Lodge, set in the private Imbabala Concession within the reserve.
Roughly the size of South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the Malilangwe private concession is where to go in Zimbabwe for one of Africa’s hottest new safari destinations. The game viewing at Malilangwe is sure to impress: the Big 5 are all there including the second highest concentration of black rhino on the continent along with massive herds of up to 500 buffalo. Big cats are a regular sighting, endangered African wild dogs breed in the reserve and the birdlife is truly amazing - Malilangwe has recorded 400 species of birds and boasts one of the world's greatest concentrations of raptors, including 14 species of eagle.
The landscape too is nothing short of spectacular with mopane forests, ‘upside-down’ baobab trees and tall sandstone outcrops. Perched on the top of one of these outcrops is an extraordinary safari lodge - Singita Pamushana - which, in true Singita style, delivers stylish accommodation, gourmet dining and faultless service.
At a Glance
On-the-rise Zimbabwe is home not only to the best views of Victoria Falls but some of Southern Africa's best & wildest game reserves too, and its guides are among the best on the continent.