Where to Go in Zimbabwe

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 and then there's the wonder of Victoria Falls... Discover Zimbabwe here:

Victoria Falls: adventure activities, safaris & iconic scenery

  • Visit Victoria Falls at peak flow and discover why it's considered a Natural Wonder: the falls are immense, the towering column of mist is unique and the whole area is scenically beautiful. Plus the town of Victoria Falls is known as Africa's Adventure Capital thanks to the wide range of activities on offer. Enjoy scenic flights, elephant-back safaris, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, game viewing and Zambezi River cruises plus access to places of interest such as local markets and traditional villages.

    There's nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from the experts - That's why we have put together a comprehensive travellers' guide to Victoria Falls:.

Hwange National Park: classic game viewing & bird watching

  • Hwange is the country's most famous big game reserve and home to an abundant population of wildlife. 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.

Mana Pools National Park: beautiful wilderness area, canoe safaris

  • Wild, remote and little-visited Mana Pools lies along the Zambezi River, its forests and floodplains home to large herds of elephant, rare antelope and plenty of plains game. Its rivers are filled with hippo and crocodile, tigerfish and bream. Best explored on drives, guided walks and canoe expeditions, Mana Pools is a genuine wilderness area that delivers an exciting, off-the-beaten-track safari experience. Mana Pools is the place to go to see the best of Zimbabwe's big game viewing.

Matusadona National Park & Lake Kariba: lakeside living, big game & fishing

  • Kariba’s magical setting and tranquil atmosphere are as famous as its wildlife. Flanked by conservation areas, the lake attracts animals both big and small: hippos splash about in the shallows, elephant and antelope graze at the water’s edge, and African fish eagles perch on dead tree branches. Adjoining Matusadona National Park offers game drives, guided walks and boat safaris as well as tiger fishing and the best Kariba sunsets.

Gonarezhou National Park & Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve: pure Big 5 wilderness, phenomenal diversity & scenery

  • Zimbabwe’s crowd-free south is home to the Big 5 and rugged Gonarezhou is sure to impress alongisde the exclusive experience of Malilangwe, a private reserve bordering the park. Apart from the stunning scenery, visitors can expect to see rhino, elephant and buffalo plus big cats and wild dogs. 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.

Zambezi National Park: game drives & river cruises, close to Victoria Falls

  • 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.

Amanda Lawrence

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