Zimbabwe boasts some of the best and friendliest guides in Southern Africa, incredibly diverse scenery and plenty of game to boot. This 11-day adventure will take you through some of the country’s most popular but also least-visited reserves, balancing the thrills of mecca like Victoria Falls with the peace and serenity of Matobo National Park.
You start at Matabo, which is centred on rocky outcrops known as the Matopos Hills outside Bulawayo. This is a World Heritage Site and your guides at Amalinda Camp will be able to show you varied sights like Cecil John Rhodes’s grave, ancient San rock art and, if your luck is in, elusive leopards and black eagles.
Then it is on to Hwange National Park and laidback Somalisa Camp, which is in a low-traffic private concession. Do not be surprised if elephants come down to drink at the plunge pool while you are enjoying an ice-cold drink on one of elevated viewing decks.
Your next port of call is Mana Pools, one of Zimbabwe’s loveliest national parks, where Kanga Bush Camp occupies a remote section an hour away from the Lower Zambezi River and there are reliable sightings of lion and wild dog.
The last days of your trip are spent in Southern Africa’s adrenaline capital: Victoria Falls. Your home here will be The Elephant Camp, which is only 10 minutes away from the falls and overlooks a popular waterhole. A heart-warming moment here will be a visit to the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary, where caretakers look after orphaned, injured or abandoned elephants.