Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has long been known as the Jewel of Africa. It is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa, with warm welcomes and the Big Five guaranteed to ignite your love affair with the country.

From north, south, east and west, Zimbabwe has a national park that shows off the nation’s natural bounties. In the north, running along the border with Zambia, flows the mighty Zambezi River. Not only is the region home to perhaps Africa’s most famous natural sight – Victoria Falls, but also Mana Pools and Matusadona National Parks.

Mana Pools’ idyllic riverine landscape supports large numbers of both predator and prey, including hippo and crocodiles. Meanwhile, the plains that abut Lake Kariba in Matusadona attract an equally impressive list of big game species, from elephant to waterbuck and Cape buffalo.

In the drier southern regions, you’ll discover the granite boulders of Matobo National Park amid hills dotted with ancient rock art, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the centuries-old Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Then to the west lies Hwange. The largest national park in the country at close to 15,000 km2, Hwange’s landscapes drift between grassland, native mopane woodland and semi-desert, attracting large elephant herds, as well as lion, leopard and rhino to its waterholes.

Tours

2-3 Star Accommodation

Our 2 to 3 star accommodated safaris and tours use comfortable accommodation that is booked on a twin share basis. The majority of rooms have en-suite bathrooms and very occasionally they will have shared ablutions. All linen and bedding is provided.

3-4 Star Accommodation

Our 3 to 4 star accommodated safaris and tours use a variety of  value-for-money accommodation.  Accommodation varies from chalets, bungalows, traditional huts, permanent tents and hotels, all with private en-suite facilities and comfortable beds to ensure you’re re-charged and ready to go for the following days adventure!

Adventure Camping

Adventure camping requires participation. Your guide and assistant do all the meal preparation, however we ask guests to help (on rotation) with the washing up.  You will also need to assist with putting up your tent and packing the vehicle.  There are some long travel days which means early morning starts, so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Family Safaris

When it comes to a family holiday, an African safari is an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. As a company, we recommend your children are at least 10 years old, so that everyone can enjoy and get the most of of this amazing experience. Most family friendly camps/lodges have family tents/rooms, meaning you can all be under the same roof.  Child rates are often applicable at these camps/lodges, but do depend on the age of your children.

Fully Assisted Camping (en-suite)

Fully Assisted Camping (en-suite) is the modern-day version of the ‘traditional’ safari - like the gentleman explorers Baker, Stanley and Baines. Today, the ox-wagons and bearers have been replaced with custom-made 4WD safari vehicles, a professional guide, chef, waiter and support crew.

Fully Assisted Camping (non en-suite)

Fully Assisted Camping (non-ensuite) means you will not have to lift a finger as we take care of all camping chores: cooking, cleaning, pitching and packing tents.  You have a 3-man crew of experienced safari staff (including a cook) who are dedicated to making your trip memorable and rewarding.

Hosted Safaris

We offer a couple of safaris each year that are hosted by either Claire and Tracy, along with highly qualified local guides.  Both Claire and Tracy have tremendous experience in Africa, collectively spending between 2 and 3 months on the continent.

Lodge and Fully Assisted Camping

These safaris combine Fully Assisted Camping (en-suite) with lodges and/or tented camps.  These combination itineraries combine the authentic under canvas feel with a lodge/tented camp experience - giving you the best of both words on safari!

Lodges and Tented Camps

Safari lodges are fully permanent accommodation built out of stone, wood, thatch, bricks, mortar or a combination of all.  Tented Camps are generally considered the best for a true safari experience. All lodges and tented camps feature real beds and private, en-suite bathroom facilities.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used.

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Banking

CurrencyZimbabwe uses US$ as well as its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Bond Dollar. It is advised to carry small denominations of change with you,…

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Cuisine

Zimbabwe’s native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made…

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Climate

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and…

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Transport

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi…

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Dress

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light…

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Regions

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Once Zimbabwe’s capital, the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is the biggest and most significant stone archaeological complex in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of…

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Hwange National Park

One of Africa’s top national parks, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe’s northwest should be on any safari lover’s bucket list. Roaming Hwange’s savanna grasslands and woodlands…

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Mana Pools National Park

Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as…

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Masvingo

Situated in southeastern Zimbabwe, the capital of Masvingo Province, Masvingo town was formerly known as Fort Victoria. It is located in close proximity to the Unesco-listed…

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Matobo National Park

Idyllically located in the spectacular Matobo Hills, the renowned Matobo National Park is known for its rich human history, its remarkably diverse flora and fauna and…

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

At Victoria Falls, the earth splits open and swallows one of Africa’s greatest rivers, the mighty Zambezi, creating the largest sheet of falling water on earth….

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