Find out more about combining two Southern African countries in a single trip, in our Botswana and Zimbabwe travel guide. This is the best two for one deal ever; a chance to explore and compare two neighbouring nations on one vacation, seeing diverse landscapes, beautiful national parks, ancient sites and amazing wildlife.
Falling for Zimbabwe
A mile-long, raging waterfall and one of the Earth’s most marvellous spectacles, going to Zimbabwe and not seeing Victoria Falls is like going to Paris and foregoing the Eiffel Tower. No amount of superlatives can describe what it’s like to be stood in front of its full force and power. And now there’s a handy Univisa allowing travelers access to the Falls from both the Zimbabwean and the Zambian side, you can spend hours gawping at them from various viewpoints.
Protected by the eponymous national park, as well as the Zambezi National Park, there are those who want to explore the river that creates these great falls in other ways. White water rafting for example, or canoeing on the gentler sections is a wonderful way to explore this iconic river. Always do so with responsible operators as this is not a river to be messed with, but when paddled responsibly is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. Adrenaline seekers will always love the bungee jumping and swimming in the Devil’s Pool above them, or of course you can always take a helicopter ride over them.
Our Zimbabwe Vacations
A hidden hiking heaven
Seems silly now, but we just kept singing 'Chim chiminey, Chim chiminey' as we hiked through the Chimanimani Mountains. But then again, just like Mary Poppins, this place is pure magic.
When you stand in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands and look out across its mountainous magnificence, or indeed summit its highest peak, Mt. Nyangani, it’s hard not to think back to the crowds at Victoria Falls and wonder why they are all crammed into one place. With well-maintained trails and expert local guides, but empty luscious landscapes, this is one of the hiking destinations of the future.
National Parks & wildlifeMost first time Zimbabwe goers tend to head north to pair Victoria Falls with a safari in Hwange National Park, which makes for an amazing vacation. If you’ve been to Zimbabwe before, however, and have already ticked those off your list, the less frequented parks like Matobo and Gonarezhou – a national park tucked right down in the south of the country that, in places, resembles the Okavango Delta and has massive pink cliffs that overlook it – are well worth returning to the country for. Matobo is the best park in Zimbabwe to see white rhino, but leopard, wildebeest and zebra are also common. Walking safaris are popular here, an ideal way to take in the spiritual aspect of this park, considered almost sacred by local people. Certainly, if you spot one of its rare black rhinos, your prayers will have been answered.
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Riding through the Zim
We asked the tour operator if they could tailor make horse riding into a family trip, with horses to suit our teenage daughters. They did happily. And nothing made us happier.
As Zimbabwe’s tourism opens up slowly but surely, more activity based tourism is going to appear on the scene. For now, however, horse riding is one of the most beautiful and natural ways to see the landscape, riding in the environs of Hwange National Park from one camp to the next.
More about Zimbabwe
The best time to travel to Zimbabwe is now.
Zimbabwe has been turned upside down and inside out since gaining independence in the 1980s.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the only thing to see in Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls.
You may feel that nothing roars louder than Mugabe, but then you remember that the real roar is from Zimbabwe wildlife.
Famed for its enormous elephant population, Hwange National Park has emerged from difficult times to become Zimbabwe’s top safari draw.
Our main bit of Zimbabwe travel advice is to keep an open mind.
There are a lot of responsible tourism issues in Zimbabwe but, at the same time, tourism is really in its nascence here, and so we can help ensure that they proceed with ethics, economic sustainability and positive environmental impacts before the damage is done.