Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent.

Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Have a look at a few of the experiences you can enjoy in Zimbabwe:

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Read our blog posts on Zimbabwe:

Trip report: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Safari Notes: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Video series on why YOU should visit Zimbabwe

The positive impact of tourism – visiting Imvelo’s social projects in Zimbabwe

My first African safari – Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Making the most of a morning in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Making the most of an afternoon in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Must-See Attractions

  • Victoria Falls: Witness the awe-inspiring power of the world’s largest sheet of falling water, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Hwange National Park: Explore Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, home to over 100 mammal species, including the Big Five, and more than 400 bird species.
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins: Step back in time at this ancient city, the largest pre-colonial structure in sub-Saharan Africa and a testament to the region’s rich history.
  • Mana Pools National Park: Discover this UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, and unforgettable walking safaris.

Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in Zimbabwe’s vibrant culture by visiting local villages, attending traditional ceremonies, and interacting with friendly locals. The Grown-up Travel Company can arrange authentic cultural experiences that showcase the warmth and hospitality for which Zimbabwe is renowned.

Culinary Delights

Savour the tastes of Zimbabwe with dishes like sadza (maize porridge), biltong (cured meat), and mopane worms (a local delicacy). The Grown-up Travel Company will recommend the best local eateries to satisfy your taste buds.

Best Time to Visit

Zimbabwe offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities year-round, but the dry season (April to October) is generally considered the best time for game viewing and outdoor activities. The green season (November to March) brings lush landscapes and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Accommodation Options

Zimbabwe boasts a range of lodging options, from luxury safari lodges and boutique hotels to charming guesthouses and rustic campsites. The Grown-up Travel Company will handpick the perfect accommodations for your stay, ensuring comfort, authenticity, and personalised service.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1-3: Victoria Falls

Day 4-7: Hwange National Park

Day 8-11: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 12-14: Mana Pools National Park

This sample itinerary highlights Zimbabwe’s diverse attractions and experiences. I can of course tailor this itinerary to suit your interests, preferences, and travel duration. I have a range of other suggested itineraries for Zimbabwe like this one.

Personal Anecdote

My first visit to Zimbabwe was also when I had my first ever safari. I was struck by the nation’s stunning landscapes and friendly locals, and this impression has only increased with my many later visits.

Whether it was canoing down the Zambezi River or witnessing a pride of lions in Hwange National Park, the unforgettable moments I shared with Zimbabwe’s people and wildlife have left a lasting impression on me.

Responsible Travel and Sustainability

I am dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices. By choosing to explore Zimbabwe with The Grown-up Travel Company, you’re supporting local communities, wildlife conservation efforts, and sustainable tourism initiatives that help preserve this extraordinary destination for future generations.

Customisation and Personalisation

At The Grown-up Travel Company, I understand that every traveller is unique. I take pride in creating bespoke itineraries tailored to your individual preferences and travel style, ensuring a truly unforgettable Zimbabwean adventure.

Conclusion

Zimbabwe’s stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and diverse wildlife make it an irresistible destination for adventurous travellers. With The Grown-up Travel Company’s expertise and personalised service, you’ll embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Are you ready to discover the wonders of Zimbabwe? Contact me today to start planning your unforgettable adventure in this unforgettable country.

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

Hwange National Park

Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country's biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40…

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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

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk…

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