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Zimbabwe Tours, Packages and Budget Safaris

Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa, landlocked by Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana, covering 390 580 square kilometres. The capital city, Harare is populated with over 12 million people. The official language is English, with Shona and Ndebele widely spoken by most locals. The land is covered with a large variety of endemic plants and trees and is home to over 350 species of mammals, 500 bird species, 131 fish species and many types of reptiles.

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas) (56 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0914
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

    5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

    10% discount for ISIC cardholders

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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Camping (56 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0915
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Nairobi, Kenya, this ultimate African Trip Adventure Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Adventure takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Trek (46 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0918
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    Why book this tour?

    On this comprehensive trip through eight countries, you will see a variety of landscapes from vast tracts of animals, tranquil lakes and rivers, misty rain forests and dazzling beaches. There is a wealth of game parks to explore on the hunt for the ‘Big Five’. There’s the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the opportunity to stare into the soft brown eyes of a gorilla is an experience not to be forgotten.

    From south to north, this offers the best attractions in East and Southern Africa.

      • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
      • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
      • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R41,000 R33,979

    + Local Payment USD 2330 Add to COMPARE

  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Epic Route (42 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0906
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    Why book this tour?

    This Budget 42 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland begins in Nairobi, Kenya, this tour takes us south through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. We depart from Nairobi in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your consultant.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1700 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour (Camping) (42 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania,Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0909
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    Why book this tour?

    This 42 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Budget Tour begins in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    • Includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1700 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour (Comfort) (41 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACE0472
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    Why book this tour?

    The popular accommodated 41 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (Comfort) starting at the base of Table Mountain to Mt Kilimanjaro, the burning sand dunes of the Namib Desert, to the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta. From the thundering Victoria Falls and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, to the beautiful white sandy beaches and spice markets of Zanzibar – this trip will leave you wanting more of Africa…

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    Price from R64,860

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  • Cape Town to Zanzibar Northern Route Tour (36 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Dar es Salaam
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0922
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    Why book this tour?

    This Northern Route Cape Town to Zanzibar tour travels through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi and ends in Tanzania. The trip is perfect if you looking to travel up through Southern Africa and on the warm beaches of Zanzibar.

    • Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R28,000 R23,205

    + Local Payment USD 1150 Add to COMPARE

  • Northern Discovery Gorillas and Game Parks Overland Tour (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0912
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning near the almighty Victoria Falls, this trip travels north through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Victoria Falls in the early hours of the morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Victoria Falls, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1800 Add to COMPARE

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    Victoria Falls to Gorillas Overland Tour (Comfort) (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM04461
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    Why book this tour?

    35 Day Victoria Falls to Gorillas Accommodated Overland Tour is a unique African adventure to be had with the possibilities of seeing rare wildlife, the Big 5 and interacting with more local communities as you travel on this tour. This is also an accommodated based tour that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation.

    We have no doubt you will love this tour if you like to idea of travelling through the real Africa while still enjoying the general luxuries of laying your head on a comfortable pillow at night!

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    Price from R53,030 R46,920

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  • Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland Southern Discovery (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0913
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    Why book this tour?

    This Nairobi to Victoria Falls tour takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana before coming to an end at Victoria Falls.

    • Arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1800 Add to COMPARE

  • ON SPECIAL

    Victoria Falls to Gorillas Overland Adventure (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM04462
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    Why book this tour?

    What a unique budget friendly, fully participatory camping adventure that allows you to see some of the rare wildlife on this tour route along with the Big 5. Best of all here you can interact with more local communities as you travel on this tour. We have no doubt you will love this tour if you like to idea of travelling through the real Africa while still enjoying the general luxuries of a warm shower and charging facilities in your camp. Its great!

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    Price from R41,030 R36,540

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    Nairobi to Johannesburg Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (31 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2519
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    Why book this tour?

    This Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland provides a fantastic insight into East Africa’s greatest attractions and gives you a glimpse of the incredible things that Southern Africa has to offer. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed and mapped to maximise your experiences in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R64,745 R56,813

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  • Zanzibar to Johannesburg Overland Tour (26 Days)

    Countries Visited Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana
    Starts Dar es Salaam
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 26-30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0935
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    Why book this tour?

    This southbound trip starts with the island of Zanzibar (warm waters and white soft sands) and makes its way down to the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi before heading west to Victoria Falls. We then head down through Zimbabwe before ending in South Africa where we visit the Kruger National Park. It’s a wonderful trip that we wouldn’t want you to miss out on!

    • Arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R21,500 R20,963

    + Local Payment USD 1190 Add to COMPARE

  • Johannesburg to Zanzibar Overland Explorer (26 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Dar es Salaam
    Group Size Max 26-30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0924
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    Why book this tour?

    We head up from Johannesburg South Africa to Zanzibar, through some dramatic and ever-changing environments. First up is the world famous Kruger National Park with its ‘Big 5’. The tour then crosses the border into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Heading further north-east we arrive in the land of smiles (Malawi) before ending in Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R21,500 R20,963

    + Local Payment USD 1190 Add to COMPARE

  • ON SPECIAL

    Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Vic Falls (Camping) (26 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0447
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    Why book this tour?

    26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Victoria Falls Adventure, a wonderful route to tour if you are looking for the best of Southern Africa. We start off in the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town with exquisite views of Table Mountain. Then we wind our way to the beauty of Namaqualand where we will stay at a campsite. Also included is the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Chobe National Park and The Okavango Delta to name but a few highlights.

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    Price from R31,470 R29,495

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  • Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland via Victoria Falls (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0444
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    Why book this tour?

    If you are looking for a great mix of  desert, semi- desert and savannahs, then this is the trip to go on because you will get to visit Etosha National Park with a plethora of incredible wildlife. Add to that the Grand Fish River Canyon with spectacular sunsets, hikes in the Sesriem Canyon under star-studded skies, educational discoveries of the harsh desert conditions of Sossusvlei and the spectacular Victoria Falls. This trip offers the adventurous traveller a true and beautiful experience of Africa.

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    Price from R30,460

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  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Tour (Small Group) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Min 4 Max 12
    SKU ACS4108
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    Why book this tour?

    This amazing Small Group (max 12) Victoria Falls to Cape Town adventure tour passes through the highlights of Botswana and Namibia on its way down to Cape Town. Experience the awesome natural wonder of Victoria Falls, the plethora of wildlife in Chobe National Park and finish off in the great city of Cape Town.

    You will be driven through Africa in custom-built safari vehicles and the experienced guides will inform you about the fauna and flora that surrounds you.

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    Price from R50,590 R49,325

    + Local Payment USD 195 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape to Vic Falls & Joburg Tour (Inclusive/Comfort) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg accommodated tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the beauty of Southern Africa.

    This trip can end in Victoria Falls should you not continue down to Johannesburg.

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    Price from R53,677

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  • Explore Southern Africa Tour (Inclusive) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0309
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    Why book this trip? 

    This is a convenient trip that covers Southern Africa, while flying you in and out of Johannesburg. With a combination of camping and comfortable lodges you can get the best of both worlds. Highlights include a boat cruise on the Chobe River and an upmarket stay at the Victoria Falls Lodge, bungee jumping and white river rafting (own expense) and one of the finest canoe adventures in the world on the Zambezi!

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    Price from R34,100

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  • Cape Town To Victoria Falls & Johannesburg Tour (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from camping on stretcher beds, lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the great region of Southern Africa.

    The tour has a mixture of 6 nights lodge, 2 nights cabins, and 15 nights camping.

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    Price from R35,250

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Zimbabwe Tours, Packages and Budget Safaris

The ever-popular Victoria Falls is located in northern Zimbabwe within the Victoria Falls National Park. This incredible waterfall of 1 708 meters in width, drops 108 meters straight into the mighty Zambezi River and is one of the world’s 7 natural wonders. Approximately 30 000 people visit the Falls every year, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. On this Zimbabwe tour you will visit the largest National Park – Hwange National Park which covers 14 650 square kilometres. Plenty of wildlife can be spotted as the park is home to over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species have been recorded. Another highlight is Lake Kariba which is the largest artificial lake in the world at 220 kilometres in length and 40 kilometres wide.

The nightlife of Harare will get your feet moving and your heart pumping. With sidewalk cafes, pubs and restaurants expect live music, local delicious cuisine and DJ’s spinning vibes late into the night, or early morning! Sport’s bars also add to the night time vibes with cricket being widely supported.

There are also several islands situated in the lake where plenty of wildlife can be spotted and diving can be added to your bucket list on our Zimbabwe Tours. In addition to our budget tours below, we offer a variety of other tours in Zimbabwe to suite your needs.

Weather in Zimbabwe

You can expect a lovely temperate climate with temperatures reaching 28°C in the central Highland plateau. Hwange and the Zambezi National Park are even hotter with temperatures climbing to 31°C. In the Eastern Highlands you will find it is cold with plenty of rain.

Dry season – April to October – Winter:

Ironically Zimbabwe’s Winter has almost no rainfall and the humidity is low.

April and May is the end of Summer where temperatures cool down to about 10°C in the morning and 28°C in the afternoon. The evening brings cooler weather and by May there is there is very little rain.

June, July and August bring cold temperatures of around 6°C in the mornings so if you are heading to Zimbabwe at this time be sure to dress warmly, preferably layering because by the afternoon more pleasant temperatures of 25°C can be expected.

September and October brings hotter temperatures of 32°C. The rains begin to fall during this time which is a relief from the very dry conditions. Humidity is very high which can be uncomfortable if you are not used to it.

Wet season – November to March – Summer:

November is unpredictable with rain in the afternoons. The mornings bring moderate temperatures of 18°C, reaching hot temperatures of 32°C in the afternoon.

December, January, February and March are the wettest months with torrential downpours in the afternoon which can run for days. Mornings and nights are moderate at 18°C with afternoons reaching hot temperatures of 30°C with high humidity.

Best time to visit Zimbabwe

This is obviously an important topic to cover because you want to have an enjoyable tour and if you don’t enjoy being cold and wet then there are times when Zimbabwe can be unpleasant. On the other hand, if the humidity can be unpleasant, then you may want to avoid these months.

This is a broad guideline of when the best time to visit is so that you can make your own decision. If you are unsure, our consultants have plenty of advice to share with you about the areas and the weather at the time. Also keep in mind that the weather over the past few years has become unpredictable with constant changes seen by climatologists.

During the dry season (see ‘Weather in Zimbabwe’ above) there is less vegetation and water. Due to these conditions it is a good time to see game because they are not hidden in the shrubbery and tend to congregate around waterholes. Due to no rain, there are no mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water. You will find clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Keep in mind that this is high season so Victoria Falls could be crowded. The best time to view the falls is from June to September when the spray from the flooding waters doesn’t spoil the view.

During the wet season (see ‘Weather in Zimbabwe’ above) the vegetation is green and lush making for some picturesque areas, but the game may be harder to spot. If you love cute baby animals, then this is the best time to go because the animals are giving birth. Birdwatchers can delight in the breeding plumage and the migratory birds. There are only short afternoon showers which won’t ruin your safari and can in fact be quite refreshing. Keep in mind though that this rain can occur everyday. Humidity is very high, so keep this in mind if you are not used to humidity.

Why go to Zimbabwe?

  • * White-water rafting on the mighty Zambezi
  • * Sundowners and snacks on a Zambezi Boat Cruise
  • * Victoria Falls water sports
  • * Afternoon tea at Victoria Falls Hotel
  • * African meal in a boma
  • * Canoe around Mana Pools
  • * Tiger fishing on Lake Kariba
  • * Safaris for amazing game viewing
  • * Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

While Zimbabwe’s unstable political situation over the past decade has led to a downturn in tourism, it’s still a wonderful country to visit, with excellent game parks teeming with wildlife.

Victoria Falls

The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls is a very popular and unique destination as it is the largest waterfall in the world. As you gaze upon this majestic miracle of nature, think back to the time when the explorer, David Livingstone first set eyes on the falls. He aptly named it in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who reigned Britain at the time. Here are a fewtips on how to choose your Cape Town To Victoria Falls Overland Tour. Once you have chosen your dream tour, have a look at the many activities available to get your heart racing…

The Mana Pools National Park

The Mana Pools lie in a relatively remote area in the park where you can spot numerous hippos, crocodiles, zebras, elephants and antelopes coming for a drink of water. It is a World Heritage Site due to its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife.

The Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Old stone ruins and winding corridors are the fascinating remains of the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. The Zimbabwe Ruins are some of the oldest and largest ruins in Southern Africa with a fascinating history behind it.

The Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest and most visited and one of the few African parks where game viewing is consistently good all year round due to the many waterholes in the area. The Park is situated in the west of Zimbabwe, on the main road between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. and you will spot gemsbok, brown hyena, African wild dogs, lions, leopard, elephants, spotted hyena and cheetahs.

Hwange is easily accessible and is home to the Big Five animals, one of the world’s biggest elephant populations – up to 40 000 elephants in total – 500 species of birds, and over 100 species of mammals, the largest amount of any other national park in Africa. In the park there are over 400 bird species due to the seasonal wetland. Wildlife highlights include easily spotted lion, leopard and cheetah, packs of endangered wild dog, unusual antelope species such as sable and roan antelope, gemsbok, brown hyena, lions, leopard, elephant and giraffe. Hwange is at its best during the dry season from July to October, when the animals congregate around waterholes, making them incredibly easy to spot.

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest artificial inland lake that attracts massive quantities of game, both big and small, including huge Nile crocodiles, elephants and hippopotamus. There is also a wide variety of birdlife, including theAfrican Fish Eagle, an amazing bird to see in action as it swoops down to catch its prey.

Zambezi National Park

Made up of 40 kilometres of Zambezi River frontage and a spread of wildlife-rich mopane forest and savannah, the Zambezi National Park is most well-known for its sable antelope herds. However, it is also home to giraffe, elephant and lions. Entrance to the Park is just five kilometres northwest of the Victoria Falls town centre, and is easily accessible by private vehicle. Tour conductors on either side of the border offer wildlife drives, guided hikes and fishing trips.

Mana Pools National Park

For a true wilderness experience, Mana Pools National Park is hard to beat. Mana Pools has large herds of elephant and buffalo, good numbers of lion and leopard in its southern region, resident wild dogs, as well as hippos and crocodiles in the inland pools that it’s named after. If you want a different kind of bush experience, go on a multi-day canoeing safari along the Zambezi River, which forms the park’s northern border.

Gonarezhou National Park

This is Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park and makes up the Great Limpopo National Park, a transfrontier park that spans Mozambique and South Africa. Gonarezhou is a true wilderness, with no tarred road or fenced campsites and not many visitors. Those intrepid travellers who travel to Gonarezhou will be rewarded with one of the highest densities of elephants in Africa, one of the strongest populations of wild dogs, as well as sightings of lion, hyena, (and with some luck) cheetah, as well as roan and sable antelope in a spectacular setting of 200-metre-high cliffs, vast floodplains and mopane woodland.

Matusadona National Park

Lying on the shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park is not easily accessible – most safari goers arrive by boat or plane – so if you can make it there, you’ll experience a beautiful secluded and uncrowded wilderness with the Big Five, one of the largest concentrations of lion in Africa, easy sightings of black and white rhino, large herds of buffalo, over 400 bird species and water species such as hippo and crocodile.

Matobo National Park

The incredibly scenic Matobo National Park, which is known for its rock art sites, doesn’t have lion or elephants, but it is the best place in Zimbabwe for spotting leopard: it’s home to the largest concentration in Africa of these beautiful big cats.

Best time to go on a tour to Zimbabwe

During the dry season (see ‘Weather in Zimbabwe’ above) there is less vegetation and water. Due to these conditions it is a good time to see game because they are not hidden in the shrubbery and tend to congregate around waterholes. Due to no rain, there are no mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water. You will find clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Keep in mind that this is high season so Victoria Falls could be crowded. The best time to view the falls is from June to September when the spray from the flooding waters doesn’t spoil the view.

During the wet season (see ‘Weather in Zimbabwe’ above) the vegetation is green and lush making for some picturesque areas, but the game may be harder to spot. If you love cute baby animals, then this is the best time to go because the animals are giving birth. Birdwatchers can delight in the breeding plumage and the migratory birds. There are only short afternoon showers which won’t ruin your safari and can in fact be quite refreshing. Keep in mind though that this rain can occur everyday. Humidity is very high, so keep this in mind if you are not used to humidity.

10 reasons to visit Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Africa’s most famous waterfall and one of the continent’s most exhilarating sights, is Zimbabwe’s top tourist attraction. At a mile long, the planet’s largest sheet of falling water is a jaw-dropping spectacle that is hailed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Once you’ve seen the falls by walking along the pathway (and standing at the mist-drenching viewpoints) that runs alongside it, get a bird’s eye view from a helicopter ride or microlight flight. And, if that’s not exciting enough, there’s the famous bungee jump off of the 111-metre Victoria Falls Bridge to the churning Zambezi River below.

Game viewing without the crowds

Due to years of political and economic instability, Zimbabwe’s tourist numbers are low compared with its neighbouring countries, despite its having excellent game parks and wildlife. Safari goers who travel to Zimbabwe’s reserves – such as Hwange, Mana Pools, Gonarezhou and Matusadona – are rewarded with amazing wildlife without the crowds of Africa’s more famous game parks.

Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi River

One of Zimbabwe’s top highlights for adventure seekers is a multi-day canoeing trip down the Lower Zambezi. The best area on the river for wildlife viewing is along Mana Pools National Park, where you’ll see pods of hippos, crocodiles, elephants coming to drink, buffalo, lion and hundreds of species of birds as you paddle along. At night you camp under a sea of stars on islands in the river or on the mainland.

Walking safaris

Zimbabwe is one of the best countries in Africa to do walking safaris in the bush. If you’ve done a lot of safaris by car, then going on a walking safari takes your bush experience to the next level. Walking through wilderness on foot gives you a whole new appreciation for the plants, animals, insects and birds that make up remarkably complex ecosystems. Mana Pools National Park is the top destination for walking safaris, with its sparse vegetation offering good visibility and the chance to get close to big game, while you can also do excellent walking safaris in Matusadona National Park and on concessions in Hwange National Park.

White water rafting

Paddling the adrenaline-inducing Grade 5 rapids of mighty Zambezi River as it crashes through a deep gorge is hailed as one of the best white water rating experiences in the world. It’s not for the faint hearted or the unfit, but if you’re up for it, white water rafting in Zimbabwe is a thrilling adventure you’ll never forget!

Houseboating on Lake Kariba

In the north of Zimbabwe on the border of Zambia lies beautiful Lake Kariba, the largest man made lake in the world. The best way of experiencing the lake is by spending a couple of days on a houseboat cruising its calm waters, spotting hippos and crocodiles in the water and elephants, lions and buffalo on the shores, and going fishing from tender boats for tiger fish and bream.

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe

The ruins of the thousand-year-old city of Great Zimbabwe is the country’s greatest archaeological treasure, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, the picturesque ruins of huge stone walls, curving passageways, towers and the crumbling remains of palaces are spread across a vast area of 2000 acres. There’s lots to explore, so it’s worth hiring a guide to bring the history to life as you wander around.

The Eastern Highlands

Stretching along the border with Mozambique, the Eastern Highlands is a 300-kilometre mountain range, and one of the most beautiful regions in Zimbabwe: a world of rugged peaks, dramatic gorges, lush forests and tumbling waterfalls. Nyanga National Park is home to the country’s highest peak, Mount Nyangani, while the undeveloped and pristine Chimanimani National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with tracks leading you through stunning evergreen forests home to blue duiker, bushbuck, eland, sable and elusive leopards.

The rock art of Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park is the best place in southern Africa to see rock art, with 3000 sites that span more than 13 000 years dotted about in a stunningly dramatic landscape of towering boulders. While you explore the park’s rock art, you’ll also be able to spot its resident animals, including white rhino, sable antelope, giraffe and zebra.

How to get to Zimbabwe

Harare International Airport is the main airport in Zimbabwe.

If you are coming from Europe you can get a direct flight with Air Zimbabwe from London. Another option is to fly with South African Airways or Airlink via Johannesburg. If you are coming from South Africa, Kulula.com will get you there at very reasonable rates. If you are coming from Amsterdam KLM will get you directly to Harare.

South African Airways also offers daily flights to the Victoria Falls Airport.

Once you are in Zimbabwe there are numerous domestic flights that will take you to the popular tourist destinations.

Facts on Zimbabwe

  • Full name: Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Capital city: Harare
  • Area: 390,580 sq km; 150,803 sq miles
  • Population: 13,000,000
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
  • Languages: English (official); Shona (other)
  • Religion: Syncretic (50%); Christian (25%); indigenous beliefs (24%); Muslim; Other (1%)
  • Electricity: 220V; 50HzHz
  • Electric Plug Details: British-style plug: 2 flat blades & 1 flat grounding blade, South African/Indian-style plug: 2 circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin plug configuration
  • Country Dialling Code: 263
  • Money matters: Pe