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Zimbabwe is home to one of the world's seven natural wonders, the world famous and spectacular Victoria Falls. A Zimbabwe safari offers beautiful landscapes and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities; situated between the mighty Zambezi River and the seasonal Limpopo.
Prominent areas such as Victoria Falls town, also known as the adventure capital of Africa offer thrilling adventure sports such as white water rafting and bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge. Victoria Falls is the most visited destination in Zimbabwe and it also offers easy access to neighbouring countries like Zambia, Botswana and Namibia providing a complete and unique safari experience. Significant parks that play an important role in the protection of wildlife in Zimbabwe include Mana Pools National Park, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, and Matusadona National Park, Matobo National Park and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve as well as a few other smaller parks.
Top Wildlife Areas in Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and most pristine national park renowned for its fantastic concentrations of wildlife especially during the winter months.
Mana Pools National Park is located at the heart of the Zambezi Valley; a remote and magnificent park offering incredible wildlife viewing including large concentrations of buffalo and elephant as well as predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah.
Lake Kariba is situated on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe; one of the largest reservoirs in the world offering remarkable natural beauty protected by some of the finest nature reserves on the planet promising an abundance of wildlife.
Top Camps in Zimbabwe
Secluded and remote located in the enormous Hwange National Park is where you will find the intimate Little Makololo Camp offering a prime location in one of Zimbabwe's premier wildlife destinations.
Ruckomechi Camp is situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park and offers a haven for nature lovers. The mighty Zambezi River forms the northern border of the area offering an abundance of game viewing opportunities.
The luxurious Singita Pamushana Lodge offers a beautiful location in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve; home to the Africa’s big five as well as one of the highest concentrations of endangered black rhino can be found here.
Somalisa Camp offers visitors a romantic and traditional safari experience with true African charm and hospitality in the heart of the Hwange National Park renowned for its huge herds of elephant.
Victoria Falls offers a hive of activities and there is something for everyone from bungee jumping for the adrenalin junkies to tranquil sunset cruises on the Zambezi River. A Zimbabwe safari also offers photographer's spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife and last but not least the famous Victoria Falls.
Other popular activities include white water rafting on the Zambezi River; Elephant back safaris, helicopter flights over the falls as well as a visit to the local markets and traditional villages or a traditional African boma dinner where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and traditional African dancing. Victoria Falls is within close proximity to the famous Chobe National Park and safari day trips can be arranged as well as day trips into Zambia.
A safari in the parks in Zimbabwe is incredible and wildlife includes but may vary in the different parks, elephant, Cape buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest and impala. Hwange National Park is one of the best parks for predators, lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly sighted, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Bird life in the area is fantastic, with more than 400 species found.
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors from all major airports in South Africa into Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls airports. Most safaris start or end in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Once guests arrive in Zimbabwe; Sun Safaris will arrange a light aircraft transfer or a road transfer for guests depending on their destination, hotel, camp or lodge. The national airline is Air Zimbabwe; however, British Airways and South African airways also operate into Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls experiences summer rainfall, making the moderate winter months the most popular time to visit. Summer is from November to March and it can get very hot with temperatures in December and January averaging around 30°C, while night temperatures drop to around 14°C.
Summer is also the rainy season, thunderstorms may occur in the late afternoon. The higher areas in the east and the highveld of Zimbabwe receive more rainfall and are cooler than the lower areas. Rainfall decreases from east to west. The south and southwest receive little rainfall. Seasonal shortages of water are common.
Temperatures start dropping in May and winter is from June until August with September and October also still cool and dry. The days are usually dry and sunny with average temperatures around 20°C, night temperatures can get as cold as 5°C.
Hwange National Park is the largest park and protected area in Zimbabwe; at approximately 14 500 km² in size offering diverse habitats and vegetation types. Hwange National Park is famous for its large concentrations of wildlife.
The Mana Pools National Park offers visitors an incredible wildlife experience as well as close up encounters with game. Mana Pools National Park is famous for offering some of the best canoe safaris and walking safaris in Africa.
Victoria Falls is one of the most remarkable natural wonders of the world; known by the locals as "Mosi-oa-Tunya", the Smoke that Thunders; this awe-inspiring world famous natural wonder was discovered by the great explorer David Livingstone in 1855. The spray from the falls can be seen from as far as 50 km (30 miles) away. Victoria Falls Town is also known as the adventure capital or adrenalin capital of Africa and the most visited city in Zimbabwe. Apart from viewing the falls, the town is famous for its adventure sports including bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, white water rafting down the majestic Zambezi River, river cruises, and helicopter flights over the falls and many more. In 1989 Victoria Falls was declared a World Heritage site and attracts tourists from all over the world every year. It also forms the ideal base for guests wanting to go on safari into Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana.
Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe offers a unique safari experience. Matusadona offers picturesque landscapes and magical sunsets; the ideal destination for keen photographers. The area is one of the few places remaining where Black Rhino can regularly be seen in Southern Africa. Matusadona National Park offers incredible game viewing opportunities and guests can enjoy wildlife activities including game drives, walking safaris, boat and canoe excursions as well as fishing, hence offering a year round safari destination. Wildlife in general includes large herds of elephant, buffalo and plenty of hippos and waterbuck. Walking safaris in Matusadona National Park offer a unique experience and fishing for tiger and bream is another option. The bird-life in the park is incredible and over 240 bird species have been recorded in the park.
Lake Kariba is an enormous man-made inland sea situated on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe; one of the largest reservoirs in the world. Lake Kariba offers remarkable natural beauty protected by some of the finest nature reserves on the planet it offers an abundance of wildlife. The dam was originally built to produce hydroelectricity for use by both Zimbabwe and bordering Zambia and the town of Kariba was built to accommodate the construction workers between 1958 and 1963. Today Lake Kariba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba is famous for their house boats as well as floating chalets. Kariba is just a short flight away from Victoria Falls and offers the ideal add-on safari for visitors staying in Victoria Falls wanting a two or three night add-on safari-experience. The remarkable Matusadona Game Reserve; a World Heritage Site is situated along the southern shoreline of Lake Kariba and provides incredible game viewing opportunities. Kariba offers a variety of activities and superb game viewing year round.
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe has been rated by many as one of the finest wildlife reserves in the country; situated in the lowveld of south eastern Zimbabwe offering geological diversity, diverse habitats and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Guests can expect to see white rhino, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest as well as sable antelope and Lichtenstein's hartebeest are found in the mopane woodlands in the south. Malilangwe means "call of the leopard" and this magnificent reserve consists of 100,000 acres of pristine African bushveld. Predators in Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve include lions, hyenas and leopard. Apart from the big five Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered black rhino. The reserve offers over 400 species of birds and other highlights in the reserve include magnificent rock formations, breathtaking views as well as a wealth of archaeological history.
Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern part of Zimbabwe and covers an area of 5 000 square kilometres. "Gonarezhou" means Place of many Elephants and is an extremely scenic Park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes.