From awe-inspiring vistas to an impressive array of wildlife, Zimbabwe invites curious travelers to explore its unspoiled wilderness. Within Zimbabwe’s local reserves, you have the unique opportunity to see abundant endangered species that once inhibited a vast portion of Africa. In fact, Zimbabwe boasts one of the continent’s longest and proudest conservation records in tandem with some of the most premier national parks.
When planning a trip to Zimbabwe
When planning a trip to Zimbabwe, be aware that the peak travel season extends from July through October. Summer in Zimbabwe from late November through February isn’t the most favorable time to visit since temperatures can rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the low-lying Zambezi Valley during this season. Summer rainfall also causes dense vegetation that can obstruct game viewing.
Zimbabwe’s main parks are Hwange, Lake Kariba and Matusadona Park, and Mana Pools. All three of these parks are renowned for their noteworthy public and private facilities and well-serviced infrastructures. Hwange is situated in Zimbabwe’s northwestern corner. This is where the Kalahari basin is located, which is famous for its stunning herds of elephants. If you travel a tad further north, you will find the enchanting Victoria Falls–one of the natural wonders of the world.
Travel east along the mighty Zambezi River to experience the lovely Lake Kariba and Matusadona. Zimbabwe’s remote northern tip on the lower Zambezi River is a favorable game-viewing destination, particularly for walking safaris. You should also consider incorporating a canoe safari on the Zambezi River into your Zimbabwe itinerary. This exciting transportation mode is most popular from April to November.
The types of wildlife you can expect to see in Hwange include: sable and roan antelope, impala, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, and cheetah. In Kariba, you might spot some crocodile and hippo, in addition to antelope, kudu, and waterbuck. Mana Pools is also home to a nice variety of species including hyena, hippo, crocodile, eland, and zebra. Additionally, there are plentiful elephant, lion, and buffalo in all three parks.
No matter where your Zimbabwe journey takes you, you’re sure to immerse yourself in a strong sense of wild Africa that will ignite your senses at each and every turn.