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Going on safari in Zimbabwe is like a concentrated version of the safari experience.

In practice, this means incredible wildlife, a small but elite portfolio of national parks, excellent accommodation at both ends of the price spectrum, and some of Africa’s best guides. The variety of the landscapes, the high levels of professionalism in the local safari industry, generally low-density safari accommodation: these are also Zimbabwean specialties.

For reasons that have nothing to do with wildlife or the quality of the overall safari experience, Zimbabwe flies under the radar when compared to, say, neighbouring Botswana: it receives far fewer visitors than most East and Southern African countries.

The Big 5

Where and how to see the Big 5 on safari in Africa

The "Big 5" safari beasts – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino – were so named because they were the prize targets of colonial-era hunters. Fortunately, modern safari has become a force for wildlife conservation not destruction, and today's safari-goer is more likely to be shooting with a camera than a rifle (aside from the many trophy hunting reserves, which we resolutely do not cover in this guide). Although there is much more to Africa than safari, and there is much more to safari than the Big 5, we're under no illusions: any safari first timer will naturally be on the lookout for the continent's most famous more

  • Mana Pools National Park

    Mana Pools National Park

    Many travellers fall in love with UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mana Pools National Park, in northern Zimbabwe...
  • Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

  • Hwange National Park

    Hwange National Park

    At the eastern edge of the six-country Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area which is known for having the highest concentration of elephants in Africa, Hwange is very much a part of that heritage: elephants are everywhere...
  • Gonarezhou National Park

    Gonarezhou National Park

    Down south in Zimbabwe and sharing wildlife with parks just across the borders with Mozambique and South Africa, Gonarezhou sees far fewer visitors than it deserves...
  • Matusadona National Park

    Matusadona National Park

    I’ve never quite understood why Matusadona isn’t world-famous...
  • Matobo Hills

  • Zambezi National Park

    Zambezi National Park

    It may be a cliché, but there’s a very good reason why Victoria Falls is one of the most popular places to visit in Africa...

Places to go in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Tours

South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ultimate African Taster

15 days from Victoria Falls to Cape Town

15 daysFrom £4,850
Botswana, Zimbabwe

Into Botswana & Zimbabwe

15 day small group tour

15 daysFrom £4,530
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park

Hwange Experiential Safari and Victoria Falls

9 daysFrom $4,670
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park

Hwange, Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls Discovery

9 daysFrom $6,900
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe Safari

10 daysFrom $7,800
Botswana, Zimbabwe

Affordable Victoria Falls & Chobe Safari

5 daysFrom $2,340

Zimbabwe Travel Companies


Discover Africa Safaris

Authentic Luxury African Safaris, tailored for you


Tailor-made luxury travel

Absolute Zambia Safaris

Custom safari holidays to Zambia

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa

The African Wild

Botswana tours and safaris

Take Me To Africa

Experts in small group travel to Africa
Central America, Africa, Central Asia

YellowWood Adventures

Sustainable travel for the modern-day explorer

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