Zimbabwe and Zambia
Picture this, you’re cruising through the untamed savannas, your heart pounding with excitement, on the lookout for the Big Five. Lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos are not just names in a book here, they’re the real VIPs of the safari scene, and you’re about to be their honoured guest.
And then there’s the legendary Victoria Falls, the majestic curtain of water that makes Niagara look like a mere trickle. Brace yourself for an up-close and personal encounter with the thundering waters, you might want to bring a poncho for this wild ride!
But it’s not just about the animals and landscapes. Oh no! Zimbabwe and Zambia have a rhythm and energy all their own. Dance to the beat of traditional drums, meet friendly locals who’ll teach you their secret handshake, and savour the flavours of authentic African cuisine.
Safari destinations in Zimbabwe & Zambia
Let’s start with why you probably came to this page in the first place, the wonder that is the biggest attraction in the region and the classic end-point to a safari. The Falls, traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, is the largest in the world when you combine their height and width. Fed by the Zambezi River, they provide all sorts of adventures like visits to Livingstone Island, swimming in Devil’s Pool on the precipice, and sunset cruises.
Hwange National Park
The most famous and visited park in Zimbabwe is Hwange, which spans over 15,000 km² (5,850 mi²) and provides a haven for 107 mammal species and more than 400 recorded types of birds. If it’s elephants you want to see (there are between 45,000 and 60,000 living in Hwange), then this is the place. Hwange is most commonly combined with Victoria Falls as they are closest to each other.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools is considered one of the prettiest reserves in the world. Its location near the Zambezi River gives it large pools that support an amazing collection of wildlife. Canoe safaris, a terrific way to see hippos, elephants, crocodiles and aquatic birdlife like herons, jacanas and fish eagles, are synonymous with Mana Pools and a serious must-do. It’s also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered wild dog that hunt at speed all over the reserve.
Lake Kariba is an enormous man-made inland sea situated on the majestic Zambezi River covering approximately 282 km² (109 mi²) of the Zambezi Valley. Lake Kariba is famous for its ghost-like trees that seemingly float on the water. It offers remarkable natural beauty protected by some of the finest nature reserves on the planet and it hosts an abundance of wildlife. Game viewing along Lake Kariba’s shoreline can be done by game vehicle, on foot, houseboat, canoe or boat.
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km² (8,650 mi²). Despite its size and prominent location, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife. Our favourite place within Kafue, The Busanga Plains, is famed for its productive prides of lions.
Best Time To Visit Zimbabwe & Zambia
Our top tip, April to June provides great value and fantastic views of Victoria Falls in full flow. Game viewing can also be very good at this time of year. It is a great time to travel and combine the falls with Zambezi, Hwange or Mana Pools National Parks
Animals on a Safari in Zimbabwe & Zambia
Frequently Asked Questions About Zimbabwe & Zambia
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