National Parks & Reserves of Zimbabwe
Like many African nations, Zimbabwe is home to the distinctive wildlife that has made Africa such an immensely popular destination for nature lovers.
In Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe has game drive destinations to rival anything you will find in Tanzania, South Africa, or Kenya. The nation is home to the entirety of the Big Five, and is an especially good spot to find elephants.
With eight national parks to choose from, there are plenty of varying landscapes and wildlife experiences to be had. Of particular interest will be walking safaris and canoe safaris, which Zimbabwean national parks do especially well.
Wildlife of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a Big Five game viewing destination – meaning that its parks and reserves are home to elephants, cape buffalo, lions, leopards, and the endangered black and white rhinoceros.
In addition to these iconic animals, you’ll also find other popular safari sightings such as giraffes, zebras, hyenas, wildebeest, hippos, cheetahs, and a large variety of antelopes. A more than 500 species of mammals, and 131 species of fish, reside within Zimbabwe.
For those wanting to see something a little different, Zimbabwe is home to less commonly sighted animals including the sable antelope, African wild dogs, bat-eared foxes, and brown hyenas, blue duikers, camango monkeys.
Bird watchers will find plenty to occupy them as well, as Zimbabwe is home to more than 685 species of bird life including hornbills, turacos, snipes, and bee-eaters. One third of the world eagle population is in Matobo National Park.
Zimbabwe’s premier beach playground, beautiful Lake Kariba is a man-made lake that straddles the border between Zimbabwe and neighbouring Zambia.
A haven for water sports, fishing, and good old-fashioned relaxation, Lake Kariba is a perfect complement to the safari experience.
If you fancy a round of golf as part of your African adventure, Zimbabwe is the place for you!
Custom-built golf safari itineraries allow you to alternate between safaris, sightseeing, and playing rounds of golf at such picturesque locales as Harare, Victoria Falls, and Bulawayo.
It’s a perfect combination for those who wish to blend their love of golf with an African adventure.
Camping in Zimbabwe
There's something about camping beneath the starry skies and hearing the distant noises from elephants and lions or the chuckling of hyenas that epitomises the safari experience.
Zimbabwe is alive with camping possibilities ranging from budget camping complete with camp fire and sleeping bags, all the way up to luxury tented lodges with hot showers, gourmet dining, and four poster beds. While lodges and hotels abound, it wouldn't be a complete safari experience without at least one night spent out under the sprawling stars.