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In the last few years Zimbabwe has suffered the lack of tourism dollar due to its political situation, however the country itself offers some of the most diverse landscapes and experiences, including of course the magical Victoria Falls.

For the tourist travelling on a pre-organised itinerary, Zimbabwe is easy and convenient to visit especially the Victoria Falls which should be considered for the beginning or ending of any itinerary to Chobe or the Okavango Delta.

Victoria Falls
Bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe Victoria Falls is known as the ‘smoke that thunders’  and a spectacular sight not to be missed! Wonder the rainforest pathways to many viewpoints including the Devils Cataract, Cataract Island, Rainbow Falls, Eastern Cataract, Danger Point and Boiling Pot.

Hwange National Park
Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve boasting one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Situated on the easternmost edge of the Kalahari Desert, its sandy soils harbour extensive stands of broad-leafed woodland.

Lake Kariba
A host of mammals and birds live in this diverse habitat including leopard, lion, hyena and cheetah are found here amongst a myriad of other wildlife. This area is also a walker’s paradise!

Great Zimbabwe
A medieval city composed of three parts including the Great Enclosure, believed to have been a royal residence.

Eastern Highlands
Located near the Mozambican border the Eastern Highlands is a mountainous area of natural beauty with rolling hills, green forests, rugged peaks, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, rivers and lake making it very different area of Zimbabwe which most visitors identify with. 

If you are travelling on safari to Zimbabwe, the dry season is best for game viewing – around July through October. From November the wet season begins and so does the heat however the climate is reasonably moderate and never extreme on either side.

Victoria Falls differ from season to season; when water levels are lower in November/December you can appreciate the actual size of the gorges as opposed to March/April when the falls are high water which is just magnificent – however sometimes you can see the view for the spray! Any time of year we would highly recommend the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter for the amazing aerial views over the falls.


Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – “the Smoke that Thunders” and in more modern terms as “the greatest known curtain of falling water”, the Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Truly experiencing Victoria Falls means getting totally drenched by the volumes of mist it throws up as vast volumes of water thunder down into the canyon. Awesome! The mighty Zambezi River at Victoria Falls is home to wallowing hippos, and is surrounded in part by a National Park which hosts all manner of wildlife. I have experienced a range of hotels at Victoria Falls, and have narrowed my favourites down to four… the wonderfully colonial Out of Africa feel of The River Club, with its croquet lawn and Pimms in the afternoon; the vast Royal Livingstone Hotel for a bit of pampering, and zebra roaming the grounds; the stunning new Wilderness Safaris Toka Leya Camp – very stylish and comfortable; and lastly, the faded glory of the Victoria Falls Hotel on the Zimbabwe side, where the atmosphere and history more than makes up for the slightly threadbare carpet. I highly recommend adding Victoria Falls to the end of any safari. A sunset cruise along the Zambezi is a fitting farewell to the wonders of Africa.

Caroline Clegg, Marketing Manager

Currency The US dollar is the highly recommended currency to use in Zimbabwe. You are strongly recommended to take US dollars cash with you for your visit, as credit cards and travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted.

Language The official language of Zimbabwe is English, though the main national languages are Ndebele and Shona.

Why we love it Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful countries, with a diversity of landscape, scenery and rich culture. Political issues aside, though of course they have affected the country over the last decade, things seem to be improving and Zimbabwe tourism appears to be on the rise. Tour operators are adding more departures and scheduling more trips and safari lodges are opening up slowly but surely.

Weather In terms of travelling on safari to Zimbabwe, the dry season is best for game viewing – around July through October. From November the wet season begins and so does the heat however the climate is reasonably moderate and never extreme on either side. The falls are at the fullest generally in March and April and lowest in November and December.

Social customs & quirks Zimbabwe, being originally a republic has retained much of its colonial “English” history and although the vast majority of population are the native Ndebele and Shona groups, the European cultures and values have mostly shaped the urban and rural areas. In terms of economy the two different cultures of African and European couldn’t be further apart. About 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and Harare and Bulawayo account for most of the approximately 30 percent in urban areas. The largest ethnic group is collectively known as the Shona which makes up almost 80% percent of the population. The second largest ethnic group is the Ndebele which constitute about 18 percent.

Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region. The only compulsory health requirement is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if coming from, or travelling through, an infected area.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Botswana with Victoria Falls

Botswana, Zimbabwe 10 Days / 9 Nights

Begin your journey with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls! Then tailor your safari with andBeyond's exceptional Botswana lodges and camps. Include...

Family Safari Adventure
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Botswana, Zimbabwe 11 Days / 10 Nights

From wildlife spotting to nature walks, cultural excursions to sunset boat cruises, there is something for everyone on our adventure-packed family safari circuit -

The Ultimate Journey

Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe 15 Days / 14 Nights
A luxury rail journey

This epic journey is one of the most famous in the world. Beginning in Cape Town guests will visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein,

Pretoria to Victoria Falls

South Africa, Zimbabwe 4 Days / 3 Nights
A luxury rail journey

This adventure begins in before travelling north through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the...

Rovos Rail: The Copper Trail

Angola, Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe 15 Days / 14 Nights
A luxury rail journey

This new expedition traverses Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. Travel across the mighty Zambezi from Victoria Falls towards Kafue River...

Southern Africa Highlights

South Africa, Zimbabwe 10 Days / 9 Nights

Experience three of the major highlights of Southern Africa has to offer. Explore Cape Town, the 'Mother City' and the world renowned Kruger National...

The Elephant Camp
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Zimbabwe 3 Days / 2 Nights

Bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breath-taking views of the Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges...

The Shongololo Express The Southern Cross

Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe 12 Days / 11 Nights
A rail journey through Southern Africa

A panoramic journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls. Travel across the Drakensberg Mountains to join the Panorama Route with game viewing in Kruger. Tour...

The Zambezi Experience
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Zambia, Zimbabwe 10 Days / 9 Nights

The word Zambezi is evocative of adventure, exploration, stunning vistas and prolific wildlife viewing - all focused on one of Africa's greatest rivers which...

Victoria Falls

Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe 5 Days / 4 Nights

If you have limited time, make sure you visit two of Africa's great highlights. Visit the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour with...

Victoria Falls and the Lower Zambezi

Zambia, Zimbabwe 7 Days / 6 Nights

With a scenic mountain backdrop of the valley escarpment and nearly 4 km of unspoiled river frontage, Royal Zambezi Lodge is perfectly positioned for...

Zimbabwe Explorer
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Zimbabwe 7 Days / 6 Nights

In the heart of Southern Africa, land-locked Zimbabwe is a vibrant country with dramatic landscapes, and abundant wildlife. Combine one of Zimbabwe's lesser known...

Davison's Camp
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Zimbabwe 8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore three of the most diverse and spectacular areas in Zimbabwe on this exciting safari. See Hwange National Park, the majestic shore of Lake...