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Introducing Zimbabwe

When is the best time to visit?
June to October is the dry season and the best time to view wildlife—animals are drawn to water sources, and low vegetation offers excellent visibility. Temperatures are moderate with cold mornings and evenings from June-August, while September and October are very hot (this is also when prices are highest). Rains can start as early as November, which makes for beautiful changes in the vegetation. The rainy season is in full swing from January through May, when you'll find hot, humid weather, and a drop in prices. During this time, there's still excellent game viewing in Hwange and Gonarezhou.

Where should you go?
Victoria Falls, the massive natural wonder on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, should be on every visitor's list. This is a year-round destination, though the flow over the falls changes from full flood to less dramatic levels depending on the season. Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River has excellent walking safaris, and remote, southeastern Gonarezhou is a lesser-known safari park off the beaten path. Eastern Highlands offers mountainous vegetation and a totally different experience to the safari track, while Lake Kariba is Zimbabwe's version of a beach holiday—a relaxing way to end a trip.

How many days do you need?
Travelers with at least ten days will be able to see 3 regions at a comfortable pace, with time for multiple days of safari at more than one location. With a week or less, stick to Victoria Falls and one short safari.

Zimbabwe Travel Insights

Victoria Falls
Best Time of Year to Visit Victoria Falls

One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls will leave you with an everlasting impression. If you want to experience the falls at their peak, then April or May is the time to visit. In April, you will find the water levels at their highest level of the year, while during the dry season (especially October and November), you will witness the geological formations of the falls in their purest form. The wildlife here is also fantastic with many safari options in the area, particularly from May to October.

Victoria Falls
How Many Days Should You Spend At Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, attracts more than one million visitors each year. To make the most of your time here, you will want to visit for at least two days. Even if your time is limited, you can make your trip to the falls an exciting memory that will last a lifetime. To enjoy Victoria Falls to the fullest, plan a 3-4-day trip. If you want to explore the surrounding areas as well and embark on a Southern African safari, then we recommend that you visit for at least one week.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls
Map of Explore Victoria Falls  - 5 Days
Explore Victoria Falls - 5 Days

Travelers who want to soak up the beauty of Victoria Falls will love this short itinerary that can be booked on its own or tacked onto a longer trip. Begin with a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River, then take a short helicopter flight where you'll get an impressive bird's eye view of Victoria Falls before heading into Chobe National park for a safari drive and a boat cruise. To top off your visit, you'll also have a full guided tour of the falls themselves before your departure.

Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
Map of Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days

Victoria Falls is a hub for numerous tours and adventures in the surrounding region; the Chobe river is famous for its herds of elephants and hippo populations. Combined, these two regions make for a great 5-day adventure with the perfect mix of activities and relaxation. By the end of your trip, you’ll have visited Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

Safari experience in Moremi Game Reserve
Map of Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari - 6 Days
Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari - 6 Days

Few places in Africa are as famous as the Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta in Botswana. On this 6-day journey, you will be guided through the rainforest to some of the best sightings of the waterfalls, cruising on the Zambezi River, and enjoying three days of safari adventure in Botswana. It is the perfect trip for the adventurous traveler, as well as the great explorer, and animal lover. You will experience the wonders of Okavango Delta's famous wildlife in the Moremi Game Reserve and enjoy both land-based and water-based activities while coming face to face with cheetahs, lions, and African wild dogs—to mention a few.

Wildlife on Lake Kariba
Map of Wildlife Spotting in Zimbabwe: Hwange & Lake Kariba - 8 Days
Wildlife Spotting in Zimbabwe: Hwange & Lake Kariba - 8 Days

This trip to Zimbabwe is perfect for nature lovers as it combines two of Africa's top locations to see wildlife—Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba. Go on safari in Hwange to see lions and elephants before heading to the lake for stunning views and the chance to relax in style on the savanna.

Zimbabwe Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
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Explore Victoria Falls - 5 Days
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Zimbabwe map: Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
Victoria Falls & Chobe River Houseboat - 5 Days
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Zimbabwe map: Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari - 6 Days
Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari - 6 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Zimbabwe
Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 21 hours ago

Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 18 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

Travel specialist Lucy Berndt
active 21 hours ago

Lucy Berndt

Mother, wife, traveller and dreamer! Having travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, I know the importance of logistics and selecting the right product offerings. Southern Africa...

Travel specialist Carla Ferreira

Carla Ferreira

I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences. A born and bred...

Travel specialist Joseph Thuo
active 22 hours ago

Joseph Thuo

Born and raised in Kenya, in the land of the Maasai (Narok), I started traveling extensively around the country back in College, exploring unique destinations and cultural experiences one after...


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Trip Reviews for Zimbabwe

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Chloe, I wish more organizations could clone ...
Zimbabwe | Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2019

Suzanne M.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Chloe, I wish more organizations could clone you! Stellar support.

Local specialist: Chloe Cottrell
Chloe Cottrell
Local specialist in Harare, Zimbabwe | Replied on Dec 16, 2019

Thank you so much Suzanne! It was an absolute pleasure and I am thrilled you had such a great trip.