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Zimbabwe Holidays

Zipline over Victoria Falls, white water raft down the Zambezi River, canoe beside pods of hippos in Lake Kariba or marvel at the herds of elephants in Hwange National Park. A holiday in Zimbabwe promises to be full of adventure.

No holiday to Zimbabwe is complete without a visit to Victoria Falls. Stretching across the Zimbabwe and Zambia border, it is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it’s not hard to see why. You can’t fail to be awestruck by the endless curtain of tumbling water thundering over the cliffside. From flying fox zip lining and diving with crocodiles to taking a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, there’s plenty to do for the adventurous spirit. For a more relaxed approach, you can also enjoy craft shopping trips or a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

On safari in Zimbabwe

Another natural wonder to visit on holiday in Zimbabwe is the Hwange National Park. You’ll experience incredible wildlife encounters on an open game drive or a walking safari. The national park has a wide variety of animals, with 400 species of birds and 107 types of animals, including lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. But the real star of the show here, is the elephant. Hwange has one of largest elephant populations. More than 50,000 elephants roam the plains, often in herds as large as 400. Watching these gentle giants in their natural habitat on a Zimbabwe safari holiday is an unforgettable life experience.

Lake Kariba is another haven for Zimbabwe’s rich wildlife. It is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and gazing out across it, feels like looking out to sea. Pods of hippos and nile crocodiles thrive in the lake and a wealth of game animals including elephants, buffalos, lions, cheetahs and antelopes come to its shores for water. It attracts anglers and bird watchers and watersports such as sailing and kayaking are also popular here. But really the wonder of blue expanse of water with its sunken trees dotted against the magnificent African sky is what brings people to holiday here.

A holiday in Zimbabwe is full of life-changing experiences. What’s more its position makes it the perfect place to see more of southern Africa. There isn’t a direct flight from the UK to Zimbabwe, so why not team your Zimbabwe holiday with discovering Cape Town? Or perhaps pair your Zimbabwe safari holiday with the Chobe National Park? Call us today and our Destination Specialists can help you create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Zipline over the world’s largest waterfall at Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy a safari on Lake Kariba and marvel at the up-close wildlife encounters
  • Visit Hwange National Park, which has one of the largest elephant populations in Africa
  • Explore the Upper Zambezi River by canoe, walking safari or boat. Looking out for the pods of hippos, crocodiles and waterbirds

Our favourite hotels

Here are some of our favourite all-inclusive lodges and luxury retreats in Zimbabwe. If you can’t see something you like, please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Zimbabwe

H&J Rating
Victoria Falls River Lodge

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flight Time

Approx. 14–16 hours; indirect flights are available from UK airports.

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens will need to obtain a visa for travel to Zimbabwe.

Language

English

Health Information

Special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Zimbabwe.

Prepare to be stunned by the beauty of Zimbabwe, its staggering variety of wildlife, the great Zambezi River and spectacular highland mountains. You’ll tick off one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders when you witness the mighty Victoria Falls and you also have a great chance of spotting Africa’s famous Big Five while on safari.

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    Hwange National Park

    Hwange National Park is home to a vast array of wildlife. In addition to Africa’s famous Big Five, they have one of the largest surviving groups of African Wild Dogs in the continent. Predators within the reserve include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. Plus, a huge population of elephants, 30,000 to be exact, can be found here making it one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa.

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    Mana Pool

    Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its undeniable beauty and remote wilderness. The park has a wide range of large mammals and over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife, and it's not hard to see why Mana Pools is such a popular attraction.

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    Victoria Falls

    Otherwise known as the Smoke That Thunders, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia.

  • Try to visit Victoria Falls during March and April as the water is in full flow with the spray reaching a height that be seen for miles. Hwange National Park is huge (roughly the size of Wales) and so the type of animal you see will depend on where you are. To spot Africa’s wild dogs, head to the hillier north-west near Camp Hwange. To spot cheetahs, giraffes, buffaloes and prides of lions stalking elephants, stick in the centre, near Main Camp. Knowing which animals you would love to see will help you plan your visit to this richly diverse national park.

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “I loved my helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. And then sipping champagne at the Victoria Falls River Lodge in my hot tub while watching the mighty Zambezi River – they’re all experiences I will forever treasure. I would also recommend exploring Zimbabwe’s craft markets, which are known for their stone sculptures and West African fabrics. Buying a souvenir from one of these markets is the perfect keepsake

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    Karen

    Destination Specialist

    For the fit, take the little known climb down the gorge to river level, for an extraordinary view of the base of Victoria Falls. The Dam is also well worth a visit with its plunging drop into the gorge on one side and its breathtaking Lake Kariba on the other. It’s pioneering engineering is as awesome as its surrounding natural beauty

Types of Zimbabwe holidays

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Zimbabwe Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
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Zimbabwe Safaris

Zimbabwe Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Zimbabwe take approximately 13 hours excluding stopover time. There are currently no direct flight options from the UK, however there are indirect flight options from London airports to Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Harare with airlines such as British Airways, Ethiopian Airways and South African Airways. 

You are required to pay a visa fee of around $20 to enter Zambia from Zimbabwe and around $15 to re-enter Zimbabwe after you have explored the falls. Instead, we advise you buy a KAZA Visa for $50 which will allow you to visit both countries for up to 30 days. 

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