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Zimbabwe

  • Hi Michele, “Wow”, what a trip, thank you so much for putting together the African experience of a lifetime for Judith and I. Vundu Camp was fantastic, the rooms were perfect and the food excellent. What sets Vundu Camp apart from other camps that we have visited is the quality of the Zimbabwean Guides. Nick and Alex took us on an unforgettable adventure. We tracked wild dogs, lions and leopards. We walked in closely and quietly to the wild dogs den and watched spellbound as the hunting pack came back and fed the twelve pups. We walked with huge male elephants as they stood almost on their hind legs eating from the trees. We saw female leopards fighting over a kill and the dogs hunting anything they could see. All our questions were met with incredible knowledge and a passion that was clear to see. Sad though we were to leave Vundu, Hwange proved every bit as exciting. We continued to walk on every occasion that we could, tracking lions, dogs and leopards. We can only say that anyone with an ounce of adventure needs to go on safari in Zimbabwe. The guys running the camps need all the support that they can get from tourism to keep up the standards that they have set for themselves. In addition, they also assist, at no little expense to themselves, with the massive anti-poaching effort that is continuing in Zimbabwe. More importantly they are winning. We can’t wait to get back there and in the meantime, will recommend these camps to our wildlife loving, adventurous friends. Thank you so much

    Steve and Judith from Shrewsbury travelled to Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe

Introduction

Introduction to the wonderful country of Zimbabwe

For the latter part of the 20th century, Zimbabwe was the ‘place to go’ on safari in Africa. Wonderful and varied scenery, fantastic hospitality, great game-viewing, varied safari activities and a reputation for having the best safari guides in Africa, all added up to make Zimbabwe pretty irresistible to the safari connoisseur. Unfortunately, the political situation from 2000 onwards had a deep impact on the country as a holiday destination. Since around 2011/2012 the country has been getting seriously ‘back in business’ and we now feel Zimbabwe is nearly back to its best.

The best big game areas are Hwange National Park (which is perhaps one of the very best places in Africa to view elephants and sable antelope) and Mana Pools National Park (which is especially good for leopards and wild dogs). Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba has suffered in the past 15 years in terms of big game (sadly there are few black rhino remaining) but it is still a magical destination with fantastic scenery, excellent birding and reasonable general game including lions and plenty of elephant.

However while general game-viewing is excellent in a number of parks, the country is especially known for offering fantastic walking safaris, led by the continents best professional guides who will take you in search of big game, as well as teaching you about the smaller details of the bush. In addition, Mana Pools, The Upper Zambezi and Matusadona offer some of the best water-based game-viewing and fishing available in Africa.

Victoria Falls, the world’s widest waterfall, is a major attraction and to see the falls from the air during full flood is one of Africa’s great sights.

In addition to Hwange, Matusadona, Mana Pools and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s other highlights include the Eastern Highlands, a mountainous area of stunning beauty, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins near Masvingo, the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo, the wilderness of Gonarezhou in the south-east, including nearby private reserve Pamushana, Kazuma Pan bordering Hwange and the Upper Zambezi (Zambezi National Park and Matetsi safari region) to the west of Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe is back as a major safari destination but is still slightly better suited to more adventurous travellers who are keen to explore on foot, and/or more experienced safari goers who understand that in genuine wilderness regions game-viewing cannot always be guaranteed.

For further information and advice on Zimbabwe safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our experienced safari specialists.