Why Zimbabwe is NOT Your Average Safari Destination – It’s SO Much More

by Sandy Salle on February 21, 2013

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Image above of the plunge pool at Somalisa Camp in Hwange!

Globally recognized as the home for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, as well as a wide spectrum of biodiversity, Zimbabwe ranks as one of the top destinations on the planet.

Situated within the unspoiled reaches of Zimbabwe is its flagship park, Hwange National Park. Here, visitors on a Zimbabwe safari vacation can witness a vast array of wildlife, including large herds of buffalo, one of the biggest populations of wild dog in Africa, 400 species of bird, and a variety of fierce predators. In fact, Hwange is so famous for its large concentrations of wildlife that it is commonly referred to as “Noah’s Ark.”

Our favorite places to visit on a Zimbabwe safari vacation include . . .

Hwange National Park

Reminiscent of Africa centuries ago, Hwange National Park is one of the most unspoiled regions of the African continent. With fantastic game-viewing opportunities (Zimbabwe boasts more than 100 animal species and 400 bird species), exceptional private safari guides, and riveting landscape, Hwange attracts discerning travelers from around the world to explore its untouched and enchanting wildlife.

Some of the most commonly witnessed animals on Zimbabwe safari tours in Hwange include a wide variety of birds, sable antelope, roan, gemsbok, hyena, and wild dog.

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Another shot of Somalisa Camp

The Hide Safari Camp

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Lake Kariba

Sprawling as far as the eye can see, Lake Kariba is celebrated for its varying eco-systems that lend thriving habitats to wildlife as well as local villagers. Visitors on a Zimbabwe honeymoon safari, celebratory safari, or family safari can embark on birding safaris, game drives, walking safaris, canoe excursions, sunset cruises, and more to observe all the beauty and enchanting life that Lake Kariba has to offer.

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Mana Pools National Park

Dubbed as “the most life-changing wildlife destination I have ever been to” by Marlon Du Toit–world-famous field guide and wildlife photographer–Mana Pools National Park is every wildlife-lover’s dream.

Situated along the southern bank of the Zambezi River, Mana Pools–also known as Zimbabwe’s Wildlife Riviera–is made up of nearly 541,000 acres of untouched wilderness, enabling travelers on a Zimbabwe safari vacation the opportunity to encounters hundreds of bird species, and spectacular animals, including buffalo, crocodile, elephant, hippo, and so much more. One of the best ways to experience Mana Pools is on a canoe safari along the Mana Pools Canoe Trail. This four-day adventure is one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences for adventurists, photographers, and nature-enthusiasts. I’ve taken my family on it several times and we absolutely LOVE it. Click here to read more about Mana Pools Canoe Trail.

Victoria Falls

Referred to by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is an extraordinary natural spectacle and is in fact listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At a whopping 300-feet in height, Victoria Falls is twice as large as Niagra Falls!

Flanking the Falls is untouched rainforest where a variety of wildlife call home. Some of the animals that can be seen around Victoria Falls include warthogs, monkeys, guinea fowl and more.

The area is also world-renowned as a top adventure capital of the world! From white water rafting to bungee jumping, and gorge swinging to elephant-back safaris, Victoria Falls is an adrenaline-junky’s paradise!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Cumiskey March 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Wow, Sandy, this article made me feel like I was right back in Zimbabwe.

Alison Buttigieg March 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

Great post & brings back such lovely memories! Mana Pools is my favourite place in the entire planet – there is nothing quite like it! It is a pity that the media always concentrates on the bad of Zimbabwe putting off some much needed tourists. I think it is one of the friendliest countries I have traveled in which amazes me considering all the adversity their people have to face.

Sandy Salle March 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

I totally agree with you, Alison! I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and go back as often as I can because it truly is such an amazing country! Hope you’ll return soon :)

Best,

Sandy

Sandy Salle March 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

I totally agree with you, Alison! I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and go back as often as I can because it truly is such an amazing country! Hope you’ll return soon :)

Best,

Sandy

Makava Wisdom January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

For real.I was there in December 2013 and Victoria Falls is breathtaking

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