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Zimbabwe Destinations

A World of Wonders – Zimbabwe is a country with great natural beauty, amazing safari and game reserves. The diverse landscape changes from wilderness to mountainous and typical Bushveld. The Zimbabwean area is also home to large animals and a large bird population, making this area a great place for a safari – a relatively untouched and unknown magical paradise.  

Zimbabwe Attractions

Zimbabwe is the ultimate all-in-one African holiday and safari destination. With World Heritage Sites – including Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, lake Kariba, eastern Highlands, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matopos Hills and Khami Ruins – travelling through Zimbabwe is like traversing the highlights of an entire continent.

  • Victoria Falls: seventh wonder of the natural world, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and adventure capital of Africa
  • Hwange National Park: among seasoned safari-goers, Hwange is one of the best game reserves in the region
  • Mana Pools National Park: pristine wilderness safari destination, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site famous for its walking safaris and big game
  • Lake Kariba and Matusadona: one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and a great fishing/game viewing/birding/relaxing destination
  • Eastern Highlands: slice of Scotland in Africa with mountains, rain-forests, rivers and waterfalls including the 5th highest in the world at 762m
  • Great Zimbabwe and Midlands: UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site and one of the oldest and largest man-made structures in southern Africa
  • Matobo National Park: a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site of great beauty crammed with history from the Stone Age to the present day
  • Chizarira National Park: a large and untamed beast of a game reserve on the Zambezi escarpment where leopards are rife and walking safaris are your only means of transport
  • Khami Ruins: the successor dynasty to Great Zimbabwe also a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site
  • Ghona-re-zhou, Matestsi, Chete, Mavhuradona, Nyanga, Bunga Forest, Upper Zambezi, Charara, Kazuma Pan, Chimanimani…The many lesser-known wildlife parks and nature reserves offer beautiful scenery, fascinating flora and fauna and a refreshing break from over-developed tourist areas.
  • The People: without doubt Zimbabwe’s best asset and greatest attraction will be your abiding memory of its people; Zimbabweans are innately friendly, warm and welcoming and you will experience this warmth wherever you go.

Victoria Falls

Words alone can never capture the grandeur of the Mighty Victoria Falls. It is one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfall in the world. The grandeur derived its name from tumultuous plume of spray created by the half-a-million cubic metres of water dropping over the 100m basalt rock face each minute. This is a phenomenon that has given rise to its poetic African Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the smoke that thunders“.

Spanning nearly 2 kms and dropping 108 metres, this Natural World Heritage Site is the largest waterfall in the world with its ever sheer volume flow of water cascading over its crags every second the years through.

 The falls are situated in the Mighty Zambazi standing the 2 countries Zimbabawe and Zambia. The Victoria Falls offers travellers with a vast number of  activities that will stun even the most toughened adrenalists. The Victoria falls has different seasons thought the year. December to March the Zambezi water is at its highest and the falls are at their most Dramatic. The high water splashes drapes the falls with a cloud of spray which is spectacular. From April to October the water levels are average and this presents a better view of this natural wonder

   A Scenic flights over the falls offer a staggering perspective of this mile-wide phenomenon. Most of the hotels have excellent restaurants and themed bars some of which extend to casinos and cabaret shows.

What to Do at The Victoria Falls

The key experience in visiting the Victoria Falls area is to visit the Falls themselves. However, there are a range of other activities and experiences on offer, which are detailed below.

At the Falls – Rain forest walk, Bungee jumping
Over the Falls – Aerial experience Helicopter ride
Above the Falls – River cruises and Canoeing upstream from Victoria Falls
Below the Falls – Adrenalin and high wire activities in the gorges

Best Times to Visit Victoria Falls

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is during the high water season from January to early May, when the Zambezi River is at full flow. For the average holiday traveller, Victoria Falls provides an absolutely awesome experience, whilst for the adventure-seeker, this is the best time for white water rafting on the Zambezi.

Victoria Falls Stats

Falls width – 1708m
Maximum height – 108m
Lowest height – 62m
Narrowest point of gorge – approx. 60m
Highest water flow (March/April) – approx. 500 million litres / minute
Lowest water flow (Late Nov/early Dec) approx. 10 million litres / minute
Greatest flow ever recorded – March 1958 > 700 million litres / minute
Distance from source – approx. 1 200 km
Distance from the Indian Ocean – approx. 1 500 km


Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s most famous game reserve.Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, At 14,600sq km, Hwange is a large, pristine and scenic game reserve.

With its great size and varying topography, Hwange has a diversity of habitats and is known for its high wildlife and bird populations. With 420 bird species and 105 mammals recorded (including 19 large herbivores and 8 large carnivores) this is one of the most diverse game reserves in Africa.

Hwange has many waterholes to ensure varied and reliable game viewing; it is home to great herds of elephant and buffalo; the largest population of the extremely rare African dog thrives here; and the birdlife is prolific.

As you travel north and east into Hwange, the land breaks up into small hills and valleys turning the bush to denser grasslands, and mopane and teak woodland habitats.

Wildlife highlights in Hwange National Park include: elephant, wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, spotted hyena, brown hyena, jackal, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, gemsbok, eland, roan, sable, kudu and many smaller antelope and nocturnal mammals.

Main Attractions

Main Camp

Main Camp is situated at the main entrance to the Park. There are numerous pans and pumped waterholes around Main Camp and the area is rich in game.

Main Camp has facilities including self-catering lodges, cottages and chalets, a camping and caravan site, bar and restaurant, grocery store, curio shop and petrol station.

Lodges in Hwange National Park are units with one or two bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator and stove, lounge and veranda. Cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery are provided.

Cottages are units with 1 or 2 bedrooms, bathroom and veranda. Cooking facilities are communal, with electric hot plates provided. The cottages have a centrally located thatched, open dining area with refrigerators available for communal use. Normally no cutlery or crockery is provided.

These are units with 1 or 2 bedrooms, and a veranda. Cooking facilities are available on wood or charcoal braais. Electric refrigerator and sink are provided in each unit. Ablution and toilet facilites are provided in a communal block.

Camping and Caravan sites
Camping and caravan sites have piped water to each stand. Cooking facilities are available on wood or charcoal braais. Ablution and toilet facilities are provided in communal blocks. Visitors should note that tent and camping equipment are not available for hire.

Conference Facilities
Conference facilities can be made available at Main Camp. Visitors who intend to hold a conference or an organized gathering requiring such facilities will need to contact the Central Reservation Office for details.

Attractions & Activities

  • Ngweshla Pan – the loop road is a pleasant day-drive
  • Nyamandhlovu Platform – prime game viewing area at a pumped water hole
  • Dom waterhole – an exceptional view of the African Sunset


  • Restaurant and bar
  • Grocery store
  • Curio shop
  • Fuel station – please note petrol deliveries are not reliable so visitors have to take precautionary measures


Established in 1966, this part of the Park was a former cattle ranch. The camp is located near the northern boundary of the Park on an outcrop, 55 metres high, overlooking a distant riverbed and grassy plain. The name Sinamatella is a distortion of the name of a local shrub called “chinamatira” which characteristically will stick to clothing when brushed against.

The Camp is approximately 120 kilometres from Main Camp. Vehicles are not allowed to travel between the two camps after 1400 hours. Sinamatella is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ).

The Camp has lodges, chalets and camping sites as described in Main Camp. In addition, a restaurant, bar, shop and fuel are available. Apart from these facilities at the Rest Camp there are also several exclusive camps in the area:

Exclusive Camps

Bumbusi Camp

Bumbusi is situated 24 kilometres northwest of Sinamatella and consists of 4 “A” frame accommodation units, a cottage and a central lounge area. The kitchen is fully equipped with freezer and stove. A central ablution block comprises 2 toilets and 2 bathrooms. The maximum number of persons that may be accommodated at Bumbusi is 12. There are no electricity facilities available. The access road is rough, but can be negotiated by low clearance vehicles in the dry season.

Lukosi Camp

Located 11 kilometres from Sinamatella. With facilities similar to Bumbusi, the maximum number of occupants is 10. Lukosi Camp is only available for bookings from November through April.

Bush Camps

These are undeveloped sites found at Lukosi, Vhikani, Rhino Bar, Salt Springs and Tshakabika. Four wheel drive or high clearance vehicles are necessary for visitors to Tshakabika.

Attractions & Activities 

  • Mandavu Dam – provides a beautiful viewing hide to watch animals coming to drink, 27 kilometres from Sinamatella
  • Masuma Dam – excellent hide for game viewing about 15 kilometres from Sinamatella
  • Detema Dam – exceptional game viewing hide
  • Wilderness trails
  • Walks
  • Fishing


  • Restaurant and bar
  • Small shop
  • Fuel station – please note petrol deliveries are not reliable so visitors have to take precautionary measures


Robins Camp is close to the western boundary of Hwange approximately 60 kilometers from Sinamatella and 140 from the Main Camp. Through traffic from Main Camp is required to leave by 1200 hours. This camp was bequeathed to the government in 1939 by a local farmer, Harold Robins.

The Camp has lodges, chalets and camping sites. In addition, a restaurant, bar, shop and fuel are available. There are also several exclusive camps in the Robins area:

Exclusive Camps

Nantwich Camp

The Camp consists of 3 lodges and is located 11 kilometres northwest of Robins Camp. Each lodge is fully equipped and self-contained. This remote camp is built on a small bluff which overlooks a natural pan and grassy plain.

Isilwane Lodge

This luxurious lodge is a top of the range accommodation facility overlooking an artificial waterhole. The lodge is only a few metres away from Nantwich Camp.

Deka Camp

Deka Camp consists of 2 family units, each with 2 bedrooms, bathroom and toilet. An additional facility contains a dining room, lounge, scenic verandah and kitchen with refrigerator and stove. The camp is serviced and fully equipped and takes a maximum of 12 persons. Deka Camp is situated 25 kilometres west of Robins Camp. Access is by four-wheel drive vehicles only. The camp is normally closed during the rainy season.

Attractions & Activities

  • Big Toms & Little Toms – these are viewing hides which provide excellent game viewing opportunities and are named for the farms of Harold Robins who bequeathed his land to the Park in 1939.
  • Amenities
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Small shop
  • Fuel station – please note petrol deliveries are not reliable so visitors have to take precautionary measures
    Other Activities
  • Escorted daytime walks – available from all camps for a charge to groups of up to 6 persons
  • Moonlight game viewing – available from Main Camp around the full-moon period subject to weather conditions
  • Wilderness trails – available in the Sinamatella and Robins Camp areas