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Zimbabwe has some of the finest most unspoilt wilderness in Africa, offering unique experiences simply unavailable elsewhere such as walking in Mana Pools National park and the amazing sight of Victoria Falls.
Many people miss some of the other diverse destinations around the country, such as ancient Great Zimbabwe, spectacularly-wild Gonarezhou National Park in the south-eastern corner and the Chimanimani Wilderness and Bvumba rainforest with its amazing birding to the east. These diverse highlights are connected by a network of paved single-lane national roads.
We are registered Zimparks bookings agents and work closely with associates around the country.
We check availability of Zimparks sites and revert with options. Once you have decided on a workable itinerary we make provisional Zimparks bookings on your behalf (finalised upon full payment) then we send through your entry permits and receipts along with useful “Cheat Sheets” with our local-knowledge practical tips and secret spots most people miss out on.
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Zim’s vibrant, bustling capital is full of hardworking, friendly people rushing about making a living. Despite what you may hear in the press, Zimbos are optimistic people and a friendly greeting is always returned with interest. This is a city where people still take the time to talk to each other. In between the mayhem are some great tourist attractions for culture & wildlife-lovers (birders particularly), or just soak up the vibe from our base at Sunbird Guest House.
Mana Pools (+370km)
Six hours drive north of Harare, the floodplains of the Zambezi river are dotted with massive Albida trees who’s nutritious pods fall in the middle of the dry season, providing possibly the greatest concentration of game in Africa. One of the only reserves in Africa where unguided walking is allowed, letting you experience the full sensory overload of the bush (don’t worry, Zimparks Rangers are available for hire also!). Heaven on earth, we know the best campsites and have all the local knowledge to ensure you get the best out of Mana!
Chitake Springs (+70km)
At the base of the Zambezi escarpment, 70km inland from Mana, the Chitake river rises out of the sand and runs on the surface for a few hundred meters before disappearing back into the ground. At certain times of the year, this is the only water source for a 60km radius. Wildlife flock there and you camp in the middle of it all, surrounded by splendour.
Kariba & Kariba Ferry (+160km)
Three hours’ drive through wilderness area takes you to Kariba Dam. Take a drive up to the Kariba Heights to get an idea of the scale of the place, with the water extending to the horizon. Visit the church built there to commemorate the 87 lives lost during its construction, several of them buried in the concrete of the wall. Take the Kariba Vehicle Ferry for a 22hour, fully catered voyage the length of the lake to Mlibizi at the top end of the lake.
Victoria Falls (+230km)
A 4 hour drive upstream from Mlibizi lies the majestic Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world 1,8km wide and 109m deep, throwing up spray that can be seen from 60km away. Zim’s adventure capital provides white water rafting, Bungee jumping as well as crocodile cage diving & horseback safaris. The more refined can take tea and scones amidst the splendour of a bygone era at the Victoria Falls hotel.
Two hours drive from Vic Falls lies one of Africa’s great Game Reserves, Hwange adjoins the Chobe and is continuous to the Okavango. Zim’s largest national park, (roughly the size of Belgium & Wales), teems with large elephant & buffalo herds and attendant predators. We book exclusive camping sites for our clients surrounded by this wild African splendour.
Just outside Bulawayo, ancient rock art lies hidden in caves amongst precariously balancing granite rocks whilst leopard and black eagles hunt rock-hyraxes in this intensive protection zone for Zim’s rhinos. Climb the massive granite outcrops to view ancient cave paintings of the previous San residents and visit the lonely chosen gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes.
Great Zimbabwe (+300km)
Whilst medieval Europe languished in the Dark Ages in the 11th Century, a civilisation of 20 0000 urban inhabitants flourished at Great Zimbabwe, 300km west of Bulawayo. Massive dry-stone walls remain standing there to this day. The bird on Zimbabwe’s flag is a representation of one of the eight mysterious caved-soapstone “Zimbabwe Birds” archaeologists discovered here in the 1800s.
200km from Great Zimbabwe, the “Place of the Elephants” is a beautiful park in the south-western corner of Zim, and adjoins the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Chilojo Cliffs are an otherworldly sight above the meandering Runde River. Excellent park management over the past 7 years has borne fruit and Gonarezhou is teaming with wildlife and just waiting to be explored.
A lesser-known highland wilderness area with fantastic hiking routes through the mountain heath. Visit the majestic Bridal Veil Falls, hike through the heath, swimming in clear streams and enjoy the solitude of the wide open spaces. This is totally off the beaten track and perfect for clients who wish to experience the full diversity of Zim’s attractions.
A birder’s paradise, this mountainous rain-forest is home to rare bird species such as Livingstones’ Turaco, Swynnerton’s Robin & Palm-nut vultures. Visit the beautiful Bvumba Botanical Gardens or play golf at the Leopard Rock Hotel.
Misty mountains with gushing mountain rivers, great trout fishing and spectacular vistas. Visit the sky walk at Mtarazi Falls and see ancient pit structure ruins. Great multi-day hiking to be had on the Turaco Trail and white water rafting on the gin-clear Pungwe River. From here it is 270km back to Harare.