Excellent Safari Guides, The Magnificient Victoria Falls, adrenalin rushing adventure, Luxury Safari

A beautiful and fascinating country, with the magnificent Victoria Falls, large wildlife reserves, great tracts of untamed wilderness and the evocative ruins of Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe offers much to inspire the visitor.

Victoria Falls, the main tourist hub of the country, still has a plethora of activities to offer, with a healthy dose of adrenalin for the adventurous.

Having had little demand for Zimbabwe over the last ten years, we are noticing like many of our industry friends, a renewed interest. This magnificent country, once our most visited African destination is opening up again and many of the guides and owners who sought work elsewhere in the world are returning.

Zimbabwe had always been renowned for having the best qualified guides in Africa which to us is the key element of any safari experience. It is wonderful that so many of them are now back in their rightful place whether it be walking in Mana Pools or sitting with guests in a hide in Hwange National Park which still has  one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

Having spent time recently with one of Zimbabwe’s most respected safari guides, there is no doubt in our mind, that the game viewing is still at the top of the league.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day Zimbabwe safari or holiday (excluding flights) from £3700 per person.


As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Walking Safari in Hwange

Africa Destination Expert Cara Maitland explored the African bush on foot for the first time whilst in Zimbabwe. Feeling a little anxious to begin with, her first walking safari proved to be an 'activity not to be missed'.

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hippos zambezi river zimbabwe

Hippos, Hippos, Hippos

During her years of living in Africa, Henrietta discovered she had a huge love of hippos. Her greatest hippo memory is that of the time she visited Mana Pools on the great Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. She had a very close encounter with a huge pod of hippo and with her guide they avoided any danger.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

The Victoria Falls Hotel Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Located within walking distance from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Hotel is in the perfect location for those who really want to be in the thick of this spectacular natural environment. Although in a busy area, the hotel itself oozes charm and offers a tranquil retreat for all day explorers. Highlights Walk to Victoria…

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Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands, Victoria Falls

Zambezi Sands opened in August 2014 and offers a wonderfully comfortable and luxurious option for those who love to be right on the water, and who also want to retain that bush and wildlife feeling whilst be close enough to Victoria Falls to visit for the day (45 minutes away by road, or an hour and a half by boat).

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Bomani, Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is very well known for its abundance of relaxed elephants that frequent the numerous waterholes in the park and Bomani Tented Lodge is a great base to try and capture them drinking from a waterhole hide.

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Musango Island Camp

Musango Island Camp, Lake Kariba

Musango is a wonderful island retreat on the edge of Lake Kariba and what we really love about this camp is that it is owner-run and is actually home to Steve and Wendy Edwards. It is a really relaxed home away from home type of place and you leave feeling like you are personal friends of Steve and Wendy’s.

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Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge is a great little hotel in the heart of Victoria Falls town which is easy on the wallet and right in the hub of the action for those seeking fun and adrenalin-fuelled activities in the area around the mighty Falls.

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Camp Amalinda

Camp Amalinda, Motopos National Park

This “Flintstone’s-esq camp" has been sympathetically shaped around the granite boulders which the Matobo Hills and Motopos National Park are so famous for. There is no doubt that the camp’s design has real wow factor, from the cosy lounge which is nestled into an ancient bushman’s shelter to the inviting swimming pool and spa at the base of the camp.

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Goliath Camp

Goliath Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Mention the name Stretch Ferreira to anyone in Zimbabwe and they will know who you are talking about. His camp might not have the obvious luxuries of others found in the Park but the experience on offer sets it apart from the rest. Known as the “father” of Mana, Stretch has worked in the Park for over 30 years and knows the place like no-one else.

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Gonarezhou Bush Camp

Gonarezhou Bush Camp

Gonarezhou Bush Camp is just the place for those who are enticed by the safaris of old – a simple mobile tented camp placed in just the right location according to the time of year and game movements. Not many people will have heard of Gonarezhou, but it happens to be Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park and it is one of the least visited, primarily because of its location.

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Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia

Somalisa, Hwange National Park

These intimate authentic tented camps are located in a private concession within Hwange National Park meaning you cannot get a more private safari experience in this. If this is not enticing enough then perhaps the fact that the herds of elephant Hwange is so famous for are constant visitors to the Acacia Island the two camps are nestled within will entice you further.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.



Zimbabwe has, historically, some of the best guides in Africa and they like nothing more than to set up basic canvas tented camps in a park like Matusadona. The feeling of wildness and the close proximity to Africa’s big game (by day and night) is truly exciting.

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Hwange National Park

The wide open savannah means that game is easy to spot and to track all year round but it is the system of sixty pans (pumped with water through the dry months) which means that good sightings are virtually guaranteed through May to October.

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Best accessed from South Africa by private charter, this is a way to have great luxury but in a wild and unspoilt landscape. Famous for its baobabs and mopane forests, the park’s inaccessibility by road make it all the more special.

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Elephants at Mana Pools

For its elephant, hippo and abundant bird life. For its beautiful, fertile plains and huge thorntree forests. For the Zambian escarpment in the middle distance to the North. Mana Pools is to many wildlife enthusiasts and guides the zenith in terms of habitat and wildlife.

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Singia Pamushana lodge in Zimbabwe.

The Matopos

The Matopos is a rugged range of hills famous for their rock paintings and their leopard. The game is sparse here, but it has fascinating landscapes and some of the best rock art in Africa. In many ways this is the spiritual heart of Zimbabwe.

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Victoria Falls

With bungee jumping adjacent to it and White Water Rafting below it, ‘Vic Falls’ has become the adventure tourist’s destination dream in Southern Africa. A must see for visitors to Zimbabwe or Zambia, with its picturesque setting, it is one of the most spectaulcar waterfalls in the world.

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Group Tours

Our Escorted Journeys have all been inspired by people or places you wouldn't normally have access to unless you travel as a small group. With each special journey we have been careful to stick to the same level of adventure, exclusivity and under the skin experiences as we do with our tailor-made travel.


We know Zimbabwe better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

Best visited between June and October for dry days and cool nights. During this time you will benefit from seeing game concentrated around the waterholes. The heaviest rains tend to fall in January and February and many of the game reserves and parks are closed until May. Those camps that are open year round do offer excellent opportunities for keen birders. The Falls are a huge draw when visiting Zimbabwe; they tend to be at their fullest in May with lots of spray and great opportunities to see lunar rainbows during full moon. June through August offer the best photographic opportunities as the spray dies down.

The popular Livingstone Island trips and Devils Pool are open from August/ September to November. For those who are keen to raft avoid March to May time as the operation is closed. For keen fishermen August through to November is a superb time as water levels drop and temperatures increase creating crystal clear waters all contributing to some excellent Tiger Fish opportunities. A visit to Zimbabwe is often combined with Mozambique or with Zambia or Botswana. And many also route via South Africa and spend some time there before or after a stay in Zimbabwe.

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