Africa + Indian Ocean Zimbabwe 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. Places to Stay Highlights Location Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Singita Pamushana Pamushana Lodge sits exclusively on a 130,000 acre reserve next to the Gonarezhou National Park works to preserve and protect immense parts of Africa. The lodge itself is made up of 6 suites and one main lodge with stunningly detailed architecture which is similar to that of the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Highlights 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. Gonarezhou National Park The highlight of Gonarezhou National Park for us is being in this magical park with literally no people. At over 5,000 square kilometres, it is the second largest National park in Zimbabwe and largely undiscovered by the outside world. This is Africa in a time warp and it is a privilege to be in the bush totally un-interrupted by any vehicle noise, light pollution or other human being. Find out more FLY CAMPING IN MATUSADONA 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Malilangwe 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Show All Location 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 Zimbabwe Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 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. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.