Some Notes About Zimbabwe Safari Tours
Our Zimbabwe Travel Specialists will help iron out all the details of your Zimbabwe Safari Tour, but we thought we’d give you some insight into how to plan and prepare for your Zimbabwe Adventure and what to expect once you’re there.
When to Go
While Zimbabwe provides a memorable experience year-round, there are seasons when the availability of certain activities will be limited. If you’re looking to encounter less extreme weather, we recommend visiting a location closer to a water source like Okavang, Linyanti or Chobe. Within the desert areas of Kalahari, Makgadikgadi, Savuti, you’ll find more arid and hot climates.
For optimal weather, it is best to visit between the months of April and August. While the temperatures may be a little cooler, you’ll be able to enjoy the national parks before they get too busy ( July to October). You’ll also have a chance to go on an excursion to the thundering Victoria Falls while the water levels are still high.
What to Bring
We recommend coming prepared for rain regardless if you’re visiting during the wet season or not. A light rain jacket, quick drying towel, and self-sealing waterproof bags for electronics can come in handy. As for what to wear during game viewing and your safari, it is best that you dress as comfortable as possible and in layers as temperatures can vary throughout the day.
Where To Visit Victoria Falls:
This is enchanting natural wonder is the largest waterfall on earth, and a site that can’t be missed during your Zimbabwe Adventure. Dubbed the “smoke that thunders”, the spray from this pounding waterfall can be seen for miles. Beyond the attraction itself, the Zambezi river boasts its own breathtaking panoramic views and offers a variety of opportunities for wildlife viewing. We offer private guided tours of both natural wonders.
Hwange National Park:
Formerly a royal hunting grounds, Hwange was declared a national park almost 100 years ago in 1929. Now Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, this diverse landscape is teeming with a wide variety of wildlife. Buffalo, zebras, antelope, lions, leopards, cheetahs and more can be seen during a game drive or tracking excursions. Our Zimbabwe tours offer a variety of potential accommodations both in and adjoining the park. These all-inclusive luxury lodges offer artfully decorated yet cozy accommodations that are the perfect refuge after a day out on safari. Additionally, you’ll have access to a host of daily activities like bush walks, bird-watching and mountain biking tours.
Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park:
Bordering Zambia in Zimbabwe’s Northwest corner, Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world. The damned lake has served as a natural playground of sorts for tourists and locals alike, providing fishing, hiking and game viewing as pastimes. Matusadona National Park, which lies at the southern end of Lake Kariba, also brags noteworthy attributes with the second highest density of lions in all of Africa. The park spans approximately 500 square miles and is home to a variety of wildlife beyond its lion population.
Mana of Mana National Park means “four” in the local Shona language. The park fittingly has four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnants of lakes that were formed thousands of years ago from flood plains. This wildlife conservation area is the only game park in the country to be granted a World Heritage Status. The world-renowned park is rich in wildlife and offers magnificent views of the Zambezi River.
Beyond the Safari
While your Zimbabwean Safari tour is sure to be a major highlight of your trip, there is so much more to this captivating country. Global Basecamps tours make an effort to create experiences that leave a positive impact on your destination both during and after your stay. Find out how below.
Ngamo Village School Visit:
One of the highlights of a Global Basecamps’ is the opportunity to stay in the beautiful southeastern corner of Hwange National Park at Bomani Tented Camp. This cozy lodge is enveloped by nature, providing ample access to nearby wildlife including herds of elephants and a wide variety of bird species. In addition to daily safaris, Global Basecamp’s travelers will also get the chance to visit the nearby Ngamo Village. There you’ll have an authentic interaction with locals in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
GBC Zimbabwe School Lunch Initiative:
In partnership with Imvelo Safaris, Global Basecamps is working to combat widespread hunger in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is currently facing one of their worst droughts on record, in turn causing over 5 million people to be in need of food aid. During this urgent time of need, we’ve pledged to sponsor a Zimbabwe student’s lunch for one month with every Global Basecamps booking made. As a whole, the Hwange School Feeding Program will provide over 400,000 meals in 2019.
Zimbabwe Group Tours
While our Zimbabwe Travel Specialists are happy to help you craft the perfect custom Zimbabwe Safari Tour, we also recommend checking out our Group Departure Tours
to see what Safari Tours we currently have to offer. While these tours have less flexibility around dates and extensions, you’ll find they are often more economical and offer exclusive activities only available a few times a year.
If you’d rather stick to a more personalized custom tour, you’re in good hands with Global Basecamps. Start planning your Zimbabwe Safari with one of our travel specialists today!