Zimbabwe is a landlocked country between two great rivers - the mighty Zambezi cutting along its northern frontier to create a border with Zambia, and the languid Limpopo that forms the southern border with South Africa. In between, the country has a variety of habitats. From the granite hills of the Matopos to the majestic mountains, one can find lush forests and beautiful rivers of the Eastern Highlands.
A Zimbabwean safari can be exceedingly varied. There are game drives in Hwange National Park, canoe or walking safaris in Mana Pools National Park, a flight over Victoria Falls on a Flight of Angels or taking in the granite boulders and rock art in Matobo Hills National Park.
Zimbabwe has all the ingredients for the perfect safari holiday. With foreign investment increasing and continued confidence in its future, new lodges are opening all over the country.
Professional guides in Zimbabwe have gone through intense training before qualifying, making the standard of guiding one of the best in Africa. Attention to detail is of utmost importance to a Zimbabwean guide and guests can expect to receive personal attention while on safari.
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HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Hwange is the largest and best known of Zimbabwe’s national parks. At 15 000 km² this immense wildlife reserve is packed with big game and is famous for massive numbers of buffalo and - in particular – its elephant herds. Indeed, Hwange’s 30 000-strong elephant population is the second largest in the world after the Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana.
But it’s not just elephants that draw visitors to Hwange National Park; this Big 5 reserve has a well-deserved reputation for predator sightings too. Lion, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen, and night drives reveal the smaller nocturnal predators - serval and civet cats, and bat-eared foxes. Then there are the rarer animals: Hwange is an important breeding ground for endangered African wild dog, black rhino and the beautiful roan and sable antelopes.
Located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, Hwange has a semi-arid climate with marked seasonal changes. During the dry winter months (May to October) wildlife congregates around the shallow pans and man-made waterholes making for excellent and reliable game viewing. Once the rains arrive, however, the vegetation bursts into life, dry pans fill up and wildlife disperses to graze the more remote streches of the park thanks to the abundant surface water. Bird watching is particularly good at this time.