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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.
Little Ruckomechi celebrates one of Zimbabwe’s great wilderness areas. Set amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the region, the camp is built on wooden decks offering three airy and elegant en-suite tents conveying the romance of a bygone explorer era. The stylish living spaces include a dining room and lounge as well as a plunge pool. These all look out over the great Zambezi River, with the Zambian foothills in the distance.
Little Ruckomechi’s location within the private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive safari experience, complete with a diverse range of activities. These include game drives, boating, canoeing and walks that allow guests to explore Mana Pools National Park in all of its glory.
Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise. This is because it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.
The camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant.
Chikwenya’s seven tents stand on low wooden decks, with pine walkways linking them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, with a pool and deck providing alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife.
Little Makalolo lies in the heart of one of the best game viewing areas in Hwange National Park. Overlooking a vibrant waterhole, it offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The camp's six traditional-style tents (including a family unit) are spacious and en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for lighting and the heating of water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.
Linking the tents to the main area are teak walkways. Here, a false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area, with an open fire deck for those enthralling evening fireside tales under the stars. A raised pool deck shelters the bar and breakfast area, whilst offering unsurpassed views of the much-frequented waterhole in front of camp.
Nestled in a forest overlooking the Malilangwe dam in Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, the six suites of Singita Pamushana Lodge offer secluded luxury amid breath-taking views and phenomenal game viewing.
The majestic architecture of this intimate lodge has always been an art of fascination. Inspired by a rich tribal history and in reference to the Shangaan culture, the lodge artfully reflects this.
In this remote, undiscovered area of the country, Singita has succeeded in protecting a great diversity of species within a varied and unique environment.
The suites offer the ultimate luxury in a truly African setting. All master bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms with a shower as well as an outdoor shower, private plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, room safe, air conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope.