Zimbabwe Safari Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Zimbabwe
Dramatic landscapes brimming with unbelievable wildlife, and some truly special experiences just waiting to be had: Zimbabwe is a dream safari destination.
The landlocked African country is laden with the sort of natural highlights that belong in paradise, from the surging, powerful Victoria Falls to the sprawling Chobe National Park, where you can go on a safari like no other, taking in majestic creatures like elephants and hippos. And, of course, there are sunset cruises and guided nature walks to add a bit of gilded luxury to this intrepid holiday.
WIth Newmarket Holidays, your entire Zimbabwe safari experience will be planned out so you can focus on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Your accommodation is pre-booked, with five-star safari lodges giving you a taste of opulence in the middle of the wilderness, and the sumptuous meals that are prepared for you will linger as long in the memory as the incredible sights you’ll see on your Zimbabwe safari holiday.
Whether you’re excited to sail down the Zambezi River, view the majestic Victoria Falls from a helicopter, or simply be awed by some of the most diverse animal life in the world, a Zimbabwe safari holiday is for you.
Things to do in Zimbabwe
On a Newmarket Holidays Zimbabwe safari tour, you’ll have countless opportunities to make indelible memories. As your luxury safari lodge is deep in the bush, there’s a vast array of wildlife right on your doorstep. You’ll be able to see countless creatures in their natural habitat, from elephants and crocodiles, to vibrant, colourful exotic birds. Really, the only limit to the things you can do on your Zimbabwe safari is how much you can fit in.
Spot the Big Five on safari
For many visitors to Zimbabwe, safari tours are a particular highlight of their trip. One of the best places to spot the local wildlife is Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Home to around 45,000 elephants, the park also offers the chance to catch a glimpse of the four other members of the 'Big Five' - the lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo.
See Victoria Falls from above
Standing 108 metres tall and 1,708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. Seeing this natural wonder from any angle is a powerful experience, but for a truly once in a lifetime activity, a helicopter ride provides incredible views of the falls and surrounding landscapes and is sure to be a hit for those looking for Zimbabwe adventure tours.
Enjoy a cruise on Lake Kariba
One of the world's largest artificial lakes, Lake Kariba boasts serene scenery and plenty of wildlife. Being known for its stunning red sunsets, a fantastic way to experience this river is on an evening cruise, with a few beverages to enjoy while spotting the local elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
Things to see in Zimbabwe
With so many incredible natural highlights to enjoy, narrowing down a list of the best things to see on your Zimbabwe safari tour is almost an impossible task. No matter what kind of flora, fauna, and natural features you find most intriguing, the country will fulfil your expectations and more with its rugged landscapes and beautiful, rare animals.
Zimbabwe tour highlights
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Zimbabwe
Food and drink in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is home to a rich and diverse culinary scene, with influences from domestic tribes, neighbouring African countries and European settlers. The dishes here are full of flavour, but less spicy than many other African countries, thanks in large part to the preferences of British settlers during the country's colonial past.
One of the most important staples in Zimbabwean cuisine is maize, which you'll find in a wide array of dishes throughout the country. Grilled and fried meats also form an important part of the cuisine, as does freshwater fish like kapenta, which are usually sundried. The influence of British colonisation can be seen in daily staples such as bread, sugar and tea, while the popularity of peanuts in various dishes hails back to the country's Portuguese connection.
There are plenty of different and equally aromatic dishes to try on Zimbabwe holidays, whether you are a meat eater or follow a plant-based diet. Often hailed as the country's national dish, sadza is a kind of traditional porridge made with pounded corn, also known as mealie-meal. Another popular dish you will find on menus throughout Zimbabwe is dovi, a traditional stew made with peanuts, stock, and vegetables that can be eaten with or without meat, and is usually served with sadza. A must-try vegan option is muboora, pumpkin leaves cooked with oil, tomatoes and onions. One of the most loved Zimbabwean desserts is chikenduza. Also known as candy cakes, these muffin-shaped sweet treats are topped with bright pink icing.
If you're just looking for a quick bite on the go, you can taste one of the country's many popular snacks, which range from fried cakes to dried fruits. The more adventurous may like to try mopane worms - the larvae of the mopane emperor moth which are eaten fried. In terms of drinks, beer is the most prominent alcoholic beverage in Zimbabwe, with a range of regional options on offer.
Frequently asked Zimbabwe safari questions
Here are a few questions you might have.
Is Zimbabwe good for safari?
Zimbabwe is an excellent place for safari, giving travellers the opportunity to see the Big 5, as well as countless bird species and other incredible creatures like crocodiles.
What do you wear on safari in Zimbabwe?
Although Zimbabwe often has a temperate climate, it’s best to wear light, long-sleeved and long-trousered items while on safari to shield you from the sun and protect you from bugs.
What is the biggest safari park in Zimbabwe?
Hwange National Park is the largest safari park in Zimbabwe, and is roughly the size of the Bahamas at just over 8,500sqm. With that said, Chobe National Park, which you’ll visit on your Newmarket Holidays tour, is only a bit smaller at around 7,200sqm.
Can you see the Big 5 in Zimbabwe?
Yes, you can see the Big 5 (lions, leopards, black rhinoceroses, African bush elephants, and African buffalo) in ZImbabwe
Which month is best for the Big 5 in Zimbabwe?
June is the best time to try and see the Big 5 in ZImbabwe, as the dry season means watering holes have dried up and animals have to congregate. Any time in the northern summer months works well, though.
How many days should you spend in Zimbabwe for safari?
You need to spend at least four days on safari in Zimbabwe thanks to the sheer number of animals and sights.
Where do you fly into for Zimbabwe safari?
You can fly directly into Victoria Falls airport for your ZImbabwe safari