Home to herds of elephants, lions and giraffes, Zimbabwe is a paradise full of opportunities to both relax and unwind. Take a safari and drive into the wilderness to discover dramatic waterfalls, or relax at a spa and watch the wildlife go by. Whatever you do, luxury holidays in Zimbabwe bring an unforgettable sense of both adventure and relaxation.
From museums and art galleries to medieval stone cities, Zimbabwe will take you on a journey you'll never forget. Visit Victoria Falls, often called the world's largest waterfall, and feel the rush of the Zambezi River as it plunges into a dramatic gorge creating rainbows from sheets of mist. After visiting, you'll easily see why Victoria Falls ranks among the world's seven natural wonders.
Hwange National Park, one of the biggest national parks in Africa, offers you the chance to get close to the exotic wildlife of Zimbabwe. Walk with rhinos, watch lions bathe in the sun and see elephants splashing in rivers. This national park boasts a wide variety of mammals and birds. There are plenty of camping and picnic sites, so take the chance to eat outside whilst the shimmering sunrise brings the park alive with animal calls.
Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its sheer beauty. Old river channels form large ponds that draw even larger numbers of animals and birds. Zebras, impalas, hippos and hyenas are among the many animals which visit the Mana Pools. You can canoe the waters or explore on foot, either way, you'll be in the heart of Zimbabwe experiencing personal encounters with awe-inspiring wildlife.
The country is a year-round destination with daytime temperatures going from 20 degrees Celsius into the early 30s. For game viewing, the best time to visit is from May to October when temperatures are milder. During these months, there is less rain and wildlife can be found gathering around waterholes and lakes.
The different seasons bring a change to the landscape. From November to April, summer tends to bring the birth of new animals, as well as lush, vibrant greenery. Occasional dramatic storms create an atmospheric environment great for photography.
In Zimbabwe, you'll find lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and lean cuts of meat, as well as interesting game meats. Enjoy an a la carte menu serving a wide variety of popular dishes. Dine outdoors and listen to the Victoria Falls echoing in the night.
Chefs can cook up light dishes like chicken and mango salads, alongside more filling meals, like ribs cooked in a delicious sauce. You'll get your fair share of desserts in Zimbabwe, too, such as zesty cheesecakes and brownies to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You should carry some identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. A tourist visa is required and can be purchased on arrival. You can also apply for a visa online before travelling. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.