Zimbabwe has long had a bad name – and it’s for absolutely no reason. Your safari to Zimbabwe will in no way put money into Mugabe’s pocket, but will support local people and preserve the amazing wildlife areas and it’s inhabitants. There are some of Africa’s most pristine and wild areas just waiting to be explored, with fantastic lodges and camps to rival those in other parts of Africa. Zimbabwe’s luxury lodges and camps all have private concessions so you don’t see another soul, but do see arguably some of the most stunning scenery in all of Africa as well as abundant game, particularly predators.
Victoria Falls is a huge attraction with it being even more dramatic from the Zimbabwean side than from the Zambian side. Matetsi River Lodge is the most luxurious property here with a magical location on the mighty Zambezi River, where lazy days are spent by your private plunge pool or kayaking near elephants and hippos. The Victoria Falls Hotel has so much history to it that’s it’s always worth dropping in for their extraordinary high tea if you are not staying there yourself.
Hwange National Park is just a short light aircraft hop from Victoria Falls airport (which is brand new and stunning) and offers dramatic scenes of open sandy plains, waterholes and beautiful trees. The sunsets here are to die for and the modern Linkwasha Camp is a complete masterpiece of beautiful suites and décor, gourmet food and a wonderfully warm and relaxed atmosphere. Linkwasha often has game in front of camp so you don’t even need to leave the camp. Little Makololo offers a more rustic and authentic tented feel and is perfect for those looking for something more intimate.
Mana Pools sits on the Zambezi River and has some of the best wild dog and cat viewing, as well as elephants in all of Africa – Rukomechi Camp is our favourite here and is really quite extraordinary sitting right on the Zambezi River. Canoeing here is a highlight as is their romantic sleep out on the deck. Great Plains are a fantastic company with some of the best camps in all of Africa, they are soon to open a new camp in Mana Pools and this will be extremely luxurious and have some pioneering conservation ethics.
Singita Pamushana is arguably one of the most quirky and unique lodges in all of Africa and this area has a real magic to it which is hard to quantify. Their community and conservation efforts here are second to none and the game viewing as a result is spectacular. They also have the best guides, food worthy of a London restaurant and much more. We love Zimbabwe and want everyone to experience this remote, wild and wonderful country.0