Zimbabwe offers more variety in terms of styles of safari than any other country.

Its menu of walking, riding, canoeing, boating and traditional vehicle safaris makes it appealing to all ages.

The Zambezi Valley provides the main focus for safaris in Zimbabwe, coupled with a visit to the Victoria Falls. Birdlife is rich with African skimmers, fish eagles, many types of heron and colonies of carmine bee-eaters. The rugged hills, valley floor and thick bush of Matusadona National Park which overlooks Lake Kariba provide excellent walking and the chance to track rhino on foot under the supervision of an expert guide.

Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Lower Zambezi must qualify as one of Africa’s most beautiful parks. The shaded pools, carpeted in hyacinth and lilies, attract game to drink throughout the day. Shy bushbuck, kudu, eland, impala, and elephant all take their turn whilst buffalo and waterbuck make their way to the sandy banks of the Zambezi. Elephant wander through the tented camps overlooking the river, as they forage for acacia pods.

John Morgan - MPSC - Mana Pools - Zimbabwe - JGS

Away from the Zambezi, the most visited park is Hwange, which is approximately the size of Belgium. Hwange is known for its heavy concentrations of game, particularly elephant and buffalo, and packs of endangered wild dog. Safaris here are by vehicle or on foot. Matopos National Park provides a very different landscape of wind sculpted granite hills and rock kopjes with both black and white rhino, a high concentration of raptors and ancient Bushmen cave paintings.

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Weather
All areas including Mana Pools, Matusadona, Lake Kariba, Hwange and Victoria Falls
Prime Time: May – October
Hottest time: September and October
(It can be quite cold at night and in the early morning from June to August – in the Hwange area dropping to freezing. Daytime winter temperatures pleasantly comfortable)

Cheetah Pair - Malilangwe - Lowveld - Zimbabwe - JGS

Charles Kingsley (Writer 1819 – 1875)

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
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“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Bartle Bull, Safari. A Chronicle of Adventure

“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”
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“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”

Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
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“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

Karen Blixen

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
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“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Marcel Proust

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Richard Ferris Burton, Explorer 1821 – 1890

“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'
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“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'

Anita Desai

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Bill Bryson

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”
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“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
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“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

John Muir

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Anon

“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”
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“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”
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