Africa’s ‘house of stone,’ Zimbabwe was once known as the richest country in Africa. Decades later, its wealth is now attributed to its natural wonders rather than its influx of currency. Yet what Zimbabwe lacks in economy, it makes up for in experience. Its former “breadbasket of Africa” windfall left behind some of the finest hotels and resorts on the continent and subsequently some of the most memorable safari destinations. Landlocked on all sides by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique, it benefits from all of the best facets of its Africa neighbors, be it the Big Five, stunning World Heritage Sites, or the iconic Victoria Falls. This all contributes towards a Zimbabwe luxury safari.
A journey to Zimbabwe reveals a patchwork of game reserves and riverine passages, as well as some of the friendliest locals, renowned for their politeness and resilience in the face of hardship. One the most impressive highlights of Zimbabwe is Hwange National Park, the country’s largest wildlife sanctuary situated on the western Botswana border. Hwange is an ancient seasonal flood plain serving as a hotbed of biodiversity, imbuing the area with the beauty and romance of authentic African wilderness. This region is one of the best places in Southern Africa to spot lions and elephants, as well as zebra, giraffe, and white rhino, while Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the north, is home to the country’s largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles.
The cornerstone of any visit to Zimbabwe is undoubtedly Victoria Falls. The Zambezi River forms the natural boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia and when in full flood, creates the world’s largest curtain of falling water. Lovingly known to locals as the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the most mesmerizing Natural Wonders of the World and worth experiencing from every vantage point.