Are you seeking out the most qualified wildlife guides in Africa and an exclusive and peaceful safari experience? Zimbabwe tours offer just that.
In recent years, politics has caused damage and a decline in visitors, yet Zimbabwe tourism has much to offer.
Enclosed between the Zambezi River to the north and the Limpopo River in the south, Zimbabwe boasts an inland plateau filled with kopjes (granite outcrops), national parks, rugged mountains and lush forests.
Gaze in awe at a most breathtaking sight when you travel to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A luxury Zimbabwe safari should also be on your agenda! Enjoy close encounters with elephants, lions and leopards on a game drive in Hwange.
The choices offered during our Zimbabwe tours are awesome!
Zimbabwe literally translates as “Houses of Stone”, a named derived by the incredible stone sculptures that the indigenous Shona people built from 800 AD onwards and are known today as Great Zimbabwe.
There is not a lot of early history about Zimbabwe which was conquered by a motley crew of European Christian missionaries, fortune hunters and land grabbers, in the 1850s.
Cecil John Rhodes bought gold-rich land from the King and then overthrew the monarch, egotistically renaming the country Rhodesia, beginning a mass-scale land-grab and implementing an apartheid policy.
By the 1960s, a civil rebellion began with freedom fighters fighting the Rhodesian security forces. In 1980, Zimbabwe was granted independence, with former freedom fighter Robert Mugabe as prime minister.
In 1987, he became the country’s President and drove a number of constitutional changes which led to extensive presidential powers.
A large number of white Zimbabweans fled the country in fear of retribution for their former racial oppression and discrimination.
Over the next two decades, there was much civil unrest between opposing parties within the country.
However, since 2013, more calm has returned to the country when a constitutional referendum approved an election that will decide whether Mugabe, today in his 90s, should be allowed to extend his 30-year rule.
Zimbabwe tours have flourished in the last decade and many people travel from all over the world for the spectacular Victoria Falls tours.
With its different peoples, it is hard to define one specific cultural norm. However with Shona being the largest ethnic group, you may just see some unique traditional ceremonies as well as some fascinating religious idols and sculptures, during one of our Zimbabwe tours.
The craft culture of Zimbabwe is as impressive as it is distinctive and the craftspeople hold pride in using the most quality materials. Expect to discover baskets that are woven in seamless symmetry, and stools carved from one piece of wood.
Sculpture works usually bridge the history between the European settlers and African folklore, including some fascinating poetic license of men becoming beasts!
The official language of Zimbabwe is English, yet the majority (98%) of Zimbabweans would not consider it as their native tongue.
When you go on Zimbabwe tours you will notice varied voices, particularly in rural areas where the Bantu languages of Shona and Ndebele dominate.
If you like to enjoy an evening of theater then you might be able to include this on your vacation! Theater is popular with the white minority in Zimbabwe, and there is usually a troupe performing in the cities.
Zimbabwe’s food is generally rather plain and simple. You’ll notice a focus on tea, bread and sugar, which is due to the British influence until the 1920s. Yet you can also expect, like in most African countries, a staple of maize/corn (known as mealie-meal).
Peanuts were imported into the country by the Portuguese in the 16th century and therefore, has become a primary ingredient in the cuisine.
Even with family-focused traditional customs in Zimbabwe, eating out is popular.
The Enchanting Travels team look forward to planning private and tailor-made Zimbabwe tours.
Experience vintage travel at its best! This unique tour of Zimbabwe will take you back in time as you experience a classic African safari in untouched landscapes brimming with wildlife.
Discover the Cape Winelands, Africa’s most famous wine growing region, delve into the stunning African wilderness on an exciting safari, and experience the impressive Victoria Falls up close. This unique tour of southern Africa has been carefully crafted to surprise and delight you!
You will love this water-frenzied tour of South Africa and Botswana, which is intended to delight with its natural beauty! Walk with lions, enjoy a helicopter tour over Victoria Falls or go rafting and canoeing. Encounter wildlife encounters on boat safaris in Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta.
Travel to Zambia to witness the awe-inspiring majesty of the spectacular Victoria Falls. Head onwards to Botswana and explore the Chobe River and the fascinating wetlands of the Okavango Delta where wildlife abounds!
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