Zimbabwe Tours

Behold the majestic Victoria Falls!

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. Take a boat safari in Matusadona, embark on an exhilarating canoe safari in Mana Pools or explore the ancient and mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Explore the granite boulders and rock art in Matopos National Park or go on a walking safari in spectacular Gonarezhou to feel like the last man left on earth. The choices offered during our Zimbabwe tours are awesome!

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Best Time for Travel to Zimbabwe

The climate in Zimbabwe is tropical to subtropical

Zimbabwe is crossed by a high plateau, which moderates the climate even during the hot months. The country can be visited throughout the year, but it is important to consider what you would like to experience during your trip to Zimbabwe.

The climate of Zimbabwe can be divided as follows:

  • Cool drying time: May – August
  • Hot dry season: September – mid November
  • Rainy season / Emerald Season: Mid November – April

The cool dry season is considered the best travel time for Zimbabwe travel. During the day, pleasant temperatures are around 20°C. By night, temperatures drop, especially in the higher regions, to  freezing point. In low-lying areas you can expect an average of about 5°C. June and August are considered the best months for safaris in Zimbabwe.

The hot dry season brings temperatures around 40°C during the day and high humidity. If you do not mind the heat, this is a great time for safari trips. The animals gather around the remaining watering holes, and the grass is dried up and trampled down so that you have particularly good visibility.

The rainfall of the Emerald season brings a refreshing cooling effect for humans and wildlife alike. Temperatures vary between 25°C and 30°C during the day, and remain pleasant even at night. The country’s foliage flourishes, which has a very special charm. The emerald season is the best time to for bird watching.

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Top 10 HighlightsTop 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights of Zimbabwe

1. On a Zimbabwe safari in the Gonarezhou National Park, you can look forward to huge elephant herds. Buffaloes and predators – such as lions and leopards – are also represented. Gonarezhou is part of the Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

2. Nyanga National Park covers over 47,000 hectares in the Eastern Highlands, and is a perfect spot for trekking enthusiasts. The park is dotted with rivers and waterfalls, and holds a plethora of wildlife, including zebras, antelopes and waterbucks.

3. Large elephant and buffalo herds await you during your safari in Hwange National Park. Kudus, waterbucks, impalas, hyenas and giraffes also teem the park’s wide savanna landscape. With luck, on guided bush walks you can witness lions, cheetahs or leopards at close range.

4. In Matusadona National Park, on the edge of Lake Kariba, you can experience Zimbabwe safaris in pristine, lush green scenery. The rivers and lakes offer crocodiles and hippos a home, while on land there are hungry lions and the rare black rhino.

5. On canoe safaris at Mana Pools National Park, you can experience the rich wildlife of one of Africa’s most impressive parks. Watch elephants, buffaloes, zebras and predators drinking at the river, and experience the glowing sunset over River Zambezi.

6. Millions of years old granite hills alternate with soft green landscapes in Zambia. The Matopos National Park is one of the most scenic parks in the country, with its strong contrasts, and is home to thousands year old rock paintings.

7. The impressive city of ruins of Great Zimbabwe brings the history of the country to life. The former capital of the Munhumutapa Empire flourished from the 11th to the 15th century and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

8. The Khami ruins are also part of UNESCO World Heritage, and are the second-most important archaeological site in the country. The remarkable artistic stone walls with their picture-beautiful patterns were created by a special pree-historic construction method.

9. Take a helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls to experience one of the most imposing natural spectacles of the world from a bird’s eye view point!

10. The modern capital of Harare is popular among travelers, especially due to its  colorful markets and excellent museums, including the famous National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

No matter what corner of the earth it is, our Africa specialists will make your dream trip a reality. Enchanting Travels is your travel agent for exclusive Zimbabwe safaris and tailor-made Zimbabwe tours.

History of Zimbabwe

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.

Culture in Zimbabwe

Walk in the footsteps of history as you travel around Zimbabwe

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.

Top Zimbabwe Travel Tip – Culture:

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.

Cuisine of Zimbabwe

Papaya is used as the basis for most of Zimbabwe’s delicious desserts!

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.

You might wish to try some of the common Zimbabwean dishes:

  • Dovi: a peanut butter stew with spinach and chicken.
  • Nhedzi: a soup made from wild mushrooms
  • Bota: a breakfast porridge flavored with peanut butter, as well as milk, butter or jam!
  • Sadza: a cornmeal/maize porridge that can be rolled into a ball and then dipped into a meat gravy, stewed vegetables or sour milk.
  • Cornmeal cake: usually served with vegetables
  • Zimbabwean greens: a native variety of greens prepared similar to other African countries typical collard greens dish.
  • Mapop candy: this is papaya candy and a lovely treat for those with a sweet tooth!

Top Zimbabwe Travel Tips – Cuisine:

  • It is most typical to drink beer in Zimbabwe and you can try Whawha, a traditional beer made from maize, or the national beer, called Zambezi. If you are feeling adventurous, try the nation’s favorite fruity drink called Mazoe Orange, which is chemical free.
  • Note that the Ndebele people do not eat corn out of season.
  • Many of the ethnic people have an animal or plant as their family name. Typically they will then not eat that food. If your family name is Nkomo (cattle), then you would not eat beef.

The Enchanting Travels team look forward to planning private and tailor-made Zimbabwe tours. 

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