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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays

The home of Victoria Falls, hippo pools and incredible wildlife encounters

Spot crocodiles from a canoe, bag the Big Five, and visit the smoke that thunders on a tailor-made Zimbabwe safari.

It's nearly dawn out in the bush and as the mists begin to lift you become aware of the world around you. A lion roars in the distance, out hunting with the pride for a spot of breakfast, whilst a herd of buffalo lift their imperious heads in acknowledgement, continuing to munch their own. Today feels like the day you're going to spot the Big Five in Hwange National Park on your luxury Zimbabwe holiday.Two fish eagles glide silently by overhead and your guide whispers that if you're ever lost in the bush, seeing one of these majestic birds is a good sign. It means there is water nearby. Yet you know you'll never be lost on a tailor-made Zimbabwe safari. The guides here are so polite and friendly and know the bush like the backs of their hands.

Warming your hands around a steaming mug of coffee and feeling cosy wrapped up in a safari blanket, you feel privileged to be sharing this hidden part of Africa with the wildlife that lives here. The desk job seems a million miles away and you know you don't want to leave. Yet tomorrow brings more adventures, and you can't wait to try a canoe safari at Mana Pools and see who can spot the most hippos. There’s also a trip to see the thundering water at Victoria Falls where you'll be spending a couple of days at one of nature's greatest playgrounds. Perhaps you'll pluck up the courage to fly over the falls in a helicopter or microlight, or maybe you'll take a sunset steam train ride after an exciting day white water rafting. Finally for a bit of balance there are the ruins at Great Zimbabwe to explore, before relaxing on a Lake Kariba houseboat after all your adventures. You're beginning to realise that this is a land of incredible opportunities, and that you'll be dining out on tales of your luxury Zimbabwe holiday adventures for years to come.

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When to go to Zimbabwe

Find out the best time to visit Zimbabwe with our month by month guide.

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January is an excellent time to head out with expert guides and view resident and migratory bird species. The days are warm, with the risk of rain, this clears very fast as it arrives.



February is the best time for birders. The days are warm, with the risk of afternoon rain showers, but they clear as fast as they arrive.



If you want to witness Vic Falls at its fullest, March is the month to visit, with huge volumes of spray, it is perfect if you want to see the gorges and geology of the area.



The world famous Mana Pools re-open in April. The days feel fresher as the wet season ends leaving the landscapes looking lush green, making it perfect for walking safaris.



In May, the days continue to feel fresh and bright making it a perfect time to venture out on walking safaris.



June heralds the return of winter, nights turn colder and the temperature dips - take plenty of layers as the temperature can drop below freezing. It is the perfect time for photographers to explore Hwange National Park before the busy holiday period.



Winter temperatures continue into July so take plenty of layers. Much like June, it is perfect for photographers looking to view wildlife from a different angle.



If you want clear, bright blue skies and continuous wildlife sightings, August is the month for you. Camps are likely to be fuller, however, if you visit private concessions you can still experience exclusivity and no crowds.



Much like August, September is an amazing time for wildlife spotting and weather, in particular it is considered the best time of year to see elephant herds in Hwange National Park.



In October wildlife sightings are at their peak as the dry season ends. If you travel during this month you can experience hot days with temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees.



November is the best time to head out with expert guides and view resident and migratory bird species. The days are warm, with the risk of rain, this clears very fast as it arrives. It is low season and one of the best times to go white water rafting at Vic Falls, the volume and speed of the water is reduced exposing the rapids.



In December the days are warm with the risk of rain showers mid afternoon. The rivers rise and dependant on water levels travellers can visit 'devils pool' at Vic Falls, providing high excitement and a head for heights needed if you want to get close to the drop off.


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