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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

ENCOUNTER

The majesty of Victoria Falls.

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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

EXCLUSIVE

Stay at superb private lodges deep in the wilds.

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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

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Mana Pools on foot, by canoe and open vehicle.

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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

EXTRAORDINARY

See 20,000 elephants on Hwange's rich plains.

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Until 2001 it was seen as one of the finest countries for a top quality wilderness experience. The guides were the best in Africa, and the Zambezi River, the open plains of Hwange and the unique Kariba shoreline were settings for enthralling game viewing adventures. The political chaos of the last eight years saw a drop in tourism and the closure of many lodges and camps.

Yet it is now ready to welcome tourists again and we think that as soon as political change happens it will quickly revive as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations. There are still tens of thousands of elephants and vast numbers of plains game in Hwange with almost no-one to see them. Herds of buffalo, carefully protected rhinoceros and prides of lion roam the Kariba shoreline watched by pods of yawning hippo and crocodiles which lurk menacingly in the semi-submerged tree lines. Paddling and drifting down the Lower Zambezi for a few days on a canoe remains an unforgettable adventure, while the Chimanimani Highlands are some of the best for walking in Africa.

A number of Zimbabwe’s best camps are still running and are set to thrive as tourists return. Makololo Plains is a luxury tented camp deep in southern Hwange, almost besieged by elephants as the long dry season advances. At Ruckomechi you can enjoy walking and thrilling game drives in the dreamlike landscapes of Mana Pools as well as sunset boat rides on the Zambezi, and in Kariba Steve Edwards superb little Musango Camp is now joined by a reopened five star Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. And of course that Grand Old Lady, the Victoria Falls Hotel with her classic courtyards and red tiled roof, established in 1904 – still the best place to admire the mile wide waterfall.

So, if you want to beat the rush back to this magnificent destination, call Africa Exclusive and we’ll organise a magical fly in safari. The camps and lodges are running well, the wildlife is in great condition, the infrastructure works and the patient and friendly people will welcome you with open arms.

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Zimbabwe Highlights

These are just a few of the experiences you can enjoy on your adventure with Africa Exclusive. Contact us now to plan your perfect holiday.

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Regions of Zimbabwe

Hwange

The Hwange National Park, formerly known as Wankie, was once home to the nomadic San Bushmen and the warrior king Mzilikazi. Founded by a young game ranger called Ted Davidson, it was declared a national park in 1929 and is now the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe - covering an area of 5,600 square miles (about the same size as Belgium). It lies to the west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, which is a mere two hours drive away. Hwange has a good infrastructure with roads, shops and even an airport however it is not touristy and offers a fantastic wilderness experience.

Lying close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the region has little water with sparse, xerophile vegetation. It is a place of extreme contrasts. During the dry months the park is very inhospitable with crusted and cracked salt pan landscapes. The animals are helped by 60 man-made waterholes which provide them with much needed water until the rains arrive bringing new growth. Despite these harsh conditions the park is home to 105 species of animals, including 19 herbivores and eight carnivores. This protected area is also inhabited by one of the largest surviving groups of African wild dog and it is a bird lover’s paradise with over 400 species including 50 different types of raptor and huge numbers of the ground dwelling Kori Bustard. The elephant population has thrived in Hwangwe and the population exceeds that which is naturally supported in the area.

Hwange combines well with contrasting Victoria Falls offering superb game viewing with the thrills of the falls. It is also a great destination for horse riding safaris – being the first national park in Africa to allow riding.

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Hwange

The Hwange National Park, formerly known as Wankie, was once home to the nomadic San Bushmen and the warrior king Mzilikazi. Founded by a young game ranger called Ted Davidson, it was declared a national park in 1929 and is now the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe - covering an area of 5,600 square miles (about the same size as Belgium). It lies to the west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, which is a mere two hours drive away. Hwange has a good infrastructure with roads, shops and even an airport however it is not touristy and offers a fantastic wilderness experience.

Lying close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the region has little water with sparse, xerophile vegetation. It is a place of extreme contrasts. During the dry months the park is very inhospitable with crusted and cracked salt pan landscapes. The animals are helped by 60 man-made waterholes which provide them with much needed water until the rains arrive bringing new growth. Despite these harsh conditions the park is home to 105 species of animals, including 19 herbivores and eight carnivores. This protected area is also inhabited by one of the largest surviving groups of African wild dog and it is a bird lover’s paradise with over 400 species including 50 different types of raptor and huge numbers of the ground dwelling Kori Bustard. The elephant population has thrived in Hwangwe and the population exceeds that which is naturally supported in the area.

Hwange combines well with contrasting Victoria Falls offering superb game viewing with the thrills of the falls. It is also a great destination for horse riding safaris – being the first national park in Africa to allow riding.

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Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!

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