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Things to do in Zimbabwe

Increasing numbers of visitors are returning to Zimbabwe thanks to its newfound stability and impressive range of things to see and do. Its many attractions include abundant wildlife, untouched wilderness and significant cultural sights. A game drive in Hwange National Park is one of the most rewarding activities and one of the best ways in Africa to see the Big Five.

Alternatively, set off on foot in Mana Pools National Park for a walking safari, view the thundering Victoria Falls or take a day trip to see the cascading water from different viewpoints. Elsewhere you can explore the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ideas for experiencing Zimbabwe

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Zimbabwe, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • White water rafting on the Zambezi River

    White water raft the Zambezi at Victoria Falls

    The adventurous can spend a day white water rafting on the rapids below the Victoria Falls, one of the finest stretches of navigable rapids in the world. A prime time for rafting is between July and mid-January when low water in the river leads to an increased number of rapids to tackle.

  • Game drive in Hwange National Park

    Game drive in Hwange National Park

    Hwange National Park

    Hwange ranks among the top national parks in Africa in terms of size, diversity and quantity of game so a game drive is an ideal excursion.

  • Young lion in Mana Pools

    Walking Safari in Mana Pools National Park

    Mana Pools National Park

    Mana Pools has large tracts of wilderness only accessible on foot. Experienced guides and reveal big game as well as many smaller things such as animal tracks, insects and brightly coloured birds.

  • Evening boat safari from Musango Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

    Sundowner drinks on Lake Kariba

    Lake Kariba

    Take a boat trip on Lake Kariba as the sun sets. Perhaps try your hand at tiger fishing before relaxing with a cold glass of wine, couple of snacks and beautiful setting sun.

  • Zimbabwean mother and child

    Spend a morning exploring Bulawayo


    Bulawayo has wide tree lined streets, lush parks, Zimbabwe’s Natural History Museum, a railway museum and Mzilikmzi Art and Craft Centre plus the people are warm and welcoming.

  • Breeding herd of elephant

    Stay in Gonarezhou National Park

    Gonarezhou National Park

    Gonarezhou is linked to Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. As well as a place of great beauty Gonarezhou is famous for having some of Africa’s largest-tusked elephants.