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Family Safaris in Zimbabwe
Studded with natural wonders and abundant wildlife, Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s lesser-known wildlife gems. Embark on a family safari to one of the country’s many national parks or private reserves and relax as giraffe, elephant, and grazing zebras wander by. In the country’s most popular destinations, you’ll find an array of family-friendly lodging options with kids’ activities such as guided walks and bushcraft lessons. For the adventurous traveler, activities include rafting on the white waters of the mighty Zambezi and close encounters with big game on canoeing safaris at Mana Pools National Park.
Why Visit Zimbabwe
Witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Visit one of Zimbabwe’s main attractions when you touchdown, Africa’s most spectacular waterfall which tumbles over 355 feet of basalt rock, Victoria Falls. The best time to visit Victoria Falls is during the heavy rainy season from November to March, when the water volume of the Zambezi nearly triples and the spray can be seen from 18 miles away. Take a short trip from the falls and have an evening drink at one of the look-out points in Hwange National Park while watching hundreds of elephants come down to drink at a watering hole. Both destinations offer a wide range of family-friendly accommodation from camping to luxury villas.
Marvel at ancient Rock Art
Further south on the map, you can take a walking safari through the ancient granite kopjes and wooded valleys of Matobo National Park, one of the main attractions near the city of Bulawayo. Hike with experienced guides to see San rock art left thousands of years ago and, if you’re lucky, a protected herd of white rhino and their offspring.
Big 5 family safari
Zimbabwe is home to theBig 5 as well as a rich variety of antelope, zebra, giraffe, and hyena. Hwange National Park offers excellent wildlife viewing, especially from the dry months of June to October, where thirsty animals can be seen drinking from the waterholes. If your children are older than 12, you can embark on a guided walking safari in some of the national parks and private concessions – a unique experience where young ones can learn about Zimbabwe’s unqiue fauna and flora.
Book your family safari to Zimbabwe
For thrill-seekers and safari enthusiasts, Zimbabwe is the big game destination you need to visit. Jumbari offers a range of affordable family safaris that will take you to some of the best lodges, hotels, and private camps in Zimbabwe.
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Hwange National Park
Visit Hwange National Park in the dry season and see the largest migrating herd of elephants in the world, as well as other spectacular game viewing opportunities.
Visit the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s greatest ancient civilizations.
Watch the wildlife from a different perspective on a canoeing safari at Mana Pools.
Experience a walking safari through Matobo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see ancient San rock paintings and protected groups of black and white rhino.
See the ‘smoke that thunders’ at the Victoria Falls in the rainy season.
When To Go?
Best time to go
The best time to visit this diverse country depends on what you want to see. If you are set on big game viewing, take a trip during the dry winter months from May to October. The weather is cooler and there is very little chance of rainfall, which means the vegetation in the parks will be less dense and game and birdlife will be easier to spot.
July to October when vegetation is less dense. None of the parks feel crowded, only Victoria Falls becomes busy.
November to April, during the rainy season the bush becomes denser and animals become harder to spot. Parks are very quiet and you can experience a more private escape to nature.
April, May, and September, when temperatures are pleasant and afternoon showers rarely interfere with game viewing.
Will you see the Big 5?
The chances of seeing elephant, hippo, buffalo, and even leopard in Hwange are great. You might have to take a special trip to Matobo National Park to see Rhino.
What is regularly seen?
Huge herds of elephant in the dry season, as well as giraffe, zebra, buffalo, sable, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, hyenas, and wild dog.
When will you get the best wildlife experience?
April to October when water is scarce and animals congregate around water sources.
Officially called Salisbury until 1982, Harare is the capital and most populous city of Zimbabwe. It is in the north-east region of the country in historic Mashonaland. It is known locally as the Sunshine City and was named as one of the world’s most improved cities to live in by Time Magazine in 2015.
The Zimbabwean Dollar is no longer in active use. The US Dollar, South African Rand, Botswana Pula and Euro are now used instead. Most transactions occur in US dollars.
Harare International Airport is the largest in the country, followed by Joshua Nkomo International in Bulawayo, and Victoria Falls airport.
Health & Safety
There is a high risk of malaria throughout most of the country, especially around Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. Only visitors who have left an infected Yellow Fever area require a certificate of immunisation.