A storied history makes Zimbabwe a fascinating holiday destination, full of cultural as well as natural attractions. Often overlooked for its more famous neighbours - South Africa and Botswana - a holiday in Zimbabwe is ideal if you’re looking to experience Africa off the beaten track. Visit seven natural wonders of the world, safari in an open top 4x4 with expert guides or take a river boat safari to get up close to the country’s wonderful native creatures.
Victoria Falls is a major draw for holidays in Zimbabwe, with waters falling from over 100 feet making it the largest waterfall in the world. The Upper Zambezi, which leads into the falls, is a myriad of channels and islands. Sightings of crocodiles and hippos are almost guaranteed and spotting some of the 50 different species of birds is inevitable. Touring the bottom of the falls will take you back to the romance of its discovery by Victorian explorer David Livingston. If you prefer to get active there are plenty of activities, from canoeing to helicopter rides.
Enjoy the wonders of Zimbabwe’s landscapes without compromising on comfort with our selection of luxury holidays to Zimbabwe. Each of the hotels we offer have been carefully selected for personal service, unique surroundings and world class facilities. Award winning cuisine is served at mealtimes, with lounges and viewing areas where guests can relax in the heat of the day.
Stay in a lodge built to reflect its natural environment and spread across seven floors or enjoy the opulent glamour of colonial buildings which date back to the colonial explorers. Enjoy safari tours with knowledgeable guides who will help track animals and other wildlife or take a walking tour and discover something new around every turn. For the ultimate in luxury, sunset cruises and sunset dining on the steam train are available, or you could take a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the thundering waters.
Flights from London to Zimbabwe are just under 11 hours
Zimbabwe is a year round holiday destination. The best time to visit is from May to October, when wildlife congregates around rivers and water holes during the dry season. Bird lovers will enjoy the many migratory birds seen from November to March while April to June sees Victoria Falls in full flow.
You can purchase a 30 day tourist Visa on arrival in Zimbabwe.
A 10% tip is usual in restaurants, with smaller amounts given to hotel staff (from $1-$5).
16 languages are spoken in Zimbabwe. English is widely spoken but is not common as a primary language. Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken languages.
There are no particular rules around clothing in Zimbabwe. On safari most experts recommend wearing neutral colours, like green and beige, to help you blend into your surroundings. This will allow you to get closer to the wildlife.
Held at the end of April every year, the Harare International Festival of Arts brings together local and international artists for theatre performances, music, art and crafts. The arts and crafts market is the ideal place to purchase souvenirs and gifts.
Independence Day is celebrated on the 18th April and includes celebrations of the country’s independence from the British all over Zimbabwe. Flag hoisting, marching and parades in front of the President are just some of the activities.
Held in November every year, the Harare International Food Festival includes local food and drink producers showcasing their best products. A foodie’s dream, international chefs host events while visitors can taste local wines, whiskeys, pastas, meats and lots more.
Often thought to be the best local festival in Zimbabwe, visit Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival in November and watch school children from all over the country as they perform local dances.