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Luxury Zimbabwe Holidays

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.

Luxury holidays to Zimbabwe

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.  

Sovereign Recommends

Southern Africa Safari Discovery

At a glance
  • Enjoy sundowner drinks as you cruise on the Mighty Zambezi river
  • Be overawed by the power and magnificence of Victoria Falls
  • Go in search of the Big 5 – on unparalleled safaris by boat and car
  • Experience the most cosmopolitan city in Africa
16 days from £6595 per person

Find out more about Southern Africa Safari Discovery
Our pick of the top hotels in Zimbabwe
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Victoria Falls Hotel

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
The grand old lady of Victoria Falls, this historic hotel commands a prime location overlooking the famous bridge and the spray of the Falls from its terrace and lawns. With lounges and bars reflecting the hotel’s heritage, there is both casual dining on the terrace as well as a more formal dining room. 

Victoria Falls River Lodge

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Close enough to Victoria Falls to see the spray in the distance, each of the thatch and canvas tented suites combines modern facilities with natural rustic details. Your stay includes game drives, walks and boating and all meals and drinks, which can be enjoyed from the decks and pool overlooking the river.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Enjoy spectacular views from each of the 72 rooms, stretching out over the natural bush landscapes and offering sunset views. The lodge is built in the style of a treehouse, spreading across seven levels and built of natural materials. The restaurant serves up award winning gourmet cuisine and there is also a bar and two swimming pools. 

Zambezi Sands River Camp

Zimbabwe, Zambezi National Park
Stay in one of just ten supremely comfortable tented suites with private decks and plunge pools on the river’s edge. Linked by boardwalks to the central dining and bar tent, here you can embark on game drives. Best of all are the walking and boat safaris and canoeing is not to be missed. Your stay includes all meals and drinks.
Flight Information

Flights from London to Zimbabwe are just under 11 hours

When to go

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. 

Visa Information

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). 

Introduction to languages

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. 

Events and festivals

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. 


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