Zimbabwe has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most magical of African nations, its vast and varied landscapes teeming with bountiful game and evocative wonders of nature seemingly at every turn. Little wonder therefore that it previously enjoyed an unrivalled status as southern Africa’s leading safari destination. And yet as we entered the 21st Century, Land Reform and the resulting years of oppressive political unrest and economic collapse brought about a near decimation in the number of visitors travelling to this most beautiful of lands.
Since 2009, however, a much-welcomed political sea-change, the abandonment of the over-inflated Zimbabwean dollar and the end of the Mugabe presidency means that the country is bearing witness to a return to stability and with that comes a slow but very welcome resurgence of visitors although still in small numbers. Zimbabwe is once again establishing itself firmly on the map as one of the most rewarding, must-see countries in Africa.
Indeed, the myriad reasons as to why Zimbabwe was such a tick-box destination on the African trail have never gone away. The awesome majesty of Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi, the fabulous variety of game set against the spectacular rise and fall of the Zimbabwean sun, the colonial charm of Harare and Bulawayo and the timeless historic splendour of Great Zimbabwe are but a few of the country’s most notable draws.
Hotel and safari camps are some of the best on the continent. Stay at Little Makalolo for some of the best game viewing in the Hwange National Park. Camp Amalinda is great for rhino tracking and cultural activities such as visiting Rhodes’ Grave and seeing ancient bushmen paintings. For those enjoying water-based activities, stay at Ruckomechi Camp, where river safaris along the Lower Zambezi may be enjoyed, as well as fishing and walking safaris. The Bulawayo Club in Bulawayo is the place to stay for experiencing colonial Zimbabwe at its finest and for those seeking the ultimate in luxury safari holidays to Zimbabwe, stay at Singita Pamushana Lodge. As well as top notch activities and five star accommodation, the camp has a strong social heart, feeding 23,000 local school children daily amongst various community and conservation projects.
And as if to add the metaphorical icing to an already rich cake, the people of Zimbabwe – proud and positive, resilient and welcoming – give this country an extra special allure. You’ll encounter an overwhelming sense of friendliness and integrity amongst its citizens, with some of the best trained guides and highest standards of service throughout Africa.
For more information on organising your Zimbabwe safari contact our Africa specialist on +44 (0)1242 787800.