Zimbabwe Budget Travel

About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of the most scenic countries in southern Africa and well worth visiting despite the political upheaval in the country. A fine climate, rich history and untamed wilderness areas – Zimbabwe has much to offer travellers who will find themselves welcomed by the people of this once powerful nation.

Zimbabwe Politics

Zimbabwe is a truly beautiful country. Once known as the " Breadbasket of Africa" due to its fertile soil and state of the art farming techniques, the country has been hit hard recently due to the misrule of its Liberation President Robert Mugabe. Nevertheless the country has a fantastic tourism infrastructure in the form of hotels, roads and National Parks that are well set up for the re-emergence of tourism in the future should the political situation stabilize.

Zimbabwe Travel Highlights

The Mightly Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe is perhaps best known for the Victoria Falls, known as "The Smoke that Thunders". Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world, at 1700m wide Vic Falls plummets over 100m sending up a spectacular spray of water.

Victoria Falls is one of the most magnificent natural waterfalls in the world and home to some of the best adventure activities available in Africa. Many consider Vic Falls as the adventure capital of Africa, with its bungee jumping, helicopter rides and more. From white water rafting or canoeing on the Zambezi to Elephant Back Safaris and lion encounters Victoria Falls offers something for everyone. Vic Falls is a popular stop off or starting point for most Safari companies partly due to its geographical location.

It is important to note that due to its position as a foreign income earner for the government of Zimbabwe Vic Falls Town has been spared the unrest that has plagued the rest of the country over the last few years, and as a result remains a safe destination to visit.

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins 

For the traveller to Zimbabwe a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins is a fascinating journey back in time and definitely worth a visit. 

The stone ruins of the ancient Shona Bantu civilization, this important archaeological site consists of the remains of what was once the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa.  What is today the Zimbabwe Ruins was in bygone times the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, serving as a major trading hub and housing the royal palace.

Zimbabwe is named after the Great Ruins with the Shona name meaning “Great Stone Houses”. The sprawling and impressive stone structures of the Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a cultural and historic travel highlight of a visit to this beautiful African country.

Zimbabwe’s Game Parks 

Zimbabwe has several wild and scenic game parks, two of the most famous National Parks being Hwangwe and Matobo National Park. Both parks offer a wide variety of fauna and flora that are unique to the area. Other Zimbabwean game parks include the scenic Nyanga National Park with its lush hills and the wild Mana Pools Park known for its high concentrations of hippos and crocodiles, as well as the rugged Chizarira Park, a remote and untamed wilderness area.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest game reserve, is home to more than 100 species of African wildlife and around 400 bird species. Hwange boasts one of the largest elephant populations in the world, as well as high concentrations of giraffes, buffalo and zebra. Africa’s Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - are also found in Hwange, along with all of the protected wild animals in Zimbabwe. It is the only game park in Zimbabwe where healthy numbers of gemsbok and brown hyena can be found, as well as being home to sizeable big cat populations. 

The Painted Dog Centre for the protection of African Wild Dogs is located at Hwange, said to host one of Africa’s largest populations of these endangered animals. This anti-poaching and research project combines art and conservation in efforts to rehabilitate the rare African Wild Dog. The Hwange reserve supports such an incredible variety of wildlife as it consists of diverse habitats, from sand dunes and sparse woodland to grassland and rocky outcrops.

Matobo National Park in southern Zimbabwe covers some beautiful natural scenery consisting of granite kopjes and wooded valleys and is home to a healthy population of rhino. In addition to both black and white rhino, high concentrations of leopards and raptors inhabit the game park area of Matobo Hills. Matobo is rich in birdlife, especially birds of prey, with a high concentration of black eagles in particular. Matobo Park boasts a high concentration of ancient San rock paintings and is considered sacred ground to the Ndebele people as well as being the burial place of Cecil John Rhode, at his request.

Weather in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has great weather for holidaymaking and safaris. From October to April the days are hot and sunny in the morning with possible afternoon thunder storms.

The day time temperatures average between 25C - 35C and night temperatures drop to between 14C - 20C. November to March is generally the rainy season. Winter time is from May to September with the days been dry, cool and sunny. The night time temperatures can drop to between 5c and 10c.

Once the political situation in Zimbabwe stabilizes this country will once again take its position as one of the most popular countries in Africa to Visit.

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Kruger Park to Vic Falls Family Overland Safari via Zimbabwe

Duration 11 Days, Travel Style Family Overland Tours
Priced from pps R10700 $757 £592 €670 A$1066 C$1007 NZ$1107 Full pricing info
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Rhinos Highlights on this family-friendly Kruger Park to Victoria Falls Overland Camping Safari include Kruger Park in South Africa, wildlife viewing in Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Trip Style Zimbabwe Overland Safaris

Kruger Park to Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari

Duration 11 Days, Travel Style Overland Camping Tours
Priced from pps R10700 $757 £592 €670 A$1066 C$1007 NZ$1107 Full pricing info
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Truck sunset This Kruger and Victoria Falls Camping Safari begins with game viewing in Kruger National Park South Africa, travelling to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo and ending in Victoria Falls.

Trip Style Zimbabwe Overland Safaris

Zimbabwe & Kruger Park Overland Camping Safari

Duration 10 Days, Travel Style Overland Camping Tours
Priced from pps R19280 $1364 £1066 €1208 A$1920 C$1814 NZ$1996 Full pricing info
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Matopos national park This 10-day budget Zimbabwe & Kruger Park Camping Safari explores top highlights in Zimbabwe & takes you game viewing in Kruger Park. Explore Hwange, Vic Falls, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins & Kruger Park.

Trip Style Zimbabwe Overland Safaris

Victoria Falls & Hwange Lodge Safari

Duration 06 Days, Travel Style Short Stay Budget Packages
Priced from pps R26706 $1890 £1476 €1673 A$2660 C$2513 NZ$2764 Full pricing info
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Buffalo Experience Zimbabwe's two most famous destinations - Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park, adding private concessions and Botswana's Chobe National Park to these iconic highlights. A short, action-packed lodge safari combining Big Five game viewing with one of Africa's finest natural wonders - Vic Falls!

Trip Style Zimbabwe Short Stay Package

6 Day Best of Zimbabwe Accommodated Overland Safari

Duration 06 Days, Travel Style Accommodated Overland Tours
Priced from pps R13750 $973 £760 €862 A$1369 C$1294 NZ$1423 Full pricing info
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Matobos Hills Park Explore Zimbabwe on this six day budget Zimbabwe Accommodated Overland Safari visiting Victoria Falls, wildlife-rich Hwange National Park, Matobo Hills and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

Trip Style Zimbabwe Overland Safaris

6 Day Zimbabwe Camping Safari Adventure

Duration 06 Days, Travel Style Overland Camping Tours
Priced from pps R10950 $775 £605 €686 A$1090 C$1030 NZ$1133 Full pricing info
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Big Five in Hwange Explore Zimbabwe's highlights on this fun six day budget Zimbabwe Camping Safari visiting Victoria Falls, wildlife-rich Hwange National Park, Matobo Hills and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

Trip Style Zimbabwe Overland Safaris