Best wildlife safaris in Zimbabwe
If watching wildlife from a 4WD is not close enough for you, then go on a wildlife safari in Zimbabwe! Here, highly-trained and experienced guides can get you really close to game. We think the country's captivating wildlife and superb guides do more than compensate for the rather basic standards at some camps!
The quality of the guide training system in Zimbabwe is very high, which is why they are among the best guides in Africa. Some individual guides know their areas and the resident animals exceedingly well. Consequently they will crawl up to wild dogs with you, or let you sit next to an elephant ... and of course, wildlife safaris by 4WD are also offered.
On a wildlife safari in Zimbabwe you are likely to find its beautiful national parks relatively empty of visitors. In recent years politics have caused great damage to the country and the number of visitors has declined. The question whether it is ethical to go there or not causes a lot of controversy. However, we think it is, because we work with small businesses and people we know well and want to support. We would not organize trips to Zimbabwe if we thought they would prolong an unethical regime. However, we feel the income that visitors bring is crucial to the economic recovery of the country and thus to improve ordinary people's lives. Indeed, there seems to be change for the better going on.
Therefore we are happy to promote trips to Zimbabwe actively now. Come for strong game densities, excellent guides and a feeling of unspoilt wilderness!
Our pick of camps: the 7 best wildlife safaris in Zimbabwe
Amalinda|95% (16 reviews)The Matobo Hills is an excellent and relatively easy place to track white rhino on foot, making it very appealing for a wildlife safari in Zimbabwe. The open terrain and experienced guides give guests at Amalinda a good chance to find and then approach these giants. More about Amalinda
Camp Hwange|97% (41 reviews)Camp Hwange has a very strong focus on top guiding and safari experiences. Whether watching wildlife by vehicle or tracking it on foot, you can expect to be led by incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides with a real passion for the bush. There’s lots of big game ... More about Camp Hwange
Hwange Mobile Camp|100% (5 reviews)This area of Hwange has a scattering of loop roads, in interesting country with plenty of game and few visitors - so it is also possible to explore the area on 4WD safaris whilst you're on a mobile safari. More about Hwange Mobile Camp
Little Makalolo Camp|99% (15 reviews)The waterhole in front of Little Makalolo is a real focus for game, including elephants for much of the day and night. Away from camp, Makalolo's private area within Hwange has strong populations of big game – particularly buffalo and giraffe. Lion and leopard are seen ... More about Little Makalolo Camp
Rhino Safari Camp|88% (5 reviews)The isolated part of Matusadona around Rhino Safari Camp has been designated an intensive protection zone (IPZ) to accommodate the relocation and release of black rhino, making it a good base for seeing these increasingly rare animals. More about Rhino Safari Camp
Somalisa Camp|88% (22 reviews)Somalisa is in an area rich in wildlife, with healthy populations of elephant, buffalo and lion. These and other animals can be seen on walks, drives, or at the waterholes in front of camp, making for a varied wildlife safari in Zimbabwe. More about Somalisa Camp
Vundu Camp|95% (23 reviews)In the dry season, Mana is one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations; a lush environment with high game densities. Mana’s most experienced guides can get very close to the wildlife. If you want to crawl up to a pack a wild dogs, or sit motionless close to an elephant, come here! More about Vundu Camp