Self-Drive Zimbabwe

Overview

Zimbabwe was the first country Safari Drive operated in - our first base was set up there, in Victoria Falls, in 1993. The country was by far our favourite to run safaris in until around 2008 when the political situation became impossible for us to do so. We are now delighted that we can send our valued clients back to this stunning country in confidence, and experience what Zimbabwe safaris have to offer.

The National Parks here are out of this world, full of game and unspoilt by man. But what we love more is the people here, they are generally so warm and friendly people are so proud to be Zimbabwean. Of course there are some really beautiful lodges and campsites dotted around the country, and the legendary safari guides are back and will be delighted to show you their country and the prolific game.

It is possible to tour the whole country and there is so much to see and do. National Parks include Hwange and Mana Pools. We welcome you to go on Lake Kariba, or visit Great Zimbabwe's extraordinary ruins, or Motobo Hills. The list goes on.

Zimbabwe

When to go

January

28°C
170mm

Heavy rains throughout.

February

27°C
125mm

Rain and good weather. Good time for birding.

March

27°C
70mm

The end of the wet season :)

April

24°C
25mm

a very fresh, green month; some rain but also clear weather.

May

24°C
7mm

For the scenery lovers, arguably the best time to travel as the land is beautiful and green.

June

24°C
2mm

The dry season is in full swing with near to no rainfall and low temperatures at night.

July

24°C
1mm

A lovely time to travel. Excellent wildlife viewing - drier land results in the wildlife congregating more.

August

25°C
3mm

Like July, a lovely time to travel. Excellent wildlife viewing. Cold evenings.

September

27°C
5mm

Temperatures starts to pick up. Conditions still perfect.

October

28°C
28mm

Temperatures still climbing and the terrain starts to look dry.

November

28°C
63mm

Still nice and hot with needed rains due towards the end of the month.

December

28°C
176mm

The rains return.

What to see

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba is the worlds largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It is now home to to a many species, but the keen fisherman amongst us know it as a tiger fish hot spot.

Motopos

The World Heritage site of the Matopo National Park is resting place for Cecil Rhodes and the Zimbabwean Heroes with the spectacular Worlds View. The game in the region is good and has excellent birding.

Mana Pools

This 4500 square kilometer reserve is opposite Zambia'a Lower Zambezi National Park. Here you have a wide selection of river activities, exclusive campsites and luxury lodges.

Hwange National Park

The largest National Park in Zimbabwe at 1.4 million hectares and not to be missed as with its great camping spots, hides and waterholes, is one of the worlds best self drive parks.

Zambezi National Park

A brilliant introduction to wild camping as its so close to Victoria Falls, but the game is all there including big crocs on the river banks. Amazing river sunsets and views across the river make this park a little gem.

Victoria Falls

Vic Falls needs no introduction. At nearly 2km wide and 100 meters tall it is one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. David Livingstone first laid eyes on the 'smoke that thunders' in 1855.

Experiences

Expert Guides (some of the best in Africa)

Visit The Victoria Falls Hotel

Popular Routes

scroll to discover

Zimbabwe Journal Entries

View Journal

Enquire about Zimbabwe

Enquire now

Something else to inspire

All our itineraries are tailor made, but here are some of our favourite routes and camp combinations.