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Zimbabwe is located on the southern side of the African continent. This country has some of the greatest natural wonders of the world, including amazing wildlife and waterfalls. The diversity of Zimbabwe's natural beauty is evident from the fact that the country has both national parks full of wildlife and waterfalls in which you can take a shower. Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and this country has the largest artificial lake in the world. Zimbabwe used to be one of the richest countries in Africa at some point and people used to call Zimbabwe "the breadbasket of Africa". Wildlife safari is the most popular activity in the country and supports the majority of its economy. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Zimbabwe tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Zimbabwe Tour Deals and DiscountsZimbabwe Travel Guide
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Zimbabwe Tours Highlights
- Gaze at the magnificent Victoria Falls which is one of the most well-known wonders of nature.
- Set a camp in the bushes of African plains and listen to the nighttime noises of local wildlife, which you can never do at such an extent except for Zimbabwe.
- Enjoy the cultural trip in the African villages of Zimbabwe and gain first-hand information about the lifestyle of locals who are living with centuries-old traditions.
- Witness the wildlife from unimaginable distances and feel like you are standing beside the animals that most would even be afraid to see from half a mile.
- Relax and enjoy the scene of young boys and girls playing cricket while having tea on a calm Zimbabwean evening.
- Take a food tour on the streets of Zimbabwe to try the purely traditional cuisine of this country and also many other African countries that is available there.
- Volunteer for a few hours to help build the country and have an impact on the lives of people at a macro level.
Zimbabwe Tours Travel Tips
- Zimbabwe Dollar used to be Zimbabwe's official currency but after the hyperinflation that hit the country, the Zimbabwe Dollar collapsed and was replaced by US Dollar. When visiting Zimbabwe make sure that you are carrying enough cash with you as you cannot rely on ATM withdrawals all the time.
- Whenever you are visiting a restaurant or any other place where you believe you will need someone else's services, do not forget to bring banknotes of smaller denomination with you so that you can give a tip to the lodge staff or restaurant server. Before giving a tip to the staff you can also check that the tip is not already added to the bill in the form of a service charge.
- Zimbabwe took its name from the Great Zimbabwe, whose ruins are still present in current day Zimbabwe. This is the reason why Zimbabwe is rich with the history of an empire that used to be the economic backbone of almost the entire continent.
- Some 70% of this country's population speaks Shona and almost 20% speak Ndebele. But the good thing for a tourist is that English is this country's official language and most of the locals speak and understand English. You will be shocked to see how welcoming the people of Zimbabwe are.
- Zimbabwe is one of the safest destinations in Africa. While visiting Zimbabwe you don't need to take any extra precaution, except the usual, to stay safe in this country. There have not been any incidents of major crimes in recent years so you don't need to worry about it.
- Public transport in Zimbabwe may not be very reliable and the best option of all for getting around in this country may be to rent out a car and drive around as the road network in the country is pretty nice and you will not have much trouble in maneuvering a car around in this southern African country.
- Accommodation options in Zimbabwe are also widely available for tourists and you can easily get any type of accommodation. From a budget apartment to a luxury hotel room, all of the options are available to the visitors.
Zimbabwe Tours Things To Do
- Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of the greatest attractions of not just Zimbabwe but of the entire world. This beautiful natural waterfall is located on the Zambezi River. This river is the fourth largest in the world while the waterfall is one of the only waterfalls which more than 1 kilometer in length.
Best Time To VisitThe best time to tour Victoria Falls is from February to May because that is the time when the weather around the falls is dry and you can easily get to the falls without facing any troubles whatsoever.
You Should KnowYou can hear the noise of this wonderful waterfall from a distance of almost 40 kilometers, see it from 50 kilometers away and it has a spray that you will feel at the height of 400 meters. That is the reason why the locals of Zimbabwe call this waterfall "the smoke that thunders". The name of this waterfall was kept after the name of the Queen of Britain, Queen Victoria. This Waterfall was not visited by anyone until the beginning of the 20th century after which the British built a railway and tourists started flocking to the waterfall.
- Hwange Safari
Hwange safari is the tour of the Hwange National Park on 4x4 where you get an opportunity to see the amazing wildlife of Zimbabwe in its natural habitat. This national park is the largest of all the national parks in the country. The total area of this national park is almost 15,000 sq kilometers, which is huge and that implies that the number of species inhabited in this national park is also going to be great. These safaris are a great way to explore the natural beauty of these vast lands and witness the eye-catching scene of wilderness.
Best Time To VisitHwange National Park is most enjoyable when visited during the dry season, which usually starts somewhere in July and runs till October. The wildlife in this park is in its prime time during this season and you will have more opportunities to witness the wildlife if you visit in that season.
You Should KnowThe park is so huge that it is a border with Botswana on one end and goes along the main road to the Victoria Falls on the other end of Zimbabwe. This park was designated as a national park in the year 1961. You can see elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos, wildebeests, zebras, black rhinos, zebras, leopards, lions, and many more other animals while on your safari in this park.
- Mana Pools National Park
This unique national park is located in northern Zimbabwe and just like other national parks in the country this national park also has a number of wildlife animals that you can witness. This national park spans over 219,600 hectares and is a wildlife conservation park. The unique thing about this park is that it is on the lower side of the Zambezi River and the flood plain after the rainy season usually turns into an expanse of lakes, which gives this park a view that is worth a watch.
Best Time To VisitThe best time to view the wildlife in a very vibrant state is after the rainy season is over, which usually happens during the months of June till October. Also, the formation of lakes from the water of the rain enhances the view manifolds.
You Should KnowThis park is regarded as Zimbabwe's best and also home to some of the finest wilderness in entire Africa. This park is on the border of Zambia and has some of the most distinct views. Huge elephant herds are a usual sight in this park if you are visiting during the right time of the day. Most tourists, who are experienced enough, choose to go and witness the wilderness without a guide and stay in unfenced campsites, although it is not recommended if you are visiting for the first time.
The district of Kariba is located on the shores of Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe. This city has a border with neighboring Zambia. This city has almost 12 different rural municipalities. You can visit these rural areas of the city to meet the local population and make friends that will probably stay with you for your whole life.
Best Time To VisitIn order to experience Kariba without having the need to handle the extreme weather, it is important that you visit the district right after the summer season and since the rainfall of the year has also usually passed during that time, so you will be able to easily visit the lake in this district.
You Should KnowThe lake of Karib, which received small sardines from Lake Tanganyika, in the late 1960s, quickly became the center for commercial activities. The real Tigerfish play has thrived a lot since its inception and this fist has contributed a lot to the country's economy.
- Matobo National Park
Matobo or some call it Matopos, because of the name of Motopos Hill, is at the core of this hill some 35 kilometers south of Bulawayo, southern Zimbabwe. The view of these 2 billion years old hill is a sign of how old our earth is. This park is very vast and you will definitely need more than 1 day to tour it properly. The scenery of the most majestic granite hills along with the wildlife is a two in one treat when you visit this park.
Best Time To VisitThe dry season from July to October is the best time to travel to Matobo because the wildlife scenes are at their best during this time. You can witness a lot of wild animals while they gather around the water sources.
You Should KnowThis national park consists of the valley that has these billions year old granite hills carved into beautiful shapes. These hills are like this today because of the river erosion that has happened during the course of billions of years. Some locals will tell folklore about these hills and caves that they are the dwelling places of spirits but you don't need to worry they are just folklore.
- Great Zimbabwe Ruins
These ruins of the Great Zimbabwe are considered, by some, as being the greatest historical marvel after the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This city was built somewhere around the 13th and 14th centuries. This city was one of the centers of power and prosperity in entire Africa. Walls in this city are made up of stones, which in some cases, formed semi-natural enclosures by filling up gaps between boulders.
Best Time To VisitThe best season to visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins is during the summers because the most comfortable time to tout the Great Zimbabwe city is during the day when the sun is up and shinning. This is only possible during the summers because the days are usually not that long enough during winters.
You Should KnowThe word Zimbabwe means a "house of stone", which is the reason why this city was named as such because the houses in this centuries-old city are all made up of stones. The moment you enter the city you will realize that the entrance is either made up of stone lintels or wooden crossbeams. There is a settlement complex within the ruins, spanning over 700 hectares, which has numerous stone houses that you will witness. According to recent research, it is estimated that the population of Great Zimbabwe city at the time of its peak would have been somewhere around 20,000.
Zimbabwe Tour Packages
Zimbabwe is a country that has very good weather all around the year and tourists can visit this country at any time of the year. The weather is usually not very hot in the summer and not extremely cold in the winters. But many tourists plan to visit Zimbabwe during the dry season of July to October.
The main reasons tourists visit Zimbabwe are the jaw-dropping wildlife scenes and the best experiences of Safari in these national parks. The best time of the year to experience a Safari is right after the rainfall because the wildlife is in its prime time during this time and you can quite easily witness the animals you have been waiting for the entire day. And these animals that you want to witness can easily be found around the source of water that is usually formed by the rainfall in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Zimbabwe Tours?
Zimbabwe is a country of Wildlife Safaris. And these Safaris are incomplete without a tour guide or a 4x4 vehicle. Having the comfort of not going through the hassle of choosing the best Safari for you and after spending a tiring day at the Safari, having the comfort of going to the camp in the middle of the jungle, is the reason why Zimbabwe tours are formed. These tours are designed specially to cater your needs by visiting a couple of tourist attractions of your own choice.
- What’s included in a Zimbabwe Tour?
This is for the majority of Zimbabwe tours, not all these facilities may be available at all of these Zimbabwe Tours. First and foremost expenses like tour guides, transportation and accommodation for going to the Safaris or the waterfalls are covered by the tour operator. After there may be some other facilities like food and inbound or outbound flights may be also be covered in some very expensive tours.
- What’s the Best Zimbabwe Tour?
There are several tours going to Zimbabwe every year and you can easily get feedback from the tourists who visit this country. Some of the tours with very positive ratings are Intrepid Travels, Contiki Travels, Peregrine adventures, and Acacia adventure holiday.
- How Much Does a Zimbabwe Tour Cost?
The tour prices for Zimbabwe range between $400 and $2000 depending on the number of days that you will be staying in the country. Some tours will let you stay in the country for just two days while others will facilitate you for more than 10 days.
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