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Zimbabwe – A Special Safari Destination

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I have just returned from Southern Africa and spent 9 days touring Zimbabwe. What a revelation it was! This country should now be on the “not to be missed” list of anyone going on safari to Southern Africa.

A large majority of our clients spend a few days at Victoria Falls and always thoroughly enjoy it but we now suggest that Zimbabwe, as a whole, should be seriously considered. You will not find more friendly people anywhere. The service at all the hotels and game lodges was exemplary, the game viewing excellent and driving around the country with our guide was easy and a lot of fun.

We have now put together a 14 day safari that covers some of the best places in the country to visit. We cannot get you everywhere in two weeks but can certainly do so if you have more time available.

The whole country has settled down very well since Mugabe was deposed last year and elections have taken place. There is a positive attitude amongst the people even if they still have a long way to go to get the economy working effectively again. Tourists are treated especially well as tourism is seen as a major industry and a way forward. The industry employs many people and this is very positive for local people everywhere. Crime is minimal and travel is safe.

Roadblocks at one time made touring difficult; however, we covered nearly 2000 kms and did not have a single bad experience, mostly just being waved through the few blocks that we came across. We were stopped once, only for the Officer to apologise to us once he recognised us as tourists.

We have arranged with a local guide at Victoria Falls to carry out all our drive tours around the country. The owner personally drives and is a delightful man with a good knowledge of our favourite destinations. We suggest a small group of four to six family members or friends in order to spread the cost of the vehicle and guide.

Destinations for a tour should include some or all of the following:

  • Victoria Falls ( Vic Falls Hotel, Ilala, Vic Falls Safari Lodge, Elephant camp)
  • Hwange National Park ( The Hide, Somalisa)
  • Matobo National Park (Amalinda)
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins (Norma Jeans)
  • Gona re Zhou National Park (Chilo Gorge Lodge)
  • Eastern Highlands – Vumba (Leopard Rock Hotel)
  • Nyanga Highlands (Troutbeck)
  • Harare (Meikles Hotel)
  • Mana Pools (Kanga)
  • Matusadonna Reserve (Changa, Bumi Hills)

I can thoroughly recommend all of the above accommodations and we unhesitatingly place them on our recommended list. Contact us to discuss your preferences and an itinerary with all inclusive costing.

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