Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is a land of dramatic contrasts –from the Kalahari sands of Hwange to the iconic Victoria Falls, this is a country with mountains, deserts, lakes and rivers. A safari here can combine several landscapes –each offering a sense of scale and wilderness that it is hard to discover in the neighbouring countries of Botswana and Zambia. A classic Zimbabwe combination would take in Hwange National Park, where elephants are drawn in their thousands to the waterholes in the dry season, the crashing deluge of the Victoria Falls and then heading east take in the serenity of Lake Kariba before exploring Mana Pools. This region is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in southern Africa, with fewer tourists and less safari vehicles than better known areas. The riverine park is home to huge packs of wild dogs and is overflowing with big game –all set off against the backdrop of the Zambian Escarpment. Security is always a priority in Africa and Zimbabwe is no different to any other destination. Camps and lodges are seamlessly run, the country operates on the US dollar and the swirling mystery of African of politics could not be further from this quietly beautiful corner of the continent. On top of those points, it is good to know that the guiding exams in Zimbabwe are the toughest in Africa, meaning your game viewing experience is going to be conducted by some of the smartest wildlife buffs on the safari circuit.

Zimbabwe with A&K
Interested in top-notch safaris? Then the fact that Zimbabwe is recovering from recent political instability and sending a strong signal to the tourist radar has to be good news. The country's reputation for stellar game viewing is based on dramatic and diverse game parks, often prolific wildlife and excellent guides - something that places A&K at the head of the pack. And herd. And flock.

Our guides are handpicked for their remarkable specialist knowledge and passion to understand and explain the wonders of southern Africa's wilderness. They're one crucial part of our large, experienced team that, over four decades, has provided premium travel in the region with everything from 24-hour emergency contact, seamless ground operations and long-established local relationships allowing 'insider access' off-limits to other visitors, including a behind the scenes tour of Victoria Falls Bridge.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury safari to Zimbabwe in 2015 and you'll discover it offers more than traditional land-based game drives. Far more. You can also encounter its animals on foot or from a canoe - we guarantee you'll never forget paddling close to feeding elephants. Absolutely never.

The Zambezi River, flowing along the northern border, is the country's key artery. In the Northwest it cascades over Victoria Falls with a peak-flow over 1.7km wide and 100m high, spawning its descriptive African name, Mosi-ay-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders. The gorge is now an adrenaline hotspot with bungee jumping, white water rafting and microlighting.

As it flows east, the river enters the vast expanse of Kariba Lake, its shallows speckled with eerily beautiful forests of dead trees. As well as stays in floating lodges and river cruisers, the lake provides some of the best tiger fishing on the planet. Matusadona National Park on its southern shore offers superb safaris with large numbers of lion and over 240 bird species. The Lower Zambezi then reaches heavenly Mana Pools, with wonderful dry season game viewing.

Away from the river, there's the famous Hwange, the country largest national park, with over 100 mammals and massive herds of elephant, while Matobo Hills to the south, offers walking safaris in a poetic landscape frescoed with kopjes of red-tinted boulders.

Yes, Zimbabwe's back and with A&K it's all possible.



Useful info

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Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

Flying time

12 hrs 15 mins

time difference

GMT+ 2 hrs

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

Apr-Jun when the water levels are at their greatest.

Weather

The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Zimbabwe and Zambia

Nights: 9 | from £4,935

Two countries, twice the wildness: Zimbabwe and Zambia make an ideal African combination – both are bursting with game and great lodges, and share the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Set departure

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Family Connections - South Africa: A Family Safari

Nights: 12 | from £7,045

Visiting Cape Town, Kruger National Park And Victoria Falls Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Small Group Journeys

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Quintessential Zimbabwe

Nights: 10 | from £4,950

A must for nature lovers, this 10 day journey takes you on a thrilling tour of Zimbabwe's greatest natural parks, reserves, waterfalls and lakes. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills has 20 en suite rooms (divided into standard and premium depending on the size and location). The premium rooms are larger both in bedroom...Find out more

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Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi in a private concession on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park. 10 spacious en-suite tents...Find out more

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The Hide Safari Camp

The Hide Safari Camp offers a truly relaxed safari experience in the largest national park in Zimbabwe. The Camp offers 10 tents, with 2 being luxury...Find out more

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The Meikles

Since 1915, this famous hotel has been renowned for providing a very special brand of service and attention to detail. Consistently voted as one of the...Find out more

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Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Town  

Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is set in The Victoria Falls National Park and has provided the base for statesmen, royals, authors and...Find out more

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Region  

West facing, this 72 bedroom lodge is set high on a plateau on the border of the Zambezi National Park and just four kilometres from the Victoria Falls....Find out more

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Africa in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Africa team, click on the consultants' names below, call them on 01242 547 701  or enquire online

 

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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