Zimbabwe Safaris Overview
Zimbabwe is best known as the home of Victoria Falls, and that remains its biggest attraction. Many safari goers to Botswana and/or South Africa add on Victoria Falls but do nothing else within Zimbabwe. Safari insiders know that Zimbabwe is legendary for its guides. Zimbabwe has the most stringent guide exams, much of it focused on walking, and that has produced a rich legacy of guide quality.
Zimbabwe tourism has suffered greatly under the reign of the Robert Mugabe regime. As the years have passed safari tourism has begun to rebound. Zimbabwe offers a supreme experience for travelers with a high adventure quotient. Many safaris focus on finding wildlife on foot through active tracking. This is especially true in Mana Pools National Park, where you can add adrenaline on top of the walking by thrilling canoeing on the Zambezi River. Another fabled park is Hwange, where pumped water holes in a dry environment attract huge quantities of large species like elephants and buffalo. Part of the resurgence in Zimbabwe is the value. Despite the high level of guiding Zimbabwe is trying to rebuild its attraction, and thus costs can be considerably less than similar quality safaris in neighboring Zambia or Botswana. It is also growing in popularity as more safari goers are looking to be active on safari, and Zimbabwe excels in that area with lots of opportunities for walking, canoeing, and boating – even mountain biking is now being introduced.