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Renowned as one of the most authentic safari destinations, Zimbabwe exceeds all safari enthusiasts expectations.
Practical info when visiting Zimbabwe
Need to know
There are fantastic game-viewing and other adventurous outdoor activities to be enjoyed across Zimbabwe, an unspoilt wilderness that is a favourite for travellers looking for authentic and uncrowded experiences. Mana Pools is renowned for its walking safaris and hosts one of the biggest wild dog populations in southern Africa, while the elephants of Hwange National Park enjoy free rein through a myriad of amazing landscapes.
Zimbabwe, despite many years of hardship, remains one of the warmest, friendliest places in Africa, where its people are positive, helpful and happy and its hospitality of the highest standard.
Zimbabwe’s national parks and private reserves are home to an abundance of wildlife, making them some of the top safari destinations in Africa. Boasting an exceptional amount of wildlife, being able to walk freely with the animals is rare but possible if visiting Mana Pools National Park.
Season & Climate
Zimbabwe lies within the tropics but enjoys subtropical conditions because of its high average elevation.
During the months of November up until March, there are hot days, warm, balmy nights and a high chance of rain and thunderstorms during the afternoons. It must be noted that Zimbabwe's rainy season is slightly shorter than Zambia & Malawi.
During April & May there is a high chance of rain, with warm days and pleasantly cool nights.
In June through till August, rain is unlikely and the mornings are cold but sunny and evening temperatures can drop as low as 8C. September and October are dry and very hot during the day while the nights are warm.
The above is a guideline and it must be noted that weather patterns all over Africa are becoming more and more unpredictable possibly due to global warming.
What to bring
3 sets bush coloured safari outfits (long shorts/shirts) i.e. green/brown/dark khaki (not white, cream, blue or bright colours - especially for walking)
A couple of sets of lighter clothes
2 sets casual evening clothes (long trousers, shirts and socks to reduce insect bites)
1 lightweight sweater. Warm jacket in winter (June/July/early August)
Light rain gear for the wet months (November - April)
A good pair of covered shoes for walking. Open shoes or sandal type shoes for warmer days
A number of properties do have pools so bring swimwear
Like a hat, sunglasses, high strength sunscreen, moisturizer, lip salve, strong insect repellent, anti-histamine cream and tablets should always be carried.
One pair per person is a must
A pocket torch comes in handy in the evenings when walking between your room and dining area.
if you wear prescription glasses bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses bring a pair of glasses as well since dust can be a problem.
We suggest a telephoto lens (200/300mm). Flash for night photography. Camera cleaning equipment and a good dust/water proof bag. Videos - bring spare batteries, and a flash for night photography