Victoria Falls, Devils Cataract, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Walking & Wildlife

14 days
from
$4,185 USD
View Trips
Loading...
Traveller ratings
4.7 / 5 from 11 reviews >
Moderate
Learn more
Trip code: 
TZZ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Max group size:
12

Highlands, valleys, ruins, grasslands, animals, waterfalls and villages are all on offer on this 2-week trip discovering Zimbabwe’s walking and wildlife.

In the east, ridges rise up towards high plateaus broken by gorges and valleys beneath towering peaks. South of here great ruins stand testament to a bygone civilisation that once ruled this land. To the southwest massive granite boulders balance seemingly precariously on top of each other as rhinos graze lazily beneath. Whilst in the west herds of elephants roam through grasslands and Wild dogs go on the hunt in packs. Finally, in the northwest the mighty Victoria Falls thunder over basalt cliffs. This is Zimbabwe as we uncover it hiking through its mountains and on safari through its game reserves.

Highlights

  • Mt. Nyangani, Zimbabwe's highest peak
  • Wild Chimanimani mountains
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Safari in Matobo and Hange NPs
  • The mighty Victoria Falls

Key information

  • 4 days walking and 3 half-day walks
  • 13 nights hotel and lodges, mostly en suite
  • Altitude maximum 2592m, average 1700m
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus local leader

What's included

  • All Accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 6 dinners included
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Airport transfers for LO bookings
  • Single accommodation
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 2-7hrs walking per day

Terrain:

There is some walking at higher altitude and occasional longer/harder days may be involved

Day by day breakdown
Day 26.0km/3.0miles
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 45.0km/3.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles
Day 98.0km/4.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start in Harare; drive to the Eastern Highlands.

    Passengers not on the group flight can either be picked up at the pre-tour hotel or meet the group at Harare airport when the group flights land (normally late morning). We travel from Harare Airport approx. 5 hours (excluding stops) towards the Eastern Highlands near the town of Mutare where we will base ourselves for the next 3 days exploring the region. Lunch will be had en route and we aim to arrive late afternoon at our lodge.
    Musangano Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Gentle hike in the morning; free afternoon to relax or go on a self-guided walk.

    Our first day walking is a gentle one as we spend the morning walking through valleys and up mountains. We pass by a small Zimbabwe ruin and a local Bushman painting site before getting to a viewpoint where we can see Mt. Nyangani, our challenge for tomorrow.

    We return to our lodge in time for a late lunch and have a free afternoon to either enjoy the self-guided trails through the surrounding woodland from the lodge or relax by the pool. Hiking approx 4hrs; 6kms
    Musangano Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Summit Zimbabwe's highest peak, Mt. Nyangani.

    after approximately 2hrs transfer we reach the base of our goal: the summit of Zimbabwe’s highest peak, Mt. Nyangani (2,592m). This is a moderate hike up to the summit though there are some steep sections. The walk to the top should take about 3 hours and we aim to get there in time to enjoy our picnic lunch admiring the panoramic view.

    Hiking approx 4-5hrs; 7kms.
    Musangano Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Transfer to the Chimanimani Mountains; afternoon hike to the top of Bridal Veil Falls.

    This morning we transfer south to the Chimanimani Mountains with their volcanic peaks, deep valleys and gorges. The Chimanimani National Park has preserved the mountains’ pristine wilderness with most of the park only accessible by footpaths. Our transfer should take around 3 hours and we aim to arrive at the lodge around lunch time.

    This afternoon we head out through the indigenous forest to the stunning Bridal Veil Falls which tumble 50m over a cliff into a tranquil glade. We hike up to the top of the falls before returning to the lodge. Total hiking time approx. 3-4hrs; 5kms.
    Frog and Fern Guest House or similar, Standard

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Full day hike through the Chimanimani Mountains.

    Following a short transfer we spend the whole day hiking through the Chimanimani National Park. Our hike, which involves some scrambling, takes us up the quartzite ridges of the Chimanimani Mountains and onto a large plateau. From here views stretch out over the highest peak, Mt Binga, towards the Mozambican border and beyond. We walk through valleys and ridges on a circuitous route taking us back to our starting point later in the afternoon. Hiking approx. 6-7hrs; 10kms
    Frog and Fern Guest House or similar, Standard

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Great Zimbabwe; afternoon informative walk around the ruins.

    Leaving the eastern highlands behind we head west into the heart of Zimbabwe and the Great Zimbabwe ruins (about 5hrs). This grand monument dates back to the 11th to 15th centuries and is the greatest ancient man-made site in Southern Africa. It has become a symbol for the country which took its name after independence.

    After a late lunch we explore the site on an informative walk around the ruins learning about their history and the people who built them and lived here.
    Great Zimbabwe Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Drive to Matobo National Park; afternoon hike through grinet ridges to cave paintings.

    We continue on our journey via the cities of Masvingo and Bulawayo to the Matobo National Park and our lodge just outside the park (about 5hrs drive plus stops). The park (also known as Matopos National Park) is famous for its giant boulders precariously balanced on top of each other known as kopjes and for being the final resting place of coloniser, Cecil Rhodes.

    Upon arrival we go for a walk through granite ridges and domes to some caves with excellent examples of San Bushmen art. We enjoy a sundowner in the bush before returning to our lodge for the night. Walking approx. 3hrs, 4kms
    Hermits Peak Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Full day exploring Matobo NP by vehicle and on foot in search of rhino and other wildlife.

    Matobo National Park is one of the best places in the world to spot both Black and White rhinos along with other emblematic African animals such as leopards. We set off on a game drive looking for wildlife before heading out on foot in the hope of spotting the local White rhino population. We should, hopefully, see a variety of other animals one foot as well, set amidst the granite backdrop of the park.

    Returning to our vehicle we continue to World’s View and the historical site of Cecil Rhodes’ grave. The coloniser picked this ancient Ndebele site for his grave in large part due to the views it provides. We later return to our lodge with time to explore the local area independently or sit back and relax enjoying the surroundings. Walking and driving times are not fixed as it depends on what game we may come across.
    Hermits Peak Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Rural walk through some of the local villages; afternoon time at a hide watching animals come to a water hole.

    Today we explore the cultural surroundings near the park as we go for a walk and visit local villages on foot. As we wander through these rural surroundings we get an insight into the local way of life.

    This afternoon we walk to a hide on the lodge property to watch animals come down to drink at a local watering hole. Walking approx. 5-6hrs; 8kms.
    Hermits Peak Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Drive to Hwange National Park; later sit by a water hole looking for wildlife or relax by the pool.

    The drive to our next destination, Hwange National Park, is about 5 hrs (plus stops). The largest national park in Zimbabwe, Hwange occupies roughly 14,650 square kilometres and is famed for its large elephant population.

    We will arrive at our lodge, located in the game management area that borders the park, in the afternoon. Once there we have a couple water-based options, one being going down to a watering hole to look out for animals coming to drink, the other being going to the pool for a refreshing dip.
    Miombo Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Full day safari by 4WD vehicle in Hwange NP.

    We spend the whole day exploring the park in an open 4WD game-viewing vehicle. As well as large populations of elephants, we will be looking for various other animals such as lions, giraffe, hippo, rhino, leopard, cheetah and even Wild dog amongst others. Whist we can’t guarantee seeing any specific animal, this is the best park in Zimbabwe for safaris.
    Miombo Lodge or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Victoria Falls; later we visit the mighty falls themselves.

    It’s a relatively short drive (about 3 hrs plus stops) to our final destination, the town of Victoria Falls, located just a short walk from the mighty falls themselves.

    After Dr. David Livingstone, the first European to see the falls, looked upon the natural wonder, he wrote “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Measuring 108m in height and 1,708m in width, Victoria Falls is known as the ‘largest’ falls in the world as, when in full flow, they have the largest single sheet of water tumbling over. At its peak, normally April, the spray typically rises 400m into the air giving it its local Tonga name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders.’

    This afternoon we have a 2-3hr guided walk of the falls from the Zimbabwean side giving a spectacular view of the tumbling Zambezi River rushing over basalt cliffs.

    We will also be able to book any optional activities for tomorrow.
    Rainbow Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day for optional activities such as scenic flights, rafting or river cruise.

    Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer in the area such as white-water rafting, taking a flight over the falls, going on a sunset cruise or crossing into neighbouring Zambia to see the falls from that side (please note that you will need a Zambian visa for this and will need to get a new Zimbabwean visa as well).
    Rainbow Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Trip ends today, those on the group flights will depart this afternoon.

    The trip ends this morning. Those on group flights will be taken to the airport for their flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

 Zimbabwe

 

Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.  This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London but it is a lot easier to get it on arrival in Zimbabwe.  The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is £35.00 or US$55.00, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival. You should ensure you have small notes as immigration officers may not be able to provide change.

For this itinerary we recommend the double entry visa for Zimbabwe (US$70.00).  However, if you plan on visiting Zambia as well then there is the UNIVISA (a shared visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia) that will allow you multiple entries into Zimbabwe.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more than 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

 

Vaccinations

Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 6 dinners included

Most of the included meals are prepared by our crew in the tradition of African overlanding. Some of the breakfasts are provided by the hotels, others prepared by our crew. Included lunches are normally picnic style and included dinners can vary. Generally the meals consist of: Breakfast - cereals, coffee, tea and toast, the occasional cooked breakfast. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta. Most generally cooked on the open fire. Fruit squash/cordial is normally served with breakfast along with tea and coffee. Other drinks are generally available from the hotels/lodges or there will be an opportunity to purchase them along the way. Safe drinking water is provided and you should bring a water-bottle that you can use to refill. Vegetarians and/or people with other dietary requirements are generally well catered for, however please let us know at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Weather

Zimbabwe can be visited year-round though the dry season is from April to October. Temperatures can also be cooler during this time of year, especially in the highlands, and it can get quite cold at night in June and July. The hottest months are generally October and November. The rainy season generally starts in late November and continues through to March. This shouldn’t put you off, however, as the rains don’t normally last very long and there is still plenty of sunshine. The eastern highlands do tend to be wetter than the western lowlands.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Is this trip for you?

This trip has an activity level of 3 (Moderate). Good health and reasonable fitness are important and you should take regular exercise before travelling on this trip. Moderate trips are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks. There is some walking at higher altitude and occasional longer/harder days may be involved. Generally underfoot conditions will be fair. We climb to a maximum of 2592m (Mt. Nyangani) and a walking day is normally 3 - 7 hours. The game viewing is generally at its best from May to October as visibility improves with trees losing their leaves and because game is more restricted to areas that have water. Victoria Falls are at their fullest around May-June, this means the curtain of water is likely to be continuous and the spray much greater; however it is harder to get closer to the falls for this same reason. Zimbabwe is a relatively large country and some of the distances covered are fairly long, most being on average 5hrs driving plus stops along the way. Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & lodges

11 nights en suite hotels and lodges, 2 nights chalets with shared bathrooms We use a number of properties ranging from lodges to chalets to hotels, all en suite apart from 2 nights in Chimanimani where 2 rooms share a bathroom. There are swimming pools available at most properties and some also have walking trails and access to watering holes where we can watch wildlife come to drink. Wifi is available some nights but even when available is not the most reliable.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Embracing a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge, but if you’re going to keep it up there’s got to be more to it than

  • Reviewed November 2018
    Paul Berry

    walking and wildlife in Zimbabwe

    a wonderful opportunity to visit the picturesque Eastern highlands, climbing Mt Nyangani and the Chimanimani mountain range on the mozambique border. Wildlife, waterfalls and rock bush painting also encountered. Matopos and Hwange national parks gave us encounters with white rhino, elephant, giraffe, wildbeeste, buffalo and different antelope species. The picturesque magnificence of the Victoria waterfalls and their rainbows.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    walking with rhinos, wildlife encounters in the chimanimani mountains having the park to ourselves it seemed! The beauty of victoria falls seen "face on" more clearly from the zimbabwe side in contrast to the side views on the zambian side.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not only excellent leaders and driver, but also their cooking and entertainment capabilities, everything was done so well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a unique opportunity to visit the Eastern highlands, off the regular tourist track of zimbabwe.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Elizabeth Miller

    Zimbabwe Adventure

    What an amazing trip. So much friendship, so many different experiences,so many memories.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to choose but the highlights for me were- conquering the mountains in the Chimanimani ( at the age of 77,and with much help from our wonderful guide,), the walking safari following the rhinos, The Farmhouse evening feeding of the wildlife with Gary and Michelle, sitting around the fire pit in the evening talking and listening to the stories told by Collie,our guide, which his grandfather had told to him when he was a child. Last but not least was canoeing on The Zambezi river after visiting Victoria Falls.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Couldn’t have been better. Always patient,kind,knowledgable,entertaining,coping with unforeseen problems such as half empty shelves in the supermarket when we went food shopping,getting everyone settled satisfactorily in new accommodation. He was a star,as was our driver Hank, coping with fuel supply problems and supporting Colley the guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take ample US dollars as even the banks ran out of cash! It was not always possible to pay using a prepaid card,due to power outages, no card machines etc. Also prices are rising,so I think we all spent more than we expected. Look on it as a great adventure,which can have unexpected challenges,but truly amazing experiences.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    jane bellinger

    zimbabwe

    Not the greatest trip. I did not like having to pay for meals where there was no choice (mushnga lodge & great zimbabwe) why weren't these meals included in the tour price? I did not appreciate having stop offs where we had to pay an entrance fee, again this should have included. On the all day safari, the meals were appalling, getting up for a cold breakfast @ 5.30am, having to make our own sandwich, yes just a sandwich for lunch and not returning until 5'ish is not my idea of a holiday. The lodges, particuarly The Farmhouse and the tented camp at Whange were fabulous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tracking the rhinos, AMAZING

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Colly was excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of 1$ bills and be prepared for how VERY expensive it all was.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    no
  • Reviewed August 2018
    David Vaughan

    Zimbabwe Walking and Wildlife

    Great walking in fabulous scenery during first week plus the impressive ruins of Great Zimbabwe - unique in southern Africa with enjoyable safari in week two culminating in one of natures great sites at Victoria Falls.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Victoria Falls was spectacular. I did the helicopter flight which was expensive but worth it. Everyone got a window seat but you needed to be first or second in the queue to get the best seats. The scenery in the Eastern Highlands and at Matobo also magnificent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A three person team who were doing the trip for the first time coped pretty well with some of the challenges they were presented with. Their cooking was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is only really walking in week one in spite of it being in the trekking guide. Nevertheless some of the walks are quite steep and challenging and I would recommend proper walking boots and if you use them poles for some of the steeper descents. Also take binoculars - I forgot and was always borrowing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the safari is interesting, especially for birdlife, and there is the possibility of seeing both black and white rhino, this wouldn't be the first choice if that was your primary interest for which I would suggest Botswana or Zambia. As part of a varied package of activities it is very good however.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Laura Jones

    Spectacular Zimbabwe!

    This trip was varied, exciting and spectacular! There was a mixture of trekking, historic sights and wildlife. The standard of accommodation and food was significantly better than I had expected from a trip where some of the places visited were very remote and the country has had economic difficulties. The guides were truly exceptional. All in all this trip has something for everyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many highlights on this trip that it is difficult to pick out the most inspirational moment. However, I was thrilled to have been able to complete the trek in the Chimanimani mountains (as it was tricky in places), loved walking with white rhino in Matopos and was overwhelmed by the spectacle of Great Zimbabwe.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mira, Marco and Colly were a great team. There were three of us on the trip who were nervous about being able to keep up on the treks as none of us would have called ourselves "proper trekkers" (although we had trekked/walked before). Mira made sure that we were able to comfortably keep up, encouraged us when we needed it and made sure that we all completed the treks. When we came down from the Chimanimani mountain trek she was as proud as we were! All three of the guides were very knowledgeable about history, politics and wildlife not to mention being really good at keeping us safe and well. The guides really made the trip what it was - I cannot praise them highly enough. They were exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In the early mornings and after the sun went down it was actually quite chilly. Taking a light feather jacket or a thick fleece is a good idea. The economic situation in Zimbabwe means that the local people are struggling. They are in need of clothing, shoes, blankets, childrens clothing and shoes, paper and pencils (for the children at school), toiletries, basic medicines (paracetemol, plasters etc) and were very grateful for anything that we were able to leave behind as we went. In the rural areas there are very few visitors and anything that people could spare would be well used and very much appreciated.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you can, please think about packing clothes and shoes that you would be prepared to leave behind as you go. Also please consider leaving behind the "medical kit" that most of us travel with as a matter of course. It makes so much difference to the lives of people who are cheerfully and pragmatically carrying on!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Deb Simmons

    Zimbabwe

    The amazingly varied itinerary of this trip is what made it so special. I had gone for the landscapes and the wildlife but learned so much about the people and the country as well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The weird rock scenery on the top of the Chimanimani mountains. Standing in the dark listening to the slurps and shuffles of 8 elephants at the watering hole at the lodge. White water rafting down the Zambezi river from the base of the Victoria Falls. Watching the rainbows at the Victoria Falls. The sunsets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing. Justin was able to blend a contagious enthusiasm with slick organisational skills and a vast knowledge of fauna, politics, history and economics of Zimbabwe and surrounding countries.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go in August. We had glorious sunshine and blue skies almost every day. The heat was dry and mostly comfortably less than 25 degrees and I didn't get bitten once (and I normally do a lot). If you do go in August it's cold in the morning and in the evening. Take more warm stuff than I did. Expect a lot of steep climbs on the walks but the views are worth it - walking poles really helped me. We were able to get laundry done after 7 days. Take walking poles, binoculars and a camera that can zoom.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Zimbabwe is a struggling country but it always felt safe, the people are friendly and they want tourists to go there. If you love wildlife, challenging hikes, campfires, glorious views and waterfalls then go, go, go on this trip!
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Sally Wormall

    What an amazing trip!

    This trip is great mixture of activities which together give you a real taste of this beautiful country. The people are warm and welcoming, the food was great, the scenery is stunning. It was a real adventure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to choose! The Victoria Falls are breathtaking, and the Matapos Hills have a unique splendour. Going on walking safari was amazing - getting within a few metres of rhino in the wild is an awesome (if slightly scary) experience!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leaders, Justin and David, were fantastic. They really looked after us and knew everything there was to know about Southern Africa and its history, flora and fauna. Their cooking was the best we had on the whole trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes - just go! You won't regret a moment.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You will see evidence of the problems facing this country, but it is far and away the friendliest and safest place I have visited. The local people need increased tourism to help them make a living. Try and get there.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Trudi Lockett

    Zimbabwe Walking and Wildlife

    A beautiful country where everyone was very friendly and helpful. The trip was varied with exceptional hikes, game walks and drives led by very knowledgeable guides and a chance to visit locals in their own homes. Great Zimbabwe is fascinating and Victoria Falls a spectacular end to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Chimanimani Mountains were stunning. Walking close to the animals (particularly the rhino) was wonderful and Victoria Falls was breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Justin (our group leader) was excellent. He seemed to know the answer to any questions we asked. He was there whenever he was needed and was always cheerful and helpful. The food he (and David his trainee leader) cooked was varied and tasty. Couldn't have asked for a better guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Chimanimani Mountains are a steep climb (but well worth it). Game drives, in open vehicles, are cold in the early mornings so bring warm clothes and you will get wet at Victoria Falls.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had never been to Africa before and was travelling on my own, so I was pretty nervous about the trip. It was so wonderful though- the group I was with were lovely and every day was an adventure. I loved every minute of it. If you have the chance to go, take it. I am sure you won't regret it.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Chloe Knott

    A brilliant adventure!

    A fantastic country, really varied itinerary and great group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many! Walking next to rhinos, zebras and wildebeest. Enjoying a glass of wine at sunset whilst looking for giraffe. Climbing the highest and most mystical peak in Zimbabwe. Meeting the local people and finding out about their lives, culture and history.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - we had a leader and guide, Justin and David. Both worked hard to ensure we had a brilliant holiday. There wasn't a question they didn't know the answer to and they were a real asset to the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The highlands and game drives can be chilly so take warm layers and a hat and gloves can be useful. For wildlife walks you need khaki or beige clothing (also better to have darker colour waterproofs/ ruckasacks).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are thinking about this trip go for it - it is great! It gives you a real insight to Zimbabwe. It is a very safe destination. The people are warm and welcoming and we all felt our tourism was really benefiting a wide range of people.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Ann Robertson

    Zimbabwe Walking and Wildlife

    This trip is a treat from beginning to end. There is the wonderful wildlife, of course - large and small! - but also the varied and gorgeous landscapes of Zimbabwe and such warmly welcoming local people. As a first-timer in the country (indeed, this was my first visit to Africa), I was a little unsure initially about booking this holiday. I am just so glad that I did. It was an educational, thought-provoking and joyful two weeks. I would happily go back now and do the whole trip over again!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The itinerary ensures one sees different areas of rural Zimbabwe and combines wildlife and walking with driving, local culture and history, and relaxation. Memories of our day's walk (including scrambling!) in Chimanimani National Park in the Eastern Highlands will stay with me as one of the best 'hikes' of my life. Then there was walking in Matobo National Park and simply standing, awe-struck, very close to a family group of white rhinos... These are just two highlights among a host of good memories. I honestly enjoyed every day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our small group was led by Justin, from South Africa, supported by David, from Zimbabwe. They kept us safe, comfortable and well fed and watered throughout while also sharing their immense knowledge and passion for this beautiful country, its people and its animals and birds. The excellent leadership, and lovely fellow travellers, made the trip what it was.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go if you possibly can - and enjoy!

Dates & Prices

Trips you might also like

Call us on 1 844 227 9087