As home to the famous Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Zimbabwe is firmly on the map for tourists. However, the country has far more to offer the intrepid traveller in 2024 with an abundance of life-enriching safari experiences and adventures to be had.

Wildlife and nature are being carefully preserved in Zimbabwe and the stunning landscapes and rich diversity of terrain make it a must-visit destination for some of the best wildlife encounters in Africa, guided by expert local custodians of the land.

From canoe and walking safaris in the Mana Pools to exhilarating game drives on the plains of the Hwange National Park and fishing expeditions on the Zambezi River. There’s something here to entertain and inspire everyone.

No-one on the team knows this country better than Lightfoot Travel Co-Founder, Nico Heath, who spent many of his formative years living and working in Africa. His unparalleled knowledge and passion for the continent, along with his personal connections with the very best local guides and outstanding camps means that he can create bespoke itineraries that provide a unique insight into Zimbabwe, its people, culture and wildlife.

"In 2024, as the desire for authentic travel experiences grows, we urge our guests to expand their horizons, venture beyond their limits, and explore a country deeper. In Zimbabwe we work with lodges that are fully committed to conservation efforts, who work with and employ members of the local communities. We invite our guests to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and experience the authentic, wild side of this beautiful country.”

Below we’ve rounded up some of Nico’s favourite camps in Zimbabwe, leading the way in conservation and community efforts, and included some of his top tips for those visiting the country.

Somalisa Camp

Nestled in Hwange National Park, Somalisa is an award-winning tented camp which offers guests an unforgettable safari experience with breathtaking views of the golden savannah plains. Set on a private concession, the seven tastefully furnished sailcloth tents seamlessly blend luxury with nature. Awarded the first GOLD Green Tourism Certification in Zimbabwe, Somalisa Camp leads in eco-friendly accommodation. Guests can enjoy walking safaris, game drives, birding, and cultural visits, all led by passionate guides who share their wisdom of the African bush.

Why we love it:

This is a place where you can really immerse yourself in the magic of Hwange, where wildlife sightings include elephant, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

Kanga Camp

Located in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, Kanga Camp beckons adventurers to a pristine wilderness, positioned on the banks of the Zambezi River. Kanga Pan, the sole water source in the dry season, acts as a magnetic force attracting animals and birds to this remote camp. This untamed paradise is home to six luxurious Meru-style tents with floor-to-ceiling mesh windows providing a seamless connection to nature, all powered by solar energy. Activities range from guided walking safaris to thrilling day and night game drives, all led by the brilliant team of local guides.

Why we love it:

Sundowners whilst sitting on the upper deck is a magical moment where you have a front row view of the local bird and wildlife that gather on the Kanga Pan.

Nyamatusi Camp

Experience the epitome of eco-luxury at Nyamatusi Camp, in the heart of Africa's wild and remote Mana Pools. Perched on the banks of the Zambezi, the world's oldest river, this sustainable retreat boasts six luxury tented suites that blend seamlessly with the surrounding wilderness. Each of the romantic guest tents features air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor showers, a private viewing deck, and a plunge pool. Activities on offer include game drives, canoeing safaris, and catch-and-release fishing.

Why we love it:

Nyamatusi Camp, meaning 'wild game,' is a place that invites you to walk in the footsteps of ancient explorers and really immerse yourself in one of Africa's last wilderness hinterlands.

Tembo Plains Camp

Tucked within the lush riverine forest on the Zambezi River's edge in the private Sapi Reserve, Tembo Plains Camp offers guests an immersive safari experience. The name "Tembo" pays homage to the elephants that roam the plains along the Zambezi. The camp, inspired by the elephants' grace, features four suites with private lounges, outdoor swimming pools, and dining areas. The private Sapi Reserve in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 2016 by Great Plains Conservation as a beautiful private photographic reserve and is now recognised as one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa.

Why we love it:

Each tent comes with a Canon professional camera and lenses, plus Leica binoculars for guests to use throughout their stay. Witnessing the animals and birdlife in their natural habitat, with expert guides, is an experience that stays with you for life.

Whether you’re in search of a family safari adventure, a honeymoon of a lifetime or you’re returning to the continent and want to discover more Nico is on hand with personalised advice to help curate your dream holiday to Zimbabwe. Enquire today.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Africa

  • Marvel at Zimbabwe’s abundant birdlife on a birding safari

  • Take a thrilling bush walk looking for elephants and black rhinos

  • Catch your dinner on a fishing excursion in Matusadona National Park

  • Hear the bush come to life at night on a nocturnal safari drive

  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River next to Victoria Falls

When to go:

ideal length 11 nights

Ultimate Week Safari in Zimbabwe & Zambia

Zambia Zimbabwe Africa

  • Enjoy nature drives and searching for wildlife in Hwange National Park
  • Spot wildlife on a game drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Cruise on the Zambezi River looking for hippos, crocodiles and birds
  • Visit local communities, tour the school and meet the villagers.
  • Spend a day visiting the nearby majestic Victoria Falls

When to go:

ideal length 6 nights
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The falls and the surrounding area is the National Parks and World Heritage Site


Take in the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and enjoy wildlife-spotting opportunities on a luxury break to Zimbabwe with Lightfoot Travel.

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