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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 vacation to Zimbabwe. Enquire today.
From $8,050 pp
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From $8,200 pp
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
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