Given the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe over the past few years it is not surprising that many of the safari camps that mushroomed during the 1990s have closed their doors. The result is that only those that offer exceptional experiences in truly unique locations have continued to operate.
Included in this rare suite are the classic canoe trails along the lower Zambezi River Valley between Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. This is a truly wild and majestic area and a canoe and walking safari here is one of Africa’s most incredible safaris. We also use Ruckomechi, the only private camp in Mana Pools itself, for less adrenalin fuelled experiences in the Valley and as a luxurious way to enjoy the river, floodplain and woodlands.
Hwange National Park is also one of Africa’s best and its mosaic of woodlands and palm-fringed grasslands continue to thrill visitors. Our favourite camp here is Little Makalolo as well as its nearby sister camp, Makalolo Plains.
In Victoria Falls we are fans of Matetsi Water Lodge in its own private concession along the Zambezi River outside town, but a wide range of accommodation options such as Stanley’s, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and iconic Victoria Falls Hotel are also favoured destinations.