Our classic Zimbabwe itinerary is two nights at Vic Falls, three or four nights in Hwange, and three to four nights in Mana Pools.
Remember that distances between destinations are long and that you will be taking light aircraft to get from place to place. The more full days you have in a destination, the more morning and afternoon game drives you will be able to fit in.
When visiting the Victoria Falls it’s important to get the timing right.
- High-water season is from about February to July – expect the most spectacular views of the Falls and prepare to get a little wet.
- Low-water season is from about August to January – this is the best time for white-water rafting and swimming in Devils Pool
- Safari high or peak season is from about June to October – a good time to combine a safari with a visit to Vic Falls. Bear in mind that the later you visit, the drier the Falls will be. The ‘sweet spot’ for a good safari and great views is generally about July and August, which is also a very popular time to visit. Reservations should be secured well in advance.
We also highly recommend a visit to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Wild, remote and packed with big game, the South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier wildlife destination. Luxurious camps and lodges sit on the banks of the meandering Luangwa River but much of this compact 9 000km² reserve is still largely unexplored, giving the South Luangwa a distinctly raw edge and making it a top choice for an authentic, off-the-beaten-track safari experience. You’ll need to plan your South Luangwa safari carefully as the valley undergoes dramatic seasonal changes and many of the smaller camps close during the summer rainy season (about November to April, also known as Green Season).