Zimbabwe is a destination that offers a comprehensive safari experience. Its National parks like Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Gonarezhou a “Place of elephants” , offer superb game viewing that can be viewed on a classic game drive or on a walking safari. For a more unique experience, float down Lake Kariba on a houseboat or stay in the secluded Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. And, do not to miss a visit to Africa’s largest waterfall, the ever-popular Victoria Falls “Mosi Oa Tunya” The smoke that thunders.

Below are a list of the luxury and exclusive lodges and camps in Zimbabwe:

Highlights

Lodge

1. Verney’s Camp

Verney’s camp is in a private concession area in a typically un-used part of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. It is a beautiful amphitheater fringed by teak forest that opens up onto an impressive waterhole that is a playground to the famous elephant herds of Hwange. Situated on the central side of the popular south eastern part of Hwange National Park.

Best For

Families, small groups, couples

2. Singita Pamushana Lodge

With eight luxury suites, each with its own luxury plunge pool, Singita Pamushana Lodge makes for an unforgettable luxury safari. The majestic architecture of this intimate lodge has always been a signature of the property. The detailed stonework and imposing proportions of Great Zimbabwe form the main reference point for the lodge design.

Best for:

Families, small groups, couples, adventure seekers,

3. John’s Camp

John’s Camp is a semi-permanent tented camp situated within Mana Pools on Zimbabwe’s northern border with Zambia. The Zambezi River forms a natural boundary between the 2 countries with Mana on the southern banks. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, Mana Pools National Park is one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa.  It offers some of the most outstanding walking in Zimbabwe.

Best For:

Bird watchers, nature lovers, small groups

4. The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp West’s four suites cater for groups and families traveling to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The suites are sited to maximise privacy through the use of existing trees and vegetation. Other green initiatives implemented include using ‘grey water’ systems, worm farms for bio-waste and solar water heaters as well as the planting of 50 indigenous trees and the establishment of a nursery to ensure the continued forestation of the Sanctuary.

Best For

Adventure seekers, Star Gazers, Families, Groups,

5. Somalisa Camp

This intimate bush camp is perfect for a relaxing Hwange safari with friends and loved ones. Somalisa Camp is a place where tranquillity meets adventure. One moment you are sipping on your gin and tonic, listening to the distant baritone roar of a lion coalition off on the hunt, and the next you are gazing over at a congregation of elephants at your doorstep. Nature and luxury are in harmony at Somalisa Camp.

Best for

Adventure seekers , bird watchers , nature lovers , families, groups

6. Rhino Safari Camp

Rhino Safari Camp is a small luxury rustic safari camp set in a wild and remote area within the Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba. Hosting a maximum of fourteen guests in seven twin bedded rooms, our guests are offered a highly personalised safari experience that blends comfort and wildness. We are a permanent camp open year round.

Respecting that we are the visitors in this wild environment, Rhino Safari Camp is unfenced and the wildlife roams freely on its established game trails. We encourage our guests to relax and feel at home in the bush – with simplicity and classic hospitality, focusing on living in harmony with our environment and utilising silent energy alternatives as much as possible to create a peaceful environment to experience the sounds, sights and smells of nature.

Best For

Groups travellers, adventures, couples

7. Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Chilo Gorge is a luxury safari lodge on the edge of the stunning wilderness of Gonarezhou National Park, in South-East Zimbabwe. Gonarezhou is a gem amongst African parks, and offers experienced safari travellers and increasingly rare ability to explore untouched Africa. This is an ‘old Africa’ camping experience, with a good standard of comfort, and a great place from which to explore Gonarezhou by vehicle and on foot.

Best For

Adventure seekers, Rustic safari travellers, couples, groups

7. Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi Victoria Falls offers the ultimate safari experience and idyllic accommodation retreat from which to visit the largest waterfall on planet Earth. Matetsi Victoria Falls is an excellent destination for large family groups travelling together. Laid out as two intimate East and West river-facing camps, each camp comprises nine suites each with two generous family suites per camp.

Best For

Families, groups, honeymooners, couples

8. Khayelitshe Safari Lodge – Matobo National Park

Situated in the heart of the Matobo Hills, just outside the boundary of the national park, lies Khayelitshe House. Enclosed by the iconic balancing rocks and surrounded by a natural amphitheater of massive boulders, Khayelitshe House got its name from the Ndebele words ‘Ekhaya’ and ‘Litshe’- Home in the Rocks. This is a home that is completely off-the-grid, one that inspires peacefulness and being at one with nature.

Best for

Honeymooners, families, small groups adventure seekers

9. Sapi Explorers Camp

The safari experiences on offer will certainly appeal to any safari guest who is looking to truly enjoy and partake in the excitement of wildlife viewing game drives, boating and canoeing or tracking and exploring the interior of the private reserve, being one of Africa’s remote wilderness areas.

Best For

Adventures, Families, Groups,

10. Victoria Falls River Lodge

The first privately owned safari lodge to be built within the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), the Lodge is ideally located for exploring Victoria Falls and combines the African Safari experience with one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – the iconic Victoria Falls – the spray of which can be seen in the distance!

11. Changa Safari Camp

Set on the shores of Lake Kariba, with views of the Matusadona mountains, Changa Safari Camp is a place that captures the essence of natural beauty, with peace, seclusion and an unusual blend of landscapes. 

Best For

Families, honeymooners, couples, groups

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