Zimbabwe - Best Tours & Trips 2019
Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Top Zimbabwe Experiences
Gazing at awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, also known as “The Smoke That Thunders” for its roaring waters that send mists billowing high into the air.
Braving some of the adrenaline-pumping adventure activities at Victoria Falls -- including bungee jumping and “gorge swinging” -- that have earned it the moniker “Adventure Capital of Africa.”
Enjoying a memorable walk with lion cubs on the open savannah at Antelope Park near Victoria Falls.
Going whitewater rafting on class V rapids or taking a tamer sunset cruise on the Zambezi.
Watching herds of elephants crash through the trees and underbrush at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest.
Taking a boat ride on tranquil Lake Kariba, where hippos and crocodiles bathe in the waters and lions and elephants hunt or graze on shore.
Canoeing at Mana Pools National Park along the Zambezi, camping along the way on a multi-day river safari.
Tracking rhinos in Matobo National Park, also rich in bird life, rock formations and ancient rock art.
Visiting the extensive millennium-old Zimbabwe Ruins, the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba.
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Zimbabwe Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Over the past decade, Zimbabwe -- once a prime safari destination -- has had its share of political turmoil under Robert Mugabe, leading to a faltering tourism industry and some game parks and infrastructure falling into neglect. But travelers are once again discovering this scenically beautiful south-central African country that shares a remarkable border with neighboring Zambia: the Zambezi River, which features one of the world’s great natural wonders, Victoria Falls.
The longest uninterrupted curtain of cascading water in the world, Victoria Falls is also home to a number of adventure-related activities, ranging from whitewater rafting in the Zambezi and bungee jumping off a 420-foot-high bridge to “gorge swinging” -- swinging on a cable across a 442-foot-long, 246-foot-high gorge while in full body harness.
While Victoria Falls alone would warrant a visit to Zimbabwe, the country continues to host a number of excellent wildlife parks with well-trained guides, offering a variety of safaris on land and water.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and most visited game reserve, is located a short distance from Victoria Falls on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert. It’s best known for its herds of elephants, said to be the second largest number in the world (after Chobe National Park in Botswana).
Hwange is also home to large numbers of Cape buffalo as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, black rhinos, impalas, wild dogs, and hundreds of species of birds. The best viewing is during the dry winter months, which are also the coolest, when animals gather at waterholes to drink.
One private park near Victoria Falls, called Antelope Park, offers chances to walk with lion cubs and swim with elephants, among other wildlife encounters, as part of a rehabilitation program. It’s a memorable experience and is a highlight of many visitors’ stay.
Lake Kariba -- the world’s largest artificial lake, formed after the damming of the Zambezi east of Vic Falls back in the 1950s -- is a beautiful spot for a water-borne safari. It’s occupied by hippos and crocodiles, while elephants graze along the shoreline. Matusadona National Park lies alongside Lake Kariba and boasts numerous prides of lions.
Canoeing the Zambezi
Mana Pools National Park, which borders the Zambezi to the south, harbors four large pools that attract elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and birds. You can also take canoes out into the Zambezi, which flows lazily at this point, for a few hours or a multi-day adventure. Matobo National Park is known for its rhino-tracking expeditions and offers good opportunities for walking and horseback safaris as well as game drives in search of antelope, monkeys, warthogs and birds. Matobo also features a startling sight: an array of balancing boulders, as well as thousands of pieces of ancient rock art.
The famed Great Zimbabwe National Monument -- also called the Zimbabwe Ruins -- originally dates from the 11th century and once harbored a population of 10,000. The stone houses (for which Zimbabwe is named) were abandoned in the 15th century and are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Whether you choose Zimbabwe as a separate destination or combine it with visits to nearby Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia, Stride can help find the outfitter and itinerary that are right for you, in what remains a true bucket list destination.
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