Zimbabwe is a relatively young nation, but one with a rich, extensive history and an abundance of natural beauty. Featuring powerful rivers, massive national parks, big game like the African elephant, and impressive archaeological sites, this southern Africa destination is one that should not be missed! In fact, you’re likely already familiar with one of Zimbabwe’s major landmarks – Victoria Falls. This behemoth waterfall is two kilometers wide and forms the largest waterfall on earth! Imagine, an off-road trek through these environments, witnessing these incredible sights firsthand. That’s what you can expect with a Zimbabwe tour through Planet Ride.
Zimbabwe’s founding dates back centuries, and it has been estimated that people have inhabited the sites around the ancient stone cities of Zimbabwe since around 400 AD. The stone cities themselves were constructed by the civilizations that dominated the region during the 13th to 15th centuries. One can stand in those exact same spots today and imagine the centuries worth of history before them! That will be just one of the memories you make on one of Planet Ride’s Zimbabwe safari tours.
It’s best to time your Zimbabwe safari during the dry season, which lasts from April through early October, but be prepared for the heat! This time of year is generally when we feature our tours, like the Remote areas of Southern Africa trip that runs from June through December. Pack accordingly for the weather based on when you’ll travel and where exactly you’ll be in the country, as the climate will change depending on the altitude.
While the Shona people comprise the majority of Zimbabwe’s population, the culture is still quite diverse. Nearly a dozen different ethnic groups each make up a small percentage of the overall population. This diversity means you’ll experience an amalgam of cultural beliefs and practices during your Zimbabwe safari. Regardless of where you travel and which groups you interact with, art will be all around. The traditional arts of carving, pottery, basketry, and others run deep through the culture of Zimbabwe. The cuisine of the country depends on a few staples that are also nearly ubiquitous. Sadza is a thick paste made from ground corn, with a consistency somewhat similar to polenta or mashed potatoes. It can be served with a number of combinations, including gravy, vegetables, or meat. Often it is served with tsunga, which is a type of stew. Some other everyday meals include biltong (beef jerky) and boerewors (beef sausages) which were adopted during Afrikaner rule. Make sure to give these a try; you’ll be pleasantly surprised (and full)!
Traveling to Zimbabwe might take some time, but is easier than one might expect. There are a number of flights from other African nations to the international airport in Harare, as well as some direct flights from Europe. However, make sure you check visa requirements long before your Zimbabwe tour! Some countries, like the United States, UK, and most EU countries, can be granted a visa upon arrival (merely by paying the required fee), but others must obtain their visa prior to traveling.
One should exercise increased caution while traveling in the urban areas of Zimbabwe, but don’t be overly concerned. Crime can be common, but if you take care and use common sense during your Zimbabwe tour, it’s unlikely you’ll be the victim of any. That sense of caution should extend to any Zimbabwe safari tours as well. Malaria is present, so ensure you have medication to combat it, and watch out for snakes and other dangerous animals in the bush.
What Planet Ride offers for adventures in Zimbabwe
Planet Ride strives to feature nothing but the best in road trip adventures! We seek out expert local guides in each country to ensure you’ll have an incredible experience. These guides are familiar with every last detail of the country you’ll visit, from the roads you’ll travel to particular aspects of the culture, as well as know-how on the vehicles you’ll travel with. They take care of all the hard work and let you have all the fun driving or riding. For the extra adventurous, or those seeking absolute freedom, we do offer some trips that do not have a guide.
A shining example of one of our Zimbabwe safari tours is an 11-day 4×4 trek through Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. During this journey, you’ll discover the most beautiful and remote terrain of southern Africa. After arriving in Botswana’s Maun airport, you’ll head out for the famed Okavango Delta. You’ll explore the delta before heading to Namibia’s Mahango National Park. The group will also visit a couple of other national parks, where you’ll see elephants, crocodiles, hippopotamus, and some of the other fantastic fauna that inhabit this part of the world. Finally, Zimbabwe! This tour mainly focuses on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls. This massive waterfall spans hundreds of meters across with a height of more than 100 meters! You will also have some free time to explore, including the chance for a Zimbabwe safari if all the previous opportunities were not enough.