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botswana Zimbabwean Elephants congregate on the riverbanks and cool off with mud baths.
south_africa_holidayZimbabwe the original perfect safari destination.
south_africa_holidayA male lion with cubs.
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Safaris in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe offers a very rich and diverse environment in which to enjoy an African safari. In years gone by Zimbabwe was often the country of choice for a luxury safari, it is now regaining its popularity as a safari location. With its political unrest and in particular its history of human rights violation many travellers are unsure whether visiting Zimbabwe is the wisest choice for a safari. On reflection, tourist dollars coming into this country that has suffered so greatly are providing livilhoods for Zimbabweans fighting the war against poaching, which in turn over the past decade has gained a stark momentum, which can be seen to outweigh the visa fees and tourism levee that goes to the government. The underfunded anti-poaching units need the support of tourism in order to successfully preserve species under threat like the Black Rhino.

Zimbabwe has been blessed with a diverse topography from the Granite hills of Matopops to the impressive mountains, green forests and stunning rivers of the Eastern Highlands. Zimbabwe's diversity as a safari location proves irresistible to the safari enthusiast. Heading towards the more peaceful northern there are some superb parks in which to enjoy a safari. Hwange National Park and Mana Pools are world renowned as being excellent choices for a well-rounded safari experience. Mana Pools offers the exceptional diverse scenery along the Zambezi River and Hwange is home to some of southern Africa's last great elephant.

Zimbabwe, as one might expect, is not selected as often as a safari destination of choice and therefore could be argued as having a more exclusive safari experience to its favour. In addition it is likely that the cost of a safari in Zimbabwe as opposed to safari of similar level in Botswana would be considerably less expensive.

If the above reasons reaffirm or suggest that a safari in Zimbabwe is for you, where would we suggest you stayed? The old favourites of course, head to Mana Pools for a few days and also Hwange National Park.

In Mana Pools National Park under a canopy of acacia trees on the banks of the steady flowing Zambezi river sits Ruckomechi Camp. Ruckomechi camp offers ten ensuite tented rooms which overlook the Zambezi River. Each of the rooms has an indoor and outdoor shower and the camp has a secluded 'bath with a view' which guests can request to enjoy. The camp's shared areas such as the lounge and bar overlook the escarpment and are interconnected with low level walkways.

In Hwange National Park , situated in a remote and private concession is one of just a handful of camps built in the park. Makalolo Plains Camp is elevated on teak decking and tented rooms are interconnected by raised boardwalks. With a bar area, lounge, plunge pool and bunker hide Makalolo is a superb choice as a safari camp in Zimbabwe.

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