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Why you should choose Zimbabwe for your family safari, Africa Blog

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 Why Zimbabwe?

With a vast array of enticing safari destinations on Africa's safari circuit we give you our top 10 reasons why Zimbabwe should be at the top of your list for 2019!

1) It's firmly back on the tourist map, with the number of foreign visitors to Victoria Falls jumping to nearly 50% in the first quarter of 2018*. We've seen a real rise in enquiries this year and the trend is only going in one direction - up!

Imvelo Safari Lodges Kids

2) Great value compared to BotswanaZambia and Tanzania - at the moment! NOW is definitely the time to visit before the tourist offering matures and prices rise! Lodges are keen to lure potential guests with some great seasonal free night offers on longer stays. Transfers can be done by road, rail or air - by opting for road and rail, you can keep costs in check, unlike Botswana where transfers are mainly by air. Also, no luggage restrictions as with flight transfers (just saying!). In Botswana, the very remote nature of some lodges adds to the exclusivity which is great but does mean they are priced at a premium, so in this regard Zimbabwe offers better value. If you mix-and-match destinations, not only do you get contrasting experences but the costs balance out, so for example you might compromise on a B&B in Vic Falls and splurge on a great safari lodge in Hwange.

Imvelo Safari Lodges Nehimba game drive 25a Imvelo Zambezi Sands

3) Lots of positive changes since Mugabe has stepped down - the country has now had a year to recover and there's a huge sense of purpose and optimism

4) Stand-out safaris - think 4WD, riding safaris, cycling and walking. We love the fact that in a single destination you can safari, enjoy water-based activities and plenty of soft (or adrenaline-inducing!) adventure. Also, Zimbabwe is renowned for the quality and epertise of its guding - many consider the rangers here the best in Africa.

Imvelo Game Drive  Imvelo Safari Lodges Camelthorn Riding Safari Cycling Safari 

5) It's a central destination that can easily be twinned with South Africa, Botswana or Zambia, e.g. you could perhaps spend 4 nights in Chobe (Botswana) and then 4 nights in Hwange NP (Zimbabwe), thereby enjoying two different safari experiences for a much better rate than 8 nights in Botswana, where you would need to fly between reserves. The KAZA UniVisa acts as a multi-entrance visa and allows you to travel betwee Zimbabwe & Zambia as often as you like within a 30-day period. It also covers day trips to Botswana through the Kazangula Borders. You could also safari in Kruger and then move on to Vic Falls - the exchange rates usally work in your favour!

 Chobe Chilwero Aerial View Chobe Princess Boat Safari Sunset Family safaris 6 

6) Zimbabwe is big on contrasts - always the hallmark of a great holiday. Think lush landscapes near the falls, wide plains in Hwange, the mighty Zambezi....

Imvelo Vic Falls Nehimba Imvelo Elephants 

7) The community and conservation ethos of the Imvelo lodges which we feature. With their focus on enriching the lives of local communities the work they do is amazing and so vital for an economy which is re-building itself. It feels great to play some small part as a visitor.

Imvelo Safari Lodges Camelthorn Community 43a

8) Not just wildlife - cultural tourism is key with school and village visits. Unlike some other safari destinations, in Zimbabwe you get genuine and authentic insights into how the locals live.

11 Imvelo Safari Lodges Camelthorn Walking to school from Ngunyana Grade 1s ride the car Imvelo Safari Lodges Kids Walking Safari

9) The Elephant Express – what can we say, it's seriously cool! Where else can you game-view from the rails, glass of wine in hand. If you want the whole sleeper train experience there's also the Stimela Star or Rovos Rail

Imvelo Safari Lodges Elephant Express Imvelo Elephant Express

10) You're spoilt for choice with a vast range of water, land and air-based activities such as canoeing, tiger-fishing and sunset cruises.

Imvelo Safari Lodges Zambezi Sands River Safari IMG 6713  33

 *Source News24  



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