This is Zimbabwe | Fourth Edition

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Zimbabwe FOURTH EDITION

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Encounters

3 44th SADC

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22 Map

Map of Regions and Points of Interest

23 Harare

Zimbabwe’s Capital Beckons with History, Nature and Buzz

29 Victoria Falls

Where Smoke Thunders – the Natural Spectacle of Victoria Falls

34 Bulawayo

Ar t and Adventure

38 Hwange

The Wild Wonders, an Enchanting Eden

42 Kariba

Adventure Meets Serenity on the World’s Largest Man-Made Lake

47 Eastern Highlands

From Peak to Valley, Witness the Untamed Spirit of the Eastern Highlands

51 Masvingo Province

Ancient Ruins and Stunning Landscapes

53 Lowveld

The Wild Heart of Zimbabwe

56 Gweru & Midlands

Gweru’s Ancient Secrets

59 Mana Pools

Unforgettable Wildlife on the Mighty Zambezi

61 Beitbridge

More Than Just a Border Crossing

Contents
THIS IS ZIMBABWE FOURTH EDITION A Guide to the Regions
Explore
Unforgettable
Await
Foreword
Summit
Introduction Where Wild Beauty Meets Warm Smiles
Parks & Wildlife Whispers of the Wild 8 Getting Here Air Travel and Beyond 9 Culture A Deeper Dive into Zimbabwean Culture 10 Adventure Tourism Get Your Pulse Racing 13 Visitor Tips Making the Most of Your Trip 63 Visas Zimbabwe’s Three-Tier Visa System
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C ome Share Our Story Unforgettable Encounters Await

Welcome to the latest edition of This is Zimbabwe

This is first post-pandemic edition of This is Zimbabwe and is published as our tourism sector gets back firmly on its bases and the world rediscovers our unique destination.

Of course, Zimbabwe is known the world over as the perfect vantage point to view the spectacular Victoria Falls and to enjoy the full range of both high adrenalin and the laxer activities that the surrounding area has to offer, but our country offers a whole lot more!

I believe our many National Parks and reserves are epic and our wildlife and nature conservation programmes are within the high echelons in the world. This is backed by top tier luxury camps, lodges and expert guiding.

For those seeking breath-taking scenery then our Eastern Highlands remain a must visit. There’s also cruising and houseboating on Lake Kariba – Zimbabwe’s man-made inland sea holding the largest water volume in the world.

Harare, the pulse of the nation is a city that literary never sleeps as the name suggests among the locals, but we also recommend visitors travel to Bulawayo and Gweru, our storehouses of our rich history and heritage.

Of course, no visit to our country is complete without seeing Great Zimbabwe – the mysterious medieval stone city of ingenious architecture after which our nation is named.

To truly understand our country, we welcome you to immerse yourself with Shona, Ndebele, Tonga peoples which are among the 70 ethnic groups in Zimbabwe, try out some of our local cuisine, like “sadza” dipped in a game stew, or take the time to learn about our journey of resilience since our independence and our national identity. There is so much to discover in our country, come for a trip of a lifetime.

We look forward to having you as our guest to experience the wonderment that is Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Gearing Up for Pivotal 44th SADC Summit

The upcoming 44th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Zimbabwe holds immense significance, convening regional leaders to tackle critical issues and chart a collaborative path towards progress. Scheduled for August 2024 in Harare, the summit assumes added weight as Zimbabwe takes the helm as Chair, leading this prestigious regional gathering.

Preparations are in full swing, with the new Parliament Building in Mount Hampden set as the venue to host the event.

African Impact

A robust and unified SADC plays a crucial role in Africa’s overall stability and development. The summit’s success contributes to a more peaceful and prosperous continent. By fostering regional cooperation and addressing shared challenges, SADC’s positive impact resonates across Africa.

Global Partnerships

The summit presents an opportune moment to engage with international partners on issues of mutual concern, like climate change and sustainable development. Such collaborations with the global community accelerate progress on shared challenges across the continent.

Elevating Zimbabwe’s Standing

Assuming the SADC chair empowers Zimbabwe to influence regional policies and shape their future direction. Moreover, hosting this significant international event enhances Zimbabwe’s image, projecting stability and competence to the global stage.

Economic Growth

The influx of delegates and associated activities surrounding the summit will generate economic benefits for businesses like hotels, restaurants and transportation companies. Additionally, the event will necessitate infrastructure upgrades such as road repairs, hotel renovations and security improvements. These developments leave a legacy on Harare and benefit the people of Zimbabwe beyond the event’s duration.

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Warm Smiles Where Wild Beauty Meets

Beyond the headlines of yesteryear, a breath-taking natural beauty and infectious smiles awaits. This is Zimbabwe, Africa’s unveiled jewel, where ancient ruins stand and the earth trembles beneath the thunderous embrace of Victoria Falls. Prepare to be captivated by a land where wild adventures ignite your spirit, and the warmth of its people lingers long after you depart.

Witnessing nature’s majesty

Unquestionably, Victoria Falls reigns supreme. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, its colossal power presents itself through swirling mists and rainbows dancing in the spray. Feel the

earth rumble beneath your feet on a helicopter flight or get soaked to the core on a white-water rafting adventure – an experience that will leave your heart pounding and spirit exhilarated.

But Zimbabwe’s landscapes offer more than just awe-inspiring waterfalls. The

Matobo Hills, with their stoic granite kopjes and prehistoric rock paintings, tell tales of ancient civilizations. In the vast savannas of 14,600 sq km Hwange National Park, the largest in Zimbabwe, spot elephant trumpeting greetings or witness lion basking in the sun. The 2,612 sq km Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World

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Heritage Site, mesmerises on the banks of the Zambezi River and abundant wildlife. Canoe safaris here glide you past bathing hippo, while unforgettable safari encounters will present giraffe families or leopard padding through the tall grass.

Embracing a rich history

Step back in time at Great Zimbabwe, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that speaks volumes about the architectural prowess of a bygone era. These iconic granite ruins, once a flourishing trade city, stand as silent guardians, telling stories of kings and empires. Delve deeper into history at Khami Ruins, the impressive stone city in the southwest, or marvel at the ancient rock paintings in Chinhoyi Caves.

Cultures that enrich the soul

Zimbabwe’s soul lies in its welcoming people, the Shona and Ndebele. Their vibrant fabrics, captivating music, and intricate beadwork are living testaments to their rich cultural heritage. Learn to drum beneath the open sky, join a lively village feast or lose yourself in the rhythm of

Take a boat trip on Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake, and marvel at the wildlife gathering at its shores.

traditional dances. From bustling markets overflowing with colourful produce to serene villages where time seems to stand still, Zimbabwe offers cultural experiences that will enrich your spirit and leave you longing for more.

Off the beaten track

For those who crave the thrill of discovery, Zimbabwe offers hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Hike the scenic Nyanga Mountains, their peaks piercing the misty air, or explore the caves and waterfalls of Chimanimani National Park. Take a boat trip on Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake, and marvel at the wildlife gathering at its shores. Whether you seek white-knuckle bungee jumps off the Victoria Falls Bridge or simply yearn for the tranquillity of a starlit night by a crackling campfire, Zimbabwe promises adventures that will ignite your wild side.

So, come, discover the wonders of Zimbabwe. From the untamed wilderness to the warm smiles of its people, this country promises an experience that will stay etched in your memory long after the last adventure ends. Let Zimbabwe captivate your senses, fill your heart with wonder, and rewrite your story of Africa. This is a land where wild beauty meets warm smiles, where ancient echoes reverberate in the present, and where every encounter promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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Parks & Wildlife

Whispers of the WILD

Adventures Await in Zimbabwe’s National Parks

imbabwe boasts an incredible array of landscapes, rich biodiversity, and a captivating history. But it’s within its network of national parks and recreational areas that the country’s true magic unfolds.

Managed by the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks), these parks offer experiences unlike any other, drawing in adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers from across the globe.

Rugged mountains and wild beauty

Chimanimani National Park: Nestled on the border with Mozambique, Chimanimani is an adventurer’s paradise. Unspoiled mountain grandeur dominates the landscape, with jagged peaks piercing the sky and lush valleys nestled below. Hikers

and explorers can navigate a network of footpaths and narrow tracks, spotting eland, sable, bushbuck, and even the occasional leopard during their trek.

Chinhoyi Caves Recreational Park: This park hides a secret beneath the earth’s surface. A series of remarkable caves, tunnels, and caverns. In their depths, discover the legacy of the outlaw Nyamakwere, who made them his stronghold, or step back in time with the colonial explorer Frederick Selous, who stumbled upon these hidden wonders in 1887.

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Chizarira National Park: Carved from the rugged Zambezi Escarpment in northwestern Zimbabwe, Chizarira is a wilderness waiting to be explored. Its 2,000 sq km expanse embraces jagged mountains, deep gorges, lush valleys, and cascading waterfalls. This remote haven is a playground for elephant, lion and antelope.

Wonders of the wilderness

Gonarezhou National Park: In the southeastern Lowveld region lies Gonarezhou, aptly named “Place of Many Elephants.” Its 5,053 sq km canvas showcases majestic baobab trees, granite kopjes and the mighty Save River snaking through the landscape. Witness herds of elephant roaming the plains, crocodile basking on the riverbanks and lion claiming their thrones beneath the acacia trees.

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Hwange National Park: Africa’s premier conservation area, Hwange, sprawls across 14,650 sq km, making it the largest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe. It’s a sanctuary for the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino – along with over 400 bird species. Embark on safaris across vast savannas, spot majestic giraffe silhouetted against the sunset, and listen to the symphony of nocturnal animals at night.

Kazuma Pan National Park: A hidden gem on the north-western border, 313 sq km Kazuma Pan serves as a crucial refuge for animals during Zimbabwe’s hunting season. This pan, an extension of the Matetsi Safari Area, attracts migrating herds from Botswana, and when water is scarce, large elephant and

Witness herds of elephant roaming the plains, crocodile basking on the riverbanks and lion claiming their thrones beneath the acacia trees.

buffalo congregations create an unforgettable spectacle.

Water adventures and breath-taking beauty

Mana Pools National Park: Imagine drifting peacefully down the Zambezi River in a canoe, hippo basking on the banks and crocodile gliding beneath the surface. Mana Pools is a classic safari destination, where wildlife viewing takes centre stage. This 2,196 sq km park along the Middle Zambezi Valley offers encounters with elephant, buffalo, and amazing birdlife, all against the backdrop of stunning riverine scenery.

Matusadona National Park: Nestled on the shores of the majestic Lake Kariba,

Matusadona beckons with its landscapes. Explore the lakeshore grasslands, delve into the thick woodlands of the Zambezi Valley floor, or climb the escarpment for panoramic views. From elephant herds quenching their thirst to eagles soaring above, this park offers a kaleidoscope of wildlife and activities, from game viewing and birdwatching to boating and canoeing.

Mountain escapes and cultural delights

Nyanga National Park: In the Eastern Highlands lies Nyanga, a haven of fresh mountain air, rolling green hills, and cascading waterfalls. Mutarazi Falls, the country’s highest at 760 meters, thunders through the landscape, while varied wildlife, including monkeys, antelope and birds, adds to the charm. Hike through verdant forests, cast a fly line in crystal-clear rivers, or explore the cultural heritage of the area at the Nyanga National Museum.

Matobo National Park: Just south of Bulawayo, Matobo National Park offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural significance. Home to endangered black and white rhino, it also boasts ancient granite kopjes adorned with rock paintings by San people centuries ago. Climb the imposing Sheba’s Breast, explore the imposing Cave of the Silences, or simply marvel at the breath-taking views from atop Lookout Hill.

OTHER PARKS:

Boulton Atlantica Centre

Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens

Darwendale Dam Recreational Park

Chinhoyi Caves Recreational park

Ngezi Recreational Park Nyanyana - Lake Kariba

Recreational Park Osborne Dam

Recreational Park Mushandike Sanctuary

Kyle Recreational Park

Vumba Botanical Garden

For more information, visit www.zimparks.org

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A Guide to Air Travel and Beyond Getting Here

Navigating Zimbabwe’s landscapes and wildlife encounters often begins with understanding its air travel network. This comprehensive guide delves into the major airports, alternative transport options, and essential travel tips to ensure a smooth and enriching journey.

Main gateways

R.G. Mugabe International Airport (Harare): Recently renovated and expanded, R.G. Mugabe International Airport offers connections to major airlines like Ethiopian, South African Airways, Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, Qatar Airways and Emirates. The new developments means that both international arrival and departure sections serve as one all-inclusive terminal.

Victoria Falls International Airport: Located 21 km south of Victoria Falls town and gives direct access to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are more than 6 airlines which fly into Victoria Falls which include Eurowings Discover, Ethiopian Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Airlink.

J.M. Nkomo International Airport (Bulawayo): Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo connects you to various destinations as the region is well serviced by a Star Alliance Member Airline, Ethiopian Airways. Fastjet and Airlink also fly to and from Bulawayo.

Domestic flights

Hwange Airport: For wildlife enthusiasts, Hwange National Park awaits, accessible through this domestic airport with charter flights.

Kariba Airport: Cruise or houseboat on majestic Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake, after touching down at this airport near the Kariba Dam.

Masvingo Airport: Immerse yourself in the heart of Masvingo, home to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, and gateway to scenic Lake Mutirikwi.

While Zimbabwe’s air travel network provides excellent access, venturing beyond the airports unlocks a world of adventure. Consider these options: Trains: Experience the charm of Zimbabwe’s railways, with scenic journeys like the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls route offering breath-taking views.

Buses: An extensive network of buses connects cities, towns, and rural areas, providing budget-friendly travel and

immersing you in the local way of life.

Self-drive: For the adventurous, renting a car allows you to explore at your own pace, discovering hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Travel tips for a smooth take-off

Visa requirements: Ensure you have the necessary visa before arrival.

Currency exchange: Bring cash or exchange currency at official bureaux.

Local transportation: Arrange airport transfers or consider ride-hailing apps in major cities.

Accommodation: Book hotels or lodges in advance, especially during peak season.

Respectful tourism: Be mindful of local customs and traditions.

New horizons

Exciting developments are taking flight in Zimbabwe. The national airline is revitalizing its fleet and locally focused operator Fastjet is expanding its network, and new tourism initiatives are promoting responsible and sustainable travel.

Remember

This is just a starting point. Research specific flight options, accommodation, and activities based on your interests and travel style. With careful planning and an open mind, Zimbabwe’s air travel and diverse transport options will unveil the magic waiting to be discovered.

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Language and tradition

While English holds official status, the beating heart of Zimbabwe speaks Shona and Ndebele, Bantu languages carrying centuries of wisdom. Elders, revered for their guidance, transmit traditions through storytelling, shaping everything from family life to agricultural practices. The concept of “hunhu,” emphasising respect and ubuntu (humanity’s interconnectedness), forms the foundation of social interactions.

Music and dance

The mbira, a thumb piano resonating with ancestral spirits, sets the

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

• Africa Day celebrations

• Bulawayo Music Festival

• Chibuku Neshamwari

• Chimanimani Arts Festival

• Harare International Carnival

• Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)

• Harare International Food Festival

• Harare Jazz Festival

• Independence Day festivities

• Intwasa Arts Festival

• Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival

• Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival

• Midlands Arts and Cultural Festival (MACfest)

• Neverland Zimbabwe

• Nyaminyami Festival

• Shoko Festival

• Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival

• Traditional and Organic Food Festival

• Vic Falls Carnival

• Zimbabwe Food and Culture Festival

• Zimbabwe International Book Fair

• Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF)

• Zimbabwean Music Festival

A Deeper Dive into Zimbabwean Culture

Stepping beyond Victoria Falls and diverse wildlife, Zimbabwe’s splendour lies within its cultural. From languages steeped in tradition to art energetic with life, from the rhythm of dance to the warmth of communal meals, Zimbabwe offers a captivating journey for inquisitive travellers.

rhythm for Zimbabwean life. Music and dance intertwine, becoming a language of joy, sorrow, and everything in between. The energetic stomping of Jerusalema, the graceful movements of Mbende, and the mesmerising swirls of Shona Muchongoyo each tell a unique story, inviting participants to join the vibrant celebration.

Art and creativity

Zimbabwe’s artistic scene flourishes. Sculpture, a treasured tradition, breathes life into wood and stone, with Shona sculptures gracing galleries worldwide. The renowned Tengenenge Art Village nurtures generations of

acclaimed sculptors. Meanwhile, paintings depict everyday life, ancestral myths, and contemporary challenges, offering windows into the Zimbabwean psyche.

A taste of culture

No cultural exploration is complete without savouring the local cuisine. Zimbabwean food revolves around the comforting warmth of sadza, a thick maize porridge. Accompanied by stewed vegetables, grilled meats, or peanut butter, it forms the heart of every meal. On celebratory occasions, the air fills with the fragrant smoke of roasting goat or beef, a feast shared communally, signifying unity and joy.

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Adventure Tourism

Adventures

Zimbabwe isn’t just views of the iconic Victoria Falls. It’s a playground for the adventurous with a host of adrenalinepumping activities woven into its landscapes. We’re talking raw thrills for those who crave excitement.

to get Your Pulse Racing

Take the plunge (literally) off Victoria Falls Bridge, a 111-metre leap over the Zambezi River. Feel the air whip past as you freefall into the river’s mist before experiencing the exhilarating rebound. This is not just a jump; it’s a baptism into the raw power and beauty of this natural wonder.

Below Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River transforms into Grade 5 rapids. Navigate swirling whirlpools, conquer heart-stopping drops, and battle the river’s fury in white-water rafts. It’s a physical and mental challenge, forging camaraderie as you paddle alongside strangers against the roaring current.

Ditch the jeeps and hit the trails. In the Matobo Hills, ancient granite giants provide a dramatic backdrop for treks, as you hike past caves adorned with San paintings. Chimanimani National Park’s misty mountain trails lead to cloud-kissed peaks and sprawling panoramas. Mana Pools National Park offers multi-day wilderness trails that delve deep into the heart of Africa, a true off-the-grid experience.

It’s not all heart-pounding highs, though. Glide down the Zambezi in a canoe, observing elephant herds grazing on the banks or hippos bobbing in the current. Horse riding across savannas dotted with giraffe and zebra, or mountain biking through rugged terrain, offering a gentler, immersive connection with the land and its creatures.

On each Zimbabwe adventure your senses will be bombarded with unforgettable experiences. So, pack your adventure gear and prepare to be swept away by the raw spirit of Zimbabwe.

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Lace up your boots for extraordinary hikes

Turaco Trail: A challenging three-day trek in Nyanga National Park, past waterfalls, forests and mountain peaks. Perfect for experienced hikers seeking epic views and a test of endurance.

Inanke Trail: A moderate 12-kilometre hike in the Matobo Hills, offering rock paintings, streams, and bushy tracts. Ideal for families and those wanting a less-strenuous but rewarding adventure.

Chikore Mission Walk: An easy-to-moderate walk near Mutare with stunning Eastern Highlands views and a chance to visit the historic Chikore Mission. A great option for families and those seeking a scenic stroll.

Navigate swirling whirlpools, conquer heart-stopping drops, and battle the river’s untamed fury in whitewater rafts.

Gorges Hike: Hike the trail at the top of the Gorge in Victoria Falls and take a refreshment with locals. This is a half-day experience that will start with a scenic drive through the countryside to the top of the Gorge, at rapid number 23. After the safety briefing, you will enjoy the hour long walk at the top of the gorge, along the river to rapid 25. The hike continues to a beautiful and authentically decorated Ndebele homestead to share a light refreshment with your graceful hosts. The hike includes navigating some steep slopes and a basic level of fitness is required.

Adventure on wheels

Quad Biking: Get off the beaten track by exploring the remoter areas of Victoria Falls on a quad bike. Guided small groups adventure off-road to explore the natural environment or local villages, embracing the dust and the rugged terrain. Different routes and options are available, offering views and a chance to experience the unique ecosystem, cultures and natural heritage of the area.

Bicycle Tours: Guided bicycle tours are available throughout the day. Led by a guide, small groups are able to explore the city, craft markets and Zambezi River, visit the Big Tree and enjoy spectacular views of the Batoka Gorge and Victoria Falls Bridge. The terrain is relatively flat with a few mild inclines but a basic level of fitness is advised.

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RAINBOW HOSPITALITY GROUP

Exploring Rainbow Hospitality Group’s Portfolio

ISO 9001:2015 certified Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG), is one of the largest tourism companies in Zimbabwe. Listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, RTG is a dominant player in the tourism industry specialising in hotel and conference services, tour operations and operates the largest tourism online booking platform in Zimbabwe; the Gateway Stream App.

The Group has six hotels and a convention centre in Zimbabwe and has a marketing & sales office in Johannesburg.

RAINBOW TOWERS

HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Rising 17 floors above the bustling capital, the Rainbow Towers Hotel & Conference Centre is the Group’s flagship. This iconic property offers panoramic city views and convenient access to Harare’s attractions.

BULAWAYO RAINBOW HOTEL

An unrivalled welcome awaits you at this delightful hotel situated in the wonderful “City Of Kings”. It is an ideal location from which both business and leisure visitors can explore the many attractions in the city and the surrounding areas.

A’ZAMBEZI RIVER LODGE & VICTORIA FALLS RAINBOW HOTEL

For nature enthusiasts, both the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel and A’Zambezi River Lodge provide a front-row seats to the wonder of the Falls. Guests can embark on thrilling adventures and return to tranquil gardens and refreshing pool which offer the perfect setting for relaxation.

KADOMA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Escape the city at the Kadoma Hotel & Conference Centre, a sanctuary of serenity. Close to Harare (140km) and at the heart of Zimbabwe, this hotel is set in lush gardens and provides a tranquil “get away”.

THE NEW AMBASSADOR HOTEL (HARARE)

Located in Harare’s Central Business District at the heart of the “Sunshine City”, the New Ambassador Hotel is an ideal business hotel. It is a walking distance of all the main financial, commercial, and government institutions.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

RTG’s footprint extends beyond hotels to include the impressive Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). This facility boasts a capacity exceeding 4,500 delegates, making it the largest conference centre in Zimbabwe. The HICC has hosted many prestigious summits and gatherings.

HARARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE

The Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) is an international conference centre is the venue of choice in Zimbabwe and beyond. With a conferencing capacity of up to 4500 people, the HICC is undoubtedly the largest indoor conferencing venue in Zimbabwe.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

RTG recognises the importance of responsible tourism. Eco-friendly measures are implemented across its operations, from water conservation initiatives to energy-efficient practices. The Group actively partners with local communities to foster sustainable tourism development, supporting local communities and cultural initiatives.

The Group is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). It is against this background that the Group’s operations are guided by various policies and practices, which drive responsible business values that anchor their brands. RTG continuously identifies and manages economic, environmental, and social impacts associated with the business.

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Making the Most of Your Trip

Travelling to a new place always carries some risk. Plan your trip carefully and be sure to read our up-to-date, relevant travel information both before and during your stay in Zimbabwe.

Geography Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Covering a total area of about 390,580 sq km, it straddles a high plateau that drops northwards to the Zambezi Valley forming the Zambezi Escarpment. The Zambezi River flows along the northern border with Zambia, while to the east the Inyanga and Udizi Mountains and the rugged Eastern Highlands separate the country from Mozambique. Southern areas of Zimbabwe feature savannah grasslands, while in the south-west the land slopes towards the Limpopo River. Among the spectacular water features of Zimbabwe are Lake Kariba and the Victoria Falls.

People Zimbabwe has a total population of about 14 million, of whom about 98 per cent belong to the two major Bantu-speaking groups known as the Shona (about 82 per cent) and the Ndebele (about 15 per cent). The remaining population consists largely of white ethnicities.

Languages The country has three official languages: English, Shona and Ndebele. English is used predominantly in business and government affairs. The Shona language is widely spoken across the country, while Ndebele is spoken in western Zimbabwe.

Money Zimbabwe uses the US dollar (US$) as its currency and is keen to welcome cash, although major credit cards are accepted at leading hotels, airlines and supermarkets.

Withdrawing cash from an ATM or bank should not be relied upon and you should check in advance whether a restaurant or hotel will accept cards, especially outside Harare.

Tipping Visitors are advised to bring small notes to tip hotel staff, guides and waiting staff if good service has been provided. Make sure, however, that a service charge hasn’t already been added to your bill beforehand.

Passport A passport valid for at least six months from your date of entry is mandatory. It should also have three blank pages to enable you to enter and exit Zimbabwe via a neighbouring country if you have to leave at short notice.

Health Travellers must be up to date with all routine vaccinations before travelling to Zimbabwe. Malaria preventatives are recommended and some vaccines may also be required depending on outbreaks at the time of your visit. Modern private and public hospitals and clinics are available in all major cities and towns. Health insurance is highly recommended.

Local time Greenwich Mean Time plus two hours (GMT+2)

National dialling code +263

Climate Zimbabwe has a tropical climate, so it tends to be hot and humid all year round, with seasonal rains. The dry season typically runs from April to October, with the whole country experiencing little rain. Throughout the year, temperatures can be expected to range from about 25°C to high 30s or even low 40s in some areas, while night temperatures are usually about 15°C to 20°C. During the winter months of May, June, July and August temperatures can drop to a slightly cooler average. Regardless of the time of year, visitors should pack loose, cool clothing when they visit Zimbabwe. It is best to avoid revealing clothing or items with suggestive slogans. Rainwear is useful between November and March. Both men and women should wear long trousers for safaris.

Driving Visitors require an international driving licence and insurance to drive in Zimbabwe. Remember, Zimbabweans drive on the left.

Drinking water

Visitors are advised to drink only bottled water in Zimbabwe.

Visitor Tips

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AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM

Where Luxury Meets Adventure

Africa Albida Tourism is a leading Zimbabwean hospitality group specialising in providing exceptional experiences in the magnificent destination of Victoria Falls. The group boasts a diverse portfolio of lodges, each offering a unique perspective on the world’s largest waterfall.

However, the company’s commitment extends beyond showcasing the majesty of Victoria Falls. Africa Albida Tourism is deeply passionate about environmental conservation and community development. Initiatives include supporting the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit; recycling of plastic, paper, glass and beverage cans as well as a number of upcycling projects, and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

UNPARALLELED SERVICE

Africa Albida Tourism is renowned for its unwavering dedication to exceeding guest expectations. A team of warm and knowledgeable staff is committed to ensuring every aspect of your stay is seamless and unforgettable.

So, whether you seek an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a luxurious escape, Africa Albida Tourism offers the perfect gateway to experiencing the magic of Victoria Falls. With its varied range of accommodation, exciting activities and untiring dedication to sustainability, Africa Albida Tourism promises an unforgettable journey into the wonder of Zimbabwe.

PALM HOSPITALITY GROUP

Excellence Redefined in Victoria Falls

For over 30 years, Palm Hospitality Group has been a cornerstone of luxury hospitality in Victoria Falls. Located amid the awe-inspiring Zambezi River and the iconic Victoria Falls, the group’s two exquisite properties offer unforgettable experiences.

ILALA LODGE

Established in 1989, Ilala Lodge exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere. With 73 rooms and luxury suites, lush gardens, and a swimming pool, it’s perfect for families and couples seeking a haven just steps from the famous falls.

PALM RIVER HOTEL

Opened in 2021, Palm River Hotel marks the group’s newest chapter in luxury. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, it boasts elegantly appointed rooms with stunning river views, an infinity pool overlooking the rapids, and a state-of-the-art gym.

Aside from accommodation, Palm Hospitality Group curates enriching experiences for its guests such as elephant encounters, river cruises, and guided tours, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich culture and natural beauty of Zimbabwe.

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AFRICA TRAVEL TOURS

Experience Sustainable Adventure

Africa Travel Tours (ATT) is a local company passionate about sharing the wonders of Zimbabwe with the world. Owned and operated by Zimbabweans, the company employ over 50 people, many of whom are expert guides with a deep understanding of the land and its people.

A commitment to sustainable tourism practices is evident in everything the company does. ATT partners with eco-friendly lodges and camps, supports community conservation projects, and minimises its environmental impact. This dedication has

awarded recognition for outstanding service and commitment to responsible tourism.

TAILORED TO YOU

ATT understands that every traveller is unique. Whether you’re yearning for the adrenaline rush of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River or the tranquillity of a sunrise game drive in Hwange National Park, there is an itinerary to suit everyone. The company offers a wide range of excursions and activities, including tours of Victoria Falls, wildlife safaris, cultural experiences and adventure activities.

So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable African adventure that is both exhilarating and sustainable, look no further than ATT.

HALSTED’S AVIATION CORPORATION (HAC)

Zimbabwe’s Leading Air Charter Operator

Halsted’s Aviation Corporation (HAC) has established itself as the premier air charter operator in Zimbabwe, offering a diverse fleet and exceptional service since 2007. More than just transportation, HAC unlocks the country’s incredible landscapes and hidden gems, making it the ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers.

SAFETY FIRST, COMFORT ALWAYS

Safety is paramount at HAC. A commitment to adhering to strict international standards and regulations is evident in its meticulous maintenance procedures and highly trained pilots. This unwavering focus on safety ensures every flight is a smooth and worry-free experience.

PERSONALISED SERVICE

HAC understands that every journey is unique. The company’s dedicated team takes the time to understand your specific needs and preferences, tailoring every flight to create a

seamless and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, HAC ensures you feel comfortable and well-cared for throughout your journey.

HAC’s fleet caters to a wide range of travel requirements, boasting both fixed-wing aircraft and agile helicopters. Services include executive charters, scenic tours, bush camp transfers and medical evacuations.

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Providing 24/7 Care in Harare

In the heart of Harare, within the Borrowdale suburb, stands Trauma Centre Borrowdale. This private healthcare facility operates as a beacon of emergency and critical care, serving the community around the clock.

EQUIPPED FOR EVERY EMERGENCY

Whether faced with a sudden illness or the aftermath of an accident, Trauma Centre Borrowdale stands ready. A dedicated 24-hour emergency room is staffed by experienced professionals and equipped to handle diverse medical situations. From stabilising trauma cases to managing acute illnesses, the team at Trauma Centre Borrowdale prioritises swift and effective intervention.

Trauma Centre Borrowdale’s capabilities extend far beyond immediate needs. A well-equipped critical care unit provides intensive monitoring and life support for patients requiring additional attention. Furthermore, a team of qualified specialists in various disciplines –cardiology, gynaecology, paediatrics,

and orthopaedics to name a few – offers comprehensive medical and surgical solutions.

MODERN FACILITIES AND EXPERTISE

Investing in patient comfort and treatment accuracy, Trauma Centre Borrowdale boasts modern facilities and state-ofthe-art equipment. Comfortable patient rooms, advanced diagnostic machines like X-ray, MRI, and CT scanners, and the latest surgical tools work in tandem with the expertise of their dedicated staff.

PEACE OF MIND

Knowing that reliable healthcare is available around the clock provides an invaluable sense of security. Trauma Centre Borrowdale embodies this commitment, offering peace of mind to both patients and their loved ones by ensuring 24-hour access to emergency care and critical support. For residents of Harare and beyond, Trauma Centre Borrowdale stands as a symbol of resilience and medical excellence. With its comprehensive services, dedicated staff, and modern facilities, the centre stands ready to meet the broad needs of the community, offering life-saving care at any hour of the day.

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WAKEFIELD LODGES

Exceptional Value, Unforgettable Memories

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

At Wakefield Lodges, you get the most out of your Zimbabwean adventure without breaking the bank. Friendly service, comfortable accommodation, and an unbeatable location make these lodges the perfect choice for an unforgettable Zvishavane experience.

Choose from a range of rooms, from cosy singles to spacious family suites, all with modern en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning for that extra touch of comfort.

After a day of adventure, take a dip in the swimming pool, savour a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant, or sip a drink at the bar as you swap stories with fellow travellers.

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From Hauling to Hospitality

Nesbitt Group, born from a dusty truck in 1973, has transformed into a Zimbabwean industry leader, spanning transport, property, and now, hospitality. Digby Nesbitt’s vision paved the way for a diverse empire, but it’s a foray into hotels that truly captures the group’s triumph.

NESBITT CASTLE

The crown jewel, Nesbitt Castle, reigns supreme in Bulawayo. This luxurious retreat, brimming with conference facilities, and wedding-ready grandeur, has earned its place among Zimbabwe’s hot spots. More than just opulence, the Nesbitt Group caters to budget-conscious travellers with their N1 Hotel chain, dotting key cities like Harare and Victoria Falls.

Nesbitt’s hospitality ventures reflect a deep understanding of Zimbabwe’s needs. Whether it’s pampering luxury or budget-friendly convenience, the company has carved a niche for itselves, adding another layer to an already diversified success story.

PAMARAH LODGE

A Haven of Personalised Peace in Victoria Falls

Tucked away in the serene suburbs of Victoria Falls, Pamarah Lodge emerges as a haven for tourists seeking a personalised and peaceful

experience. Under the canopy of towering teak trees, the lodge’s unique design unfolds, a blend of clean lines and gentle curves with interior

design that nods to aviation inspiration.

Each of the beautifully decorated rooms offers

a sanctuary of modern comfort. “Room One” is perfect for families with a king-size bed and a loft with three single beds.

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Pamarah’s relaxed atmosphere is further nurtured by delicious home-cooked meals and personalised service, ensuring every guest feels truly pampered. Whether seeking to unwind after a day of exploring the majesty of Victoria Falls or simply relaxing in the lodge’s tranquil gardens, Pamarah offers a haven of peace unlike any other.

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Regions Victoria Falls National Park Matobo National Park Chimanimani National Park Nyanga National Park Victoria Falls International Airport J.M. Nkomo International Airport Kariba Airport WKI Hwange Town Airport Hwange National Park Airport Masvingo Airport Charles Prince Airport Bu alo Range Airport Harare International Airport HARARE VICTORIA FALLS HWANGE KARIBA BULAWAYO EASTERN HIGHLANDS MANA POOLS LOWVELD GWERU & MIDLANDS MASVINGO PROVINCE BEITBRIDGE Key to regions 25 HARARE 31 VICTORIA FALLS 36 BULAWAYO 40 HWANGE 44 KARIBA 49 EASTERN HIGHLANDS 55 MASVINGO PROVINCE 57 LOWVELD 60 GWERU & MIDLANDS 63 MANA POOLS 66 BEITBRIDGE Key to listings’ icons (pages 24 – 62) Hotel Lodge Camp Boat 25 Number of bedrooms Restaurant Bar Leisure facilities Conference facilities Key to map City / Town Airport World Heritage Site National Park Road A Guide to the Regions www.zimbabwetourism.net THIS IS ZIMBABWE | FOURTH EDITION 22

Zimbabwe’s Capital Beckons with History, Nature and Buzz

Harare, Zimbabwe’s lively capital, sheds its stopover stereotype to reveal a treasure trove of cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, and modern delights. This cosmopolitan city boasts sunshine most of the year, earning it the nickname “Africa’s Sunshine City,” and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

History and culture

National Gallery of Zimbabwe: Learn more about Shona art, both ancient and contemporary, alongside international exhibits, at this prestigious gallery.

Mbare Market: Buzzing with life and energy, this bustling market offers a sensory overload of fresh produce, traditional crafts like Shona sculptures and a glimpse into local life.

Chapungu Sculpture Park: Witness Zimbabwe’s renowned stone sculpture tradition come alive amid serene gardens, with over 2,000 sculptures adorning the landscape.

Nature and wildlife

Mukuvisi Woodlands: Escape the urban sprawl and explore this 300-hectare sanctuary, teeming with over 250 bird species, reptiles and mammals. Hike the nature trails, enjoy a picnic, or take a guided game drive.

Thetford Game Reserve: Spot lion, giraffe, zebra, and other wildlife on a thrilling safari just outside the city. Guided tours reveal the reserve’s varied ecosystem and offer captivating insights into Zimbabwe’s fauna.

Wild is Life Trust: Witness animal rescue and rehabilitation in action at this unique sanctuary. Orphaned elephant, cheetah, lion, and other wildlife find refuge here, and visitors can have unforgettable encounters with these rescued animals.

Harare Gardens: Take a leisurely stroll through these meticulously landscaped

gardens, a haven of fragrant flowers, manicured lawns, and charming gazebos.

Greenwood Park: Enjoy a picnic under the shade of towering trees, explore the botanical gardens, or let the kids loose in the playground at this popular urban oasis.

National Botanic Gardens: Discover Zimbabwe’s rich botanical heritage at these extensive gardens, housing diverse plant collections, walking trails, and tranquil water features.

Leisure and entertainment

Sam Levy’s Village: This trendy spot combines upscale shopping with busy nightlife, featuring restaurants, bars, and cafés overlooking a central piazza.

Eastgate Mall: Immerse yourself in modern retail therapy at this extensive mall, boasting international brands, local

boutiques, and entertainment options like cinemas and bowling alleys.

Joina City: Explore this busy marketplace, packed with shops selling everything from everyday essentials to souvenirs and traditional handicrafts.

Accommodation

From luxurious hotels in the city centre to charming guesthouses in the suburbs, Harare offers a diverse range of accommodation options. Budget-conscious travellers can find comfortable hostels and campsites, while those seeking indulgence can retreat to private lodges and exclusive hotels.

Harare’s infectious energy, cultural scene, and outdoor escapes extend far beyond its reputation as a mere stopover. Whether you’re drawn to its artistic spirit, wildlife encounters, or bustling markets, this sun-kissed city promises an unforgettable Zimbabwean adventure.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: HARARE & SURROUNDING AREAS

Tel: +263 242 707625-8/086 777 07627

WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164 Facebook/Twitter: zimparks

Email: bookings@zimparks.org.zw www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority has numerous offices in Harare and surrounding areas including its head office in the city. On the outskirts of Harare, they have offices at Lake Chivero Recreational Park, Darwendale Recreational Park and Boulton Atlantica Centre.

Ngezi Recreational Park, Chinhoyi Caves and Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens in Shamva.

AMANZI LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

1 Masasa Lane, Kambanji, Harare

Tel: +263 242 499 257/499 466

Cell: +263 772 367 495

Email: reservations@amanzi.co.zw

www.amanzi.co.zw

Amanzi Lodge is a boutique hotel in the heart of Harare, with lovely waterfalls and spectacular landscaped gardens. The lodge has 16 luxury thatch rooms, all set separately in the gardens. Each room is themed in the style of an African country with an exceptional collection of African antiquities and contemporary art.

ARMADALE BOUTIQUE LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

9 Armadale Road, Harare

Tel: +263 242 882 781

Email: bookings@armadalelodge.com

www.armadalelodge.com

Dedicated to service and guests comfort. Located in the leafy suburb of Borrowdale and close to Sam Levy’s village. Our services include on request; full catering, laundry, Wi-Fi, cable television and airport transfers. Our prices include bed, breakfast and Wi-Fi.

BALLANTYNES LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

4 Parham Road, Ballantyne Park, Harare

Tel: +263 242 882 715

Email: ballantynes@zol.co.zw www.ballantyneslodge.com

Ballantynes Lodge offers 14 luxury spacious rooms located in tranquil gardens and hosted by a great team of staff. A full English breakfast is served every morning, while a light lunch menu and three-course dinner menu are available on request. Additional services include car hire, airport transfers, high-speed Wi-Fi, baby sitting, hairdryers, heaters, and air con in select rooms.

CRESTA JAMESON HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

21 Samora Machel Avenue/Park Street, Harare

Tel: +27 218 550 395 www.jamesonhotel.net

The Jameson Hotel is one of the grand old dames that has been part of Harare’s history and social scene since 1959. Refurbished and enlarged in 1995, the Jameson Hotel Harare still offers elegant and luxurious accommodation. Tiffany’s Restaurant offers a set menu for lunch and dinner, while the Sandawana Coffee Shop serves delicious English buffet breakfasts and buffet lunches as well as buffet and à la carte dinners.

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LOCATION: HARARE

Alexandra park, Harare

Tel: +263 242 744 029/745 704

Email: 12fleetwood@zol.co.zw

Facebook: 12fleetwood

A stylish guest lodge in Alexandra Park, Harare. Easy access to commercial, industrial, retail and residential areas of the city. Set in superb gardens with a swimming pool and securing parking. There are 11 bedrooms, each with an en-site bathroom, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Guests have access at all times to the lounge, dining room and terrace. Rates include bed and breakfast.

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ARGYLE APARTMENTS

LOCATION: HARARE

22 Argyle Road, Harare

Tel: +263 779 747 248

Email: 22argyleapartments@gmail.com

www.argyleapartments.co.zw

Argyle Apartments offer self-catering accommodation in Avondale, a peaceful part of Harare. The apartments are well placed close to restaurants, cafés and supermarkets. Each apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting-room area and a well equipped kitchen. There is DSTV with six channels, free Wi-Fi, round-the-clock security and daily room service.

ASHLEY’S GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

1891 Katsande Way, New Malborough, Harare

Tel: +263 782 465 084/ 712 074 397

Email: info@ashleysguesthouse.com

www.ashleysguesthouse.com

Ashley’s Guest House offers secure, spacious, clean, affordable holiday and business related accommodation to corporate, family and group travellers. They provide warm welcomes to guests from all over the world. All staff are efficient and well trained, ready to provide all the services or assistance you need.

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BUSHMAN ROCK LODGES

LOCATION: RUWA

Sellair Road, Ruwa

Tel: +263 772 156 119

Email: info@bushmanrock.com

www.bushmanrock.com

Lying in an indigenous forest overlooking vineyards and polo fields are the unique Bushman Rock Lodges. Surrounded by a wildlife reserve stocked with antelope species, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, the fully catered lodges provide an ideal location to unwind and relax while enjoying a range of activities including tasting the beautiful estate wines and vehicle or horse-riding safaris.

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CRESTA LODGE HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

Corner of Samora Machel Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 486 870/487 006

Email: reservations@crestahotels.com www.crestalodgeharare.com

Cresta Lodge Hotel, located on the outskirts of Harare’s dynamic city centre, is the idyllic setting for the most memorable events. The hotel offers a superior level of comfort, attention to detail and top quality facilities. Cresta Lodge Hotel Harare will welcome guests with the true warmth of African hospitality. 158

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CRESTA OASIS

LOCATION: HARARE

124 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 790861/2/3/4

Email: reservations@oasis.cresta.co.zw www.crestahotels.com

Set in Zimbabwe’s sunny Harare, where guests are treated like royalty with a warm welcome and exceptional service, Cresta Oasis is the perfect place to mix business and entertainment. The hotel has four comprehensively equipped conference venues and a business centre, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

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EDEN VILLAS

LOCATION: HARARE

54 Eighth Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 250 930

Email: edenvillas@lorimak.co.zw www.elg.co.zw

Eden Villas self-catering apartments are designed in a blend of contemporary and traditional English style, incorporating modern comforts such as a spacious internet access, daily housekeeping and use of the gym. Eden Villas accommodates short and long-term stays and is situated close to the central business district, shopping centres, parks, medical facilities and state security forces.

GUINEA FOWL’S REST

LOCATION: HARARE

43 College Road, Alexandra, Harare

Tel: +263 242 744 826

Cell: +263 772 255 653

Email: dapayne@zol.co.zw

This accommodation comprises five clean and comfortable bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, DSTV and free Fibre Optic internet. One of the rooms can sleep up to five people and is suitable for a family. Guinea Fowl’s Rest has an onsite restaurant, laundry services, airport transfers and top security. There is also a swimming pool, onsite bar and tranquil gardens where guests can relax.

HOTEL ALMOND

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 242 703 111/4

Email: info@hotelalmond.co.zw www.hotelalmond.co.zw

Hotel Almond offers stylish and spacious accommodation, with 33 guest rooms and suites. Its bright, spacious and contemporary rooms offer ample working and relaxation space alongside modern amenities. The hotel includes a restaurant waiting to tempt guests with international and local culinary delights. 33

DAISY’S GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

8 Leslie Close, Greendale North, Harare

Tel: +263 242 442 657

Cell: +263 777 614 717

Email: enquires@daisysguesthouse.co.zw www.daisysguesthouse.co.zw

Ideally situated in the tranquil northern suburbs of Harare, Daisy’s Guest House is located within close proximity to Chisipite Shopping Centre and Kamfinsa Shopping Centre, and is also a mere 15 km from the CBD and 8 km from Borrowdale Village. At Daisy’s Guest House guests walk in as strangers and leave as lifelong friends.

EZULWINI VILLA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 780 246 365

Email: info@ezulwinivilla.com

www.ezulwinivilla.com

Ezulwini Villa Boutique Hotel is a laid-back hotel in Harare, offering an outdoor pool, fitness room, terrace and breakfast. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the city’s sights and sounds. The hotel has a 4-star rating, so you can be sure you’re in for a great stay.

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HIGHLANDS HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

63 Ridgeway North, Highlands, Harare

Tel: +263 242 884 468

Cell: +263 771 133 687

Email: reservations@highlandshouse.co.zw

www.highlandshouse.co.zw

Highlands House is a boutique guest lodge conveniently situated in the northern suburbs of Harare. The lodge has 14 beautifully decorated bedrooms, seven of which are suites, four executive rooms and three standard rooms. A calm and tasteful choice for guests accommodation needs.

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HOLIDAY INN HARARE

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 772 572 304/6/7

Email: hacro@africansunhotels.com

www.africansunhotels.com

This well laid out 201-room hotel is located on the perimeter of the city’s central business district, making it a relaxing retreat in the busy capital and the perfect luxury accommodation in Harare. Ample and secure guest parking gives the option of driving or taking the short walk to the city centre with its many attractions. Comfortable, well appointed rooms include 84 spacious twin rooms, 96 king leisure rooms, 17 executive rooms and four luxury suites.

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ISLAND HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 4 701 641

Email: islandzim@gmail.com

Island Hotel is a no-nonsense guesthouse offering unfussy rooms with Wi-Fi and TVs. The hotel provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy the convenience of 24-hour service, making it a great option for travellers who are always on the go.

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JACANA GARDENS GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

14 Jacana Drive,Borrowdale, Harare

Tel: +263 779 715 297

Email: jacanagardens@gmail.com

www.jacana-gardens.com

Jacana Gardens has six newly decorated spacious bedrooms, each with its own individual design, en-suite bathroom and patio doors that open onto verandas overlooking the garden. Jacana has a lounge area where guests can meet around the fireplace.

JESSAMY GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

4 Stewart Road, Greendale, Harare

Tel: +263 774 336 144

www.jessamy.co.zw

Jessamy Guest Lodge is situated just off Samora Machel Avenue, close to all main arterial routes, Msasa and a direct route to Harare International Airport. The lodge is a stone’s throw from Food Lovers Market, with restaurants and gym facilities also close at hand. The lodge has 10 tastefully furnished rooms, all with en-suite facilities.

KIA ORA LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

60 Knightsbridge Road, Highlands, Harare

Tel: +263 242 746971/2

Email: reservations@kiaoralodge.com

www.kiaoralodge.com

This four-star Ethiopian-themed lodge is tucked away in the suburb of Highlands, undisturbed by the bustle of everyday life but conveniently close to every requirement that guests may have. Kia Ora allows all travellers to connect to their heart’s desire within five minutes. Whether it’s golfing, shopping, cuisine or just sightseeing, there’s a facility nearby.

KINGSMEAD GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

78 Kingsmead Road East, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel: +263 24 883 892

Cell: +263 772 185 415

Email: enquiries@kingsmeadguesthouse.com

www.kingsmeadguesthouse.com

Situated in the northern suburbs of Harare, Kingsmead Guest House offers 14 tastefully furnished en-suite rooms with a full DSTV bouquet, complimentary Wi-Fi and minibars, 3 rooms include air conditioning. Continental and full English breakfasts are offered each morning. Airport transfers, dinners on request, an honesty bar and a laundry service are available.

KUTANDARA LODGES

LOCATION: HARARE

16 Hampshire Road, Greendale, Harare

Tel: +263 242 492585

Cell: +263 772 821 112

Email: kutandara.harare@gmail.com

www.kutandaralodges.com

This accommodation comprises six thatched bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. Each lodge opens onto beautifully landscaped gardens and comes with wireless internet, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, 13 amp electricity sockets and bathroom essentials (shower gel, shampoo and body lotion).

MBIZI GAME LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 242 700 676

Email: info@mbizi.co.zw

www.mbizi.co.zw

MALCOLM LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

9 Malcolm Road, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel: +263 712 602 277

Email: info@malcolmlodge.com

www.malcolmlodgezimbabwe.com

The freshly renovated Malcolm Lodge offers en-suite rooms in a peaceful, relaxed environment. The property is ideal for all visitors to Harare, whether on holiday, business or school functions. Visitors to the lodge can enjoy full use of the swimming pool, sun loungers, garden and braai area.

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Located just 22 km from the city centre, Mbizi Game Lodge is submerged in the harmony of the African bush. The main lodge and self-contained cottages are on 1,000 acres of privately owned land, full of mystery. Mbizi also offers game drives and other outdoor activities including boat cruises, fishing and the new Kenge team building course. 22

MEIKLES HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

Corner of Third Street and Jason Moyo Ave, Harare

Tel: +263 242 707721-9

Email: reservations@meikleshotel.com

www.meikleshotel.com

For almost 100 years Meikles has been acclaimed as Zimbabwe’s premier luxury five-star hotel, its gracious charm and silver-service style reflected in its membership of Leading Hotels of the World. Situated in the heart of the capital, Meikles is a legendary meeting place for international business executives, dignitaries, leisure travellers and celebrities. 312

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MONOMOTAPA HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 772 572 304/6/7

Email: hacro@africansunhotels.com www.africansunhotels.com

The name of this elegant four-star hotel in Harare accurately reflects not only its heritage but also its status as a modern, world-class facility aimed at the business traveller as well as the leisure seeker. The hotel is on the doorstep of the city’s Central Park and Gardens and its newly refurbished rooms are a mix of twin rooms, king leisure rooms and luxurious suites with panoramic views of Harare.

N1 HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

126 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 701813

Email: harare@n1hotel.co.zw www.n1hotel.co.zw

The N1 Hotel provides clean, budget accommodation near the city centre. The hotel offers a bed-only rate at a price that will suite everyone’s pocket. The central business district is within walking distance, as are restaurants and coffee shops. N1 is open 24 hours, so the weary traveller has access to accommodation at all times.

NEW AMBASSADOR HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

88 Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 708121-3

Email: reservations.newambassador@rtg.co.zw

www.rainbowambassador.com

Located in the Central Business District, the New Ambassador hotel is an ideal business hotel. It is within walking distance of all the main financial, commercial and government institutions and also within easy reach of shops, cinemas, restaurants, the National museum and Art Gallery.

PAMUZINDA

LOCATION: SELOUS

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

At this stunning river lodge, Pamuzinda’s main reception area offers a large swimming pool which also has a shady pool bar. This private lodge has a comfortable dining room and lounge both with indoor and outdoor seating areas. A large fireplace at the bar duly provides warmth during chilly evenings.

PAKANAKA LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

1 Portal Road, Highlands,Harare

Tel: +263 242 442644

Email: reservations@pakanakalodge.com

www.pakanakalodge.com

Pakanaka Lodge comprises 10 stylish and well decorated rooms overlooking immaculate gardens populated by palm trees, exotic and indigenous trees. The lodge reflects the unique Zimbabwean culture and offers its guests an excellent hospitality experience.

QUEENSGATE HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

131 Baines Avenue, Harare

Tel: +263 242 796631-5

www.queensgatebaines.com

The Queensgate is a separate wing of the popular and internationally renowned Bronte Hotel. Situated directly across the road from the Bronte, the Queensgate has well appointed accommodation at budget rates. Queensgate guests have full access to all the services, facilities and gardens of the Bronte Hotel at no extra cost.

RESIDENCE HOTEL ZIMBABWE

LOCATION: HARARE

Tel: +263 779 357 145

Email: info@residencehotel.co.zw

www.residencehotel.co.zw

Residence Hotel Zimbabwe is a sophisticated all-suite hotel located in the heart of Harare. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a restaurant, a garden, and an outdoor pool. The suites are spacious and well-appointed, and the staff are friendly and attentive. Residence Hotel Zimbabwe is a great choice for travellers who are looking for a luxurious and relaxing stay.

RIDGEWAY GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

16 Ridgeway South, Highlands, Harare

Tel: +263 772 239 031

Email: ridgewayhouse@frampolmail.com

www.ridgeway-guesthouse.com

Ridgeway Guest House sits in a quiet corner of the suburbs, on the outskirts of the bustling city centre. This colonial-style guest lodge offers a peaceful escape from the daily grind. There are five en-suite bedrooms, all tastefully furnished with their own unique style. Each room comes with tea and coffee facilities, flat screen TV, DSTV and Wi-Fi.

SANDALWOOD LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

11 Quorn Ave, Mount Pleasant, Harare

Tel: +263 242 302758/302 759

Cell: +263 778 666 555

Sandalwood is a boutique lodge with nine air conditioned rooms, each uniquely designed to ensure a luxurious experience for guests, whether corporate or vacationing. The lodge is equipped with an on-site gym, sauna, swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and conferencing facilities. The lodge is centrally located, easily accessible and praised for its impressive manicured gardens. 9

SG LUXURY APARTMENTS

LOCATION: HARARE

8 Cambridge Road, Avondale, Harare

Tel: +263 242 333136/145/149

Email: reservations@sgluxury.co.zw www.sgluxury.co.zw

A royal welcome awaits guests at SG Luxury Apartments’ Cambridge Suites which is located in Avondale in a quiet and exclusive location with lush gardens and well-manicured lawns. Cambridge Suites is ideal for business and leisure at the same time offering the comforts of your home. There are ten selfcatering suites comprising one, two and 3 bedroomed. All the bedrooms are en-suite and offer comfort and luxury.

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THE RAINBOW TOWERS HOTEL

LOCATION: HARARE

1 Pennefather Avenue, Samora Machel West, Box 10029, Harare

Tel: +263 242 772633-9/613

Email: reservations@rtg.co.zw www.therainbowtowershotel.com

The Rainbow Towers Hotel & Conference Centre is a 5-star hotel, symbolising glamour that is synonymous with success and prosperity. Situated in Zimbabwe’s sunny capital Harare, it is a golden icon on the city skyline. The hotel is the ultimate business hotel in Harare offering unique, unparalleled and refreshing experiences to both the business and leisure traveller.

WILD GEESE LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

2 Buckland Lane, Teviotdale, Harare

Tel: +263 772 145 103

Email: info@wildgeese.co.zw

www.wildgeeselodge.com

As well as nine spacious rooms and suites, the lodge features the Goose restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, two large and three smaller conference and function venues, extensive gardens and birdlife, unlimited wireless internet access, city and airport transfers and alfresco dining.

WOODLANDS LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

9 Princes Close, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel: +263 242 882 334

Cell: +263 772 514 092

Email: bookings@woodlandsguestlodge.com www.woodlandsguestlodge.com

Woodlands has 10 standard rooms, nine with king-sized beds and one with twin beds, plus two suites, all designed and decorated with the comforts of a luxury hotel while retaining an intimate and homely feel. Each room has a separate entrance and its own veranda to enjoy the tranquillity of the garden setting.

SUNBIRD GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

Moulsham Road, Dawn Hill, Greendale, Harare

Tel: +263 779 871 316

Email: admin@sunbirdguesthouse.net

www.sunbirdguesthouse.net

Sunbird offers quiet, secure and comfortable B&B accommodation at reasonable rates. Spotless en-suite rooms are available for the business and leisure traveller inside a secure complex in an upmarket suburb. Free high-speed fibre Wi-Fi, DSTV, safes, back-up generator, solar power and water heating, and borehole, all ensure a comfortable stay.

SUNSHINE GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: HARARE

91 Enterprise Road, Highlands, Harare

Tel: +263 242 497265/6

Cell: +263 772 353 394/774 163 357/733 618 861/2

Email: gzimbabweusa@aol.com

www.sunshineguesthouse.net/harare

With a combination of 11 double suites and twin suites, Sunshine Guest House has a homely atmosphere and ambience. The property offers excellent accommodation in a tranquil environment. Its amenities include a swimming pool, a floodlit all-weather tennis court, a Jacuzzi and conference facilities.

VILLA FRANCA

LOCATION: HARARE

No. 4 St. Anne’s Road, Avondale, Harare

Tel: +263 433 5324

Cell: +263 772 242 586

Email: info@villafranca.co.zw

www.villafranca.co.zw

Villa Franca is a unique lodge located in the heart of Avondale and within walking distance of Avondale Shopping Centre.

Surrounded by a lush garden and set in a safe, tree-lined neighbourhood, the location is ideal for walks or short runs.

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WILLOW LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

3 Willowmead Lane, Colne Valley, Harare

Tel: +263 773 256 648

Email: info@willowlodgeharare.com

www.willowlodgeharare.com

Willow Lodge has eight en-suite rooms in one of the best locations in the suburbs of Harare. Rooms are fully equipped with 32 inch flat screen TVs with 24 DSTV channels, fans and tea and coffee facilities. Each room has a door leading outside to the garden, allowing guests to enjoy the wonderful weather and birdlife.

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YORK LODGE

LOCATION: HARARE

1 York Avenue, Highlands, Harare

Tel: +263 4 776 239/746 622 / WhatsApp: +263 719 411541

VOIP: 08677007502 / Cellphone: +263 712 411541

Email: admin@yorklodge.co.zw / www.yorklodge.com

York Lodge is situated in the leafy suburb of Newlands, 5 minutes from the centre of town and 15 minutes from the airport, offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation for the discerning visitor to Harare. York Lodge provides old world charm with modern convenience, home-cooked meals with a touch of class, served by long-standing staff members with ready smiles. We offer comfort, exclusivity, privacy, security and personal service.

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Where Smoke Thunders –the Natural Spectacle of Victoria Falls

On the border with Zambia, Zimbabwe proudly harbours one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World –Victoria Falls. Known to the local Lozi people as “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” meaning “the smoke that thunders,” this colossal spectacle is a must-see for any adventurer seeking awe-inspiring beauty and exhilarating thrills.

Witnessing the roar

At 1,708 metres wide and plummeting 108 metres into the churning Zambezi River below, Victoria Falls is a force of nature almost unlike any other. When the river roars to life during the peak rainy season (February to May), its thunderous power sends mist soaring over 400 metres and visible from nearly 50 kilometres away. For the ultimate closeup, intrepid explorers can brave the spray at one of the park’s many observation points, soaking in the views and feeling the raw energy of the falls.

Living history

Step back in time at Victoria Falls National Park, where much remains unchanged since David Livingstone, the first European to “gaze upon that glorious sight,” arrived in 1855. A statue of the explorer and missionary stands adjacent to the Devil’s Cataract, which is found along the waterfall. The iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, a marvel of engineering completed in 1905, joins Zimbabwe and Zambia. Take a walk through the park’s lush forest, spotting birds and rare butterflies, or delve into the fascinating archaeological sites that tell of ancient civilizations.

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Thrills & spills

For adrenaline junkies, the aptly named “Adventure Capital of Africa” lives up to its reputation. Plunge into the churning rapids on a white-water rafting expedition or test your nerves with a bungee jump off the historic bridge. Those seeking a gentler pace can embark on a tranquil sunset cruise on the Zambezi, witness the captivating cultural dances at a local village, or indulge in some retail therapy at busy craft markets.

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Best time to visit: February to May for peak water flow, October to December for warm weather and fewer crowds.

Packing essentials: Raincoat, comfortable shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Park entry fees: US$50 for international visitors, US$30 for regional visitors.

Pay a visit: Victoria Falls Town, a bustling centre for accommodation, restaurants, activities, and nightlife.

Respectful tourism: Be mindful of local customs and traditions and help preserve the natural beauty of the falls and the surrounding area.

With its incredible scenery, rich history, and endless opportunities for adventure, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is an unforgettable destination.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 13 42294

www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority has three offices in Victoria Falls. At the site itself they have the Rainforest Office while the Zambezi Camp is located in Zambezi National Park. In Victoria Falls Town just a short distance away lies the Victoria Falls Town Office.

BATONKA GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 832 847 190

Email: reservations@batonkaguestlodge.com / info@batonkaguestlodge.com www.batonkaguestlodge.com

Batonka Guest Lodge comprises 27 comfy rooms in serene gardens, steps from the thunder of the Victoria Falls. Private balconies, lush greenery, cool pool make guests extra comfortable. Friendly staff arrange adventures, from tours of the falls to wildlife encounters.

CRESTA SPRAYVIEW

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Cnr Reynard Rd and Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls Tel: +263 83 2844 344-6

Email: reservations@sprayview.cresta.co.zw

www.crestasprayview.com

Set on eight acres of manicured grounds, Cresta Sprayview offers a tranquil oasis from which to enjoy Vic Falls. Alfresco dining and a large swimming pool make for a relaxing retreat for families, international travellers and honeymooners. The hotel has recently been refurbished and incorporates modern amenities such as satellite TV, room service, conference facilities, a business centre and Wi-Fi.

A’ZAMBEZI RIVER LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 242 754 507/8

Email: reservations@rtg.co.zw www.rtgafrica.com

A’Zambezi River Lodge is nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park, in a spot with the tranquillity and seclusion most travellers seek. The hotel occupies the most unique and finest location, affording guests an ambience with a fine mix of African wildlife, an abundance of nature and a river frontage and jetty site. Come to A’Zambezi River Lodge and experience the harmonious spirit of the Zambezi River and the serenity and sensuality of the resort first hand!

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AMADEUS GARDEN GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

538 Reynard Road, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2842 261

Email: reservations@amadeusgarden.com www.amadeusgarden.com

Amadeus Garden offers bed and breakfast-style accommodation within walking distance of the falls and just 2 km from the town centre. The guest house is the ideal choice for those who prefer the atmosphere of a small lodge to big hotels.

BATOKA ZAMBEZI SANDS RIVER LODGE

LOCATION: ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 832 843 368/ 41 122

Email: reservations.gbl@batokahospitality.com www.batokaafrica.com

Batoka Zambezi Sands River Lodge is a lavish safari lodge located in the heart of the Zambezi National Park. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, offering stunning views of the Victoria Falls and the surrounding African bush. The lodge consists of 12 chalets, each with its own private balcony overlooking the river.

BAYETE GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Stand 584, Manyika Road, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2842275

Email: bayetelodge@gmail.com www.bayeteguestlodge.com

Bayete Guest Lodge Victoria Falls offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in the heart of the Victoria Falls residential area. The lodge is situated 3 km from Victoria Falls town and 22 km from Victoria Falls International Airport. Newly renovated, Bayete Guest Lodge is a family-run lodge set in a lush tropical garden.

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CHUNDU ISLAND

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +27 11 467 1886

Email: info@seoloafrica.com

www.seoloafrica.com

Chundu Island, a tranquil and private sanctuary on the magnificent Zambezi River, has eight comfortable, palmthatched rooms nestling under riverine trees. With panoramic views of the river and a diverse range of wildlife, Chundu also offers access to the Zambezi National Park, 4×4 safaris, walking trails, river cruises and fishing. Chundu Island is unspoilt Africa at its best.

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ELEPHANT HILLS RESORT

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 134 4793

Email: reservations@elephanthillsresort.com

www.elephanthillsresort.com

Elephant Hills is situated on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, 4 km upstream from the Victoria Falls. Guests can relax in total comfort and luxury while still experiencing the African wildlife. Elephant Hills has a total of 276 rooms, each with a balcony offering splendid views of the Zambezi. Enjoy watching antelope grazing and travelling troupes of baboons as they move around their natural environment.

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ILALA LODGE HOTEL

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2844 737/8/9

Email: reservations@ilalalodge.co.zw www.ilalalodge.com

Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. The property has 73 stylish, wellappointed spacious rooms that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As the closest hotel to Victoria Falls, the spray makes for a perfect back drop during your stay. The on-site Palm Restaurant is famous for its gourmet cuisine and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

GORGES LODGE & LITTLE GORGES

TENTED LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 29 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com

www.imvelosafarilodges.com

Gorges and Little Gorges is a mere 30-minute drive from Victoria Falls town and offers a unique Victoria Falls experience from a peaceful and idyllic base on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 200 metres above the Zambezi River. A perfect choice for your Victoria Falls safari adventure.

INKINDABA LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 712 771 994

Email: oakworth@zol.co.zw www.inkindabalodges.com

Inkindaba Lodge is a self-catering lodge which is located less than 4 km from the falls. The lodge is situated on the boundary of the Zambezi National Park, giving guests an opportunity to spot game that may wander close to the property.

LOKUTHULA LODGES

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

PO Box 29, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2843211 – 20

Email: lokuthula@saflodge.co.zw

www.lokuthula.com / www.africaalbidatourism.com

Offering great value for money, the 31 two and three-bedroom Lokuthula Lodges are set amidst beautiful gardens and may be booked either on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis.

Facilities include a 3-tiered swimming pool, a children’s playground, a trampoline and a volleyball court, and the lodges also feature easy access to the Buffalo Bar, the award-winning Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and the Victoria Falls Safari Spa.

MASUWE LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 77 864 4234

Email: info@masuwe-lodge.com

www.masuwe-lodge.com

Masuwe Lodge is located just 7 km from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Accommodating up to 26 guests the lodge offers tented, thatch and stone accommodation all with private bathroom and outdoor living spaces. Your stay includes chef prepared meals, all beverages and a range of activities. Masuwe offers life on safari with easy access to Victoria Falls.

MANDEBELE LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Reynard Road 546, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2847 093

Cell: +263 775 127 165

Email: margiepornss@gmail.com

www.mandebelelodge.com

Mandebele Lodge is situated in the old part of Victoria Falls, an easy 10 minutes’ walk to the town centre and 30 minutes to the falls themselves. The lodge comprises four luxurious rooms, including one double and three twin. All of Mandebele’s rooms have modern en-suites, air conditioning and electric safes.

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N1 HOTEL AND CAMPSITE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

266 Adam Stander Drive

Tel: +263 83 245 040

Email: vicfalls@n1hotel.co.zw

www.n1hotel.co.zw

For those seeking clean, simple budget accommodation in Victoria Falls, the N1 Hotel provides all the basic necessities for a good night’s sleep, from en-suite showers to air conditioned rooms. The N1 Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Victoria Falls, curio shops and shopping malls in the town centre. The hotel is open 24 hours a day.

MBANO MANOR HOTEL VICTORIA FALLS BY MANTIS

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 788 928 776

Email: Reservations.Mbano@mantiscollection.com www.all.accor.com

Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis is an intimate 5-star boutique hotel. Nestled in an ancient teak forest, it offers 18 luxury suites and a Forest Villa, each with private balconies or patios. The hotel boasts an eco-friendly ethos, being a bird and tree sanctuary.

NKOSI GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 832 842 275

Email: res@bayeteguestlodge.com www.thebayetecollection.com

Nkosi Guest Lodge is a relatively new addition to Victoria Falls’ accommodation scene, having opened its doors in 2022. It’s part of the Bayete Collection, known for its high standards and comfortable stays. Guests can relax by the outdoor pool, unwind in the shared lounge & bar, or enjoy delicious meals at the on-site restaurant.

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OLD DRIFT LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 2132 844 571

www.olddriftlodge.com

Old Drift Lodge is a tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River, offering guests an immersive safari experience. With only 14 canvas suites, each boasting private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and stunning views of the river and surrounding bush, the lodge provides an intimate and exclusive atmosphere.

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PAMARAH LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 788 651 626

Email: reservations@pamarah.com www.pamarah.com

Pamarah is a unique, stylish family-owned and run lodge situated in the quiet residential suburbs of Victoria Falls. It is a haven for the discerning guest who seeks a peaceful and personal experience whilst travelling. Pamarah features 14 luxury en-suite rooms, each with its own private entrance. An open-plan indoor-outdoor restaurant and modern pool gazebo creates the perfect ambience for relaxation.

PIONEERS CAMP

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 48 52 944/213 2845 139

Email: reservations@pioneerscamp.com www.pioneerscamp.com

Pioneers Camp is an eco-tented camp on the bank of the Zambezi, an hour from Victoria Falls. Accommodation consists of six large en-suite and beautifully appointed tents with private decks overlooking the river. Optional game drives, canoe trips, guided walking and boat cruises with fishing are available if desired. Pioneers Camp is the perfect place to feed your soul.

THE ELEPHANT CAMP

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 2844 571; 284 2313

Email: res6@wildhorizons.co.zw www.theelephantcamp.com

Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities. There are two camps: The Elephant Camp Main consists of 12 luxury suites and The Elephant Camp West consists of four family suites.

THE STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 83 2844 571/42313

Email: snl@wildhorizons.co.zw / lodges@wildhorizons.co.zw www.stanleyandlivingstone.com

The luxurious Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge and intimate Ursula Camp spare no expense. Sixteen opulently appointed private suites overlook the abundant reserve and four intimate chalets offer a retreat from daily life amid green manicured lawns and flowing fountains.

PALM RIVER HOTEL

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +236 719 384 920 / +263 712 401 814

Email: onlinereservations@palmriverhotel.com www.palmriverhotel.com

The Palm River Hotel is located on the banks of the Zambezi River. It offers 73 rooms, including deluxe rooms, suites, and a presidential suite, all with views of the river and gardens. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and two restaurants. Guests can enjoy activities such as boat cruises, fishing, and game drives.

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PHEZULU GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 832 842 275

Email: res@bayeteguestlodge.com www.thebayetecollection.com

Phezulu Guest Lodge is a 21-room lodge located in a quiet suburb of Victoria Falls. It offers comfortable, home-style accommodation with easy access to the Falls, just 3.5 km away. The Lodge boasts a peaceful atmosphere, far from the town’s hustle and bustle, making it ideal for relaxation.

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SHONGWE OASIS BOUTIQUE LODGE & SPA

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 832 844 209

Email: reservations@shongwe-oasis.com

www.shongwe-oasis.com

Shongwe Oasis is an adults-only haven of tranquillity. This boutique lodge exudes exclusivity and sophistication, with its stylish accommodation, lush gardens, and shimmering infinity pool. Unwind in the Mvula Spa, a hidden gem offering rejuvenating treatments inspired by local traditions.

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THE KINGDOM HOTEL

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

1 Mallet Drive, PO Box 90, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2844 275

Email: reservations@kingdom-hotel.net www.thekingdomhotel.co.za

The great domes, pillars and bridges over the many water features at The Kingdom Hotel resemble the style of Great Zimbabwe, the ancient capital of the Shona kingdom. It may look like the city of a lost civilisation, but the Kingdom Hotel is one of Victoria Falls’ best known family hotels. Expect all the comforts of a modern resort geared up in every way for your maximum comfort and enjoyment.

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THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

1 Mallet Drive, PO Box 10, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2844751/9

Cell: +263 772 132 175/7

Email: reservations@victoriafallshotel.com www.victoriafallshotel.com

One of the world’s classic five-star hotels has a prime location overlooking the Victoria Falls, an acclaimed natural wonder of the world. A proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Edwardian-style hotel, built in 1904, was splendidly redecorated in 2013 to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication.

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THE WALLOW LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 772 249 374/ +263 2132 844 571

Email: info@wildhorizons.co.za www.wallowlodge.com

The Wallow Lodge, is a tented camp fringing the Masuwe River. Imagine waking to panoramic river views from your canvas suite, raised on stilts amid ancient trees. Wildlife sightings are frequent, elephants often grazing across the river, a constant reminder of the untamed beauty at your doorstep.

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VICTORIA FALLS RAINBOW HOTEL

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

278 Parkway Drive, PO Box 150, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2844 651/444 583/5

Email: reservations.rainbowvicfalls@rtg.co.zw

www.rtgafrica.com

Centrally located in the resort town of Victoria Falls, the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel is snuggled in an amphitheatre of virgin rainforest. It is within walking distance of the town centre (0.5km). only 2km from the mighty Victoria FaIIs and very close to all the adventure activities in the resort town. The Panorama Deck located on the rooftop of the hotel is a unique vantage point that allows you to view the Victoria Falls spray, the Zambezi River, the National Park area and the lovely views of Livingstone city in Zambia.

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VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

Tel: +263 83 2843211 – 20

Email: saflodge@saflodge.co.zw

www.victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com

Victoria Falls Safari Club is an exclusive 20-room boutique hotel overlooking the Zambezi National Park, with a central guest area featuring a restaurant, lounge, bar and viewing deck. Built on a plateau, the Safari Club offers luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted views of the unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. A two-tiered swimming pool features a 15m lap pool, sundeck, and gazebo. The “must-do” Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and the Victoria Falls Safari Spa are located on the same estate.

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI SUITES

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

P O Box 29, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2843211 – 20

Email: saflodge@saflodge.co.zw

www.victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com

Ideal for families and small close–knit groups, the two and three-bedroom sunset-facing Safari Suites are set in a natural bush environment on the edge of Zambezi National Park. The six double-storey Safari Suites feature a lounge opening onto a patio overlooking a small waterhole that attracts small game and a rich variety of birdlife. The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and the Victoria Falls Safari Spa are located on the same estate.

TSOWA SAFARI ISLAND

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +270 354 741 473

Email: res@isibindi.co.za www.tsowasafariisland.co.za

Tsowa Safari Island is a great place to experience the beauty and wildlife of Zimbabwe. The island is remote and peaceful, and the camp is luxurious and comfortable. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, from game drives to boat trips, and are sure to have an unforgettable safari experience.

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VIC FALLS REST CAMP

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS

Tel: +263 83 2840 509-11

Cell: +263 773 496 695

Email: reservations@restcamp.co.zw www.vicfallsrestcamp.com

Vic Falls Rest Camp is one of the best budget accommodation options available in Victoria Falls. Guests can choose from camping sites, dormitories, self-catering chalets or luxury tented options. Facilities at the camp include a big swimming pool, the In Da Belly restaurant, laundry facilities and an activities desk.

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VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE

LOCATION: ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 087 0210 737

Email: reservations@zambezicrescent.com www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park. Whether you choose to stay in a Luxury Tented Suite under vast thatched roofs, or an Island Treehouse Suite elevated among the treetops of a private island, this spectacular lodge will have guests wanting to return again.

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VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: VICTORIA FALLS OUTSKIRTS

PO Box 29, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2843211 – 20

Email: saflodge@saflodge.co.zw www.victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com

The sunset-facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, just 4km from the Victoria Falls, is built on a plateau, offering spectacular views of pristine bushveld, including a wildlife-rich waterhole. Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of an open-plan tree house. All 72 rooms overlook the Zambezi National Park with the majority also overlooking the waterhole. The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and the Victoria Falls Safari Spa are located on the same estate.

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ZAMBEZI SANDS RIVER CAMP

LOCATION: ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 29 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com

www.imvelosafarilodges.com

This tented camp lies in the western area of the Zambezi National Park on the bank of the Zambezi River, upstream of the Victoria Falls. Zambezi Sands is unique in that it not only features the Zambezi River and water-based activities and some glorious wildlife and scenery, but is also close to the Victoria Falls.

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Bulawayo Welcomes with Art and Adventure

The City of Bulawayo was originally the home of King Lobengula, the last of the Matabele Kings. Originally known as “The City of Kings”, due to the Ndebele chiefs who ruled in the area, more recently it’s referred to as the “City of Kings and Queens”, to appease the Bulawayo women.

Step into Bulawayo and you’ll be met by a captivating clash of eras. Victorian buildings, grand and elegant, standing with sleek modern buildings, creating a cityscape that’s both timeless and contemporary.

For the curious traveller, Bulawayo is a treasure trove. Dive into the fascinating world of Ndebele culture at the National Art Gallery, or take a trip back in time at the National Railways Museum. Nature lovers can escape the city and explore the wonders of Hillside Dams Conservancy, a haven for birdwatchers and hikers. And history buffs will be spoilt for choice, with must-see destinations like the Khami ruins and the Matobo National Park, where

the mighty Cecil John Rhodes and King Mzilikazi himself rest.

Bulawayo remains the country’s cultural centre, with a large community of creatives and artists in the city. Various theatre and dance productions, classical and contemporary music events and open mic poetry evenings can also be enjoyed here.

The city is a gateway to other tourist attractions in Zimbabwe; Hwange National Park, the Victoria Falls and the Great Zimbabwe monument.

So, whether you’re seeking regal history, vibrant culture, or nature, Bulawayo has it all. Come, experience the magic of this city where kings and queens reign supreme.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: BULAWAYO & MATOPOS NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 92 65592/74000

Email: malemetourism@gmail.com / matoboparks@gmail.com / reservationsbyo@zimparks.org.zw

FB: matoponationalpark www.matoponationalpark.com

The Zimparks Bulawayo Regional and Booking Office is located in the city on the corner of 15th Avenue and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street. Just a short 40 km away in Matopos National Park, the authority has a second office at Maleme Camp.

BANFF LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

35 Leander Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 243 176/243 177

Email: banff@yoafrica.com

www.banfflodgehotel.com

Banff Lodge is a family-run lodge offering its clients old-style comforts in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The lodge has 11 recently renovated rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and fitted showers. The lodge also offers two family cottages. Guests can enjoy meals at The Deck or New Orleans Restaurant.

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BIG CAVE CAMP

LOCATION: MATOBO

Tel: +263 772 231 819

Email: reservations@bigcavematopos.com www.bigcavematopos.com

Set on a huge kopje and accessible only by 4x4 vehicle, Big Cave Camp is the ideal getaway for travellers. From families and adventure seekers to honeymooners, Big Cave Camp has it all. Leopard’s Lair includes a teak bar, lounge and communal dining area. The bar and dining area features a huge rock enclosed in the room, with trees growing through the roof, creating a natural atmosphere.

CRESTA CHURCHILL HOTEL

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

Matopos Road-Moffat Ave, Bulawayo

Tel: +27 21 855 0395

www.bulawayochurchillhotel.com

The Cresta Churchill Hotel in Bulawayo, with its charming Tudor architecture, recalls bygone days and offers luxury accommodation in Zimbabwe. The three-star Cresta Churchill Hotel is situated 6 km from the city centre of Bulawayo in peaceful surroundings and is considered one of the finest hotels in Bulawayo.

GLEN LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

8 Oregon Avenue, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 460 584

Email: glenlodge@zol.co.zw

www.glenlodgeandtours.com

The lodge offers a wide range of home-like facilities catering for all individuals who seek the finer things in life. All 16 rooms are furnished to a high standard. There are modern conference facilities to host any function from weddings to seminars to parties.

AMALINDA LODGE

LOCATION: MATOBO

Tel: +263 292 243954

Email: reservations@amalindacollection.co.zw www.amalindacollection.com

This exclusive, privately owned safari lodge is in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills, only 45 km from Bulawayo. Tucked away in an ancient bushman’s shelter, Amalinda Lodge was ranked in the top three safari lodges in Zimbabwe in 2010 and 2013. Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including a trio of suites, ideal for honeymooners, all of which are set into the imposing boulders.

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BATSWELEDI GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

243 Tayport Road, Killarney, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 712 535 086

Email: batsweledi.lodges@gmail.com www.batsweledi.com

Batsweledi Guest Lodge is proud to offer good accommodation in a tranquil and luxurious atmosphere. The lodge is conveniently located in the beautiful suburb of Killarney, just a stone’s throw from Ascot shopping mall and the CBD. It also offers easy access to Bulawayo / Beitbridge highway, Harare and Joshua Mqabuko International Airport. Batsweledi provides free Wi-Fi.

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BULAWAYO RAINBOW HOTEL

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

Corner 10th Avenue and Josiah Tongogara Street, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 881 273-9

Email: reservations.rainbowbyo@rtg.co.zw

www.rainbowbulawayo.com

The Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel is strategically located in the historic “City of Kings”, as the city of Bulawayo is affectionately known. Only 15 minutes’ drive from the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport and within reach to express coaches connecting Harare and Victoria falls.

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FARMHOUSE LODGE

LOCATION: MATOPOS

48 Kms from Bulawayo, Matopos

Tel: +263 775 568 345

Email: bookings@farmhousematopos.com

www.farmhousematopos.com

Farmhouse Lodge is located in the heart of the Matopos World Heritage site. Both the lodge and restaurant provide the ideal location from which visitors can discover the many natural wonders of the Matobo Hills. Guests can participate in the many activities offered at the Lodge or arrange their own trips in the area.

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GRANITE PARK LODGES

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

3 Laidlaw Close, Granite Park, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 774 021 907

Email: info@graniteparklodges.com

www.graniteparklodges.com

Granite Park Lodges is a small resort with four self-contained holiday lodges. Located just 10 minutes from the central business district, the accommodation provides easy access to all the city’s main attractions. Set in unspoilt, indigenous vegetation and majestic granite kopjes, Granite Park Lodges is just 30 minutes from Matobo National Park. 4

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HIGH MOUNT LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

4 Tagore Road, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 203 359/367

Cell: +263 772 364 595

Email: reservations@khanondotravel.com www.khanondotravel.com

High Mount Lodge is the height of luxury, providing relaxation and comfort in style. Nestled in quiet suburbs, High Mount is only five minutes’ drive from the thriving city centre. The lodge has been described as “the crown of Bulawayo’s accommodation profile”.

HORNUNG PARK LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

79 Burnside Road, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 246 868

Email: lodge@hornungpark.com

www.hornung-park-lodge.com

Each of Hornung’s five thatched cottages is comfortably furnished and has access to the swimming pool, all-weather tennis court, private restaurant, bar and lounge area for the exclusive use of guests. Rates include bed and breakfast and guests can self-cater in their chalet kitchen or enjoy an optional three-course dinner in the private restaurant.

HOLIDAY INN BULAWAYO

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

Tel: +263 772 572 304/6/7

Email: hacro@africansunhotels.com

www.africansunhotels.com

Holiday Inn Bulawayo is spacious and comfortable with conference and functions rooms catering for groups of up to 300 people. A well equipped business centre is available for business guests. Its 91 standard rooms, 31 business plus rooms, 31 executive rooms and four suites all have modern amenities including air conditioning.

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KHUMALO HOTEL

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

16490 Trenchard Road, Khumalo, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 231 236

With a solid variety of amenities, extensive business facilities and easy access to public transport, the Khumalo Hotel shines as both a base and a destination. The hotel has executive, standard, twin and family rooms as well as premier venues for business meetings and parties. 7

LITTLE ROSE LEAF LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO OUTSKIRTS

58 Aberdeen Road, Matsheumhlophe, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 281 553

Cell: +263 776 005 932

www.littleroseleaflodge.com

Little Rose is a beautiful lodge just 10 minutes’ drive from Bulawayo and 50 minutes from Joshua Mqabuko Airport.

Little Rose is located in Matsheumhlophe along the old Gwanda road and is a haven of peace. The lodge offers luxury bed and breakfast suites for visiting business executives or holidaymakers. Each room is en-suite and overlooks a tropical garden.

MATOBO HILLS LODGE

LOCATION: MATOPOS NATIONAL PARK

King Mineral Farm, Matopos National Park, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 8644 294727

Cell: +263 775 876 661

Email: bookings@matoposhillslodge.com www.matobohillslodge.co.zw

MATILINDA GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

56 A Napier Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 240 336

Email: matilindalodge@yahoo.com

www.matilindalodge.co.zw

Nestled in well manicured gardens, Matilinda Guest Lodge is the perfect leisure and business venue. With 12 en-suite luxury bedrooms, a 60-seat conference room, full DSTV, Wi-Fi connectivity and a restaurant, Matilinda caters for every guest’s needs.

Matobo Hills Lodge is in an unspoilt granite wilderness on the boundary of the Matobo National Park with splendid black eagles soaring above, ancient cave paintings and one of the last frontiers for wild roaming white rhino. With sunny days and star-studded nights, this is Matobo Hills Lodge. 17

MPALA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

LOCATION: BULAWAYO OUTSKIRTS

Number 4, 25th Avenue, Famona

Tel: +263 29 240 221

Email: info@mpalagroup.com

www.mpalagroup.com

Situated in the serene and accessible suburb of Famona, just three minutes from the City of Kings, Mpala Boutique Hotel is the epitome of luxury and fabulous choice for those looking for a comfortable, exquisite and affordable hotel alternative.

MOTSAMAI GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

17 Tennyson Avenue, Malindela, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 246 201

Email: motsamai@iwayafrica.co.zw

Located in suburban Bulawayo, Motsamai Guest Lodge lies in the secure, tranquil neighbourhood of Malindela, a lush, green and relaxing part of the city. The house provides guests with peace of mind and restful evenings within its campus, a home away from home. Motsamai Guest Lodge offers impeccable service to business executives, tourists and local travellers.

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N1 HOTEL

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

114 Joshua Nkomo Street, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 288 0601

Email: bulawayo@n1hotel.co.zw

www.n1hotel.co.zw

The N1 Hotel offers clean, budget accommodation in the centre of Bulawayo. Situated on the newly renamed Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street, the N1 Hotel offers a bed-only rate at a price that will suit everyone’s pocket. The central business district, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance.

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NESBITT CASTLE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

6 Percy Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 282 735 / 6

Email: nesbitt.castle@nandb.co.zw

www.nesbittcastle.co.zw

Hidden in the quiet leafy suburb of Hillside, the Nesbitt Castle is everything a modern luxurious boutique hotel should be while retaining all the mystery and chivalry of a golden age. The hotel includes the award-winning Coach House restaurant and a cosy Irish-style pub.

PADANDARO GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

8 Brahms Road, Barham Green, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 479 800

Email: padandarolodge@yahoo.com

www.padandaroguesthouse.com

Built in a mix of traditional African decor and modern urban styles, this guest house is ideal for travellers, families, couples, corporates and individuals seeking a serene and yet urban getaway. The guest house offers five en-suite rooms and two standard rooms, all with double beds.

PARROT LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

Tel: +263 29 280033

Email: info@parrotlodge.net

www.parrotlodge.net

Experience simple pleasures at Parrot Lodge, a simple but clean lodge in the Riverside suburb of Bulawayo. Situated within close proximity of the Bulawayo-Beitbridge road, the lodge is just five minutes away from the city centre.

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THE MUSKETEERS LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

42 Annabel Road, Eloana, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 246 343

Cell: +237 712 618 741

Email: musketeersbyo@gmail.com

www.themusketeerslodge.com

Musketeers Lodge is a six-bedroom lodge situated 8 km from the city centre. Set in a beautiful environment, it is a welcome getaway from the bustle of the city. The lodge prides itself on personal service as friendly staff ensure that each guest experiences true Zimbabwean hospitality.

WOZANI LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

39 Leander Ave, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 242 464/240 905

Email: wozanilodge@gmail.com

www.wozanilodges.co.zw

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SETHULE GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

No. 3 Old Gwanda Road, Hillside Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 224 6565/2534

Cell: +263 776 064 612

Email: customercare@sethulelodge.com

Nestled at the base of a hill 5 km from the cental business district of Bulawayo’s hillside suburb is Sethule Guest House. The property features en-suite, air-conditioned rooms equipped with Wi-Fi and is surrounded by lush gardens and magnificent views. A conference room can host up to 80 guests and, with the help from a first class chef, Sethule Guest House offer meals on request for in-house guests.

THE EXECUTIVE GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

14 Morven Close, Burnside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 240 605

Email: theexecutivelodgezw@gmail.com

www.executiveguestlodge.co.zw

The Executive Guest Lodge is 6 km from the city centre, perched at the edge of the Beverly Hills. The lodge offers five spacious suites and two standard rooms. The tastefully decorated bedrooms feature Wi-Fi and DSTV as well as tea and coffee facilities.

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TRAVELLERS GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

2 Banff Road, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 2246059

Cell: +263 775 763409

Email: enquiries@travellerszim.net

www.travellerszim.net

Enjoy a friendly smile, efficient service, comfortable rooms with pristine en-suites, charming decor and delicious food; all in a lush tropical garden setting and at very reasonable rates. Travellers Guest House offers dining, self-catering, free Wi-Fi, power and water backup, a sparkling pool, secure parking and is close to shops, restaurants and town. Nº1 on TripAdvisor 6 years running. Top Choice on Lonely Planet.

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This three-star lodge has 18 spacious rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, DSTV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee trays and other hotel amenities to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers seeking peace, comfort and warmth. It has facilities for conferences, meetings, seminars, breakfast meetings and workshops. 18

ZAKS PLACE

LOCATION: BULAWAYO

129 Robert Mugabe Way, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 881 190/330

Cell: +263 782 234 907

Email: zaksplace@netconnect.co.zw

Zaks Place is in the central business district, less than 1 km from the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds. Popular with NGOs, Zaks Place provides affordable, spacious clean rooms, en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Friendly, helpful staff, an in-house restaurant, free parking and 24-hour security make this a ‘home from home’.

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The Wild Wonders of Hwange, an Enchanting Eden

Nestled between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park sprawls across over 14,500 sq km, making it Zimbabwe’s crown jewel and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Its rich landscape of grasslands, mopane woodlands, and seasonal wetlands pulsates with life, offering an unforgettable safari experience.

A legacy of wildlife

Hwange boasts one of Africa’s largest elephant populations, with over 44,000 majestic giants roaming its plains. Witnessing herds congregate at waterholes during the dry season is a sight to behold.

While the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) reign supreme, Hwange hosts a dazzling array of

browsing, zebra galloping in striped herds, and the elusive cheetah sprinting across the savanna.

With nearly 400 bird species flitting through the skies, Hwange is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. From the iridescent glint of the Bradfield’s hornbill to the comical strut of the bronze-winged courser, every chirp and flutter adds to the song of the wilderness.

Hwange’s magic extends beyond its traditional safari experiences. Here are some hidden gems for the discerning

Delve into the park’s history at Bumbusi National Monument. Explore 18th-century ruins and marvel at ancient rock paintings.

Witness the hippos’ playful antics and marvel at crocodile basking in the sun along the Linyanti River, home to diverse

For an intimate encounter with nature, embark on a walking safari. Feel the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, breathe in

the earthy scent of the savanna, and let the sounds of the wild envelop you.

Experiencing Hwange

The best time to visit Hwange is during the dry season (May to October) when animals gather around waterholes. There is a diverse mix of accommodation options available to suit every budget.

Hwange National Park is a testament to Zimbabwe’s commitment to conservation. Whether you’re an avid birder, a seasoned safari-goer, or simply a nature enthusiast, Hwange promises an unforgettable encounter with the wild.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 771 639 929

Email: hwangebookings@zimparks.org.zw www.zimparks.org.zw

Hwange National Park is run by the authority and provides visitors with leisure and accommodation facilities such as lodges, chalets, cottages, caravan sites, camping sites and picnic areas. The authority has offices located at Hwange Main Camp, Sinamatela Camp and Robins Camp.

CAMELTHORN LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 929 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com

www.imvelosafarilodges.com

This flagship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of the famous Ngamo Plains. Situated on the edge of the south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park, the lodge is strategically placed to explore this remote and unspoilt area. Camelthorn is unique in its style and design and has as its centrepiece a huge ancient camelthorn tree.

BOMANI TENTED LODGE

LOCATION: NGAMO PLAINS

Tel: +263 29 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com

www.imvelosafarilodges.com

This luxurious tented lodge is situated in a private concession of the magnificent Ngamo Plains, on the edge of the remote and unspoilt south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The area is famous for its large herds of elephants, predators (including lion, cheetah and African wild dog) and both resident and migratory birdlife.

CAMP HWANGE

LOCATION: HWANGE

231a Sopers Crescent

Tel: +263 83 284 6924

Email: info@camphwange.com

www.camp-hwange.com

Camp Hwange accommodates 16 guests in eight chalets. The thatched chalets are large and spacious with canvas and gauze sides. Each chalet has an en-suite with a flush toilet, shower and wash hand basin. Guests can enjoy comfortable twin or king-size beds with large mosquito nets and an overhead fan. Solar power is used throughout the camp.

DAVISON’S CAMP

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

366 Gibson Road, PO Box 288, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 284 3371

Email: enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com

www.wilderness-safaris.com

Davison’s Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park in the southeastern Linkwasha Concession, one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange. This is a classic African tented camp, hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole.

ELEPHANT’S EYE

LOCATION: HWANGE

Tel: +27 21 671 7729

Cell: +27 (0)724 903 287

Email: info@hideawaysafrica.com

www.hideawaysafrica.com

Elephant’s Eye presents an intimate and welcoming setting. The attention to detail and friendly service will put guests at ease as they escape the noise and bustle of the modern world. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views looking onto a waterhole that is frequented by elephants and make the most of luxury in en-suite tented chalets with Wi-Fi, a dining area and an eco swimming pool.

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GWANGO ELEPHANT LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE

Tel: +263 783 557 773

Email: reservations@gwango.com www.gwango.com

Gwango is one of Africa’s most exclusive new safari destinations, situated just outside Hwange National Park. This lodge’s accommodation includes tree-top villas with spacious double-storey thatched villas, rustic forest chalets, premier en-suite bush chalets and campsites.

IVORY LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK OUTSKIRTS

23 Old Gwanda Road, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 243 954/246 430

Email: reservations@amalindacollection.co.zw

www.amalindacollection.com

Ivory Lodge is located outside the Hwange National Park on a private concession of 6,000 acres. This well appointed lodge is situated in the key home range of the Presidential Elephant herd, made famous by Alan Elliot in the 1980s. Guests have the opportunity to view some of Hwange’s most prolific wildlife species from the comfort of their room or the main dining area.

HWANGE SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE

Tel: +27 21 855 0821

Cell: +263 772 132 146-8

www.hwangesafarilodge.com

Hwange Safari Lodge is situated just outside the borders of the well-known Hwange National Park. At Hwange Safari Lodge guests are accommodated in 100 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, all en-suite and with air conditioning, a fan and heating. All rooms overlook either the waterhole, savanna bush or swimming pool. Guests should not be too surprised if they spot a curious elephant from their window.

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JOZIBANINI CAMP

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 29 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com

www.imvelosafarilodges.com

Jozibanini Camp is situated in one of the most southern and untouched areas of Hwange National Park. This is a small exclusive camp in a truly wild place allowing guests to have a unique untamed wilderness experience from the safety and comfort of the lodge amongst the ancient fossil dunes.

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KAPULA PRIVATE CAMP

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 66 472 8927

Cell: +263 776 081 646

Email: stay@kapulacamp.com

www.kapulacamp.com

Experience the African bush at this luxury self-catering, selfdrive camp situated close to Masuma Dam in Hwange National Park. Choose from two accommodation options: North Camp, comprising four luxury tents, guides tent and main building; and South Camp, which includes a game viewing platform, kitchen and four standard tents. Both overlook the Kapula Vlei.

KHULU BUSH CAMP

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK OUTSKIRTS

23 Old Gwanda Road, Hillside, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 29 243 954/246 430

Email: reservations@amalindacollection.co.zw www.amalindacollection.com

Khulu Bush Camp is located on a private concession of 6,000 acres. The camp combines luxurious and private accommodation with old-world hospitality. Khulu overlooks an ancient riverbed and waterhole that attracts a variety of the greatest wildlife and birdlife in Hwange National Park. This intimate camp comprises six bespoke thatched safari-style suites built onto platforms.

LINKWASHA

LOCATION: HWANGE

366 Gibson Road, PO Box 288, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 284 3371

Email: enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com

www.wilderness-safaris.com

Linkwasha Camp lies in Hwange’s south-eastern corner on a private concession close to the famed Ngamo Plains. Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game in the dry season. Eight en-suite luxury tents and one family tent look out over the waterhole, while the main decks, pool and winter lounge with library have the same uninterrupted view.

LITTLE MAKALOLO

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

366 Gibson Road, PO Box 288, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 284 3371

Email: enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com www.wilderness-safaris.com

Little Makalolo lies in the heart of Hwange National Park in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole. Little Makalolo offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The traditional-style tents are spacious and en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers. The pool is a first-rate addition, especially for those hot summer days.

MALINDI SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE

Malindi Safari Lodge, Hwange

Tel: +263 779 745 234

Email: malindisafarilodge@gmail.com

www.malindisafarilodge.com

Malindi Safari Lodge is set in the untamed African bush on a private safari concession bordering Hwange National Park. The three restored railway carriages (circa 1950) reflect the luxury of a bygone era with a tasteful blend of warm wooden panelling, velvet-draped windows, old brass lanterns and period furniture. Accommodation is ideal for a total of six couples plus two singles.

MIOMBO SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: DETE

Tel: +263 812 835 446

Email: miombo@mweb.co.za www.miombosafari camp.com

On the edge of Hwange and just two hours from the Victoria Falls, Miombo offers a choice of activities to suit your budget. Travellers can utilise optional game drives, guided walking, horseback safaris and cultural tours or simply relax in a perfect spot to see the big game of Hwange National Park. Four brand-new safari suites are available, all raised above ground on platforms in boutique lodges. 4

MPALA JENA

LOCATION: ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 (0) 873 546 591

Email: reservations@greatplainsconservation.com www.greatplainsconservation.com

Mpala Jena is a boutique safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River located upstream from the Victoria Falls. The river sustains a rich ecosystem, delighting wildlife and birding enthusiasts who can explore the area through safari drives, river cruises, bush walks – even from the comfort of camp.

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SABLE VALLEY LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 292 243 954/ 46 430

Email: enquiries@amalindacollection.co.zw www.amalindacollection.com

Sable Valley Lodge welcomes guests with 11 thatched, private rondavels overlooking the scenic Dete Vlei. Formerly a royal safari choice, the lodge retains a classic charm, offering game drives within its private concession and Hwange itself. Relax by the pool, enjoy fireside dinners, or take guided walks for an immersive wilderness experience.

SOMALISA CAMP

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

63 Heyman Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 772 126 986

Email: info@africanbushcamps.com

www.africanbushcamps.com

Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains and the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently rebuilt, Somalisa has upgraded its level of accommodation to complete comfort and luxury. It consists of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a wood-burning fire for cold winter nights, an overhead fan for hot summer days and en-suite bathrooms.

NANTWICH

LOCATION: HWANGE

Tel: +27 21 671 7729

Cell: +27 (0)724 903 287

Email: info@hideawaysafrica.com

www.hideawaysafrica.com

On the outskirts of Victoria Falls sits a bespoke lodge, which has been refurbished from a bygone era and has the best views of Hwange National Park. Nantwich Lodge is a home away from home. Built from the foundations of an old Zimparks outpost, and using many eco principles, the lodge embodies the very essence of conservation and responsible tourism. Bordering both Hwange and Matetsi National Parks, the game viewing is phenomenal.

NEHIMBA LODGE

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 29 225 2232

Email: res1@imvelosafarilodges.com www.imvelosafarilodges.com

Remotely nestled on a huge private concession in the northern part of Hwange National Park, Nehimba Lodge’s nine spacious canvas under thatch tents are built on teak decks. Both the chalets and the guest area overlook the magnificent lodge pan, which is frequented by large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season. 9

SABLE SANDS

LOCATION: DETE VLEI

Tel: +263 778 715 588

Email: info@sablesands.co.zw www.sablesands.co.zw

The Sable Sands experience is a beautiful ensemble of Old Africa, nature, wildlife, the comforts of home, freshly prepared wholesome meals, a big bonfire, the starry blanket that is the African night sky and the soothing nocturnal sounds. Guests are invited to digitally disconnect and mentally, emotionally reconnect, to observe, listen, feel, smell and taste; this safari home has the earth, people, conservation and wildlife at heart and will leave a footprint on the soul.

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SOMALISA ACACIA

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

63 Heyman Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 772 126 986

Email: info@africanbushcamps.com

www.africanbushcamps.com

Somalisa Acacia has recently undergone renovation and now comprises two family units with connecting walkways between the parents’ and children’s en-suite rooms as well as two standard Sail Tents. The camp has its own private views of a small waterhole, frequented by large herds of big game, while a small splash pool allows guests to cool off during the heat of the day.

THE HIDE

LOCATION: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

74 Steppes Road, Chisipite, Harare

Tel: +263 449 8835/6

Cell: +263 774 724 412

Email: reservations@thehide.co.zw

www.thehide.com

Well known and much loved, The Hide safari camp is situated in Hwange National Park, the country’s largest game reserve. The Hide has justly earned its reputation as a great wildlife experience wrapped in warm, welcoming hospitality. The Hide offers game drives, night drives, walking safaris and much more.

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Kariba

Adventure Meets Serenity on the World’s Largest Man-Made Lake

K ariba, a town located in the Mashonaland West Province, is an established tourist destination known for its picturesque views and water-based activities.

The town itself is situated on the southern shore of Lake Kariba, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and was established in 1957 by the Federal Power Board to accommodate the construction staff of the Kariba Dam and settlers.

The name “Kariba” translate to “where the waters have been trapped”.

Kariba Town: Your gateway to the wonders of Lake Kariba, Kariba town offers a warm welcome with an array of accommodation options, from cosy lodges to luxurious houseboats. Stock up on supplies at local shops and indulge in hearty Zimbabwean cuisine before embarking on your adventure.

Lake Kariba: The crown jewel of the region, Lake Kariba beckons with its vast expanse of shimmering water. Glide across its surface on a scenic cruise, soaking in the panoramic views and spotting wildlife like hippo basking on the shores or majestic eagles soaring overhead. Cast your line into the depths for a chance to reel in the legendary tigerfish, a prized catch-and-release for avid anglers.

Kariba Dam: Standing tall at an impressive 128 metres, the Kariba Dam is a double curvature concrete arch dam. When water is unleashed through the six floodgates at a staggering 3,000 cubic metres per

second, it is truly a sight to behold. Learn about the dam’s fascinating history and its critical role in providing hydroelectric power to Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Matusadona National Park: This gem on the shores of Lake Kariba is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embark on a game drive through sprawling savannas and witness herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra grazing under the warm African sun. Look for lions lazing in the shade of acacia trees or graceful giraffe stretching their necks to nibble on the highest leaves. Matusadona also offers exciting boat trips and walking trails, providing unique perspectives on the park’s rich biodiversity.

Beyond the ‘Big Five’: Birdwatchers will delight in the symphony of over 400 bird species, including vibrant fish eagles and elusive owls. For a thrilling encounter with ancient reptiles, visit the Kariba Crocodile Farm. Discover the colourful local culture at the Kariba market, where bright fabrics, handcrafted souvenirs and friendly faces await.

Unwinding Paradise: Beyond the thrill of adventure, Kariba offers tranquil havens for relaxation. Unwind on pristine beaches, lulled by the gentle lapping of waves against the shore. Enjoy a sunset cruise or savour delicious meals at lakeside restaurants with incredible views beyond.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 276 306

www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority has two offices in the northern town of Kariba, one at Peter’s Point Office/Station and the second is located at Nyanyana Camp in Kariba Recreational Park. The park is based around the Zambezi River, which was initially dammed so as to build a hydroelectricity generation utility for the benefit of both Zimbabwe and Zambia.

BAOBAB HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 296 150/242 703 533

Email: maureen@karibahouseboats.com

www.karibahouseboats.com

Baobab is a beautiful 72 ft cruiser with four tastefully furnished en-suite cabins. Guests have every amenity on board, with a fully equipped kitchen, a state-of-the-art sound system, TV, DVD and CD player as well as a tape deck, and a carpeted and air conditioned saloon and dining area. The boat has a pool, four toilets with showers and a bar. 4

BUMI HILLS SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 135 664

Email: admin@bumihills.com

www.bumihills.com

It’s a one-hour direct flight from Victoria Falls to the exclusive wildlife gem that is the luxury 20-room Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa, perched on a hill overlooking Lake Kariba and the gamerich shore. The panoramic vista cannot be matched by any safari lodge in southern Africa, transforming all public areas, guest-room balconies and the spa into pure ‘wow factors’.

CHANGA SAFARI CAMP

LOCATION: MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK

74 Steppes Road, Chisipite, Harare

Tel: +263 24 249 8835

Email: reservations@changasafaricamp.com www.changasafaricamp.com

Changa is located on the shore of Lake Kariba and provides a unique experience of combined game and fishing safaris. Situated on a private concession in Matusadona National Park, with its own 4.5 km of lakeshore, it offers guests a raw African experience, from tastefully furnished deluxe tented suites, each with its own private deck, to fine views of the mysterious Matusadona Mountains.

CORSARO HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

37 Victoria Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel: +263 24 782 809

Email: rhinoren@zimbomail.com

www.houseboatsonkariba.com

Corsaro is one of the most luxurious cruisers on Lake Kariba. With two en-suite queen cabins and a bunk cabin with a separate bathroom, the boat is finished to the highest specs, with a Jacuzzi, two lounge areas, a bar and an outside dining area. Its qualified crew have been professionally trained. This boat is for the guests who are looking for ultimate luxury on Lake Kariba.

AFRICAN QUEEN HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

37 Victoria Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel: +263 24 782 809

Email: rhinoren@zimbomail.com

www.houseboatsonkariba.com

The African Queen is a family pontoon houseboat comprising one double bed cabin (with air con), two twin bed cabins and one cabin with two sets of twin beds. Holding a maximum of 10 people, the houseboat also has two ‘downstairs’ toilets and bathrooms with showers, a top deck dining area, splash pool and sofa area.

BIG DADDY

LOCATION: KARIBA

37 Victoria Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel: +263 24 782 809

Email: rhinoren@zimbomail.com

www.houseboatsonkariba.com

Big Daddy is a 85ft pontoon with one en-suite double cabin, three twin cabins (all with air con) and two separate bathrooms. Cabins are fitted with mosquito nets and comfortable mattresses. Guests can make the most of the boat’s facilities, which include a saloon area, veranda, splash pool, bar and dining area with DSTV and a surround sound system. 4

CARIBBEA BAY HOTEL

LOCATION: KARIBA

425 Impala Drive, Kariba

Tel: +263 612 452

Email: info@caribbeabay.com

www.caribbeabayhotel.com

Caribbea Bay has 83 rooms of varying sizes. There are spacious suites ideal for larger families and smaller Casita rooms as well as executive rooms. Most of the rooms at Caribbea Bay have balconies and all rooms are en-suite, air conditioned and equipped with the normal amenities.

CHIRUNDU SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: CHIRUNDU

Chirundu Estates, Chirundu

Tel: +263 718 290 067

Email: info@chirundusafarilodge.com

www.chirundusafarilodge.com

Located 5 km downstream from Chirundu town, Chirundu Safari Lodge is the ideal place to enjoy the Zambezi River and its wild surrounds. Choose to stay in air conditioned comfort at the main lodge or at the luxury tented camp which offers a more rustic experience on the bank of the Zambezi.

CROWNED EAGLE BOUTIQUE LODGE

LOCATION: MICA POINT, KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel in Kariba is a charming colonialstyle property situated on the top of Camps Hill overlooking the lake with magnificent views of the Matusadona Mountains beyond. The hotel offers thirteen en-suite rooms, each with a private veranda allowing for stunning views over the gardens and lake beyond.

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CUTTY SARK HOTEL

LOCATION: KARIBA

1 Nzou Drive, PO Box 80, Kariba

Tel: +263 612 221/2

Email: reservations@cuttysarkhotel.com

www.cuttysarkhotel.net

Cutty Sark Hotel is located at the top of Nzou Drive, with superb views of Lake Kariba and the Matusadona Mountains. The hotel is family-orientated but also offers a professional conference service. Guests at the Cutty Sark are accommodated in 48 rooms surrounded by beautifully kept gardens on the shore of Lake Kariba. There are 30 twin rooms, six family rooms and 12 deluxe rooms.

LITTLE RUCKOMECHI

LOCATION: MANA POOLS

366 Gibson Road, PO Box 288, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 284 3371

Email: enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com www.wilderness-safaris.com

Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. It is an intimate camp, with only three en-suite tents. The camp’s location within the private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive safari experience complete with a diverse range of activities through which to explore Mana, one of the great wildlife areas of Africa.

GACHE GACHE LODGE

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 264 159

Email: info@chapungusafaris.co.zw www.facebook.com/gache.gache.lodge

Gache Gache Lodge is situated across Lake Kariba in the Eastern Basin, the closest of all lodges to Kariba. The property has 10 chalets, all en-suite. Guests can drive around with 4x2 or similar, boat in or private air charter. Self-catering is now available. There is also a lovely campsite on the river.

HORNBILL LODGE

LOCATION: KARIBA

797 Mica Point, Kariba

Tel: +263 772 348 565

Email: reservations@hornbilllodge.com

www.hornbilllodge.com

Hornbill Lodge is a small intimate lodge, situated on Mica Point in Kariba. Bask in the Zimbabwe sun beside the plunge pool or enjoy a sundowner while soaking up the panoramic view of Lake Kariba. Relax in the shade of indigenous trees in the beautiful landscaped garden.

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JECHA POINT FISHING LODGE

LOCATION: CHIRUNDU

Tel: +263 772 262 827/772 240 112

Email: info@jechapoint.com

www.jechapoint.com

Jecha Point offers exclusive, comfortable accommodation on the bank of the Zambezi River. The lodge is a perfect stopover for those enroute to Zambia or Mana Pools. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 people with various catering options available. A lawned campsite is also available. Jecha specialises in guided tigerfishing safaris. Advance booking essential.

KARIBA SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: MICA POINT, KARIBA

Tel: +263 8 688 002 309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

Kariba Safari Lodge is situated on a mountainside with sweeping views over the azure blue water and the islands in the eastern basin of the great lake Kariba. Lodges and suites are distributed over 33 acres of a forested hillside which slopes down to the lake shore and beach area. 17

MATUSADONA

LOCATION: KARIBA

Marineland Harbour, Kariba

Tel: +27 33 342 7498

Email: reservations@mv-matusadona.com

www.mv-matusadona.com

Enjoy the ultimate in barefoot luxury aboard the Matusadona. At 95 ft, the houseboat comprises three decks elegantly decorated with rich, classical furnishings. The boat accommodates six passengers in air conditioned en-suite cabins. A cruise on Lake Kariba provides the ideal extension to any land-based safari or a visit to Victoria Falls.

MUSANGO SAFARI CAMP

LOCATION: MUSANGO ISLAND

Musango Island, Lake Kariba

Tel: +263 772 307 875

Email: wendy@musangosafaricamp.com

www.musangosafaricamp.com

The accommodation at Musango consists of eight twin luxurious safari tents, each with an en-suite bathroom. These tented rooms are set in thick forest and face east over the lake towards the rising sun. There are also two honeymoon suites that have been uniquely designed and built of natural stone under thatch. They have a private veranda and a secluded, intimate plunge pool.

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P-TEN HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

37 Victoria Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel: +263 24 82 809

Email: rhinoren@zimbomail.com

www.houseboatsonkariba.com

P-Ten is a fully air conditioned upmarket cruiser. The boat has five en-suite cabins, a large open-top deck with an eight-man Jacuzzi, a lounge and a dining area. Its excellent crew consists of an experienced captain, a chef and two deckhands.

PHILADELPHIA HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 296 150/242 703 533

Email: maureen@karibahouseboats.com

www.karibahouseboats.com

Philadelphia comprises four cabins and can hold a maximum of 12 people. The boat is complete with air conditioning, a large Jacuzzi, bathrooms with showers, and a bar. Fuel is not included.

RETURN TO EDEN

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +27 84 603 0375

Tel/WhatsApp: +263 78 6582228

Email: laurel@kariba.biz

www.return-to-eden.com

Return to Eden houseboat offers the beauty of the African wild combined with all the comforts of home. The crew of this six cabin houseboat are renowned for pampering their guests. Each of the six double en-suite cabins has twin beds. The crew have their own quarters. Bunk beds are available for guests who wish to sleep on the top deck.

RHINO SAFARI CAMP

LOCATION: MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK

Muuyu Site, Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba

Tel: +263 772 400 021/733 605 000

Email: rhino.safari.camp@mail.com

www.rhinosafaricamp.com

Rhino Safari Camp is a small luxury rustic safari camp set in a wild and remote area in Matusadona National Park and on the shore of Lake Kariba. Hosting a maximum of 14 guests in seven twin-bed rooms, it offers guests a highly personalised safari experience that blends comfort and wildness. Rhino Safari Camp is a permanent camp, open all year round.

SPURWING ISLAND LODGE

LOCATION: MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 777 516 171

Email: bookings@spurwing.co.zw

www.spurwingisland.com

Situated in the Matusadona National Park, Spurwing Island offers a range of activities including scenic boat trips and game viewing on foot, by boat or Land-Rover. Spurwing Island is able to cater for a maximum of 40 adult guests in three styles of accommodation: chalets, cabins and tents.

SUNDOWNER HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

37 Victoria Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel: +263 247 82 809

Email: rhinoren@zimbomail.com

www.houseboatsonkariba.com

Sundowner is a well laid out houseboat with four air conditioned cabins and plenty of space on the top deck for guests who like to sleep under the stars. The boat has an open top deck with a lounge, bar and dining area and a splash pool. The crew includes a captain, a chef and deck hands to look after guests.

THE KARABEZI

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www. zambezicruisesafaris.com

The Karabezi’s name is a combination of “Kariba” and Zambezi”. With her 5 cabins, this luxurious Lake Kariba houseboat is one of the most intimate vessels in the Zambezi Cruise & Safaris fleet. This Zambezi riverboat has a generously proportioned lounge and dining area, offering panoramic views of the landscape beyond, coupled with stylish interiors.

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THE UMBOZHA

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

The Umbozha Houseboat on Kariba offers 9 cabins with stylish interiors as well as stunning lake views. This cruise boat has an expansive lounge and dining area offering panoramic views of the landscape beyond. On the Umbozha’s top deck, you can relax on a daybed as you enjoy the passing landscape.

THE SHIKRA

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

The Shikra houseboat was christened after a bird of prey; the Goshawk. Aboard this Lake Kariba cruise boat, 10 comfortable cabins await you. The vessel traversing the entire length of the lake has generously proportioned lounge and dining areas both with fantastic views of the land and Lake Kariba.

THE SOVEREIGN

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

The Sovereign houseboat is a 10-cabin, fully air-conditioned vessel cruising the vast waters of Lake Kariba. Beautifully furnished, the large lounge, dining room and bar has expansive windows offering awe-inspiring views of the African wildness beyond. While onboard this houseboat, you will have immersive wildlife experiences as well as relaxing moments. 10

THE ZAMBEZI TRADER

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 868 800 2309

Email: info@zambezicruisesafaris.com

www.zambezicruisesafaris.com

The Zambezi Trader houseboat at 160ft long, 48ft wide and weighing 220 tons, is the largest luxury cruise boat on Lake Kariba. This ship can take large parties of up to 200 PAX on day trips for an unforgettable magic holiday cruise. Explore the entire 270 km length of this magnificent inland sea onboard this iconic ship.

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VIKING HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 772 296 150/242 703 533

Email: maureen@karibahouseboats.com

www.karibahouseboats.com

Viking is a very comfortable cruiser accommodating up to eight guests in two en-suite cabins, one with a double bed and the second with two single beds. The state room can be converted into a third cabin and can accommodate three guests. The mid ship also includes a braai area, while on the top deck there is an oval table/dining area with built-in seats.

VUNDUFUL HOUSEBOAT

LOCATION: KARIBA

Andora Harbour, Kariba

Tel: +263 261 214 6687

Email: jswart@zol.co.zw

www.vunduful.co.za

Experience the amazing shores, fishing and wildlife of Lake Kariba on the safe and spacious Vunduful Houseboat, with a different garden every night. Accommodation consists of four cabins, two bathrooms with showers and clean toilets, mattresses and bedding, a swimming pool and two tender boats, as well as excellent crew.

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WARTHOGS BUSH CAMP

LOCATION: KARIBA

Tel: +263 775 068 406/778 048 424

Email: relax@warthogs.co.zw www.warthogs.co.zw

Warthogs Bush Camp offers its guests no-frills accommodation on the shore of Lake Kariba. Warthogs has a lot of camp ground with tented units, en-suite cabins and a self-catering cottage. The splash pool, bar and grill restaurant overlook the lake. In the dry season elephants, zebras and hippos visit frequently. Families are welcome. 7

WILD HERITAGE AND NZOU LODGES

LOCATION: CHARARA

Tel: +263 773 263 671/712 417358

Email: loraine@baobabzim.net www.wildzambezi.com

Guests can choose from a number of self-catering three or four-bedroom lodges. Each of the lodges sleeps six to eight people and offers every amenity a traveller could need. All linen is supplied and a fully equipped kitchen is included in the rates. Each lodge has a private swimming pool, air conditioning and fans.

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From Peak to Valley, Witness the Untamed Spirit of the Eastern Highlands

R ising like green giants along Zimbabwe’s eastern border with Mozambique, the Eastern Highlands paint an incredible picture of misty peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. This untamed landscape, between the hills of Nyanga to the bustling Mutare town, down to the Chimanimani Mountains and the intimidating rainforests of Chipinge, speaks of tales of ancient trade routes, colonial echoes, and vibrant Manyika and Ndau cultures.

Nyanga National Park, sprawling across the north corner, invites exploration. Summit Zimbabwe’s highest peak, Mount Nyangani, on the four-day Turaco Trail, feeling the earth tremble beneath your boots. Discover ancient rock paintings at Diana’s Vow in Rusape, while the Pungwe Gorge & Falls offer dramatic scenic highlights.

However, the Eastern Highlands’ attractions extend beyond these hotspots. Follow the Honde Valley, stopping at tea plantations and quaint villages, each with a story to tell. Learn about the cultural of the Manyika and Ndau people and their traditions. Cast a fly into the cool streams of Rhodes Nyanga, Udu and Mare Dams for a lunch’s serving of the rainbow trout. Breathe in the panoramic scenery from World’s View, feeling the vastness of the land stretch before you or unwind by the shores of Lake Connemara.

Mutare, the region’s vibrant heart, hums with history. Experience the artistry of the National Gallery, unravel the stories of antiquity transportation at the Mutare Museum, and drive through the leafy suburbs to the town’s oldest house of Utopia while taking in the daily hive of activity of the locals.

Venture past the city limits into the Bvumba Mountains embrace of misty enchantment. Emerald forests are home to elusive samango monkey and birds like Swynnerton’s robin, while coffee plantations cover the slopes in bright green hues. Tee off at the incredible Leopard Rock Golf Course, where breathtaking panoramas can be enjoyed from every hole. Remember to shot left into the game park for mesmerising animal interaction.

For the intrepid, Chimanimani National Park beckons. Hiking trails wind through a wonderland of crystal-clear waterfalls and deep world renowned quartzite caves. Conquering dramatic peaks and marvelling at the cascading Bridal Veil Falls are just a taste of the wild landscapes here. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare blue swallow and the emerald flash of the malachite sunbird.

Don’t miss Chipinge, the home of Eastern Highlands cultural identity. Apart from its agro plantations, Chipinge is popular for its traditional medical and medicinal practices and the famed muchongoyo dance. It will sure awaken the desire to know more about the region’s cultural endowment. Chirinda Forest gives it an urge to boost the region as one of the most interesting birding areas in the country being host to the famed big tree of The Valley of Giants.

Buhera offers you the closure to what became of the great madzimbabwe of Mutapa’s empire. It houses the breakaway civilizations of the exquisite architectural genius Great Zimbabwe, a not so hidden treasure trove of its more refined offshoots. The Birchenough Bridge stands imposing across Save River marking its territorial boundary.

ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: EASTERN HIGHLANDS

Tel: +263 773 500 398/9

Email: nyangareservations@gmail.com Facebook: Nyanga National Park www.zimparks.org.zw

There are four offices located in the Eastern Highlands region of Zimbabwe. One office is located in Chimanimani Town and one within Nyanga National park. Additionally, there is a Zimbabwe Parks office at Vumba Botanical Gardens in Mutare and one at the Osborne Recreational Park in the Manicaland province of Zimbabwe.

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ABERFOYLE LODGE

LOCATION: HONDE VALLEY

Tel: +263 783 883 150

Email: aberfoyle@ehpl.co.zw www.aberfoylelodge.com

Set among the rolling tea estates of Eastern Highlands Plantations and a riparian forest, this boutique lodge offers travellers the ultimate Zimbabwean experience. The lodge has 15 en-suite rooms and is Zimbabwe’s most popular birding destination. Activities include golf, swimming, tennis and squash, hiking, mountain biking trails, tree canopy tour, fishing for bream, bass, yellow fish and trout. In addition, the lodge offers gourmet meals.

FAR AND WIDE ZIMBABWE

LOCATION: MUTARAZI FALLS, NYANGA

Tel: +263 783 883 150

Email: info@farandwide.co.zw www.farandwide.co.zw

Set amongst the mountains of wild Nyanga are seven different self catering cottage options. Each cottage has its own little unique feature, be it a wood-fired hot tub an en-suite sauna or the Pungwe River on your doorstep, you are guaranteed to love your stay. This family owned and run business has lived in and loved these mountains for over 30 years. With plenty of activities including the new SkyWalk and SkyLine you will not want to leave.

FROG & FERN COTTAGES

LOCATION: CHIMANIMANI MOUNTAINS

Tel: +263 775 920 440

Email: frogandfern@gmail.com www.thefrogandfern.com

Frog & Fern provides a comfortable self catering and B&B space in three authentic cottages. This is the ideal base for families and travellers hiking the Chimanimani mountains or moving through to Mozambique or South Africa as well as to Gonarezhou. Wi-Fi and good cell phone connections available which is ideal for business travellers. Campers are also welcome.

GORDON’S

LOCATION: MUTARE

125 First Street, Mutare, Box 751

Tel: +263 20 216 7200

Cell: +263 712 610 183

Email: gordons@innsofzimbabwe.co.zw www.innsofzimbabwe.co.zw

CUMBERLAND VALLEY LODGES

LOCATION: NYANGA

Tel: +263 772 246 347/773 025 070

www.togarepivillas.com

Cumberland valley lodges are two luxury self-catering lodges located in the Cumberland Valley, Juliasdale. Here, guests come to enjoy the tranquillity that Eastern Highlands has to offer and to listen to the song of birds away from the concrete jungle. It’s a place to relax. Cumberland Valley Lodges are close to all the waterfalls and viewing points in Nyanga.

FOREST HILLS RESORT

LOCATION: MUTARE

Tel: +263 777 255 550/712 668 058

Email: reservations@foresthillsresort.co.zw

Situated in the breathtaking Vumba Mountains is Forest Hills Resort. The hotel offers conferencing, restaurant, wedding and special events facilities. Each room features air con, a mini sitting area, a TV with satellite reception, a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Guests enjoy local and continental meals at the on-site restaurant and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar.

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GOHORI RESORT

LOCATION: MUTARE

Tel: +263 772 405 274

Email: gohori.resort@gmail.com www.gohoriresortgmal.com

Gohori Resort is a resort lodge located in Mutoko. It offers a serene getaway amid stunning landscapes, ideal for relaxation or corporate events. The resort features state-of-the-art conference facilities, spacious meeting rooms, exquisite cuisine, and recreational activities.

A boutique bed and breakfast in the ‘Avenues’ of Mutare city. Created with the intention of providing a welcoming and comfortable upmarket environment for business and leisure travellers to the Eastern Highlands, as well as folk travelling to and from Mozambique. 3

HOLIDAY INN MUTARE

LOCATION: MUTARE

Tel: +263 867 702 0290/20 64431

Email: reservations@holidayinnmutare.co.zw www.ihg.com

The recently rebranded Holiday Inn Mutare has well appointed rooms and excellent conference facilities making it ideal for a mix of business travellers and adventurous leisure seekers. Holiday Inn Mutare is within an easy drive of the city and close to some of the most spectacular tourist attractions such as Mount Inyangani; the Hot Springs Resort, the magnificent Bvumba Mountains and the Botanical Gardens.

HEAVEN MOUNTAIN LODGE

LOCATION: CHIMANIMANI VILLAGE

Tel: +263 782 825800

Email: enquiries@heavenlodge.com www.heavenlodge.com

Whether you are looking to overnight, walk in the mountains or just chill, contemplate and rehydrate - Heaven Lodge is heavenly, with a tranquil atmosphere all of its own. Situated on over 8 acres of private grounds the lodge caters for backpackers, overlanders, families and business travellers. With a choice of budget private rooms, self catering cottages and camping facilities.

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INN ON THE VUMBA

LOCATION: MUTARE

PO Box 524, Mutare

Tel: +263 20 2060 722

Email: iotvzw@gmail.com

www.vumbainn.com

Situated on a mountain-top overlooking a valley, Inn on the Vumba is only 10 minutes’ drive from the city. The inn features four cottages as well as 18 suites in two blocks reaching north and south of the central area. The central area consists of two lounges, a restaurant and a cocktail bar with well appointed decor. The inn has become well known for its fine table d’hôte dinners and à la carte lunches.

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LEOPARD ROCK HOTEL

LOCATION: MUTARE

Tel: +263 20 2060 115

Cell: +263 772 100 794

Email: reservations@theleopardrock.com www.theleopardrock.com

Leopard Rock is in a truly magnificent setting and is the epitome of elegance with all rooms decorated in a French chateau style. The hotel has 58 rooms and a honeymoon suite. Front rooms enjoy spectacular views of the golf course and Burma Valley, while others overlook the pristine enchanted forest.

MONTCLAIR RESORT & CASINO

LOCATION: NYANGA

Tel: +263 777 361 638

Email: reservations@montclair.co.zw www.montclair.co.zw

Montclair Resort & Casino is nestled in the misty mountains of Nyanga, 87 km from Mutare and 250 km from Harare. The resort has 85 rooms of various comfort levels. The resort offers recreational and sporting facilities such as golf, tennis and horse-riding.

MUSANGANO LODGE

LOCATION: MUTARE

Off Champion Mine Road, Odzi, Mutare

Tel: +263 20 200 2267

Cell: +263 712 320 327

Email: info@musangano.com

www.musangano.com

Musangano Lodge is the ideal location for the ultimate getaway in the Eastern Highlands, with the promise of tranquillity and spectacular scenery. Guests can experience its dedicated service while embracing the peaceful and serene atmosphere, charming accommodation, superb cuisine and splendid views.

PAMHATSO GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: MUTARE

8 Kipling Avenue, Hospital Hill, Mutare

Tel: +263 779 600 730

Email: info@pamhatso.com

www.pamhatso.com

Panhatso Guest House is a family-run business offering full bed and breakfast accommodation. Guests receive warm hospitality and personal attention, ensuring a safe, stylish and comfortable retreat for guests. The decor is Afro-centric, with original and luxurious design touches, a nod to the lodge’s African heritage and location.

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PINE TREE INN

LOCATION: NYANGA

PO Box 1, Juliasdale

Tel: +263 775 302 009

Email: armadilo@zol.co.zw

www.pinetreenyanga.com

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes Pine Tree Inn a charming hotel. Nestled in a forested valley, the inn has 14 rooms, all with en-suite facilities and most of them with views of the rocky mountains. Pine Tree Inn offers guests and friends a cocktail bar, lounge, veranda, lawn terrace, dining room and reception, all beautifully appointed with a ‘home’ touch.

RHODES NYANGA HOTEL

LOCATION: NYANGA

Tel: +263 782 707 837

Email: info@redapplehotels.co.zw

www.redapplehotels.co.zw

Rhodes Nyanga Hotel is set in manicured gardens with a veranda overlooking the Rhodes Dam and the typical Nyanga mountain scenery, with sweeping panoramas of Nyanga National Park. It is the only hotel located in Nyanga National Park. The hotel is 100 km from Mutare, 260 km from Harare, 90 km from Rusape and 7.5 km from Nyanga village.

THE FARMHOUSE

LOCATION: CHIMANIMANI HILLS

Tel: +263 772 101 283

Email: tempevanderuit@gmail.com

www.chimanifarmhouse.com

The Farmhouse is a lovingly restored colonial farmhouse nestled in the hills of Chimanimani in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. It is perfect for backpackers, campers and families wanting to explore the mountains or just relax in this beautiful setting. The farm animals will keep young children entertained, and the convenient location means that there are all sorts of exciting activities nearby for the more adventurous.

TROUTBECK INN

LOCATION: NYANGA

PO Box 1, Troutbeck, Nyanga

Tel: +263 772 437 386

Email: pacro@africansunhotels.com

www.troutbeckinn.net

THE SUMMER PLACE VUMBA

LOCATION: VUMBA

Old Vumba Hotel Site, Woodlands Road, Vumba, Mutare

Tel: +263 771 528 285

Email: info@thesummerplace.com

www.thesummerplacezw.com

This gorgeous self-contained lodge is situated on 17.5 hectares of forest and misty mountain slope. It is tastefully decorated and has proven the perfect getaway place to relax and enjoy a weekend in the Vumba Mountains. The exclusive holiday facility accommodates small groups, families, couples and business people.

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VILLA DE VUMBA

LOCATION: MUTARE

14 Fresh Water Estate, Vumba, Mutare

Tel: +263 712 210 739

Email: info@villadevumba.co.zw

www.villadevumba.co.zw

Villa de Vumba is a comfortable self-catering guest lodge nestled in the Vumba Mountains only 24 km from Mutare. All lodges have fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, DSTV and braai facilities. Guests can play golf or go horse-riding at nearby hotels, partake in rain forest trails or just relax in the lodge’s plush gardens.

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ROMELDA LAKESIDE RETREAT

Experience Tranquillity on Lake Mutirikwi

Located on the shores of Zimbabwe’s majestic Lake Mutirikwi, Romelda Lakeside Retreat offers a tranquil escape among stunning scenery. This family-owned haven, established in 2020, caters to discerning guests with its varied accommodation options.

THE TENTED LODGE

For those seeking a touch of luxury, the tented lodge provides the perfect blend of comfort and nature. The six spacious en-suite tents each have panoramic views of the lake. The central area houses a bar, lounge and dining space – making it ideal for socialising.

THE SELF-CATERING LODGE

The self-catering lodge offers a secluded home away from home.

This intimate setting accommodates up to 12 guests, featuring ample living space and a veranda overlooking the lake. It’s ideal for families or groups seeking a private escape.

THE CAMPSITE

For a taste of adventure without sacrificing comfort, glamping is an exciting option with furnished canvas tents, complete with comfortable beds.

Nature enthusiasts can pitch their tents at the designated campsite. Nestled amid shady trees with private braai areas and solar-powered hot showers, it offers a back-tobasics experience within magnificent surroundings.

Aside from accommodation, Romelda offers a range of activities for all interests. Explore the lake by boat, indulge in world-class bass fishing, or embark on exciting game drives in the nearby Kyle Recreational Park.

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A Guide to Ancient Ruins and Stunning Landscapes

I n the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe, where time seems to move to the rhythm of ancient drums, lies Masvingo Province.

Masvingo offers a rich and rewarding experience for any traveller seeking adventure beyond the ordinary.

Great Zimbabwe

No exploration of Masvingo is complete without a pilgrimage to Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located amid granite hills near Lake Mutirikwe. Imagine a thriving medieval city, home to some 20,000 Karanga people, descendants of the Shona.

Their architectural genius lives on in the colossal, elaborately chiselled walls and the iconic stone tower, silent sentinels of a glorious past. Great Zimbabwe is not just a ruin; it’s a gateway to a forgotten civilization, waiting to be rediscovered.

Lake Mutirikwi

The tranquil waters of Zimbabwe’s second-largest lake, Mutirikiwi’s reflect the imposing granite hills that frame its

shores. Lush miombo woodland teeming with over 25 species of wild animals provide a sanctuary for nature lovers. A recreational park on the north shore beckons with opportunities for picnicking, boating, and wildlife spotting.

Masvingo’s charm extends far beyond its headline attractions. The Kyle Dam, an imposing Italian-style structure built in 1960, stands tall in the landscape, while the Chamavara Cave, adorned with ancient San rock art, offers a glimpse into the artistic spirit of the region’s earliest inhabitants. For those seeking adventure, the Mushandike Sanctuary awaits with its pristine savannas, perfect for game viewing, boat trips and fishing expeditions.

Immersion in history and culture

History buffs can delve into the past at the Old Fort Tower in Masvingo town, a relic of the colonial era, while those seeking cultural immersion can find warmth and hospitality amid the traditions of the Karanga people. Masvingo’s cultural vibrancy adds another layer of richness to the province’s overall appeal.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: MASVINGO

www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority have two offices in Masvingo. Their main office is located in Aroma Building on Greenfield Road in the city. In addition, their second office can be found at the Mushandike Sanctuary located at Mushandike College of Wildlife. The sanctuary is a conservation area whose purpose is to provide a multiplicity of activities that include game farming, game viewing and recreation.

LODGE AT THE ANCIENT CITY

LOCATION: MASVINGO

1 Shepherds Plot, Great Zimbabwe, Masvingo

Tel: +263 39 265120/1

Email: reservations@ancientcitylodge.co.zw www.lodgeattheancientcity.com

The Lodge at the Ancient City is a unique hotel built around a granite outcrop in the same style as Great Zimbabwe, providing fine views across the valley of Msasa towards the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe. The lodge integrates seamlessly with the surrounding trees and boulders of the site with dry stonewalling and soaring thatch structures. 44

GREAT ZIMBABWE HOTEL

LOCATION: MASVINGO

Tel: +263 39 262 274/772 132 153-5/171-3

Email: reservations@gzim.africansun.co.zw www.greatzimbabwehotel.com

Straddling its own grounds and the World Heritage Site is the Great Zimbabwe Hotel and Lodges. The lodges are within the site and therefore the subject of preservation orders. Only a short walk away from the monument itself, the hotel has its own tradition – the African Sun tradition of a warm welcome and top-quality products and service. The swimming pool, tennis court and beach volleyball pitch are only a two-minute walk from the majority of the rooms.

MAYFAIR LAKESIDE RESORT

LOCATION: MASVINGO

Sikato Bay, Lake Mutirikwi, Masvingo

Tel: +263 779 395 732

Email: info@mayfairlodges.co.zw www.mayfairlodges.co.zw

Mayfair Lakeside is located 6 km from the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and at the edge of Lake Mutirikwi. It offers a tranquil and scenic setting for weddings, corporate functions and holidays. The Boma Restaurant provides delicious meals and a place to relax. The lodge comprises 10 double rooms and three family units, each with a lounge area overlooking the lake.

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NORMA JEANE’S LAKE VIEW RESORT

LOCATION: LAKE MUTIRIKWI

Tel: +263 22 64879/712 220 397

Email: bookings@njzim.com

www.normajeanslakeviewresort.com

Located close by to the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe Monument, Norma Jeane’s offers comfortable home style accommodation in superb natural woodland surroundings with breath-taking views of Lake Mutirikwi. Norma Jeanes offers eight hotel rooms with dining and lounge facilities, four selfcatering fully equipped lodges and nine budget rooms.

REGENCY HOTEL FLAMBOYANT

LOCATION: MASVINGO

Beitbridge Road, Masvingo

Tel: +263 39 225 2899/2085/3100

Email: reservations@regencyhotels.co.zw www.regencyhotels.co.zw

Regency Hotel Flamboyant is one of the premier choices for visitors looking for a luxury hotel experience in Masvingo during a vacation or business trip to the Ancient City. The hotel offers a variety of amenities to enhance your stay.

REGENCY HOTEL CHEVRON

LOCATION: MASVINGO

No. 2 Robert Mugabe Way, Masvingo

Tel: +263 39 226 2054/5961

Email: reservations@regencyhotels.co.zw www.regencyhotels.co.zw

The Regency Hotel Chevron offers 53 exquisite guest rooms with a capacity to accommodate 106 people. The rooms feature tasteful furnishings, elegant decor and a lavish bathroom.

The hotel is one of Masvingo’s premier venues for business meetings and other events due to its impeccable service standards and facilities.

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ROMELDA CAMPSITE

LOCATION: LAKE MUTIRIKWI, MASVINGO

Address: Glenlivet, Masvingo

Tel: +263 (0)774 982 756

Email: stay@romeldaretreat.com www.romeldaretreat.com

Explore the hidden gem of Romelda Campsite on a private lakeside peninsula, surrounded by lush lawns and indigenous trees. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the lake, with braai facilities and picnic benches along the lakeshore. The campsite offers glamping in three well-appointed safari tents for a luxurious camping experience. Ample parking is available for large overland vehicles.

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ROMELDA MIDWATERS

LOCATION: LAKE MUTIRIKWI, MASVINGO

Address: Mutirikwi River, Masvingo

Tel: +263 (0)774982756

Email: stay@romeldaretreat.com

www.romeldaretreat.com

Escape to the serene Romelda MidWaters Self-Catering Lodge on Lake Mutirikwi. Experience the perfect blend of nature and comfort with separate bedrooms, shared open-plan spaces, and spacious decks for unwinding. Whether you’re a small family or a couple seeking solace, Romelda lodges offer a haven of serenity amidst lush Miombo woodlands 6

ROMELDA LAKESIDE RETREAT

LOCATION: LAKE MUTIRIKWI, MASVINGO

Address: Glenlivet, Masvingo

Tel: +263 (0)774982756

Email: stay@romeldaretreat.com

www.romeldaretreat.com

Experience Romelda Lakeside Retreat’s serene tented rooms, nestled by the lake with sunset views in manicured gardens. Enjoy guided rhino walks, canoeing, sunset cruises, bird watching, and a pool. Evenings bring campfire gatherings beneath the captivating night sky. Tents feature a private deck, spacious bedroom, open wardrobe, and modern en-suite bathroom, seamlessly blending into the landscape for climate comfort.

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The Wild Heart of Zimbabwe

L ocated in the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe, Lowveld beats with both the spirit of the wilderness and the culture of Shangaan traditions. Witness the electrifying energy of Shangaan dance ceremonies, adorned with intricate beadwork and pulsating drumbeats. Learn about their deep connection to the land, a connection reflected in their storytelling, art, and way of life.

Wildlife encounters in Gonarezhou

“Place of Many Elephants” – the name Gonarezhou National Park lives up to its billing. Track these gentle giants through acacia woodlands, spot mysterious leopards basking on rocky outcrops, and witness the graceful walk of giraffes against the backdrop of the Chimanimani Mountains. Gonarezhou National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area which includes Kruger National Park (South Africa) and Limpopo National Park (Mozambique). The park’s life-giving rivers - Save, Runde, and Mwenezi - nourish a diverse ecosystem, teeming with birdlife and pockets of lush vegetation.

Save Valley Conservancy

This sprawling 3,442 sq km reserve is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa. Embark on thrilling safaris in search of the iconic Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. Keep your eyes peeled for cheetah sprinting across grasslands and listen for the haunting calls of hyenas at dusk. Luxurious lodges and comfortable camps offer an opportunity to unwind after a day of adventure.

Alternative Lowveld adventures

Saddle up for horse riding safaris, offering a unique perspective on the savanna. Test your nerves with an exhilarating climb down cascading waterfalls or abseil towering cliffs. For a gentler pace, cast your line in the mighty rivers, teeming with giant catfish and tigerfish.

A cultural experience

The Lowveld is home to many festivals throughout the year. Immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of the Shangaan celebrations, such as the annual Great Limpopo Cultural Fair and Machangana Festival, a week-long extravaganza of music, dance, traditional practices and cultural displays. Try sadza (cornmeal porridge) and relish the warmth of Zimbabwean hospitality. From broad baobab trees to star-studded skies, the Lowveld promises unforgettable experiences.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +263 779 788 811

Email: reservations@gonarezhou.org www.zimparks.org.zw

Gonarezhou National Park is partly run by the authority and provides visitors with leisure and accommodation facilities such as lodges, chalets, cottages, caravan sites, camping sites and picnic areas. The authority has two offices in the park, the Gonarezhou Mabalauta Zimparks Office and the Gonarezhou Chipinda Zimparks Office.

CHIPINDA POOLS TENTED CAMP

LOCATION: GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

Chipinda Pools, Gonarezhou National Park

Tel: +263 779 788 811

Email: reservations@gonarezhou.org www.gonarezhou.org

Owned and operated by Gonarezhou Conservation Trust, a partnership between Zimparks and Frankfurt Zoological Society. The camp is excellent value for money and is located on the banks of the Runde River offering picturesque views. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and large veranda.

CHILO GORGE SAFARI LODGE & TENTED CAMP

LOCATION: GONAREZHOU

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Gonarezhou

Tel: +263 774 999 059

Email: info@chilogorge.com www.chilogorge.com

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge overlooks the Savé River and Gonarezhou National Park in the south east of Zimbabwe. With 10 luxury all-inclusive lodges, five self-catering lodges and a semi-permanent tented camp, Chilo offers an authentic wilderness experience.

CHISHAKWE

LOCATION: SAVÉ VALLEY CONSERVANCY

Tel: +263 24 303 771

Cell: +263 778 028 592

Email: chishakwepr@gmail.com www.chishakwesafaris.com

Chishakwe is set in the vast and beautiful Savé Valley Conservancy in the southeast town of Lowveld in Zimbabwe. The conservancy is home to the famous Big Five as well as a huge range of other African Wildlife. In addition, Chishakwe offer guests either a self-catered Ranch House or a fully catered River Camp facility. The property is accessible via their own airstrip or by road.

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PALM TREE PLACE

LOCATION: CHIREDZI

Tel: +263 231 231 3332/3

Email: reception@palmtreeplace.co.zw/ palmtreereception@gmail.com

Located in the heart of Lowveld, Palm Tree Place is a relaxing boutique hotel with an on-site bar, restaurant, pool and wedding/conference facilities in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. The property is closely located to the beautiful Gonarezhou National Park, Triangle and Hippo Valley Golf Course and Buffalo Range. Rooms at Palm Tree Place are designed in a modern rustic style and are cleaned daily.

KINGFISHER GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: CHIREDZI

679 Kingfisher Road, Chiredzi

Tel: +263 772 598 356

Email: kingfisher@sabiemeats.com

www.kingfisher-guesthouse.com

Kingfisher is an exclusive guest house tucked away in the little town of Chiredzi in the south-east corner of Zimbabwe close to Gonorezhou National Park. The houses offers accommodation on a B&B basis with five twin bedrooms and one single. The central guest area incorporates an open-plan lounge, dining room and bar, with free Wi-Fi throughout the house.

MOKORE SAFARIS

LOCATION: SAVÉ VALLEY CONSERVANCY

7 Stable Close, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel: +263 24 883 462

Email: mokore@mokore.com / mokoreranch1@mokore.com

www.mokoreecosafaris.com

Mokore Main Camp, situated along the Turgwe River, consists of six stone-under-thatch, en-suite lodges. It has a mahogany deck extending out over the river. Gwezi Campsite is along the bank of the river and is nestled under albida and mahogany Trees. Majehwe Lodge is a private-experience camp with an open-plan lounge and dining area and deck overlooking the river with two rooms – one with an en-suite and private deck and a regular room with bathroom en-suite.

NESBITT ARMS HOTEL

LOCATION: CHIREDZI

238 Marula Drive, Chiredzi

Tel: +263 231 231 5071

www.nesbittarms.co.zw

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel is an attractive mix of Tudor-style black beams and hand-hewn stone, and is set against a hill known as Chigaripasi. Guests can choose from 28 simple but clean single and double rooms.

SANGO TENTED CAMP

LOCATION: SAVÉ VALLEY CONSERVANCY

Tel: +27 21 795 0168

Email: bookings@sango-wildlife.com www.sango-wildlife.com

Sango offers four luxury tents that are nestled within the heart of the evergreen riverine forest stretching along the Msaize River. Each combines the adventure of a tent with the sophistication of a permanent structure of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private deck. Personalised service and impeccable attention to detail that will ensure you enjoy your out of Africa experience without lacking the luxury of modern amenities.

SANGO WILDLIFE LODGE

LOCATION: SAVÉ VALLEY CONSERVANCY

Tel: +27 21 795 0168

Email: bookings@sango-wildlife.com

www.sango-wildlife.com

Sango offers personalised service, attention to detail and five-star accommodation. Stretching from the Bikita Hills in the west and crossing nine major habitat zones to the Save River in the east, sango with it’s 60,000 hectares is the worlds largest private owned Conservancy. Guests can expect an intimate lodge that evokes the charm and warmth of Africa’s finest cottages.

SINGITA PAMUSHANA LODGE

LOCATION: CHIREDZI

P. Bag 7085, Chiredzi

Tel: +27 21 683 3424

Email: enquiries@singita.com

www.singita.com

The rich tribal history of the region is the inspiration for the design of Singita Pamushana Lodge. The property is perched atop a sandstone ridge overlooking the Malilangwe Dam and celebrates its incredible wilderness setting by bringing guests closer to nature at every turn. There are eight palatial suites and a five bedroom villa, all with private plunge pools and panoramic views, supporting conservation.

SWIMUWINI LODGES

LOCATION: MABALAUTA, GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

Chipinda Pools, Gonarezhou National Park

Tel: +263 779 788 811

Email: reservations@gonarezhou.org www.gonarezhou.org

Owned and operated by Gonarezhou Conservation Trust, a partnership between Zimparks and Frankfurt Zoological Society. The lodge is excellent value for money and is located south of Gonarezhou Park, close to the Mabalauta HQ. There are eight lodges in total. 16

TRIANGLE COUNTRY CLUB

LOCATION: TRIANGLE TOWN

Ross Armstrong Way, Triangle Tel: +263 233 6316/6490/6498

Email: book@t-cc.net/manager@t-cc.net

Triangle Country Club is ideally located close to the key sporting amenities in the area. Within a quiet, attractive and environmentally friendly surrounding, the club offers excellent accommodation for any visitors to Triangle Town. Guests can make the most of the club’s superb golf course that is open for tournaments.

TURGWE RIVER LODGE

LOCATION: SAVÉ VALLEY CONSERVANCY

Tel: +263 774 186 992

Email: bookings@humanizim.com www.humanizim.com

Turgwe Lodge, situated high above the Turgwe River, consists of five en-suite thatch chalets that each sleep two people. The chalets overlook the river, allowing visitors to enjoy lovely views without even leaving the camp.

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Explore Gweru’s Ancient Secrets

Gweru might fly under the radar for some travellers. But step into this central city, and you’ll be surprised by its heady mix of history, nature and culture.

More than just a stop on the HarareBulawayo route, Gweru boasts a heritage waiting to be explored. The iconic Boggie Clock Tower, a silent sentinel since 1928, stands as a poignant reminder of the city’s past. Venture further back in time with the Naletale Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the architectural prowess of the ancient Butua kingdom. These sprawling drystone walls transports you to the very soul of Zimbabwe’s history.

In the centre of Gweru, the Zimbabwe Military and Aviation Museum sheds light on the nation’s fascinating past, showcasing military artifacts, aircraft and even tanks. Discover tales of bravery and resilience, unravelling the threads that weave Zimbabwe’s unique story.

So, skip the well-trodden paths and let Gweru surprise you.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: GWERU & KWEKWE

Tel: +263 54 222 1907

www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority has one office in Gweru known as the Gweru Zimparks Office. Less than an hour’s drive away in the city of Kwekwe, known until 1983 as Que Que, lies the authority’s second office in the area. This office is located in Sebakwe Recreational Park.

BEVERLY HILLS GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: KWEKWE

2 Gailles Road, Chicago, Kwekwe

Tel: +263 55 225 03/717 321 557

Email: bhguesthouse@gmail.com

www.bhguesthouse.wix.com/beverlyhills

Built in 2013, Beverly Hills Guest Lodge, on the Gweru-Kwekwe highway, is particularly convenient for travellers wishing to stay close to the central business district but without the bustle. Rooms are available in standard, executive presidential suites. All rooms are en-suite and have Wi-Fi, room service and DSTV channels. There is also a car wash service, air conditioning and a 24hr security system.

COTTON COUNTRY INN

LOCATION: KADOMA

32 Herbert Chitepo Street, Kadoma

Tel: +263 773 261 942

Email: cottoncountryinn@gmail.com

Cotton Country Inn is at the northern edge of Kadoma town, just off the main road from Harare to Bulawayo. The inn has nine double (six twin) rooms and one executive suite, all with en-suite bathroom. The inn offers a quiet and comfortable overnight stay for the business traveller or holidaymaker passing through Kadoma. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ANTELOPE PARK LODGES

LOCATION: GWERU

Vungu Road, Gweru

Tel: +263 867 702 1630/542 519 13/23

Email: reservations@antelopepark.co.zw www.antelopepark.co.zw

Antelope Park is a unique game reserve set in the African bush, welcoming guests and volunteer eco-tourists alike. Walk with lions, ride through the wilderness on elephant or horseback or canoe on the scenic lake. Exclusive night encounters offer a truly amazing close-up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment. Visitors can choose from 18 lodges and six river tents.

CHENGETA SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: SELOUS

Tel: +263 77 257 3022

Email: reservations@dunhuramambo.com www.dunhuramambo.com

Chengeta is one of Zimbabwe’s leading safari lodges, situated less than a 100 km from the capital. Stay in luxurious accommodation at the foot of a granite kopje amid indigenous trees and a tropical landscaped garden. Experience the delights of the African bushveld while on safari, bushwalk, horse-riding, canoeing or simply enjoying a glass of wine on the veranda of your lodge.

EMPUMALANGA LODGE

LOCATION: GWERU

18 Jacaranda Ave, Clonsilla, Gweru

Tel: +263 542 223432

Cell: +263 716 259 278

Email: mpumalangalodge@gmail.com

Empumalanga Lodge Gweru offers an unforgettable level of hospitality to all guests. As one of Gweru’s leading function venues, the lodge boasts great customer service, top standards and fantastic hospitality. Guests can choose from 34 rooms and chalets comprising executive, mini-executive and standard suites.

GOLDEN ACRES LODGE

LOCATION: KWEKWE

123 Mvuma Road, Golden Acres, Kwekwe

Tel: +263 77 288 4332

Email: gaguestlodgekk@gmail.com

Golden Acres Lodge can be found 4 km from Kwekwe city centre, along Mvuma Road. Guests can enjoy modern, clean self-catering accommodation in a relaxing atmosphere. Standard and executive rooms are available, and come with DSTV and free Wi-Fi.

GREEN MOUNTAIN LODGE

LOCATION: KWEKWE

Tel: +263 773 200 523/712 311 275

Email: greenmountainlodge@gmail.com

Located about 5 km from the centre of Kwekwe, Green Mountain Lodge is set in lush gardens and offers wonderful views. Relax in comfort before your onward journey or celebrate your wedding with friends and family in this marvellous setting.

KADOMA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

LOCATION: KADOMA

Corner Bulawayo Road/Eiffel Flats Road, PO Box 874, Kadoma

Tel: +263 682 2321/682 2117

Email: reservations.kadomarainbow@rtg.co.zw www.rainbowkadomahotel.com

Located only 140km from Harare and in the heart of Zimbabwe, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre connects conferencing delegates from all regions In the country. Set In lush gardens with beautiful peacocks, the hotel provides a tranquil getaway for the discerning visitor, those in transit, or business visitors to the mining, agricultural and textile city of Kadoma.

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KING SOLOMON HOTEL –GOLDEN MILE KWEKWE

LOCATION: KWEKWE

89 Cardinal close, Chicago, Kwekwe

Tel: +263 55 23711-5

Email: info@goldenmilehotel.co.zw

King Solomon Hotel – Golden Mile Kwekwe is a contemporary business hotel lying in the heart of Zimbabwe just 2 km out of Kwe Kwe City. The hotel has 53 rooms comprising standard rooms, deluxe rooms, executive and presidential suites. Facilities include the MamaShe Events Centre for a maximum of 1,500 delegates, three conference rooms, a state of the art cafe, bars and a casino.

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NYANGOMBE SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: KWEKWE

Tel: +263 429 000 86

Cell: +263 773 045 100/772 310 425

Email: nyangombelodge@gmail.com

www.nyangombesafarilodge.co.zw

Nyangombe Safari Lodge is situated 42 km along the Kwekwe to Mvuma road. The lodge has three beautiful chalets that can accommodate up to eight people. The safari camp hosts conferences and brain-storming workshops with a capacity of up to 50 people. The spacious wedding venue accommodates up to 300 guests.

REGENCY HOTEL FAIRMILE

LOCATION: GWERU

Bulawayo Road, Gweru

Tel: +263 54 224 144/6

Cell: +263 772 384 991

Email: fairmile@regencyhotels.co.zw www.regencyhotels.co.zw

As the premier luxury motel in Gweru, the Regency Hotel Fairmile offers an array of upscale services and amenities that add more to every stay. The hotel’s acclaimed guest experience team and concierge staff are dedicated to providing personalised service that is sure to create lasting memories.

SUSKWE LODGE

LOCATION: GWERU

9 Richmond Drive, Gweru

Tel: +263 54 222 4651

Email: suskwelodges@gmail.com

The Suskwe Lodge offers comfortable accommodation just a stone’s throw away from the city.

PAMUZINDA

LOCATION: SELOUS

Tel: +263 77 257 3022

Email: reservations@dunhuramambo.com www.dunhuramambo.com

Pamuzinda, just an hour’s drive from Harare, is sure to provide a spectacular experience, whether you are looking to get away from the bustle of town just for the day or for the whole weekend. Dunhuramambo Lodges is an intimate group offering some of the best accommodation in Zimbabwe.

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SHUMBA GUEST LODGE

LOCATION: SELOUS

Tel: +263 77 257 3022

Email: reservations@dunhuramambo.com www.dunhuramambo.com

Shumba Guest Lodge, bordering Pamuzinda Game Park, is a private thatched homestead that has been converted to a small and homely guest lodge. The complex comprises two thatched houses with a total of five en-suite and four non en-suite bedrooms. In addition, guests can stay in two two-bedroom family cottages and a one-bedroom en-suite cottage.

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THE VILLAGE LODGE

LOCATION: GWERU

Tel: +263 54 231 761/2

Email: staywithus@thevillagezim.com www.thevillagezim.com

The Village Lodge offers simple yet elegant rooms with well selected bathrooms. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, minibar and satellite TV. The executive rooms also have air conditioning. Visitors can choose from an assortment of family rooms, leisure rooms, the Muzinda Executive Suite and the newest addition, the Cloud Nine Executive Rooms.

TEMBO PLAINS CAMP

LOCATION: GWERU

Tel: +27 (0) 873 546 591

Email: reservations@greatplainsconservation.com

www.greatplainsconservation.com

Tembo Plains Camp is located along the edge of the Zambezi River in the expansive Sapi Private Reserve. The safari camp has four double suites and one two-bedroomed Tembo Suite. Each suite offers guests an indoor lounge area, outdoor dining area and private swimming pool. Activities include wildlifeviewing open vehicle wildlife drives, boating & canoeing on the Zambezi and guided bush walks.

THE SUBURBAN VILLAGE

LOCATION: GWERU

Plot A Carodine Farm, Daylesford, Gweru

Tel: +263 54 222 6061/8213

The Suburban Village is a modern lodge located on the outskirts of Gweru town centre. The hotel is great value and Wi-Fi is available. Rooms are fully air-conditioned, spacious and 24-hour room service is available. Guests can enjoy a variety of meals and features banquet and conference facilities ideal for corporate events. Airport shuttle, babysitting, car hire services and laundry services can also be arranged upon request. The Suburban Village is 9 min away from Thornhill Airport.

TOUCHWOOD LODGES

LOCATION: KWEKWE

PO Box 488, Kwekwe

Tel: +263 55 235 92/224 66

Email: info@touchwood.co.zw

www.touchwood.co.zw

Touchwood Lodges now incorporates three new sister lodges: Wilderness Lodge, Highway Lodge and City Lodge. With 48 luxury rooms in the Kwekwe area, Touchwood Lodges has everything for a perfect vacation getaway. Guests can expect comfortable accommodation in quiet and thoughtfully landscaped country settings.

WAKEFIELD LODGES

LOCATION: ZVISHAVANE

Tel: +263 714 404 223

Email: bookings@wakefieldlodges.co.zw www.wakefieldlodges.co.zw

Wakefield Lodges offers both comfort and style. Manicured gardens invite relaxation, while well-equipped rooms cater to leisure or work needs. Choose from luxurious suites like the Presidential room or opt for the cosy comfort of an executive Room. Each option promises a restful stay.

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Unforgettable Wildlife on the Mighty Zambezi

M ana Pools National Park is a 219,600-hectare (543,000-acre) wildlife conservation area and national park and UNESCO site. It is situated on the southern banks of the Zambezi River and is a region where the floodplain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season.

The park is renowned for its walking and canoeing safaris and is a wildlife-rich, biodiversity wonderland that will delight at every turn. The name “Mana” means “four” in Shona and refers to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi.

As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions.

Unbridled biodiversity

Witness iconic encounters – lions stalking the grasslands, buffalo herds thundering across plains, graceful waterbuck alongside zebra. Over 350 bird species, including the majestic fish eagle, can be found here.

Beyond the Jeep

Embrace the thrill of navigating the mighty Zambezi by canoe. Glide past hippo pods, witness exotic birds skimming the waterand soak in the untouched wilderness. Embark on guided walking safaris, tracking solitary leopard, marvelling at industrious elephant dung beetlesand breathing in the acacia scent.

More than the Big Five

Seek the elusive pangolin, the agile sable antelope, and playful baboons. Encounter and embrace rich Shona culture – visit local villages, learn about traditions, and witness energetic local dances.

Planning your escape

During the dry season (May-October) find animals congregating around waterholes or escape the heat in the lush green wet season (November-April).

Mana Pools is more than a safari; it’s a chance to disconnect, reconnect with nature, and experience the raw beauty of Zimbabwe.

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ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

AUTHORITY OFFICES

LOCATION: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Email: manapools2020@gmail.com

www.zimparks.org.zw

The authority has an office located in the Mana Pools National Park. Mana Pools National Park is a World Heritage Site thanks to its pure wilderness and beauty. It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.

KANGA BUSH CAMP

LOCATION: MANA POOLS

63 Heyman Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

Tel: +263 772 126 986

Email: info@africanbushcamps.com

www.africanbushcamps.com

Set in a remote part of Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. Not far from Chitake Springs, the 12-bed tented camp has en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers overlooking the waterhole. Relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga. The old Africa in a new era.

MANA POOLS TENTED SAFARI CAMP

LOCATION: MANA POOLS

Tel: +263 24 490 612

Cell: +263 772 361 712

Email: milo@manapoolssafaricompany.com www.manapoolssafaricompany.com

The Mana Pools Tented Safari Camp has recently been revived with brand-new tents. The modern additions include verandas, dressing area and an en-suite with flush toilet. The veranda outside is the perfect spot for a book and afternoon tea or a viewing platform to watch waterbuck and buffalo make their way to the river’s edge.

NYAMATUSI CAMP

LOCATION: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 217 010 270

Email: contact@africanbushcamps.com www.africanbushcamps.com

Nyamatusi Camp consists of six tented suites nestled among mahogany and sausage trees, overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. Each suite features air conditioning, an indoor and outdoor shower, and a private plunge pool. Guests can enjoy game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, and birdwatching.

CHIKWENYA SAFARI LODGE

LOCATION: MANA POOLS

Tel: +263 24 499 165/499 875

Email: reservations@chikwenyasafaris.com www.wildzambezi.com

Chikwenya Safari Lodge is situated on the bank of the Zambezi River at its confluence with the Sapi River. The Chikwenya lease area is a private concession of 12,000 acres on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park. The lodge offers luxury accommodation in en-suite chalets, with air conditioning, each with its own private veranda and an outside bath and shower area.

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KAVINGA SAFARIS

LOCATION: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 79 021 8267

Cell: +263 774 455 822

Email: bookings@kavingasafaricamp.com www.kavingasafaris.com

This exclusive camp consists of five comfortable raised tents, built on the edge of the cliff facing east, with a view of the rising sun above the magnificent Zambezi Valley floor. Each tent is private and inside are two comfortable beds in flexible arrangements, to cater for everyone’s needs, as well as an en-suite bathroom. Guest’s private verandah faces directly over the edge of the cliff.

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LITTLE RUCKOMECHI

LOCATION: MANA POOLS

366 Gibson Road, PO Box 288, Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 284 3371

Email: enquiry@wilderness-safaris.com

www.wilderness-safaris.com

Little Ruckomechi’s scenic location epitomises Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance. It is an intimate camp, with only three en-suite tents. The camp’s location within the private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive safari experience complete with a diverse range of activities through which to explore Mana, one of the great wildlife areas of Africa.

MOLORI MASHUMA

LOCATION: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 (0) 826 135 723

Email: reservations@molorisafari.com www.roraprivatecollection.com

Molori Mashuma is situated on a private concession within Mana Pools National Park. The camp consists of six spacious tented suites, each with its own private deck and en-suite bathroom. The suites are decorated in a contemporary African style, with luxurious furnishings and amenities.

NYAMATUSI MAHOGANY

LOCATION: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

Tel: +27 217 010 270

Email: contact@africanbushcamps.com www.africanbushcamps.com

Nyamatusi Mahogany consists of four tented suites nestled under ancient mahogany trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. The camp has a communal lounge, dining room, fire circle, and elevated viewing decks with stunning views of the river, floodplain and escarpment. 4

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Beitbridge: More Than Just a Border Crossing

Beitbridge, the bustling border town where Zimbabwe meets South Africa, is often seen as a mere transit point. Yet, nestled beneath the shadow of its namesake bridge, lies a destination brimming with history, cultural treasures, and natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Witnessing engineering majesty: The town’s crown jewel is undoubtedly the Alfred Beit Bridge. Completed in the 1920s, this behemoth stands as a testament to human ingenuity, gracefully carrying rail traffic across the mighty Limpopo River. For a closer look, stroll across the Alfred Beit Road Bridge, inaugurated in 1995, and soak in the panoramic views of the river snaking through the landscape.

Stepping into Venda traditions: Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Venda people, custodians of this land for centuries. Cultural village tours offer a glimpse into their vibrant traditions, from captivating music and dance to intricate beadwork and storytelling.

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Echoes of a colonial past: Time travel to the era of exploration at the historic Fort Tuli, built in 1890 as the first settlement of Cecil Rhodes’ Pioneer Column. This fort, initially named Fort Selous after famed hunter Frederick Courteney Selous, witnessed the adventures of times past. Explore the preserved structures – the Old Fort, the Pioneer Prison, and the Pioneer Graveyard – and let their stories carry you back in time.

Wildlife encounters amidst the wilds: Seek an adrenaline rush in the Tuli safari area, a haven for diverse wildlife. Embark on thrilling game drives and spot graceful giraffe, majestic elephant, elusive leopard, and even lion.

Discover hidden gems: Delve into the Beitbridge Museum, a treasure trove of local history and culture. Discover hidden gems at the bustling Beitbridge Market, where laden stalls overflow with handicrafts and local produce.

Beitbridge invites you to rewrite your preconceptions. It’s not just a border crossing; it’s a town woven with history, culture, and stunning natural beauty. So, the next time you find yourself at the crossroads of Zimbabwe and South Africa, pause, explore, and discover the unexpected charm of Beitbridge.

Activities for outdoor enthusiasts:

Mountain Biking Trails: Explore the rugged beauty of the Beitbridge landscape on a thrilling mountain bike adventure. Trails range from beginner-friendly paths to challenging climbs.

Bass Fishing: Cast your line for trophy bass on the banks of the Mushiloshokwe Dam, home to abundant fish populations.

Canoeing: Glide down the Limpopo River on a peaceful canoeing trip, soaking in the lush greenery and diverse wildlife along the banks.

Cultural/Village Tours: Immerse yourself in the Shona culture by visiting local villages.

Rock Art: Discover ancient rock paintings and engravings that offer a glimpse into the lives of Beitbridge’s earliest inhabitants.

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NOTTINGHAM ESTATE –KUDULAND LODGE

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

Tel: +263 799 797 299

Email: bookngs@nottinghamestate.com

www.nottinghamestate.com

Located on the banks of the Limpopo River under an umbrella of trees, and with rolling green lawns and two swimming pools, Kuduland is the prefect venue for family gatherings, weddings, leisure seekers, and is ideal for an overnight stay. Kuduland has six air-conditioned chalets and five Borrocs, all with en-suites. Roof-top tents and mobile homes are welcome.

THREEWAYS SAFARIS

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

PO Box 110, Beitbridge

Tel: +263 772 258 919

Email: threeways.safaris@gmail.com

www.threewayssafaris.com

Set in the riverine forest along the Bubi River in Zimbabwe, this overnight camp allows guests to relax in the peace of the bush while on your way to or from your holiday. Threeways invite you to make yourself at home here. There are six thatched chalets, each with an en-suite bathroom. There is also a bar selection for your enjoyment as well as a dining area.

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LION AND ELEPHANT MOTEL

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

PO Box 148, Beitbridge

Tel: +263 773 284 637

Email: lionandelephant@junglecomms.com

www.lionandelephant.co.zw

The Lion & Elephant’s sole objective is to ensure that guests overnight stay represents excellent value for money. By that they mean excellent service, excellent comfort, and excellent security. Whether you and your family are on your way home, to or from holiday, or simply in business transit, the Lion & Elephant Motel want you to have piece of mind and for your stay to be restful and relaxing.

MUTSA GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

3890 Dulibadzimu, Beitbridge

Tel: +263 71 864 9062

Email: enquiries@mutsaguest.co.zw www.mutsaguesthouse.co.zw

Since being founded in 2015, Mutsa has been a leader in the hospitality industry. Today, Mutsa remains a beacon of innovation, quality, and success. This continued leadership is the result of our staying true to our vision, mission, and values. The guest house offers air conditioning, a standby generator, a leisure garden and 24-hour security.

NOTTINGHAM ESTATE –NOTTINGHAM FISHING RETREAT

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

Tel: +263 799 797 299

Email: bookngs@nottinghamestate.com www.nottinghamestate.com

Nottingham Fishing Retreat is situated on the banks of the Mushiloshokwe Dam. The dam boasts rocky outcrops with a myriad of birdlife, crocodile and hippo, and is surrounded by mopani, baobab and a wide variety of other trees. Great for bird watchers and anglers. There are seven air-conditioned chalets, a bar/dining/lounge, outdoor entertainment area and a rock swimming pool.

PETER’S MOTEL

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

60/61 Sabi Star Road, Beitbridge

Tel: +263 852 322 309

Cell: +263 735 160 316

Email: info@petersmotelbb.com

www.petersmotelbb.com

Peter’s Motel offers luxurious accommodation, full DSTV, flat screen TVs, air-conditioning, a private bar, a swimming pool and a conference room within the central business district close to border and all banks. Peter’s Motel offers private and secure accommodation in a quiet part of the city.

ZHOVHE LEISURE PARK LODGE

LOCATION: BEITBRIDGE

Tel: +263 737 071 612/719 071 617/783 052 636

Email: info@zhovhelodge.com/zhovhelodge@gmail.com www.zhovhelodge.co.zw

Zhovhe Leisure Park Lodge is a newly-built lodge located in Beitbridge, situated at Zhovhe Dam, one of the 10 biggest bodies of water in the country. The 30-room lodge Zhovhe Lodge can accommodate up to 100 guests. The lodge is 75 km west of the Beitbridge border town along the Beitbridge –Bulawayo high way. 30

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Zimbabwe’s three -tier Visa system

VISAS:

Zimbabwe has a three-tier visa system whereby most non-residents require a visa prior to travel but some qualify for visa-free entry. Furthermore, some nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival in Zimbabwe.

All categories:

• Passport must be valid for at least six months before date of entry.

• Return ticket to your home country (or proof of enough money to purchase one).

• Sufficient funds to cover your stay.

• Enough blank pages in your passport to fit the required visa.

For more information visit: www.evisa.gov.zw

CATEGORY A

No visa required

This category is for those nationals who do not require a visa to travel. There are no direct actions required and you can expect to be granted entry with ease at any access point in Zimbabwe.

CATEGORY B

Visa on entry

This category is for those nationals who are granted a visa on arrival at any access point in Zimbabwe. These visas cost between US$ 30 and US$ 75 for a single entry and between US$ 45 and US$ 70 for a double entry. Please be sure to bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa as no credit/debit cards are accepted.

Angola

Antigua & Barbuda

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Botswana

Cayman Islands

Conakry

Cyprus

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Belarus

Belgium

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Burundi

Canada

Cape Verde

Chile

China (non tour)

Comoros

CATEGORY C

Visa before arrival

This category is for those nationals who must apply for a visa prior to their arrival at any access point in Zimbabwe. You can do this online at www.evisa.gov.zw or apply through an agency or the Zimbabwe High Commission in your home country. These visas range between US$ 65 and US$ 100 for a single entry (Category C nationals can only apply for a single entry).

Afghanistan

Anguilla

Bangladesh

Benin

Bolivia

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Cameroon

Côte d’Ivoire

Central African Republic

Chad

China (non tour)

Colombia

Congo Brazzaville

Korea (DPRK)

Djibouti Republic

Congo (DRC)

Fiji

Ghana

Grenada

Hong Kong

Jamaica

Kenya

Kiribati

Leeward Islands

Lesotho

Madagascar Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Montserrat

Mozambique Namibia

Nauru

Saint Lucia Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Samoa Western

Seychelles

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa St Kitts & Nevis

Swaziland

Tanzania

Tonga

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands

Tuvalu

Uganda

Vanuatu

Zambia

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

French West Indies

Georgia

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Guam

Guatemala

Eritrea

Gabon

Gambia

Guinea Conakry

Guinea Bissau

Iraq

Jordan

Kosovo

Laos

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya & Arab Jamahiriya

Macedonia

Mali

Mauritania

Mongolia

Guyana

Haiti Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Korea (South)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Marshall Islands

Mexico

Micronesia

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Philippines

Qatar

Refugee

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Moldova

Monaco

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Norfolk Islands

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Palau Island

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Reunion

Romania

Russian Federation

Rwanda

Samoa (America)

San Marino

Sudan Syria

Taiwan

Thailand Togo

Tunisia

Vietnam Yemen

Sao Tome & Principe

Senegal

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Tajikistan

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Ukraine

UAE

UK

USA

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vatican

Venezuela

Virgin Islands

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Contacts

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Representative Offices

Head Office

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Tourism House, 55 Samora Machel

Avenue, Harare

Tel : +263242 780651 / 752570 / 774709 / 774760 / 780365 / 758712 / 14 / 24 / 28/ 30

Email: marketing@ztazim.co.zw / info@ztazim.co.zw

Beitbridge

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

NSSA Building, Left Wing

Great North Road

Beitbridge

Tel: +263 285232 23640/1

Email: ztabeitbridge@ztazim.co.zw

Bulawayo

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Coal House

9th Avenue/Robert Mugabe Way

Tel: +263 292 2 72354/8

Email: ztabyo@ztazim.co.zw

Eastern Highlands

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Zimre Centre, 3rd Floor

109 Cnr Herbert Chitepo & Fifth Avenue

Mutare

Tel: +263 20 20 66611/5/7

Email: mutare@ztazim.co.zw

Chiredzi

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

1st Floor, Old Mutual Building

Chilonga Drive

Tel: +263 31 2653/2698

Email: ztachiredzi@ztazim.co.zw

Gweru

Civic Centre

Cnr R Mugabe Way and 8th Street

Tel: +263 27722 268126

Email: midlands@ztazim.co.zw

Kariba

Shop No 4, Stand 438, Heights Drive, Heights, Kariba

Tel: +263 22612 2146276

Email: ztakariba@ztazim.co.zw

Lowveld

1st Floor, Old Mutual Building

Chilonga Drive

Tel: +263 22312 2698

Direct Tel: +263 22312 2653

Email: ztachiredzi@ztazim.co.zw

Mashonaland East

Alpine House No. 57

The Green Marondera

Tel: +263 65 2322182

Email: masheast@ztazim.co.zw

Mashonaland West

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Total Petro port service station

Makuti Rd, Kariba

Tel: +263 0612146276

Email: mpofut@ztazim.co.zw Isaac@ztazim.co.zw ztakariba@ztazim.o.zw

Masvingo

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Hughs Street

Second Floor, Zimre Centre

Tel: +263 22392 226 240/3

Midlands

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Office 14 & 15

Gweru Civic Centre

Cnr RG Mugabe Way & 8th Street

Gweru

Tel: +263 054 2231670-1

Email: midlands@ztazim.co.zw

Mutare

3rd Floor, Zimre Centre

109 Cnr H. Chitepo & 5th Street

Tel: +263 2202 66611 / 5 / 7

Email: mutare@ztazim.co.zw

Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Shop 14 & 15, Galleria Building

Victoria Falls

Tel: +263 83 2844376

Email: ztavicfalls@ztazim. co.zwdaniel@ztazim.co.zw

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Victoria Falls International Airport Office G012

Tel: +263 23284 7058

China

Zimbabwe Tourist Office.

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

7 Dong San Jie, Sanlitun Beijing 100600

People’s Republic of China

Wechat: +86 15726688194

Tel: + 86-10 65321887

Email: zimbeijing@zimembassy.org.cn zimtourism@zimembassy.org.cn stanban@ztazim.co.zw

Germany

Zimbabwe Tourist Office

c/o Embassy of the Rep. of Zimbabwe Berlin

Dannenwalder Weg 91

D-13439 Berlin Germany

Tel: +49-30-981 956 78

Email: sophie@ztazim.co.zw / info@zimbabwe-tourism.de

Japan

34-15 Oyamachi Shibuya-ku Tokyo 151-0065

Japan

Tel: +81-3-6416-8434/5

Fax: +81-3-6407-0478

Email: zimtokyo@chive.ocn.ne.jp

South Africa

Zimbabwe Consulate 20 Oppenheimer

Bruma

Johannesburg

Tel: +27 110 373 400

Email: tourism@zimbabweconsulate. co.za

UAE

651, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street

Al Zaab Area

Abu Dhabi, UAE

P.O Box 26775

Tel:+971 2 622 2088

Cell: +971 52 177 0369

Email: tourism@zimembassyuae.com micky@ztazim.co.zw

United Kingdom

Zimbabwe Tourist Office

Zimbabwe Embassy

429 The Strand London, WC2R OJR United Kingdom

Tel: +44 203379 0087

Cell: +44 793 045 4099

Switchboard: +44 2078 367755

Email: zta.london@btconnect.com afchingombe@gmail.com

USA

Zimbabwe Tourist Office

128 East 56th Street, New York NY 10022

Tel: +1 212 486 3444

Fax: +1 212 486 3888

www.zimbabwetourism.net

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