Once renowned as a safari hotspot, Zimbawe’s years of political turmoil impacted on its success as a tourism destination. However in the last decade, efforts made by prominent conservation and safari experts to rehabilitate the country’s wilderness to its former condition have seen visitors return. The incredible national parks, improving infrastructure and famed warmth and professionalism of the Zimbabwean people (their reputation for being some of the best trained guides in Africa is justified), ensures a wonderful and memorable experience.
Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. The dry season is from May to October and its mild temperatures, minimal rain and low malaria risk means it’s generally considered the best time for game-viewing. Note however that September and October are extremely hot and dry. The best time to travel to Victoria Falls though is when the falls are in full flood – between April and May. So base your decision on what you plan to do once there.
With infrastructure improving (a major international airport nears completion at Victoria Falls) and decent road networks, Zimbabwe is returning to its former status as a safari destination, and as a result of its drive to attract tourism, offers really good value for money relative to some other options. As with all safari holidays however, the budget will be entirely determined by dates of travel, choice of lodging and activities.