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Top 10 Zimbabwean Destinations to Visit

As the holidays approach, you may be looking for a safari getaway. If Southern Africa and Zimbabwe are on your list of potential holiday destinations, this top 10 will be an eye-opener—award winning hospitality, gourmet food, luxurious design and amenities, and breathtaking views. If you're looking for the authentic African safari experience, and sometimes coupled with the utmost luxury, you won't go wrong with this list. To make sure we picked the absolute best safari destinations, we got help from our partners at Golden Key Holidays — your key to your dream holiday.

Perched high on a sandstone ridge, Singita Pamushana is set within the 130,000-acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe's remote southeast. From the lodge's expansive decks, you can take in the picturesque views of the landscape and Malilangwe Dam just below—this only deepening your connection with nature. The lodge's eight elegant suites, all with private plunge pools, include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. This means you can enjoy their fantastic hospitality and activities alone, with friends, or with your family.

The Malilangwe Reserve boasts one of the highest concentrations of the endangered black rhino and its abundant wildlife makes for unparalleled game-viewing opportunities. With private access to this untouched wilderness, guests can immerse themselves in nature on game drives, guided safari walks, sundowner boat cruises, and excursions to rock art sites. As you acquaint with nature, you can relax to fantastic food and wine, enjoy an invigorating massage or workout, and get lost in nights of stargazing. 

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is set on a range of remote hills in one of Zimbabwe's finest wilderness locations. With the Zambezi escarpment as its backdrop, it overlooks the eternal waters of Lake Kariba. Not only is Kariba's shoreline wildlife-rich, but the lodge's proximity to Matusadona allows for the wildlife to freely move between the national park and Bumi Hill's private concession, creating endless game-viewing opportunities.

The lodge has ten spacious suites with a private viewing deck allowing spectacular views of the lake and its surrounds. The Baobab Villa, Bumi Hills' 2-bedroomed private villa, is ideal for families. Offering a personalised experience, the villa comes with the services of a private butler, safari guide, and a dedicated safari vehicle.

Guests can enjoy a guided walking safari and they can discover the fossilised dinosaur footprints unique to this area. Other activities include stargazing, boating, birding, catch-and-release fishing, day and night game drives searching for lions in particular, and cultural visits to the nearby local community.

Located on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, Ilala Lodge Hotel is geographically the closet hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from the Falls.

The award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge is famous for its delicious gourmet cuisine and attracts guests worldwide. Diners can see the spray and hear the sounds of Victoria Falls and enjoy the wild animals, such as warthog and impala, which often graze on the hotel lawns.

You can explore the lush wilderness surrounding the town on a game drive, surf the rapids on a Zambezi River white-water rafting expedition, get your heart racing as you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, or view the Falls from the exhilarating angle of Devil's Pools on the edge of the plunging water. You can also enjoy a legendary Zimbabwean sunset from the comfort of the elegant Ra-Ikane river cruisers.

    Gache Gache Lodge

Gache Gache Lodge is situated in the Eastern Basin of Lake Kariba, on the banks of the Gache Gache River. All its ten chalets accommodate guests in a private and intimate setting, overlooking the tranquil river. The rustic chalets allow you the pleasure of seeing and hearing various wildlife from the comfort of your room whilst you enjoy the breathtaking views and Kariba sunsets.

Activities include game drives, either by boat or by vehicle, where you can get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile, elephant, and buffalo. The wildlife area also has eland, impala, waterbuck, and bushbuck.

Spurwing Island "your African Island home away from home" is situated in the Matusadona National Park, on Lake Kariba, Spurwing Island Lodge offers a range of different activities, including scenic boat trips and game viewing on foot, by boat or Landrover. Matusadona National Park boasts a large population of wildlife and bird life, making it a photographer's paradise.

Spurwing Island is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway for the wildlife enthusiast, serious fisherman, and holiday maker. You can book a chalet, cabin, or tent—whichever you choose, all rooms have scenic views over Lake Kariba and the Matusadona Mountains.

Sable Sands Lodge overlooks the ancient riverbed of the Dete Vlei and is located within a private forestry concession on the outskirts of the world-famous Hwange National Park. Conveniently located 8 km from the Hwange National Park and 200 km from Victoria Falls, Sable Sands offers easy access to these African gems.

Comprising of sixteen spacious and open-plan rondavels, Sable Sands welcomes guests to an exquisite safari setting in unspoilt surroundings. The Dete Vlei is frequented by herds of sable antelope, elephant, buffalo and other plains' game species. Lucky sightings include lions, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and, on the rare occasion, leopard. The estimated 350 bird species also add to this wildlife haven.

Located amongst the tranquil and serene evergreen mountains of Nyanga, this resort offers 24 spacious 3-bedroom lodges. The lodges offer comfortable country living and guests get to enjoy the fresh country air in the privacy of their unit.

The self-catering units allow for family living, including a braai area on the patio and an indoor fireplace for chilly winter nights. The interiors are gorgeous and minimalist—perfect for destressing in the beautiful setting. Guests can enjoy trout fishing, horse riding, Nyanga mountain hiking, spa treatments, and visits to nearby waterfalls.

The premium Victoria Falls Safari Club is situated within the magnificent grounds of the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The club affords guests a panoramic view of the unspoiled Victoria Falls National Park. Guests also get a view of the nearby private waterhole, which is a source of water for herds of elephant, buffaloes, kudus and other wildlife species—you can enjoy a safari experience without having to leave the main deck area.

More adventurous guests can enjoy bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and body boarding. Other activities include walking through the national park and taking helicopter and light aircraft rides.

Kariba Safari Lodge is situated on a mountainside with sweeping views over the blue water and the islands in the Eastern basin of Lake Kariba. The lodges and suites are distributed over 33 acres of forested hillside, sloping down to the lake shore and beach area. There are 9 open-fronted lodges, each with their own patio and offering broad views of the lake directly from your bed.

Guests can enjoy a half–day tour of Kariba, which includes the Dam Wall, Santa Barbara Chapel, Kariba Heights, and Mahombekombe Township. Other activities include sunset cruises and half–day guided fishing tours.

Forest Hills is situated in the beautiful Bvumba region in the Eastern Highlands. It is located next to the vibrant Bvumba Botanical Gardens, which you can visit for an invigorating day. You can book a room or a self-catering chalet, all offering breathtaking views of the gorgeous landscape.

These are our top ten picks. If you need help organising your holiday to these stunning locations, contact Golden Key Holidays. They offer honeymoon, holiday, entertainment, group, and corporate packages. Let them remove the planning stress so that you can fully enjoy your holiday. Book your trip now.

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