Top Luxury Safari Camps in Zimbabwe

Riaan Viljoen 25-05-2024

From the majestic Victoria Falls to the pre-colonial civilizations of Mutapa and Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe is a country of great heritage and beautifully conserved landscapes every nature enthusiast should have on their list.


Victoria Falls River Lodge

The 'smoke that thunders,' as Victoria Falls is called in one of the local languages, is only a few kilometers downstream from this Lodge, with the mighty Zambezi River on its doorstep. Having won the 2022 Best Waterside Hotel category in the Condé Nast Johansens Awards, few guests would argue that this pearl of the Zambezi isn't worth a visit, and those that do make the trip should embark on a sunset cruise on the river for the most spectacular views of this awe-inspiring part of Africa.


Matetsi River Lodge

Another wonderful Zambezi retreat is most certainly Matetsi Victoria Falls. With a focus on comfort, luxury, and exclusivity, Matetsi Victoria Falls has luxury family suites and private villas, but also options for part-exclusive and exclusive use of the Lodge—your very own 136 000 acre game reserve on the banks of the Zambezi River for a holiday entirely on your terms. The restaurant and wine cellar are both top-notch, and the Lodge's wellness center is always open for guests looking to unwind and relax.


Bumi Hills

This spectacular holiday destination lies on the shores of Lake Kariba, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is a subtropical paradise where the whole family can enjoy the lake's refreshing waters, go fishing, experience wildlife and natural vegetation on safari, and enjoy a range of water sports with a cocktail or two afterward. Like many isolated havens like Lake Kariba, the stars dazzle in the night sky, and friendly staff are always on hand. 


Somalisa Acacia

Somalisa Acacia, a vibrant luxury tented camp in the Hwange National Park, is a fine choice for safari enthusiasts. Intimate encounters with the great species for which Africa is famous is almost a given, either from a well-equipped safari vehicle or from the camp's many viewing decks which stand perched in the veld as though they have been there all along. Somalisa Acacia prides itself on being family-friendly, and special care is taken to entertain all family members with a range of outdoor and nature-inspired activities with friendly, capable staff to keep a watchful eye.


Kanga Camp

Kanga Camp is a bird watchers ' paradise near the famous Mana Pools mentioned in the introduction. Many migratory and local birds call the area home, alongside all the large fauna one would expect of any top safari destination. This biodiversity of this beautiful part of the country leaves guests awe-struck. Kanga Camp offers its guests walking safaris, an ideal way to immerse oneself in this unique national park.