Walking safari near Chilojo cliffs
Zimbabwe

Beauty and adventure

This landlocked country boasts, in Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba, the most impressive waterfall in the world and one of its best houseboat experiences. Coupled with this, visitors often recall the grace and politeness of Zimbabwean people as one of their highlights. A journey to Zimbabwe will take you through an attractive patchwork of landscapes, laid back towns, lush mountains and lifeblood rivers – as well as impressive national parks home to the Big 5.

Mana Pools National Park is celebrated all over the continent for its incredible wildlife experiences, whether it’s canoeing on the Zambezi or walking through the iconic reserve. Hwange is a more traditional game reserve and home to a mind-boggling number of elephants. All of this is wonderfully capped off by the majesty of Victoria Falls.

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Reasons to visit Zimbabwe

  • The wonder of Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park’s rich wildlife
  • The raw wilderness of Mana Pools
  • The houseboating experience of Lake Kariba
  • The spirited hospitality of the people
  • The incredible sunsets over the Zambezi

Inside Zimbabwe

Take a closer look at some of Zimbabwe’s best places to visit.

Hwange National Park

Mana Pools

Kariba

Victoria Falls

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There are thousands of ways our travellers can experience Africa. Our bespoke itineraries are created to ensure your trip is just right for you.

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Cape Town, Mana Pools, Kariba and Vic Falls
15 nights featuring the best of Cape Town and Zimbabwe

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Cape Town, Karoo, Eastern Cape Safari
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Duba, Zarafa and Jacks
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Livingstone and Lower Zambezi
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Cape Town Vic Falls and Botswana
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Botswana Standalone
12 nights through the beauty of Botswana

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Cape Town, Winelands & Safari
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Namibia Self-Drive and Private Guided Safari
10 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Namibia Self-Drive and Private Guided Safari

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Luxury Namibia Fly-in and Private Guided Safari
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Namibia’s desert wanderers of the north-west
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Namibia’s desert wanderers of the north-west

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Exquisite Namibia Fly-in Safari
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Scintilla’s top Zimbabwean experiences

Our favourite things to do in this land of unforgettable adventures and beauty.

Ra-Ikane Sunrise Cruise
Ra-Ikane Sunrise Cruise
Elephant Art Safari
Elephant Art Safari
Elephant Express Tram
Elephant Express Tram
The Doves Nest Sleepout
The Doves Nest Sleepout
Matusadona Luxury Safari Cruiser
Matusadona Luxury Safari Cruiser
My Beautiful Home Bicycle Ride
My Beautiful Home Bicycle Ride
Twelve Apostles Hotel

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Lion Sands Narina

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Kaingo Camp

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Brookdale Estate Manor

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Lion Sands Tinga

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Pineapple House

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Labotessa

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Simbavati Fynbos On Sea

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AfriCamps at Oakhurst

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Kanonkop House

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Fairview House

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The Old Rectory

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

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Saseka Tented Camp

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Kubili House

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Bateleur Safari Camp

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Makanyi Lodge

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Chitwa Chitwa

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Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

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Lion Sands Sabi Sand

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Simbambili

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Dulini Leadwood

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Cheetah Plains

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Simbavati Camp George

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The Outpost

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Oyster Box Hotel

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Rhino Sands

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Thonga Beach Lodge

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Three Tree Hill

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Kwandwe

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Samara Private Game Reserve

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Shamwari Sindile

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Jamala Madikwe

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Morukuru Family Madikwe

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

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Marataba Luxury Lodges

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Tswalu

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Chobe Game Lodge

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Gomoti Plains

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Xigera

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Machaba

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Shinde

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Sanctuary Chiefs Camp

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Ghoha Hills

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Camp Maru

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Mashatu Euphorbia Villas

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Jack’s Camp

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Matetsi

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

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Palm River Hotel

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Somalisa Camp

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Verneys Camp

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The Private Hide At The Hide Safari Lodge

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Tembo Plains Camp

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Vundu Camp

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Nyamatusi Camp

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Fothergill Island

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Bumi Hills

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Matusadona

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Amalinda Homestead

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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

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Waterberry Lodge The Woodlands

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Tongabezi

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Thorntree River Lodge

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Chikunto Safaris

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Puku Ridge

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Chinzombo

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Sausage Tree

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Chiawa Camp

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Anabezi

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Chisa Busanga Plains

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Musekese Camp

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Azura Benguerra

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Santorini Mozambique

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AsDunas

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Machangulo Beach Lodge

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Sussurro

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Coral Lodge

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Sava Dunes

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Strand Hotel

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The Delight Swakopmund

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Ongava Collection

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Onguma Collection

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Safarihoek

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Shipwreck Lodge

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Hoanib Valley Camp

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Serra Cafema

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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Kwessi Dunes

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Sonop By Zannier

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Wolwedans Collection

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Mowani Mountain Camp

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Onduli Ridge

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Tintswalo Atlantic

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Cape Grace

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Belmond Mount Nelson

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More Quarters

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Ellerman House

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The Winchester

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Twice Central

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Delaire Graff

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La Cotte Farm

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Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

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Grootbos

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The Thatch House

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Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

William & Constance, USA

Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

Jeffery & Barbara, Canada
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