BEST PLACES TO SEE BIG 5 GAME IN ZIMBABWE
Did you know that Wildlife Tourism in Zimbabwe is going through a renaissance?
Despite, the political instability and an economy in shambles, there’s a proliferation of luxury safari lodges.
These lodges are offering affordable wildlife experiences throughout the country.
Away from the cities, in between kopjes (granite outcrops), beautiful national parks, rugged mountains and lush forests, Zimbabwe is truly an unspoilt wilderness.
This explains the renewed interest in the country as a #mustvisit destination.
Recent reviews from Lonely Planet, The Spectator and Conde Nast corroborate this.
Safaris in Zimbabwe are among the most affordable in Africa, according to National Geographic Traveler UK.
Wildlife sightings aren’t marred by hoards of other tourists, and the guides are among the best on the continent, thanks to their rigorous four- to seven-year training.
Zimbabwe boasts of relatively healthy populations of most of the Big 5 game animals which includes the lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephants.
Here are the Best Places To See Big 5 Game In Zimbabwe.
A safari holiday to Zimbabwe is simply incomplete without a lion sighting.
Infact , a safari in Zimbabwe is nothing without the adrenaline rush of approaching wild lions on foot.
The best place to do this in Zimbabwe is at the Mana Pools National park.
During the dry season, wildlife gather around the pools to drink. Lions hang out there too, stalking their prey.
The Elephant is one of the easiest wild animals to spot in Zimbabwe, with large numbers in almost all of the national parks and game reserves.
Hwange National Park aalone houses the largest population – over 40 000.
Other than Hwange National Park, Gonarezhou National Park is the best place to see herds of elephants.
Even the name of the park translates to ‘Place of Many Elephants’ and they are the biggest in Zimbabwe.
What makes Gonarezhou a partculalry good spot to view elephants is that the park remains surprisingly pristine compared to other national parks in Zimbabwe.
Matobo National Park is the best place to see these heavy beasts.
The park is one of the last sanctuaries of wild roaming Rhino in their natural habitat.
A Rhino Safari on foot, in the shadows of the Matobo Hills, is one of the most iconic experiences you can have in Africa.
Feel your heart pound as you get close to one of the world’s most handsome and endangered animals.
Mana Pools National Park is where you have the best chance of seeing this elusive cat.
The park has plentiful supply of impala and crocodile – prey for the leopard.
Leopards are mainly nocturnal, solitary and very territorial. An evening Safari in Hwange National Park may also yeild a leopard sighting.
However, the best known leopard population, is in the Matobo Hills.
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest & best Safari destination.
It has more animals and a greater variety of species than any other park in the country.
For this reason, it is a particularly good spot to see herds of Buffalo.
Some herds of buffalo can go up to thousands. You find both females and males in a herd together.
They are easier to see along water sources during the dry season.