As Side by Side Safaris we also offer the option to visit any of Zimbabwe`s world renown National Parks, or private game reserves for incredible game viewing and photographic opportunities. It is a wonderful way to end a hunting safari, especially with family, and visit some of the exceptional areas of Zimbabwe.
Camps and preferences’ can be discussed and a package made to suit every budget and need.
The safari experience can be as full or as relaxed as you choose. If it’s an early morning hike, experiencing the thrill of tracking and following the Big 5, or an easy-going game drive to see what Mother Nature throws our way, our qualified and experienced guides will take you through this unforgettable journey, explaining all the secrets of nature.
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
In the north of Zimbabwe bordering the Zambezi River, lies Mana Pools, one of the most iconic and famous National Parks in all of Africa. One of Zimbabwe`s World Heritage sites Mana Pools has some of the largest concentrations of big game in Africa. Home to elephant in excess of 12,000 and over 15,000 buffalo, large prides of lion, packs of wild dogs, hippopotamus and crocodiles swimming in the river or basking in the sun, Mana Pools is a breath taking wonder. Sunrise and sunsets over the river are second to none!
Mana Pools National Park was rated the fifth best national park in Africa by Gateway Magazine.
We have access to many camps in the area and individual preferences can be arranged.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Hwange National Park is situated in the south west of Zimbabwe. With an area covering more than 14,600 sq km, it is the largest national park in the country and boasts the highest concentration of elephant! It has been a sanctuary for big and small game for many years and was declared a game reserve in 1928 and became a national park in 1949.
Hwange is home to the Big 5 and over 100 different species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. It is one of the largest and wildest places left in Africa that is just waiting to be explored!
As with most of the areas mentioned the best times for game viewing are from May through to early November till just before the rains. During the early season the vegetation is lush and green, and later on in the dry season the animals can be observed coming in for a drink. This is due to the smaller waterholes and pans drying up and causing the animals to congregate at the more prolific ones.
There are many camps in the area ranging from the more affordable ones to the exquisite luxury camps.
As a proud member of one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Mighty Victoria Falls is one of the most awe inspiring and spectacular waterfalls in the world! It is one of Africa’s biggest attractions and it is a must see for all visitors.
The Victoria Falls is located in the north-west of Zimbabwe along the Zambezi River which forms the boundary with Zambia. It has a varying height of 80 – 108 metres and an approximate width of 1700 metres, making it the largest “curtain” of water in the world! The African locals living around the area call it Mosi-oa-tunya, which aptly translates to “the smoke that thunders.” The first European to wonder upon it was the missionary explorer Dr. David Livingstone in 1855, and upon seeing it he recorded, “scenes so wonderful, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
A small town has emerged from this wonderful attraction and many beautiful hotels and safari lodges can be found. There are a plethora of different activities that can be enjoyed, such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and walking with lions for the adrenaline junkies! And for those looking for peace and serenity, then nothing beats a sunset cruise with your loved ones, whilst drifting down the river!
There is an international airport just outside the city, that allows easy access from anywhere in the world.
SAVE VALLEY CONSERVANCY
Located in the south-east of Zimbabwe, close to the famed Gonarezhou National Park, the Save Valley Conservancy is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa. It is a truly wild and magnificent place and is home to all five members of the Big 5, namely, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino, and a whole host of various plains game species such as giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, impala and much more!
The conservancy is proud to have both the white rhino, and the more endangered black rhino roam freely around the area.
The camp is situated a top an outcrop of rocks overlooking a waterhole that provides nourishment to the multitude of game in the area. It is not uncommon to see herds of elephant or buffalo coming in for a drink, or the shadow of a leopard as he creeps in at dusk! Keep an open ear at night for the gentle rumblings of elephant, or the roaring of lions as they commence their hunt for the night!
The camp offers exquisite dining, 3 course meals and everyday laundry service. Hot and cold showers and comfortable double beds ensures a restful and enjoyable stay.