Southern Zimbabwe safari packages and accommodation

Southern Zimbabwe

Southern Zimbabwe safari packages take Voyage2Africa visitors on exhilarating tours to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the enchanting Motobo Hills National Park and the remote wilderness of Gonarezhou National Park with the perks of luxury accommodation for that dream Zimbabwe holiday. Check out the deals we offer and see if you like our packages to Singita, Amalinda and other big five camps.

It may be that fewer people visit Southern Zimbabwe but this beautiful off-the-beaten-track destination is a superb place to visit to see a cross-section of rich culture, history and wildlife on organised safari package tours.  How amazing that both the Matobos National Park and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins are World Heritage Sites harbouring immense cultural and ecological value to the country and the world! 

Gonarezhou National Park is committed to responsible tourism and ecotourism practices, this “Place of Many Elephants” being a sensory explosion of wonder. Also, the scenic city of Bulawayo is a fantastic stayover destination with its pretty wide shady avenues, its museums and Victorian architecture. 

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Great Zimbabwe is a medieval city in the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwi and the town of Masvingo. It is thought to have been the capital of a great kingdom during the country’s Late Iron Age about which little is known.  Construction on the city began in the 9th century and continued until it was abandoned in the 15th century and historians think most of it was erected by the ancestral Shona. The stone city spans an area of 7.22 square kilometres and could have housed up to 18,000 people. The Great Enclosure is the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara while the Khami Ruins have been partially reconstructed to recreate a fascinating historical landmark.

Did you know?

  • Matobo National Park contains the highest concentration of black eagles, and breeding pairs of these birds, worldwide. 
  • Gonarezhou National Park has been a habitat for the endangered Cape wild dog.  
  • The Great Zimbabwe area was settled by the 4th century AD. Between the 4th and the 7th centuries, communities of the Gokomere or Ziwa cultures farmed the valley and mined and worked iron.

Highlights

  • Visit the Chilojo Cliffs,in Gonarezhou National Park, sandstone cliffs towering 180 meters high and running for some 20 km along the south bank of the Runde River.
  • At Matobos National Park, stay in one of three luxury lodges, Imbila, Black Eagle and Fish Eagle, with their fantastic views over the Maleme Gorge, or camp along the eastern shores of Maleme Dam.
  • Check out the Great Zimbabwe Ruins’ two main enclosures, Hill Complex, on the high granite hill and then the Great Enclosure below it where the walls are 6 m thick, built from this granite, without any cement or cohesive material.
  • Take a drive from the Great Zimbabwe Ruins to see the amazing wildlife refuge of Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, just three hours away and featuring only two safari lodges in the 100,000-acre area.

Matobos National Park

The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys about 3100 square km divided between conservation land, communal land and commercial farmland. It’s the oldest national park in Zimbabwe, established in 1926 as Rhodes Matopos National Park, a bequest from Cecil Rhodes whose grave lies there, on a rocky outcrop. 

The hills were formed over 2 billion years ago with granite being forced to the surface, slowly eroded to produce smooth strange kopjes where plenty of boulders lie strewn between thickets of vegetation. See a wide diversity of fauna including 175 types of birds, 88 mammals, 39 snakes and 16 fish species. White rhinos, sable antelopes, impala and leopards, more than 200 species of tree plus beautiful aloes, wild herbs and over 100 grass species also exist in this paradise. 

San (Bushmen) lived in the hills about 2,000 years ago, leaving a rich heritage in more than 3,000 registered rock art sites while clay ovens and other historic artefacts have also been found plus various archaeological relics dating back as far as the Pre-Middle Stone Age.

Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou is so far from everything, is so huge and so relatively unknown that it remains mostly a pristine wilderness. Stretching a vast 5,053 square km, this is Zimbabwe’s second-largest national park, after Hwange and means “The Place of Elephants”. It also now forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. 

Animals can move freely between the three sanctuaries brimming with stunning mopane woodlands and lush bushveld. In addition, three main rivers – the Save, Runde and Mwenezi flow strongly through the Park, forming pools and natural oases attracting hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish.

Family Safaris to Southern Zimbabwe are Hot

Pack up the entire family for a safari holiday to Zimbabwe’s southern region that they will never forget. Intrepid journeys into Africa introduce your kids to the biggest classroom in the world, nature! Game viewing, nature walks, river cruises and camping under the stars are all part of a safari adventure your family will talk about for years down the line!  

Bring your children into the true wilderness of Zimbabwe, our top African safari destination of all time – so check out the luxury lodge and bush camp accommodation where children are made to feel at home and book your special family package today.

The Best of the Best Safaris in Southern Zimbabwe

Plan a southern Zimbabwe tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to the premier wildlife destination south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in the Matobos National Park, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Gonarezhou National Park, Bulawayo and other stunning destinations in the south of the country. We offer you the best of the best safari accommodation in Kenya, in lavish lodges, family resorts, modern hotels, eco villas and rustic wild campsites in nature. Bring your camera and your hat, your binoculars and your sense of spirit to an African land that is home to humankind.

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