It's really a truck. The best 4 x 4!! LAND-ROVER! Thats whats needed for these safaris. But, you also need to make a stop.
Use the truck as a BAR! Enjoy the landscape!
Have a: GIN n TONIC!!
My best part about getting around the BUSH,
ZIMBABWE.ON FOOT!! Exciting not knowing what's around the corner. Or in the grass!!
Maybe even poachers SNARES!!!!!
Must have a LAND-ROVER. Open is a must!!
If you can, take a plane from park to park!!
An open safari truck is probably the best way to make a game drive in the national parks.
Why an open truck? Well, then you can hear the animals, smell everything and I think you even can make better pictures.
Shortly, your closer to the animals and everything else then when your sitting behind glass.
The best thing is to rent a car and drive around....streets are pretty good, boring sometimes cause the distances are quite long. Tempo Limit is 120, and there are radar controls now and than.....
You will see the most of the country by car....Even better, but more expensive is a Motor Home....There are car rentals at the airport...
Domestic air services operate between the major airports:
Harare Airport (HRE)
Bulawayo Airport (BUQ)
Kariba Airport (KAB)
Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)
There are various modes of transportation ranging from Buses to trains.
If you happen to be in the major cities in South Africa, they have regularly scheduled flights to Victoria Falls, some direct others with a stop in Hararre. During the peak tourist seasom there are some charter flights from South Africa as well. If you are hiking through Zambia, you can cross the bridge into Victoria Falls.
In one of my trips to Vic Falls, I was fortunate to have a friend who helped arrange a flight on a restored DC-6 from Jo'burg. The charter company based in Namibia operates flights between South Africa, Namibia and Victoria Falls. If you are interested in aviation history check out the site below on the DC-6.
If you arrive in Hararre, and have time the best way to get to Victoria Falls and in general visit the many game parks and nature reserves found in the southern part of the country is by taking a bus or a private chartered mini-bus.
I recommend night trains Harare-Mutare or Harare-Bulawayo and Bulawayo-Vic Falls. They are something quite special. They are travelling museum hotels and comfortable! They travel really slow, so you can sleep. If you are traveling when its hot, ask to make the bed by yourself. You will just take one sheet to sleep on top of it and nothing else to cover you. The regular bed making includes heavy covering. You have three classes on the train. I have travelled in the first and the second. There is NO differences among them (exept the price - but not much and that first class sometimes includes more wooden carriages). And more: if you take second class, you will meet more people. In the train, you cannot travel with your male (if you are a woman) passenger. The passengers are seperated by sex and often by marriage status (Misses together, ladies together). That is practical, because that way children are together, as well as young female travellers (with different interests to talk about).It is possible to have a dinner on the train for the first and second class passengers. Trains have also night bars to have some drink (I had Lions lager once). You will find detailed information on this page:
There is a Railway Museum in Bulawayo, the second biggest city.
An airplane will do if you are not home in Africa.
Buses are ... African. My picture says it all: after leaving the buss station, we made a turn to be repaired first. The odler you take, the faster it goes. Its a bit suicadal, of course. But I took the newer bus only once. It took ages... the stops are very frequent... so I recommend the old ones. Me and my friend were usually the only white people on the busses. Also you must now that there is usual some music going on (from tapes) - chosen by driver. To me it was very nice and pleasant to listen to it. Great background to landscape. But we dont all have the same taste about music.
Busses stop and you can buy frozen ice (I did and didnt have any gastrointestinal problems) and baked corn or something else. Ice is great for your thirst in the heat. You buy these things just over your bus window. Reconsider before buying live chickens...
The best way these days would probably be flying to and from Zimbabwe. Can also drive there but it may take a long time and need some more planning. We flew with a friend from Johannesburg, fuelled in some small place in Botswana and landed in Victoria falls. Also a good way to get your own private flight over the falls :) Just ask the control tower nicely !
If not flying, the trains can be 'fun' if you are very patient and need a constant adventure. Mian roads are not too bad but fule shortages the last year or so makes it a bit risky.
I did a 100% rent-a-car trip from Harare to the east, Chimanimani, then down to Birchenough, west to Masvingo then Bulawayo, then Hwange National Park. I dropped off the car at Victoria Falls.
No problem by car. Roads are definitively NOT crowded !!!!
We loved the local buses. Rattling, open floors, uncomfortable, hot even in winter, but the atmosphere is great. Meeting local people, and being the only white people on the buses, make you an oddity....but the people love it if you are friendly to them and make an effort.
So are called the local buses, frequent but uucomfortable and unpredictable! They leave when they are full, and they arrive when they arrive...
Anyway is a real african experience, the best way to know local people. The local stations are busy, colourful and always a mess! Be careful with pickpockets.
I flew to Zimbabwe (via London and Johannesburg) on British Airways. I don't know if that's the best way, but it's the way my frequent flyer miles were on!
Riding was a great mode of transportation while we were there. This photo is me on my horse Calypso. We also did some flying around the country in small twin-engine planes--sit up front like I did, and maybe the pilot will let you fly the plane too!
There are many airlines that fly to Zimbabwe and this is not a problem. We flew from Tanzania with Air Tanzania.
Going to Victoria Falls from Harare It is best to Fly. We went on a day trip which included the flights,a guided tour of the Falls,Lunch on cruise up the Zambezi river, and our flight back to Harare.
We flew with Air Zimbabwe on a direct flight from Johannesburg International to the Victoria Falls. No problems anywhere. The flight is 90 minutes. They upgraded us to business class on the return flight - thanks guys!! See http://www.airzim.co.zw/ for more info.
We used taxis to go where we could not walk. Make sure that you agree on the fee with the driver before you leave.
Zambezi River, 80 km from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Good for: Solo
Corner 3rd Street/Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
service was allright rooms are very basic, clean but a little used the restaurant was a posivtive...more