Our Favorite Luxury Lodges in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe – a landlocked country bordering South Africa – is about the size of California. It’s a country steeped in African culture with a powerful history. In fact, the name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona language ‘Dzimb dza mabwe’ which means “great house of stone”.  When you consider the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe represent a trade empire along the East African coast and across the Indian Ocean in 1100 C.E. You can’t help but to wonder more about the historical and cultural impact of this region. And all of this before we even start talking about the untamed wilderness landscapes of Zimbabwe! 

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe

Arguably best known for the majestic Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is also home to many well recognized national parks including Hwange, Mana Pools, Matobo, and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.  In our blog post, “Untamed Zimbabwe: why it should be your next safari” , we alluded to Zimbabwe’s “refreshed luxury lodges” and how Zimbabweans are now complimenting their wilderness destinations like never before with a remarkable array of luxury lodges. Before discovering the  ‘Ultimate Zimbabwe Escape’ ,  we invite you to explore some of our favorite luxury safari lodges in this classic and authentic safari destination!

Our Favorite Luxury Lodges in Zimbabwe 

Victoria Falls River Lodge  

Zambezi National Park | Victoria Falls  

Nestled along the banks of the famous Zambezi River, the lifeblood that feeds the game-rich Zambezi National Park, this exceptional retreat offers a wonderful selection of luxury tents, family tents, and tented suites on the mainland – as well as romantic escapes as on the retreat’s private island. Each of the tents has been thoughtfully built and placed to offer the maximum views of this pristine stretch of the river. Read more…

Best for: honeymooners, couples, families and private groups 

Why do we love it! 

  • Ideally located just 15 min away from Victoria Falls 
  • Romance on the Zambezi – The Island Treehouse suites are set apart on a private island 
  • First private lodge to be built within the Zambezi National Park 


Matetsi Victoria Falls 

Matetsi Private Game Reserve | Victoria Falls 

Contemporary yet distinctly Zimbabwean, from the architecture to the interior design, Matetsi Victoria Falls is a marvelous mix of authenticity and innovation. One of our must-stay safari havens in Zimbabwe, award-winning Matetsi Victoria Falls is situated on a private stretch of the Zambezi River, within its own 136,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Read more…

Best for:  couples, families and private groups (sole-use villas options) 

Why do we love it! 

  • The game viewing in the 136,000 acre Matetsi Private Game Reserve is exceptional 
  • The lodge has  private stretch of the Zambezi River for a more private river experience 
  • We love the lap pool, fitness studio, library, boutique shop and wine cellar.


Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel  

Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve 

Stanley & Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Lose yourself amidst the old world charm of the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel. Offering a seamless blend of luxury and adventure, the hotel boasts 16 elegant suites that have been designed to showcase a contemporary take on colonial style. Each suite offers a king-size bed, personal bar, satellite television, complimentary wifi, a private terrace and a lovely ensuite bathroom. Families can take advantage of the two sets of interconnected suites. Read more…

Best for:  honeymooners, couples and families 

Why do we love it! 

  • Big Five games drives in the Victoria Falls National Park – yes – including black rhino
  • Their unique Black Rhino Conservation Experience 
  • Close proximity to Victoria Falls – just a 15 minute drive 

Palm River Hotel 

Victoria Falls 

Palm River Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Conveniently situated just 2.5 miles from the “Smoke that Thunders”, along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Palm River Hotel is a wonderful option for those seeking a sophisticated, yet authentic, Zimbabwean experience.  Ideal for multigenerational, romance or adventure travelers, this elegant hotel offers a selection of deluxe rooms and suites, executive and honeymoon suites, a Presidential Suite, and finally the stylish Palm River Villa. Each option is well-appointed and spacious. Read more…

Best for: honeymooners, couples and families

Why do we love it! 

  • We love that it is so close to the Zambezi River and Victoria Fall’s attractions.
  • For is comparative size. The Palm River Hotel puts a lot thought to ensure you have a personalised experience
  • The al fresco dining area or the riverside dining experience

Palm River Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Singita Pamushana Lodge 

Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve 

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe

We love the setting of Singita’s Pamushana Lodge. Perched above a spectacular dam, on a sandstone ridge within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, this spectacular lodge draws inspiration from the traditions and history of Zimbabwe. Unwind in one of eight elegant suites, which range from luxurious one, two, and three bedroom sanctuaries to a five room villa. Bold interiors reflect the strength of the architecture and organic shaped buildings of the lodge, which are reminiscent of Great Zimbabwe (an ancient city).  Read more…

Best for:  couples and multi-generational families 

Why do we love it! 

  • Exclusive access to a remote corner of the 130,000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve   
  • A photographer’s paradise with their Hwata photography hide 
  • That pool with its expansive views of an ancient landscape – priceless! 


Singita Malilangwe House 

Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve 

Singita Malilangwe House, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe

Next door to Pamushana Lodge is the spectacular Singita Malilangwe House. Perched on a sandstone ridge, overlooking the untamed wilderness of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and its namesake dam, this incredible sole-use villa is one of our top picks for multi-generational travel. Encompassing five spacious ensuite rooms, each with its own deck, Malilangwe House is the epitome of luxury, family living in a remote landscape. Read more…

Best for:  multi-generational families or private groups  

Why do we love it! 

  • Tailor-make your experience with a dedicated private chef, butler, safari host and guide. 
  • The views of the expansive 130,000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve from that pool 
  • Singita’s Mini Game Ranger’s Course and other dedicated child activities! 


African Bush Camps Bumi Hills 

Lake Kariba National Park 

African Bush Camps, Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe

With the Zambezi escarpment as its backdrop and the spectacular vista of Lake Kariba in its foreground, African Bush Camps Bumi Hills Safari Lodge offers the wonders of both the lake and the opportunity to witness the Big Five on its private concession that borders the Matusadona National Park. We love the fact that you can unwind amidst luxurious surrounds whilst enjoying attentive, yet unobtrusive, service; and have access to a wide array of water and land safari adventures.

Best for: couples and families 

Why do we love it! 

  • The panoramic views of Lake Kariba are simply spectacular at Bumi Hills 
  • Game drives on a private concession – providing an exclusive safari experience 
  • The sunset Bumi Lake cruises are simply sublime


Wilderness Linkwasha 

Hwange National Park 

Wilderness Linkwasha, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Situated on the edge of Hwange National Park’s famed Ngamo Plains (known for its excellent year-round game viewing), Wilderness Linkwasha is ranked right at the top of our must-experience Hwange destinations. Here, tucked under the mottled shade of leadwood trees, just nine exclusive and spacious tented suites await. Read more…

Best for:  couples, honeymooners and families (one family suite)

Why do we love it! 

  • Game drives on the Ngamo Plains in the summer months 
  • Their sunken hide in front of the lodge 
  • Linkwasha’s star bed sleep-out experience 


African Bush Camps Somalisa Camp 

Hwange National Park 

As African Bush Camp’s first Hwange safari lodge, a lot of attention went into the details of the camp, which was built by the company’s owner, Beks Ndlovu. Here, under the dappled shade of an acacia grove, along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain, you will find just seven, beautifully furnished rooms.This means you are guaranteed a personalized and exclusive stay. Read more…

Best for:  honeymooners and couples 

Why do we love it! 

  • Elephants. Elephants and more elephants at the waterholes 
  • Enjoy an afternoon at one of the many photographic hides 
  • Their bush breakfasts after a morning game drive is authentically delicious 

Wilderness Chikwenya 

Mana Pools National Park 

Wilderness Chikwenya, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Tucked away on a private concession within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mana Pools National Park, at the meeting of the mighty Zambezi and the Sapi Rivers, lies the luxurious Wilderness Chikwenya.  We love the warm and inviting atmosphere of this lodge, as well as the scrumptious menus (expect a showcase of local ingredients, cooked in the traditional way; over coals) and an array of water and land activities. Read more…

Best for:  honeymooners, couples and families (private family suite) 

Why do we love it! 

  • The panoramic views of the Zambezi River from the lodge are spectacular 
  • Tranquil Zambezi River cruises and catch-and-release fishing 
  • Elephants were seemingly always in camp, or just walking by the river!


African Bush Camps Nyamatusi 

Mana Pools National Park 

With only 12 guests allowed in camp at any given time, you’re guaranteed an exclusive stay. Unwind in one of six luxurious tented suites which boast uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River. Your tent features air-conditioning, a mini-bar, an indoor and outdoor shower, a private viewing deck, and a plunge pool – what more could you ask for. Read more…

Best for:  couples and honeymooners

Why do we love it! 

  • Incredible big game  walking safari opportunities with highly experienced guides 
  • Tranquil Zambezi River Canoe safaris for a different perspective 
  • The view from the upper deck is fantastic – remember your binoculars


Wilderness Ruckomechi 

Mana Pools National Park 

Wilderness Ruckomechi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

A safari stop within Zimbabwe wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Mana Pools National Park – and specifically Wilderness Ruckomechi! There are 10 spacious suites including two family suites that have been thoughtfully designed to cater for all your needs. Mealtimes are a convivial affair with hearty menus ensuring you never go hungry – the pancake breakfast in the bush is one of our favorite occasions. Read more…

Best for:  couples, honeymooners and families (one family tenet) 

Why do we love it! 

  • The game viewing is the area is spectacular – especially for lions 
  • For the adventurous – the star bed sleep out is a must-do  
  • The lodge is frequently visited by elephants, thanks to the Zambezi River and albina trees.

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