1. Sable Antelope
Zimbabwe’s national animal can be found grazing in herds in the woodlands and savanna of Zimbabwe. Lean, graceful and powerful, the sable antelope is considered one of the most magnificent antelopes in the animal kingdom.
Prides of regal lions strut through Zimbabwe’s parks and reserves. Head on safari to find them stalking prey, at play or lazing in the sun – lion-spotting is one of the world’s most sought after wildlife experiences for a reason, they are simply breathtaking to behold.
Hippos are a common sight while cruising on Lake Kariba. Watch them wallowing on the shores and lurking beneath the surface of the water. Although they look quite harmless, hippos are actually quite territorial and can get fierce, so don’t get too close.
4. African Wild Dogs
Saved from the brink of extinction, the African wild dog is a recent conservation success story. While not completely out of the woods, population numbers have risen of late and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to encounter some of these highly intelligent canines while traveling in Zimbabwe.
5. Black Rhinos
Sadly, black rhinos are on the critically endangered list due to poaching and loss of habitat. Zimbabwe still has pockets of these beautiful beasts and it’s possible to find them in reserved and protected areas.
Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park is home to a significant population of rare white rhinos. Track them on foot with a local guide and be mesmerized at the sight of these enormous creatures quietly grazing in the protected valleys.
Keep your eyes peeled for these ancient reptiles that are experts at blending in with the scenery. Their fishing presence looms just below the water level – watch out for them while cruising Zimbabwe’s channels and rivers.
This timid animal scares easily, so you’ll have to remain quiet if you hope to get close to one. With unique corkscrew-like horns, they are easy to spot but harder to capture on camera as they are great at making swift departures.
Large groups of the mighty African elephant can be found wandering the terrain of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Imposing and inspiring, elephants are one of the most beloved animals in the world – see why for yourself in Zimbabwe.
10. African Fish Eagle
The national bird of Zimbabwe is swift, nimble and majestic. Abundant bodies of water near, witnessing an African fish eagle swoop in the water and catch its prey is an unforgettable travel moment.