Best hotels and hostels in Zimbabwe

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Matusadona National Park

    Rhino Safari Camp

    One of the best camps in the country, this is remote, wild and everything you want from a safari experience. Its simplicity in design is genius; it blends beautifully into its surrounds, with sandy paths and a rustic charm mixed with subtle luxuries. The thatched, stilted chalets have magnificent views and delightful outdoor bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Victoria Falls (town)

    Victoria Falls Hotel

    Built in 1904, this historic hotel (the oldest in Zimbabwe) oozes elegance and sophistication. It occupies an impossibly scenic location, looking across manicured lawns (with roaming warthogs) to the gorge and bridge. You can’t see the falls as such, but you do see the spray from some rooms. Taking high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is an institution.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gonarezhou National Park

    Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

    With its stunning elevated location overlooking the Save River, safari lodges really don't get much better than this. All of its luxurious stilted thatched chalets open up to river views, allowing you to spot game from your balcony. The staff is friendly and features a team of crack guides.

  • Lodging in Chimanimani

    Farmhouse

    Run by local farmer Tempe (who has spent her whole life in Chimanimani) and her husband Doug, this 100-year-old homestead is set on a 4-hectare farm. There's a mix of rooms, from tiny bedrooms to cottages and lofts, or the entire house for US$100. It's a good place to arrange your trek, and kids will love the farm animals here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chimanimani

    Heaven Lodge

    One of Zimbabwe's original backpackers, Heaven Lodge fell on hard times during the turmoil, but is back as good as ever. It's run by friendly owners, Jacqui and Allen, who are excellent sources of info, and know exactly what backpackers want: cold beer, warm showers and clean rooms. Its common area is a highlight with excellent food, bar and lounge with roaring fireplace.

  • Lodging in Hwange National Park

    Ivory Safari Lodge

    Take in the sweeping views overlooking a water hole from your treehouse suite at this intimate lodge, just outside the park's border. You'll see loads of elephants and have the chance of spotting lions, leopards and buffaloes. The electric fence keeps you safe, and you can spy wildlife from a hide where a (floodlit at night) salt lick attracts animals up close.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harare

    It's a Small World Backpackers Lodge

    Single-handedly flying the flag for backpackers in Harare, It's a Small World does a wonderful job catering to the needs of independent travellers. It knows what backpackers want – clean rooms, fast and free wi-fi, a communal kitchen, pool table, rooftop deck and a sociable, low-key bar. Bikes are also available for hire (US$5 per day).

  • Lodging in Great Zimbabwe

    Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort

    Located 8km from Great Zimbabwe is this wonderful hilltop lodge overlooking Lake Mutirikwi (Lake Kyle). It's set on a sprawling garden property with rooms catering to all budgets, from grassy campsites popular with Overland trucks to basic rooms and fully self-equipped cottages.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mana Pools National Park

    Ruckomechi

    One of Mana's best luxury camps, Ruckomechi has a remote location on its private concession in the northwest of the park. All of its tented chalets overlook the Zambezi and beyond to Zambia and the mountainous backdrop.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kariba Town

    Warthogs Bush Camp

    One of only a handful of places in Zimbabwe catering to the needs of independent budget travellers, Warthogs is doing a fantastic job of it. Accommodation is no-frills, with campsites, domed tents, A-frame huts and thatched cabins, all with piping hot wood-fired showers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mutare

    Ann Bruce Backpackers

    Homely and welcoming, this long-established guesthouse has been catering to budget travellers for years. It's run by the friendly owner Ann Bruce, along with Emma and her extended family, which gives the place a wonderful homestay atmosphere. There's a cosy TV lounge, kitchen for self-caterers, garden gazebo and a mix of dorms and private rooms, but only some have bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Victoria Falls (town)

    Victoria Falls Backpackers

    One of the best budget choices in town, this long-standing backpackers received a much-needed revamp when the original owners returned. The eclectic mix of rooms are scattered among the well-tended garden property full of quirky touches. Other notable features are its bar, small inviting pool, games room and TV lounge, plus self-catering kitchen, massage and fish spa.

  • Lodging in Hwange National Park

    Khulu Ivory

    A sister property to Ivory Safari Lodge, just down the road, Khulu is both a more wild and luxurious offering. Its spectacular open-air thatched lounge and bar-restaurant looks straight out to the pan where large numbers of elephants regularly congregate, often coming right up for a drink. The chalets all have a rustic safari-chic decor, with outdoor bathtubs overlooking the wilderness.

  • Lodging in Chimanimani

    Frog & Fern

    On a hill above town, backing on to the Pork Pie Eland sanctuary, Frog & Fern is Chimanimani's nicest place to stay. There's a choice of stone cabins or rondavel cottages (the double-storey rondavels are architectural masterpieces), all with cooking facilities, fireplaces and garden views. Breakfast is available for US$10, but otherwise it's self-catering.

  • Lodging in Victoria Falls (town)

    Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge

    Set on a private game reserve 15km from Victoria Falls, this luxury lodge will suit visitors without the time to visit a national park but who want to be surrounded by wildlife. Rooms on the luxurious grounds feature all the modern comforts combined with Victorian-style bathrooms featuring claw-foot tubs, lounge suite and patio.

  • Lodging in Great Zimbabwe

    Great Zimbabwe Family Lodges

    Inside the main gate and within plain sight of the Great Zimbabwe complex, is this very convenient lodge and campsite. Don't expect too much, but rooms all get the job done and comprise institutional-style dorms, lodges of varying comfort levels (some with TV, kitchen and fridge) and atmospheric rondavels spread out along the hill from reception.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harare

    Wavell House

    In an attractive renovated colonial house, refined Wavell House is very much an oasis with over a hectare of gardens and a luxurious swimming pool. Rooms vary in size, but are all comfortable, modern and with individual flair; they're excellent value given the rate includes an impressive breakfast spread. The owners are both well-regarded designers, and will make you feel welcome.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harare

    Amanzi Lodges

    Set among a tropical, flower-filled garden, Amanzi is easily one of Harare's best and most unique choices, offering intimate and classy five-star service. Rooms are individually styled in themes from different African countries; it's worth having a look at a few on its website. There's a gym, pool, tennis court and complimentary coffee and evening snacks at the bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harare

    Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge

    Harare does charming guesthouses as well as anywhere in the world, and Jacana is one of its best. The tasteful interior designed by the friendly Dutch owners incorporates Zimbabwean antiques and colourful local paintings. Renowned Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce designed the award-winning house using the principles of feng shui – natural light pours into open spaces.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bulawayo

    Bulawayo Club

    Founded in 1895, the BC is still the most exclusive address in town. The opportunity to stay in such an elegant historical place at such a reasonable price is hard to pass up. Both its facade and interior are stunning, with period charm and history at every turn. The recently refurbed rooms are lovely, and offer plenty of historical character.