Zimbabwe travel photography

Stuart Forster discusses Zimbabwe travel photography and shows images of people, wildlife and landscapes from the beautiful country in southern Africa.

Opportunities to view wildlife during game drives, the might of the Victoria Falls and the Great Zimbabwe UNESCO World Heritage Site are just three of the reasons that make Zimbabwe a rewarding destination for travel photography.

Dancers welcoming arriving travellers at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Dancers welcoming arriving travellers at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe travel photography

For travel photographers, the country has much to offer. Many of Zimbabwe’s people are easily approachable. Their willingness to be photographed and winning smiles makes it a joy to be on urban streets with a camera.

Man at Africa Unity Square in Harare. People make a place and that is reflected in my Zimbabwe travel photography.

Man at Africa Unity Square in Harare. People make a place and that is reflected in my Zimbabwe travel photography.

Zimbabwe is an interesting place to be at present. There’s a positive, upbeat mood in the country. One member of the travel industry said he could never recall having as many enquiries from British travel companies.

Guide by the statue of David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Zimbabwe travel photography.

Guide by the statue of David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, a must-visit destination for travel photographers.

In November 2017 the leadership of Zimbabwe changed. Emmerson Mnangagwe replaced Robert Mugabe as the Zimbabwean president. Soon afterwards, he declared, “Zimbabwe is open for business.”

Smiling faces of souvenir sellers by the Zambezi Tram at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Smiling faces of souvenir sellers by the Zambezi Tram at Victoria Falls.

For years drivers had to factor in that frequent roadblocks would add time to journeys on Zimbabwe’s roads. During the group tour that I was part of, held in March 2018, we passed police checkpoints just a couple of times and were never subject to prolonged delays.

Eyes of a hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) peeking out of the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

A hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Exploring cultural heritage sites

Tourism numbers to Great Zimbabwe, near Masvingo, are still low, meaning that now is a good time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s next to nobody there to walk into your frame as you get ready to photograph.

Great Zimbabwe, near Masvingo, gave the nation its name and visiting was a highlight of my trip to create Zimbabwe travel photography

Great Zimbabwe, near Masvingo, gave the nation its name and visiting was a highlight of my trip to create Zimbabwe travel photography.

Joining a walking tour led by Black Rhino Safaris in Matobo National Park allowed me to get within 20 metres of a group of white rhinoceroses on foot. Creeping through the bush with my camera in my hand was a thrilling experience. Fortunately, I was able to maintain my composure as one of the rhinos looked directly into my lens.

Wildlife is a key facet of Zimbabwe travel photography. Here's a photo of a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Matobo National Park.

Wildlife is a key facet of Zimbabwe travel photography. Here’s a photo of a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Matobo National Park.

Wildlife photography in Zimbabwe

The dry season (from July into November) is widely regarded at the best time of year for wildlife photography in Hwange National Park. Yet even during the green season we enjoyed some impressive animal sightings and had some wonderful opportunities to photograph birds.

Lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) flying in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

Lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) flying in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The rains of March meant that the Victoria Falls were almost in full flow during my visit. The water of the Zambezi is an impressive sight as it crashes across the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. To get an overview of the falls and surrounding landscape I booked onto the Flight of Angels helicopter ride over the waterfalls.

Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) seen during the Flight of Angels helicopter ride to add aerial images to my stock of Zimbabwe travel photography.

Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) seen during the Flight of Angels helicopter ride to add aerial images to my stock of Zimbabwe travel photography.

The prospect of bungy jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge is something that gives some visitors a buzz. But with so much to photograph, including hippos wallowing in the water of the Zambezi, I have to admit I was happy enough to mooch around with a camera in my hand.

A boat during a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River that offered opportunities to photograph birds and wildlife.

A boat during a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River that offered opportunities to photograph birds and wildlife.

As a destination for travel photography, Zimbabwe really does offer a lot.

Female impala (Aepyceros melampus) seen during a game drive from Pamuzinda Safari Lodge near Harare.

Female impala (Aepyceros melampus) seen during a game drive from Pamuzinda Safari Lodge near Harare.

Disclosure and information

Stuart Forster was invited to explore destinations in Zimbabwe as part of a group tour organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

A rainbow in spray by the Victoria Falls waterfall (Mosi-oa-Tunya), one of the highlights of Zimbabwe travel photography.

A rainbow in spray by the Victoria Falls waterfall (Mosi-oa-Tunya).

Rwandair flies to Harare, Zimababwe’s capital city, from London Gatwick via its hub at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.

Common flat lizard (Platysaurus intermedius rhodesianus) at Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

Common flat lizard (Platysaurus intermedius rhodesianus) at Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park.

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4 Comments

  1. Polly 11th April 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    Great photos! Love this x

  2. David Ward 21st April 2018 at 9:03 am #

    Zimbabwe looks a wonderful place. I will look into taking my family on a holiday there.

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