October 23, 2017
To many, October is considered to be the best time to visit Zimbabwe. With fantastic game viewing, enticing shoulder season specials, and the beautiful sight of Jacarandas in bloom, it offers an experience unlike any other. To entice you further, we’ve put together a detailed guide to visiting Zimbabwe in October.
As one of the last months of the dry season, October is undoubtedly one of the best months to view wildlife in Zimbabwe. As a result of the high temperatures and lack of rain, game tends to congregate around rivers and waterholes, cooling themselves down and quenching their thirst throughout the day.
What’s more, vegetation is much less dense at this time of year too, ensuring that most animals are generally much easier to spot.
The top game viewing hotspots in Zimbabwe are Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Matobo Hills National Park, Matusadona National Park and Gonarezhou National Park.
The beauty that is the Matobo Hills National Park is easily accessible from the recently-refurbished Cresta Churchill in Bulawayo. Simply visit Reception to arrange an unforgettable day trip, on which you are likely to encounter sable, impala, white rhino, giraffes, zebra and wildebeest. Matobo Hills contains the world’s densest population of leopard, so you stand a relatively good chance of catching a glimpse of one of these ever-stealthy creatures.
Hwange National Park, on the other hand, is located just two hours from Cresta Sprayview in Victoria Falls. A spectacular day trip arranged by the hotel will place you in good stead to view the large herds of elephants for which the park is known. Along with the rest of the Big 5, a list of game to be spotted in Hwange includes wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, wild dog, cheetah and sable.
During the months of September and October, the city of Harare comes alive as the Jacarandas burst into bloom. These spectacular trees line endless streets across the city, filling the skies with their vivid purple flowers, and covering the ground in a dense lilac carpet.
Imported from South America at the end of the 19th Century, the majority of the Jacaranda seedlings were planted in the early 1900s, in a public works programme providing labour for the unemployed. Most remain standing today, and are an iconic feature of the city, lending to it being known as “City of Flowering Trees” until the 1960’s.
Jacaranda flowering season also heralds the arrival of summer, and the much-needed yearly rains, which provide respite from the scorching heat.
Due to the fact that October is the hottest month of the year and the fact that the arrival of the summer rains is difficult to predict, October can be considered a shoulder season in Zimbabwe. This means that visitors often benefit from lower rates and exclusive specials.
Within the Cresta Hotels group, Cresta Sprayview is currently offering a Last Minute 5% Discount on accommodation booked and payed within 3 days of arrival. This exciting special includes breakfast, accommodation, the Government Tourism Levy and service and taxes. As well as the same last-minute special, Cresta Lodge Harare are offering 15%, 20% and 25% discounts for 1-Night, 2-Night and 3-Night stays respectively. They are also offering a 5 Night Special whereby you receive 1 free night when you stay 5 nights or more.
To find out more about visiting Zimbabwe in October, or to book one of our exclusive specials, simply get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 11 881 1200.
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