Explore the Wildlife

Zimbabwe - land of beautiful wildlife and great safaries!

Enjoy the Wild Life

Explore the animal world and combine it with Art in Zimbabwe

Taking a safari in Zimbabwe with local guides is the best way to see the animals of this wonderful country. The following is a non exhaustive list of the animals that you may see, depending on location and the season. The animals are a big inspiration to the sculptors in Zimbabwe and we have linked the animals that Mapiti has collected to the different animals. First we include lists of the different animals and insects you might see. It is worth while to let your guides explain about even the smallest of insects so that you can better understand the savannah in Zimbabwe.

The ''Big 5'' - a big influence on sculptors and the fine arts

The "Big 5" is a term used in African wildlife conservation to refer to five of the most iconic and difficult to hunt animals in Africa: the African Elephant, African Lion, African Leopard, African Buffalo, and Rhinoceros. The term was originally used by hunters, but has since been adopted by conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts to refer to these species, which are all considered to be threatened or endangered. The "Big 5" has become a symbol of African wildlife and a popular target for wildlife photographers and safari-goers.

Of course you will also see many birds. We enclose here a non exhaustive list of the birds you might see:

Of course you will also see
many birds. We enclose
here a non exhaustive list
of the birds you might see:

1- African Grey Hornbill
2- African Harrier Hawk
3- African Jacana
4- African Fish Eagle
5- African Grey Parrot

6- African Spoonbill
7- African Pitta
8- African Rail
9- African Skimmer
10- African White-backed Vulture

11- Baillon's Crake
12- Black-crowned Night Heron
13- Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
14- Chestnut-banded Plover
15- Common Ostrich

16- Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
17- Greater Flamingo
18- Harlequin Quail
19- Lesser Jacana
20- Long-tailed Widowbird

For the very interested, you might see some snakes. Most people dont want to see them or only from a distance. Be careful they are all dangerous and most are poisonous.

  1. Boomslang
  2. Gaboon viper
  3. Puff adder
  4. Rock python
  5. Skaapsteker
  6. Spotted bush snake
  7. Twig snake
  8. Vine snake

Finally a short list on insects.
It is difficult to provide an alphabetical list of all insects that can be seen in Zimbabwe as there are likely to be thousands of species present in the country. Some common insects that can be seen in Zimbabwe include:

  • Ants
  • Butterflies
  • Cicadas
  • Grasshoppers
  • Mosquitoes
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Spiders
  • Termites - look for the Matabele Ants but dont touch them.

It is important to note that the presence and abundance of insects in Zimbabwe can vary depending on the time of year and the specific location within the country.