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Varden Safaris

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Mavuradonha Mountains, Harare, Zimbabwe
+263 4 861 766
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New area, new adventures

This was my fourth time visiting Janine and James and I was keen to see what their new rides on a... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Pliezhausen, Germany
Everyday we awoke to experience a new adventure!

Our group of seven have 'just now' arrived back in Australia after a most exciting 15 day adventure... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Heather G
Shepparton, Australia
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Mavuradonha Mountains, Harare, Zimbabwe
+263 4 861 766
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was my fourth time visiting Janine and James and I was keen to see what their new rides on a private wildlife estate near Bulawayo and in Matobo Nationalpark would be like. Once again the rides were fantastic: great responsive and reliable horses, lovely...More

Thank SusanneMira
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Our group of seven have 'just now' arrived back in Australia after a most exciting 15 day adventure with Varden Safaris. Planning our trip commenced many months ago and communication was efficient and informative from Janine or Luke. Our Safari was tailor made to suit...More

1  Thank Heather G
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I was in Zimbabwe for work and was looking for a last minute weekend trip/activity in the form of a safari or an activity to spend time in the beautiful countryside of Zimbabwe. I came across Varden Safaris and although there had been very heavy...More

Thank Louisa H
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We explored the remote mountains of Mavuradonha Wilderness on horseback. The horses are amazing - sure-footed like mountain goats. On a multi-day camping trip you get deep in the bush and you can see some plains game. The landscape is varied with lush vegetation and...More

1  Thank Labwilli
Reviewed 24 May 2016

We were a group of 5, with riding experience, wanting to undertake a horse back safari somewhere in Africa and James & Janine Varden's activities in Zimbabwe had been recommended. We were so glad they were. Met at Harare airport, we headed north and after...More

1  Thank CJeremyL
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We have just got back from a weekend in Mavuradonha with Varden Safaris and i just wish I was back there! James and Janine give their guests a truly authentic and beautiful bush experience. James knows everything there is to know about every bird, plant...More

1  Thank Ed B
Reviewed 24 August 2015

We (2 Swiss girls) spent 2 weeks in Zimbabwe in July. As this was our second trip to Zimbabwe, we wanted to go a bit “off the beaten track” and were therefore looking for a safari company that could suggest to us locations and activities...More

3  Thank SwissKat76
Reviewed 26 August 2014

It's hard to know where to begin after some amazing experiences on Safaris with Varden Safaris in Zimbabwe. First of all, before leaving for Zim so many people said they did not think it was a safe place to visit - but I had no...More

3  Thank Helen C
Reviewed 26 April 2014

A quick 2.5 hour drive north of Harare is Kopje Tops camp, the home base for Varden Safaris in Mavuradonha. The Vardens do horseback safaris, a very different and wonderful way to be out in the Zimbabwean flora and fauna! We are Americans posted in...More

2  Thank JulieW142014
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Myself and my Partner were in Zimbabwe for 3 weeks in January/February 2014. The trip was mainly to visit family as my Partner is from Zimbabwe now living in the UK but we started our trip with a two day riding Safari with James and...More

5  Thank Aims1989
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