Zimbabwe is a country that holds a special place in many a safari travellers’ heart. The country is home to top destinations and natural wonders, such as Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, Hwange Game Reserve and many other premier safari destinations. Accommodation options in Zimbabwe are plentiful. Safari camps, , guest houses, bush camps, . The local people are amongst the friendliest on the continent, exuding warmth and welcoming hospitality towards visitors. They also have a vibrant culture which they are happy to share in the form of African song, dance, drums and a fabulous feast of traditional food.
Zimbabwe’s most popular attractions include:
Zimbabwe’s most renowned tourist attraction is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locals described the falls as “The Smoke that Thunders,” while its Ndebele name is Mosi-oa-Tunya. The first European to explore the area in 1855 was Sir David Livingstone, who famously wrote “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” when describing the Victoria Falls. A 1.7 km stretch of thunderous water tumbling over a sheer basalt cliff-face, falling 100 metres into a gorge, creates one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. At the height of the rainy season about 30 million litres of water flow into the gorge, creating viewpoints such as the Boiling Pot, Devils Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Armchair Falls and the Eastern Cataract. The thunder of the Falls and the spray in the air can be heard and seen for many kilometres. The best views can be seen from the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in the Rain Forest, or from above in a helicopter.
Victoria Falls has become a destination for adrenaline junkies in search of adventure. Visitors can take part in a 110 metre bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, go white-water rafting on the rapids below the falls, take part in a high wire swing across the gorge, or kayak on the upper Zambezi. While those in search of more relaxing activities can enjoy river cruises, scenic flights over the falls, elephant back safaris, golf and shopping. There is a wide range of air, land and water-based activities to keep every visitor occupied and enjoying themselves. Victoria Falls boasts a range of world-class hotels, luxury lodges, exciting resorts and international cuisine with a local twist. There is something for everyone here, and spending time at this natural wonder is not to be missed. Pictures of the Victoria Falls are always scenic and spectacular – but the real thing is even better!
Hwange National Park
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometres. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Mighty Victoria Falls. It became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th Century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park's elephant population is one of the largest in the world.
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.
Lake Kariba is over 220 kilometres long and up to 40 kilometres in width. It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometres. The lake is home to several islands. Kariba is unique and a place of outstanding beauty, a great inland sea, nested in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game.
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