Zimbabwe is home to the magnificent Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This spectacular feat of nature together with the the Zambezi National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. While the Victoria Falls is a must-do for every traveler, there is so much more to this exceptionally beautiful country. Incredible game viewing can be done by vehicle and by boat. Canoe safaris, bungee jumping, white water rafting, micro lighting, fishing and helicopter flips over the falls are just a few of the adventure activities on offer.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Situated on the border with Botswana and open to Botswana, this Park supports an abundance of wildlife. There are a number of shallow pans spread throughout the Park around which wildlife congregates, making for excellent game viewing. There is also a variety of superb lodges in and around the park to enhance your experience of the area.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley. It is a remote and beautiful park with spectacular views of the Zambezi River. This stretch of river is famous for its four main pools after which the park is named, “Mana” means “four “in Shona. These and smaller seasonal pools dotted further inland hold water all year round drawing all manner of wildlife and bird life. A range of camps and lodges in the area ensure that you are able to experience all the adventure activities on offer.
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man made dam. It is surrounded by mountains and game parks. Here one can enjoy spectacular views, stunning sunsets, superb fishing and boating opportunities and game viewing from the water. Fully catered houseboats were very popular in the past and are now making a comeback.
The Matoba National Park
The Matoba National Park which has UNESCO world heritage status, is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hlls. This range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. The majestic and rugged terrain of the park is a hiker’s paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. The Matobos have great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.
The Zimbabwe Ruins
Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the south-eastern area of Zimbabwe. The structures were built between AD 1250 and AD 1450 by unknown people believed to be the ancestors of modern Zimbabweans. Formed of rectangular granite stones carefully placed one upon the other, they are the ruins of an amazing complex and one of the most interesting ruins in Africa.
Best time to travel:
- November to March is the hot and rainy green season. This is a good time for birding as migrant birds arrive and birds adopt bright breeding plumage.
- June to October is dry and best for game viewing as the animals come to the water holes and rivers to drink.
- April to May is a temperate time for weather. This can be a particularly dramatic time to see the Falls at its peak flow however the spray can obscure the views. As the dry season progresses so the water over the Falls decreases.
- August to December is when the water is low and river rafting is at its best.
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