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 Zambezi National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. While 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 in Zimbabwe and open to Botswana, this Park supports an abundance of wildlife as the game migrates between the two countries. There are several 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 birdlife. A range of camps and lodges in the area ensures that you can 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 Hills. 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 has 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: This is the hot and rainy green season. This is a good time for birding as migrant birds arrive and birds adopt bright breeding plumage.
- April to May: This is an excellent time to travel and can be a particularly dramatic time to see the Falls at its peak flow. As the dry season progresses so the water over the Falls decreases.
- June to October: These months are dry and best for game viewing as the animals come to the water holes and rivers to drink.
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