Zimbabwe is a vibrant land characterised by its dramatic landscapes, rugged mountains, impressive wilderness and warm and welcoming people. It offers a pleasant year round climate with blue skies and lovely temperatures.
Once the centre of a huge empire based on trade with Africa's east coast, this land-locked country was originally home to the Khoisan people who left their rock art scattered across the country. Zimbabwe boasts good infrastructure and abundant resources. Its wealth has been built on agriculture, mineral exports and tourism. It is interesting to note that this country has some of the biggest platinum and diamond mines in the world.
Zimbabwe is without a doubt the best known gateway to witness the majestic Victoria Falls, however there is so much more to this exciting country and many options of activities other than the Victoria Falls!
We have put together a list of our top picks and must-see destinations to add to your bucket list:
- Hwange National Park: Home to 14 651 square kilometres of wilderness waiting to be explored. Hwange offers exceptional game viewing year round and is home to approximately 46 000 elephants, compared with Masai Mara at 3 700, Kruger at 13 750 and Serengeti at 2 100. In the dry season in Hwange you are likely to see elephants in the hundreds congregating at water points throughout the park. Amazingly there are more elephants than guests visiting Hwange National Park in any given year!
- Matopos National Park: A prime wildlife sanctuary home to significant populations of black eagles and black and white rhinos and Matopos Hills – a range of scenic balancing rock formations created by erosion of the granite plateau offering beautiful views. Travellers will also find the grave of Cecil Rhodes, founder of former British colony Rhodesia, carved into the summit of Malindidzimu.
- Great Zimbabwe Ruins: Great Zimbabwe, the towering ruins from which this country took its name were built between the 11th and 15th centuries, this historical gem is also a World Heritage Site and a silent reminder of Zimbabwe's remarkable history.
- Mana Pools National Park: A rugged UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, this national park is bound to leave traveller’s breathless with its beauty. A paradise for walking and canoeing safaris, Mana Pools is a wildlife-rich, biodiverse wonderland that will delight visitors at every turn. Animals found in this area include hippos, the Nile crocodile, elephants and a vast array of aquatic birds, making this an excellent spot for bird lovers to visit.
- Eastern Highlands (also known as the Manica Highlands): The Eastern Highlands are a mountainous area of spectacular natural beauty – home to rolling hills, green forests, rugged peaks, misty valleys, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, and sparkling bodies of water. The Eastern Highlands run alongside the Mozambican border for some 300 kilometres and offer an array of outdoor activities. Visitors can choose from hiking, horse riding, fishing and golf, as well as the superb birdlife and the stunning scenery.
- Gonarezhou National Park: Home to about 11 000 elephants and covering just more than 5 000 km² of some of the most spectacular scenery in the region incorporating the iconic Chilojo Cliffs, wide meandering rivers and extensive woodlands. This genuine wilderness area s with teeming wildlife, picturesque landscapes and offers a fantastic self-drive option for 4x4s.
- Lake Kariba: Lies 1 300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. This is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume, the scenic lake offers fantastic opportunities for houseboat holidays, fishing and game drives in the Matusadona National Park - situated on the southern shore of Lake Kariba.
If you would like sample packages showing how Zimbabwe can be incorporated into an itinerary, more information on the highlights or exciting adventures in this country or if you would like to book a holiday to Zimbabwe, please contact us.