Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife.
Zimbabwe is blessed with wonderful scenery, unspoilt wilderness area and exciting wildlife. The great Zambezi River is its northern frontier, along which Victoria Falls, one of the world’s wonders, while the languid Limpopo forms the southern border with South Africa.
In between is a variety of habitats, from the granite hills of the Matopos and the majestic mountains, lush forests and rivers of the Eastern Highlands, to the unspoilt, peaceful northern parks in which Wilderness is to be found. Mana Pools National Park, located on the Zambezi River, offers superb wildlife viewing and vistas. Along the Botswana border, Hangwe National Park is home to some of southern Africa’s last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is in west Zimbabwe. Its grasslands and mopane woods are home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs. In the northwest, animals gather at Mandavu and Masuma dams, where there are concealed lookouts. Bumbusi National Monument includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings. In the southeast, waterholes include the Nyamandhlovu Pan, with its elevated viewing platform.
Activities: Wildlife viewing, bird watching
Mana Pools National Park
Manapools National Park is rated the 5th best park in Africa by Gateway magazine. Its home to a great diversity of wildlife, it is an outstanding destination for classic safaris. Visitors drift past crocodile and hippo on a Zambezi canoe safari, while banks are lined with buffalo, elephants, hyenas and other game. The best time for wildlife viewing in Mana Pools National Park is during the Dry season, from June to October. Animals are easier to spot because the dry weather thins.
Activities: Camping, hiking, game viewing, birdwatching, fishing
Victoria Falls Bridge
As a holiday destination, Victoria Falls is simply the ultimate all-round experience. From the impressive scenery to the abundant wildlife, the world-famous adrenaline activities and strong local culture, there is so much on offer in Africa’s adventure capital. After viewing the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the second most popular landmark in the region is the Victoria Falls Bridge. While it is the stunning natural beauty of the Victoria Falls that takes your breath away, it is the man-made magic of building a bridge across an enormous chasm that really blows your mind!
Activities: Bungee jumping, walking tours
Victoria Falls known as the “Smoke that thunders” in the local Tonga language, is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world and 70% of the exquisite views are seen from the Zimbabwe rain forest. The rain forest which has constant rain 24/7 from the never ending spray of the Falls, has unique ecosystem. It is a botanists dream and bird lovers’ paradise. There are species here that don’t occur anywhere else, and our recommendation is to look just a little beyond the pathway and the numerous viewpoints. One of the beauties is that the area has not become over commercialized. In fact, once you are standing by the Falls your view will not be much different to that of David Livingstone’s who first saw the Falls in 1855.Walking within the Falls is a couple of kilometers and it does get very hot.
Activities: Bungee Jumping Victoria Falls Bridge, Canoeing above Victoria Falls, canoeing in the Lower Zambezi, micro lighting over Victoria Falls, Night Safari Game Drives at Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls High Wire, horse riding, water rafting, boat cruise