A holiday in Zimbabwe is a grand holiday indeed defined by the mesmerising Victoria Falls known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tonya translated as ‘The Smoke Which Thunders.’ The best on foot views are from Zimbabwe’s side, so thrilling that explorer David Livingstone declared they must have been gazed upon by angels. Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has borders with South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Zimbabwe’s flagship reserve is Hwange National Park hosting the greatest elephant population in Africa, as well as over 100 mammal and 400 bird species while Mana Pools is regarded as the top walking safari destination in Africa. In this beautiful country travelers can also explore the historical Matopos National Parks and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country where we find one of The Seven Wonders of The World a World Heritage Site – The Victoria Falls from Zambezi River in the north forming the border with Zambia and Limpopo River forming the southern border with South Africa. The Falls are twice the height of the Niagara Falls and one-and-a-half times the width. Two of Zimbabwe’s national parks are legendary, Hwange National Park on the north eastern border with Botswana and Mana Pools National Park on the lower Zambezi river also a World Heritage site and very popular for its walking and canoeing trips.
Zimbabweans are well-known for their creative ways and wonderful art whether in the form of paintings, stone or wood sculptures and these can be seen throughout Zimbabwe’s art galleries and some interesting ones can be seen at The Elephants Walk Gallery in Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls hub makes it very easy to arrange a thoroughly successful traditional wildlife safari in Southern Africa.
- Hwange National Park is the obvious choice for big 5 game animal options and it’s simply combined with Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa.
- The lower Zambezi valley is especially good for an active combination of walking safaris and canoe safaris in the Mana Pools – Chewore – Sapi World Heritage Site.
The wildlife is exceptional, with outstanding landscapes and some vast, unpopulated, remote and undeveloped wilderness areas towards the confluence of the Zambezi and Luangwa rivers. Game concentrations are good in the Zambezi Valley and Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s elephants are large, handsome and majestic with some well documented habits particularly in the Mana Pools National Park area. With Wild dogs prevalent in most areas. Other interesting places to visit are Kariba, Matusadona, Great Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou National Park, Matopos (Matobo National Park) and The Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.