Forget the politics of Zimbabwe and rediscover the splendour and diversity of a land of dramatic contrasts from the Kalahari sands of Hwange to the iconic Victoria Falls. This is a country with mountains, deserts, lakes and rivers on a truly monumental scale that is once again drawing visitors in growing numbers. Zimbabwe is in the throes of a tourism revival and the combination of superb safari in wilderness areas and excellent value means there’s never been a better time to visit.
The country’s prime attraction is the spectacular, breathtaking Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Not only do the falls provide unmatched scenery as the water plunges into the depths of the gorge, but they are also the setting for a multitude of adrenaline pumping activities, like white water rafting, bungee jumping from the 364 foot high bridge, canoeing, abseiling, micro-lighting over the falls, elephant-back safaris, jet-boating through the Batoka rapids and much more.
Hwange National Park
Situated on the edge of the Kalahari, the saltpans and grassy plains of Hwange National Park support one of the largest concentrations of animals in the world, and is the largest game reserve in the country. The impressive elephant population and large packs of wild dog are particular drawers.
Lake Kariba is one of the world’s largest man-made lake and is Zimbabwe’s answer to the Mediterranean, where you can ease into a relaxed waterside break, perhaps spending a few days idling admiring the wildlife coming down to drink at the water’s edge.
Mana Pools & The Lower Zambezi
Situated in the extreme north of Zimbabwe, Mana Pools is part of the 10,500 square kilometre Parks and Wildlife Estate that runs along the Zambezi River from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to a wide range of large mammals and over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.
The Eastern Highlands
The Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe really don’t reflect a stereotypical image of Africa. Rather with the mountainous scenery, fertile valleys, mountain streams and pine forests it has been said to bear a closer resemblance to Scotland.