Victoria Falls, safaris and the mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe

Visit the breathtaking Victoria Falls and the spectacular wildlife

In the light of a new dawn, Zimbabweans have opened their hearts to the positive nature of tourism to their beautiful country. Following years of difficult political climate, the fog is beginning to clear, revealing in plain sight something truly wonderful. Zimbabwe is a land of contrasts and contradictions, and this dichotomy is part of its charm. 

The first thing that springs to mind when thinking about Zimbabwe is often the colossal curtain of water that is Victoria Falls. Understandably referred to as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders’, there’s still some irony in the name. This thundering smoke is somewhat angelic. Dizzying heights, hypnotic motion and sound loud enough to penetrate your eardrums from miles away…the Falls are a sensory experience that is terrifyingly awesome and absolutely divine. 

From the frenzied falls, moving up the Zambezi, a lull-like calm before the storm can be found. Take refuge on a houseboat, fish for your own supper, and drift peacefully across Lake Kariba toward Mana Pools. Encircled by lush greenery, the water provides all the vitality to supply an ecosystem like no other. The bliss of unadulterated nature is inhaled by visitors and abundant elephants alike.

From a flight into Victoria Falls, travelling across the water-logged Northern Territory, a curious safari-goer might predict more water…more cascading currents, more rapids and rainbows. The Zambezi watershed has this effect on the wide-eyed traveller. Yet, this is not the only selling point. 

The contrastingly arid South holds magic of its own. On the way down to the Lowveld, you’ll find the second most talked about destination in Zimbabwe; Hwange National Park. Not pronounced how you’d think, ‘weng – ee’ is the largest National Park in the country, featuring the largest population of the endangered painted dog, plus the famous Big 5. What matters most is the ongoing urge to protect these species. Get involved with NGOs and conservation projects taking place within the park’s peripheries. Similarly, see how Zimbabwean history is preserved in scattered capsules of the South.

Retrace the marks left by ancient Bushmen civilisations, journey through the Matobo Hills and nest into lodges enfolded within other-worldly rock formations. Find ancient ruins in the rainforest, and traverse across the stunted teak woodlands of the Kalahari towards what seems like unchartered territories.

An elemental journey, from earth to water takes place. With a breath of fresh air and the fire from deep within the soul, see how Zimbabwe is bound by one universal thing: the wonders of wildlife.

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Where to go in Zimbabwe?

No trip to Zimbabwe would be complete without a visit the mighty Victoria Falls. Visit in late April or May, when it is filled up from the monsoon rains, to witness its true power and beauty. Zimbabwe’s largest and most visited National Park is Hwange, which borders Botswana’s Chobe Park, and its endless open savannah is dotted with watering holes so it's easy to find animals. Forget the Big Five, Hwange is home to over 100 different mammal species, so you can see all of Africa’s animals in one place.

Joining with South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Gonarezhou National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s best kept secrets. The least visited but second largest park, Gonarezhou offers the ultimate remote safari - great scenery and no other visitors. Mana Pools National Park has four prominent watering holes that are remains of ox-bow lakes from the Zambezi River changing course. Take a canoe safari and see wild herds of elephants, hippopotamus and even lions and cheetahs as you casually float past them. 

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