|Of all the countries we have travelled in throughout the world we have always found the Zimbabwean people the most friendly, warm and welcoming. 15 years of political turmoil has not dampened this spirit and Zimbabwe is emerging once again as a force in tourism. The mighty Zambezi River forms its northern border providing wonders such as the Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Park and experiences including house boating on Lake Kariba and canoeing down the Zambezi Valley. Together with unique landscapes such as the Matopos, impressive historical ruins including Great Zimbabwe and the world class wildlife haven of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe has so much and more to offer.|
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|Zimbabwe’s climate is tropical, although the altitude of the higher areas does create cooler regions. May to September is the dry season when the country sees very little rain. November to March is typically the rainy season with tropical storms common. Due to its great climate, Zimbabwe is a perfect place to visit any time of the year.|
|Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls township is located right by next to the Falls themselves and offers a full range of accommodation options including the colonial grandeur of the Victoria Falls Hotel. Beware of elephants wondering through the town itself while you decide between the many adrenalin activities on offer, alternatively enjoy a high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a carnivores delight at the Boma Restaurant or a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. And of course a visit to the Falls themselves – known as Mosi-oa-tunya (‘the smoke that thunders’) in Lozi – is a must.|
Low water starts around August – meaning the mists aren’t as great and you can see more of the Falls, as well as raft the full complement of rapids.
High water peaks between February and June – be prepared to be completely overawed by the force of all this water as well as drenched by the ever present mists created by the fall of water (if you’re going this time of year you can either hire a raincoat at the Falls or consider packing a raincoat).
Hwange National Park
|A vast national park on Zimbabwe’s border with Botswana, Hwange is a big five game reserve which also boasts cheetah, wild dog and massive elephant populations. Its hides, dams and picnic sites provide wonderful opportunities to get up close to the bird and animal life as well as enjoy seeing the elephants emerge from the bush and rush to the waterholes to quench their thirst and play and swim.|
|Formed in the later 50s when the Zambezi River was dammed for hydroelectricity project, Lake Kariba is the world’s largest artifical lake by volume, being 223km long and up to 40km wide. Matusadona National Park, on the lakes shores, was formed by the Valley’s flooding, and house boats provides an incredibly relaxing way of way enjoying the lake, birds and animals.|
Mana Pools National Park
|Mana Pools is a unique and truly spectacular world heritage area. Lying along the banks of the Zambezi River, mighty Albida trees line the steepriver banks providing a cathedral like atmosphere from which to watch the fabulous sight of elephants crossing the river – trunks raised like snorkels while their huge bodies are completely submerged. Another sight never to forget is watching the elephants raise themselves on their hind legs to reach into the top most branches of the Albida trees for their favourite fruits. Home to all the major predators of Southern Africa visitors can walk unaccommpanied in Mana Pools – but please take extra care as this respnsbility is not to be taken lightly!|
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
|The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a World Heritage Site, are approximately 30 km from the town of Masvingo. The ruins at its heart were built between 1100 and 1450 AD and extend over almost 800 ha. Lose yourself in the wonder, beauty and history of this site as you wander through the Hill Ruins, the Great Enclosure and the Valley Ruins.|
Matopos National Park
|35 kilometres south of Bulawayo this national park consists of spectacular granite kopjes (hills) and wooded valleys – a hikers paradise. Matopos is also the home to a rich heritage of Bushman rock art, a wildlife conservation area for endangered white rhinos and Cecil Rhodes’ burial site.|
Eastern Highlands – Nyanga, the Vumba & the Chimanimanis
|This stunning chain of mountains forms the eastern border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The plateau of Nyanga lies to the north – a national park famous for its great hiking and trout fishing. In the middle is the Vumba with its forests, hidden valleys and spectacular views. In the south, the Chimanimani range, also declared a National Park, offers challenging hiking through its breathtaking landscapes.|