Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, Zimbabwe is emerging once again as a prime tourism destination.Located in the southern part of Africa, Zimbabwe is surrounded by Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, and Mozambique . The majority of the landscape consists of plateaus, developing into mountains towards the east. Zimbabwe is the best country for escorted walking and canoe safaris, and shares magnificent Victoria Falls with Zambia. It’s one thing to be driven up to an elephant, it is a completely different experience to walk and/or canoe up to one!
The largest sheet of falling water in the world, is definitely the highlight of any trip to Zimbabwe. Millions of gallons of water crash into the chasm 360 ft below, creating a “cloud” of spray that can reach as high as 1,300 feet, and let to the locals calling the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the Smoke that Thunders”.Experience the ultimate!
Beyond the falls lies a country with a rich diversity to attract weary travelers. The country offers some of the finest wilderness areas in southern Africa, and none more so than the World Heritage site of Mana Pools, this is true, untouched wilderness. Hwange, closer to Victoria Falls offers a more accessible but equally thrilling wildlife experience with great herds of game regularly seen.
Further afield lie the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, relics of a once great civilization, that flourished and traded throughout the region. The spectacular scenery of the Matopos Hills are a must for nature and history lovers alike, boasting some 3,000 rock art sites!
Zimbabwe’s most visited attraction – Victoria Falls, the Zambezi National Park is a convenient safari destination for visitors to Zimbabwe who are short on time and aren’t able to visit some of the country’s other reserves. The park is home to the Big Four (there are no rhino), as well as a wide range of other animals, from giraffe and wild dog to sable antelope and eland. In the northwest, Hwange National Park is the biggest reserve in the country, conserving one of Africa’s largest elephant populations (an estimated 40 000 animals), as well as the other four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo), one of Africa’s biggest wild dog populations, and unusual antelope such as sable and roan. It’s also one of the only places in the country where you can see giraffe.
Zimbabwe’s climate is divided mainly into Summer and Winter. Summer is October to April when maximum temperatures average 32C and during
which rains may be expected. Winter is May to September and average temperatures during the day are 20 C, but can drop much lower at night. Very little rain can be expected at this time.Although game viewing and safari activities take place year round, the game is more easily visible during Winter when the vegetation dries off.
Primarily agriculture (principle crops: corn, millet, cotton) and mining (gold and coal). Zimbabwe’s exports are largely based on these products, and they are used by a manufacturing sector. 90% of the goods manufactured in Zimbabwe are used domestically. .
Zimbabwe uses the US Dollar as their local currency
English, Shona, Si-Ndebele, and local dialects
Sun block lotion, sunglasses, hats and insect repellents are essential. Binoculars are an absolute must!