Reasons to Visit
Great Zimbabwe, located southeast of the town of Masvingo is one of the best preserved stone cities in sub-Saharan Africa. Debate rages about when and why the buildings were constructed however it is thought that the first buildings here were errected around AD 1100.
The Victoria Falls is one of Africa's most iconic and awe-inspiring waterfalls prompting Livingstone's famous quotation: "...scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight". The Falls form the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and can be viewed from either side although Zimbabwe would argue they have the better view.
Zimbabwe has some truly superb game viewing in its National Parks. The lifeblood of Hwange National Park is its series of pumped waterholes which attract wildlife from plains game to the predators. The park has healthy populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, zebra, giraffe, hippo, elephant and more.
Zimbabwe's Mana Pools on the mighty Zambezi River is the place to experience a three day canoe safari, gentling paddling down the river, skirting hippo pods and spotting wildlife on the banks. If you want a shorter day or half-day canoe trip this can also be easily arranged on the Upper Zambezi while staying at the town of Victoria Falls.
There are over 670 bird species in Zimbabwe ranging from the tiny Common Waxbills with their bright blue bellies to impressive raptors including the Martial and Black Eagle. Particularly good areas for bird spotting include Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba.
The guiding standards in Zimbabwe are some of the highest in Africa and this makes it an excellent place to try a walking safari. Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on foot is a completely different experience to being on a game vehicle, and a fascinating opportunity to see some of the smaller creatures, birdlife and fauna.
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Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Located on the border with Botswana, its 1.4 million hectares are home to a rich variety of different habitats, vegetation and wildlife.
Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe.
Located on the border with Botswana, its 1.4 million hectares are home to a rich variety of different habitats, vegetation and wildlife.
The park's mopane and teak woodlands, grasslands and scrub areas provide a true wilderness experience and some fantastic game viewing opportunities.
Hwange was proclaimed a national park over 75 years ago and is known for its herds of buffalo and elephant and a huge diversity of over 100 different mammal species. Black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, baboon, porcupine, aardwolf, spotted hyena, caracal, leopard, African wildcat, lion, southern giraffe, hippo, warthog and Burchell's zebra are all found in Hwange to name just a few! The large numbers of plains game and antelope in the park provide a rich source of food for the predators. A number of white rhino have also recently been reintroduced to Hwange.
The park boasts superb birdlife. Kalahari birds are found here including red-billed spurfowl, crimson-breasted shrike, Kalahari scrub-robin, cut-throat finch, red-eyed bulbul and southern pied babbler. The plains are alive with pipits, larks and wheatears while raptors including the martial eagle are also plentiful. In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like southern carmine bee-eaters, black kites and broad-billed rollers.
Not surprisingly many people will have reservations about travelling to Zimbabwe. However, things are quickly changing and we have sent a number of specialists to experience the national parks, the towns and cities and talked to many local Zimbabweans. We've now uncovered plenty of reasons why Zimbabwe is firmly back on the tourist trail.
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