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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We can arrange a wide range of activities during your trip. Here is just a small selection of what's on offer.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe.
Hwange National Park
Hwange ranks among the top national parks in Africa in terms of size, diversity and quantity of game so a game drive is an ideal excursion.
Bulawayo has wide tree lined streets, lush parks, Zimbabwe’s Natural History Museum, a railway museum and Mzilikmzi Art and craft centre plus the people are warm and welcoming.
Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou is linked to Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. As well as a place of great beauty Gonarezhou is famous for having some of Africa’s largest-tusked elephants.
Take a boat trip on Lake Kariba as the sun sets. Perhaps try your hand at tiger fishing before relaxing with a cold glass of wine, couple of snacks and beautiful setting sun.
Spend a day enjoying the Victoria Falls, walking along the rainforest paths and viewing the magnificent wall of water from the numerous different view points.
Matopos National Park
Walk through the wilderness landscape of Matopos with its granite kopjes and ancient rock art to the grave of Cecil Rhodes.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools has large tracts of wilderness only accessible on foot. Experienced guides and reveal big game as well as many smaller things such as animal tracks, insects and brightly coloured birds.
The adventurous can spend a day white water rafting on the rapids below the Victoria Falls, one of the finest stretches of navigable rapids in the world. A prime time for rafting is between July and mid-January when low water in the river leads to an increased number of rapids to tackle.
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