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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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.
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.
On the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, a hundred kilometres below Lake Kariba is the Mana Pools National Park situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.
The small town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is less than two kilometres south of the Zambezi River and the border to Zambia. The town is a wonderful start or end to any safari.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is one of Southern Africa’s premier safari destinations. It is famous for its guides who are some of the most qualified in Africa as well as excellent game densities in the national parks. Much of Zimbabwe’s big game is accustomed to vehicles and can be observed and photographed from close quarters.
9 Days from £3,585pp
Explore two of Zimbabwe's highlights with time at the spectacular Victoria Falls followed by a Big 5 safari in Hwange National Park.
12 Days from £5,260pp
This comprehensive trip of Zimbabwe explores three very contrasting areas, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and the Victoria Falls. With ample opportunities for good game viewing as well as plenty of time to relax in beautiful surroundings it is an ideal trip for those wanting to either revisit or explore Zimbabwe for the first time.
13 hours (via Johannesburg) to Harare, Victoria Falls or Bulawayo
British Airways, Emirates & South African Airways
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