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Zimbabwe has a diverse range of landscapes & climate, depending on which area of this magnificent country you are in. The most well known area is the Victoria Falls, where one can experience an array of activities and sightseeing. In Hwange National Park, the big five can be spotted as well as one of the largest surviving groups of the endangered African Wild Dog. Bulawayo is full of history and the nearby Matopo National Park is believed to have the highest concentration of ancient rock art in Southern Africa. The Southern Lowveld consists of Gonarezhou National Park, famous for its large-tusked elephants and nearby Save Valley Conservancy is home to rhino conservation. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins is the largest ancient stone construction south of the Sahara. For a completely different Zimbabwe head to the Eastern Highlands, with cool temperate climates, perfect for hiking, fishing and birding. Harare the capital, is a great place for buying African souvenirs.
The capital city Harare was built on a plateaux, and is justly named the “Sunshine City” due to its fantastic climate. The city has many faces, from an often chaotic bustling city centre, with traditional markets where one can haggle for their wares, to quiet residential areas often showcasing large houses with swimming pools and tennis courts. Gorgeous Jacaranda trees line the streets, which burst into colour with striking purple flowers towards the end of Spring. Although there aren’t many shopping malls in the capital, it boasts many other unique shopping experiences from designer silver wear at Patrick Mavros to handmade wool and mohair rugs at Hay Hill.
Spread along the Zambezi River are many exclusive sites that truly make an everlasting impression. Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba unveils unique scenes of fossilised forests and her vastness makes a perfect spot for relaxing houseboat trips, great fishing and wildlife spotting. Nearby Matusadona National Park is known for it’s walking safaris and the stunning backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment. Further downstream is Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Canoe trips down the Zambezi River are a popular way to get a greater spectrum of her magnificent sites, and can last from a few days to a week.
When Portuguese traders first came across the vast stone ruins in the 16th century, it was believed that they had found the fabled capital of the Queen of Sheba, or perhaps works of Egyptians or Phoenicians. Such ideas were believed for nearly 400 years, until some British archaeologists finally confirmed the ruins were of African origin. Built between the 12th and 15th centuries by ancestors of the Shona, the ruins are the largest stone construction south of the Sahara. There are three distinct architectural groupings, the Great Enclosure, the Valley Complex and the Hill Complex. It is estimated that some 18,000 people lived in this 1,800 acre area.
This historical city was named from an Ndebele word which means “the killing place”. The city was founded by Mzilikazi, who was originally a lieutenant of King Shaka in Zululand, but in 1823 a disagreement was had, and rather than face ritual execution Mzilikazi fled northwards with his tribe to found what is now the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo serves as the base from which Matopos National Park is explored, the site where Cecil John Rhodes chose to be buried. Mzilikazi gave the area it’s name being “bald heads” as it is covered in “whaleback dwalas” otherwise known as huge granite rocks.
When Zimbabwe comes to mind, most people think only of it’s amazing safari opportunities, the Zambezi River and the array of activities on offer at Victoria Falls. Most would be surprised to find there is what appears at first glance to be a mini Scotland in the Eastern Highlands of the country, which form the eastern border with Mozambique. On closer look however, one would notice the abundance of tropical birdlife, striking colour infusions of wildflowers, blue skies and verdant green all speak undeniably of the tropics. Arguably the most scenic quarters of Southern Africa, the Eastern Highlands justly deserves its reputation as the most beautiful and best kept secret of the region.
The most well known area in Zimbabwe is of course Victoria Falls “the smoke that thunders”. The falls drop some 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and are around 1.7km wide. Up to 5 million cubic metres per minute pass over the falls, making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world! The town itself offers sky diving, walking with lions, white water rafting, bungee jumping and many other “big air” experiences for the adrenaline junkies. For a slightly more tame experience try helicopter rides, interactive cultural village visits, colonial steam train rides, canoeing, river cruisers, craft markets, interactive drumming, game drives, elephant riding and so much more.
Slightly south east and only a few hours’ drive from Victoria Falls, is Zimbabwe’s biggest National Park Hwange, which is home to the big five and is thought to have one of the largest surviving groups of the endangered African Wild Dog in Africa. Although it is one of the most easily accessible and famous parks in Zimbabwe, in relation to Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti it’s secret is far better kept, allowing for many unique wild life experiences without having to share it with many others. The Park sits at the edge of the Kalahari sands and used to be home to nomadic families of San people and was also a hunting reserve for Ndebele Kings.
The Save River Valley is home to the largest private conservancy in the world. The conservancy is engaged in an intensive rhino protection program and offers private game safaris. It also supports the local communities by generating employment through Tourism. Further down the Save River, Gonarezhou National Park meaning “place of elephants” has some of the largest “tuskers” in Afirca. It forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, an immense Pan-Africa Park that includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Gaza National Park. The parks most famous photographed site is the Chilojo Cliffs, formed of rugged red sandstone.
Welcome to Zimbabwe Destinations
Zimbabwe’s secrets are fast being uncovered as she makes her way back onto the tourist map. After a decade of turmoil, Zimbabwe is reviving its previous reputation as one of Southern Africas most vibrant destinations. It boasts abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and was voted alongside Malta for having the best climate on earth. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is also one of Zimbabwes five UNESO World Heritage sites along with Matopos and Mana Pools National Parks, and Great Zimbabwe and Khami ruins. Eleven per cent of the country is designated as National Parks, which are home to some of the countries 550 bird and 100 mammal species. Zimbabwe also has the Zambezi River, the continents fourth largest, forming its northern border. The ancient stone town of Great Zimbabwe is Africa’s oldest stone structure south of the pyramids. Apart from fabulous safari opportunities Zimbabwe offers an array of activities such as fishing, golfing, hiking, and canoeing as well as numerous adrenalin adventures at Victoria Falls.
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- Abundant wildlife – The Big Five
- Over 550 Bird species
- Victoria Falls
- Ancient Stone City Ruins
- Caves With Bushman Rock Paintings
- Traditional Villages
- Balancing Rocks & Granite Boulders
- Colonial & Contemporary Architecture
- Lake Kariba Dam Wall
- Dinosaur fossils
- Natural springs and Waterfalls
- Mountain Landscapes
- Wildlife & Walking Safaris
- Fishing & Canoeing Safaris
- Horseback Safaris
- Golfing Safaris
- Hiking & Mountain biking
- Bird Viewing & Ornithological trips
- Walk with Lions & Ride a Elephant
- White Water Rafting, Bungi Jumping
- Victoria Falls Adrenalin Activities
- Lake Kariba Houseboats
- Visit Rhodes’ Grave & Historical Sites
- Harare International Festival of Arts
- Safari Lodges
- Upmarket Safari Camps
- National Parks Lodges and Chalets
- Mobile Tented Camps
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Self Catering
- Lake Kariba Houseboats
- Permanent Tented Camps
- Village Home Stays
- Stone Castle
Travel, explore, discover, enjoy.
Zimbabwe has something new for everyone, both seasoned and novice travellers. Come and see what has been hidden away for the last decade. But don’t leave it too late, the secret of Zimbabwe Destinations is getting out..
Look, feel, experience, wonder.
Zimbabwe’s scenic diversity will leave you wondering why you’d left it so long to visit. Mountains, Lowveld, Granite Kopies, the Zambezi River, ancient culture and game filled pans. The choice is vast!
Eat, Drink, Shop, Relax
Zimbabwe’s restaurants, coffee shops and bars offer fantastic food in beautiful environments. Curio markets, souvenir shops and upmarket boutiques ensure that you’ll take a little bit of your Zimbabwe Destination home with you..