Zimbabwe is a land of dramatic contrasts.
From the Kalahari sands of Hwange to the iconic Victoria Falls, this is a country with mountains, deserts, lakes and rivers. A safari here can combine several landscapes offering a sense of scale and wilderness that it is sometimes hard to discover in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia.
A classic Zimbabwe combination would take in the dramatic Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park where elephants are drawn in their thousands to the waterholes in the dry season, and then head east to take in the serenity of Lake Kariba. and exceptional wildlife viewing in Mana Pools.
Despite Zimbabwe’s political problems over the last 15 or so years Mana Pools and Matusadona remain 2 of the best wildlife viewing areas in southern Africa, with few tourists and less safari vehicles than better known areas.
The riverine park is home to huge packs of wild dogs and is teeming with big game. All set off against the backdrop of the Zambian Escarpment.
Security is always a priority in Africa and Zimbabwe is no different to any other destination. Camps and lodges are seamlessly run, the country operates on the US dollar and the swirling mystery of African politics could not be further from this beautiful corner of Africa .
It is also good to know that the guiding exams in Zimbabwe are the toughest in Africa, meaning your game viewing experience is going to be conducted by some of the smartest wildlife experts in the continent.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Zimbabwe is believed to be the location of Ophir, the ancient wealthy country from which King Solomon got ivory, gold and other precious items.
- The name Zimbabwe derives from the stone structures of Great Zimbabwe or Dzimbahwe, built by Shona (Bantu) people between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries.
- The ‘mbira’, which is a small hand-held instrument, has been played for over a 1,000 years in Zimbabwe. It is also commonly referred to as a ‘thumb piano’.
- Spray & mist rising up to 400 metres above Victoria Falls can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometres. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres. The local name for the Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”.
- It is four times stronger than ox. The African buffalo is well known for its exceptional memory. It will recognize a person (such as hunters) that hurt it in the past and it will attack it at their next encounter.