Zimbabwe is one of the best African safari destinations. Here are some of the most popular tourist places that you should not miss.
Victoria Falls is a “must see” tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. Named after the well-known explorer, David Livingstone, the falls attract the bulk of Zimbabwean tourists from different corners of the world.
The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.
For pure adventure, consider visiting river Zambezi near Victoria Falls. Here, you’ll definitely have a number of breath-taking fun activities like rafting and triggerfish fishing. After that, you can enjoy climbing out of Bakota George, just to enjoy an ice-cold refreshment drink usually served at the restaurants nearby.
The rivers beauty has attracted tourists from all over the world and provides great opportunities for game viewing and various water sports. Hippopotamus, crocodiles, elephants and lions are some examples of wildlife you will find along various parts of the Zambezi river.
The Chinhoyi Caves are a group of limestone and dolomite caves in north central Zimbabwe. Since 1955 they are designated as National Park and managed by the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority.
The Wonder Hole, which is the main feature of the Caves, is in fact a “swallow hole” or a large cavern with a collapsed roof. The walls or sides of the Wonder Hole drop vertically down for 150 feet to the Sleeping Pool. The pool is unbelievably blue and crystal clear which reflects great depth and non-flowing water.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is in west Zimbabwe. Its grasslands and mopane woods are home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs. In the northwest, animals gather at Mandavu and Masuma dams, where there are concealed lookouts.
Bumbusi National Monument includes 18th-century ruins and pre-colonial rock carvings. In the southeast, waterholes include the Nyamandhlovu Pan, with its elevated viewing platform.
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Lake Kariba ake Kariba is Zambia’s undiscovered Riveira ! It offers spectacular views, stunning sunsets, great fishing, boating opportunities, water sports. Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Kariba Recreational Park is based around the Zambezi River, which was initially dammed so as to build a hydroelectricity generation utility for the benefit of both Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park is in southwest Zimbabwe. It’s known for the Matobo Hills, a range of balancing rock formations created by erosion of the granite plateau. The walls of Nswatugi Cave feature Stone Age rock art. The park has significant populations of black eagles and both black and white rhinos. The grave of Cecil Rhodes, founder of former British colony Rhodesia, is carved into the summit of Malindidzimu.
Many of Zimbabwe’s parks are home to the African ‘big five’ (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino), as well as a range of other predators, such as the serval, civet, jackal and hyena.