Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape, the majestic Victoria Falls and extraordinarily diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas.
Despite its political past and its economic challenges, Zimbabwe has kept intact its most extraordinary tourist credentials: dramatic landscapes under a perfect climate, friendly and welcoming people, a wide range of historical and cultural attractions, a number of thrilling adventure activities, and some of the best wildlife encounter worldwide. As stability to the country has returned, so too have the travellers and slowly but surely Zimbabwe is once again earning its reputation as the top Safari Destination of choice.
Good infrastructure make it relatively easy to move between different parks and enjoy different environments. Hwange National Park is just about one hour south of Victoria Falls, in the northwest corner of the country. Further South to Bulawayo Matobo Hills National Park is also easy to access. More difficult to reach but highly rewarding is Mana Pools and another great water-based safari experience is at Matusadona Park, on the Southern shore of Lake Kariba, between Victoria Falls and Manap Pools.
It is not only the dramatic landscapes teeming with wildlife, the beautiful national parks, rugged mountains and lush forests that make this country a prime safari destination. Zimbabwe is renowned in Africa for the high quality of its guides, and the standard of lodges. The decline in tourism in the past years in Zimbabwe provide even greater opportunities for unparalleled wilderness experiences, far from the safari highways known in South Africa, Kenya or elsewhere. In its national parks there is a high probabiilty of seeing several of the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino), as well as giraffe, cheetah, hyena, jackal, monkey, antelope. Zimbabwe is one of the last rhinoceros havens with both white and black rhinos. Other rare species to be found in Zimbabwe include the wild dog, nyala, the king cheetah and the samango monkey.
Adrenaline seekers will love bungee jumping and white-water rafting at the Falls, while adventurists turn to canoeing and walking safaris along the mighty Zambezi River. Culture vultures and historians will be enthralled by the bushman paintings at Matopos, the mysterious Ruins of ancient Great Zimbabwe and the stone sculptures in Harare.