Zimbabwe is blessed with a host of globally-recognised touristic gems, mostly of the natural variety, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The two most famous areas to visit in Zimbabwe are the incomparable Victoria Falls (on the western border), and the wide expanse of Lake Kariba (on the northwestern border).
In both cases, wondrous natural features have ensured the development of tourist hubs which are comparatively safe for visitors, boast plentiful activities and attractions, and offer well-developed amenities.
Victoria Falls alone justifies travelling to Zimbabwe, with the Zambezi River, where the falls are located, also famed for its high-volume whitewater rafting adventures. Lake Kariba is a favourite playground for fishermen and boaters, particularly renowned for its house boating potential.
Of course, Zimbabwe is also home to diverse wildlife and some game viewing is a must during a visit to the country. The Matusadona National Park, which incorporates Lake Kariba, is a good option for animal sightings. Other popular game parks include Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Matobo Hills National Park. Keen bird watchers will find the Honde Valley and Eastern Highlands well worth a visit.
Culturally, the most popular attraction in the country is Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 11th century. Exploring the well-preserved ruins of this mysterious ancient culture is thrilling.
Located in the north of Zimbabwe near the Zambian border, Kariba is the Zimbabwean centre for the tourist industry orientated around the magnificent Lake Kariba. It is also a good base from which to explore surrounding game reserves and attractions in northern... see full details
The majestic Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is located on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Explorer David Livingstone named the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855. One of the seven natural wonders... see full details
The granite formations in Matobo National Park contain rock art and San artefacts that date back thousands of years. Surrounded by huge rock formations and delicately balanced boulders, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a scenic place to see game like white and black... see full details
There are three primary national parks to explore while on holiday in Vic Falls - the Victoria Falls National Park, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of the falls and, about 120 miles (193km) further south, the Hwange National Park. These parks... see full details
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park has a split personality: it incorporates a vast expanse of flat, arid land which becomes a broad expanse of glorious lakes after each rainy season, which lasts from November to April. Animals follow the pools in search of water, and... see full details
The capital of Zimbabwe during the Iron Age and dating back to the 11th century, Great Zimbabwe was home to the royal palace and an estimated 18,000 people in its heyday. At some point the city was abandoned, and now it stands empty... see full details
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