zimbabwe

We know that as soon as you read the word ‘Zimbabwe’, a little bit of doubt may have crossed your mind. To say that Zimbabwe has received bad press over the past few years would be an understatement, however Zimbabwe remains one of the most beautiful, friendly and scenic countries in all of Africa, with SO much to offer. Zimbabwe is one of those places that forever hold a place in your heart and it has so much to see from a wildlife and adventure perspective. The town of Victoria Falls, where you can see, yip...you guessed it, the might Victoria Falls, is a beautiful little town home to some of the most luxurious lodges, wildlife which can be seen roaming the town, friendly locals and a hive of bustling markets and delicious restaurants. It would be hard to argue that the view of the falls from the Zimbabwean side is anything less than magnificent as you walk under the canopy of thick forests, listen to birds chirping above you, and skirt around the monkeys and antelope that dot the pathways. Needless to say that you will of course catch unrivalled views of the falls spanning for the majority of the length of this natural wonder, and if you dare to adventure to the edge of the park, make sure to bring waterproof gear as you will get wet…if not soaked (rain jackets are available at the market just outside the entrance). Victoria Falls is known as the adrenaline capital of Africa, offering river rafting down the mighty Zambezi as you navigate your way through world-class rapids or you can view the rapids from above as you bungee-jump off of the old railway bridge. Take to the skies and enjoy seeing the falls from either a microlight or helicopter or enjoy a very mellow meander on the upper Zambezi sipping cocktails at your leisure while watching wildlife come down the banks for their own evening drinks. As beautiful as this part of Zimbabwe is, a trip to the nearby Hwange National Park is what really starts the love affair with Zimbabwe as it’s home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the continent, as well as over 400 species of birds, for all the bird-lovers out there. If you follow the Zambezi further downriver, you’ll find yourself coming face to face with the mighty Kariba Lake, a man-made lake used as a part of hydro-electric power scheme which is based in the town of Kariba on the Western end of the lake. There are some beautiful places to stay around Kariba including island camps, Bumi Hills and Matusadona National Park. Another popular way to see the lake is to jump aboard a house boat that comes with a private chef and crew to tend to your every need, whilst often having wildlife sightings all to yourself from the water. Lastly, and our personal favourite, the part that will be the cherry on top of solidifying your love affair with not only Zimbabwe, but Africa, is Mana Pools National Park. As the Zambezi river flows past the town of Kariba, it makes it way into the Mana Pools forming four oxbow pools, which annually flood the surrounding plains bringing with it a mini migration of animals as the plains start to produce life-giving water and food.

Our Zimbabwe Highlights

* Experience the rush of adrenaline or simply kick back and relax on the banks of the Zambezi. * Marvel at the beauty of Lake Kariba and surroundings, a unique safari experience that few take the time to experience. * Go on a walking safari at the legendary Mana Pools, a park known for its close wildlife encounters with animals such as elephants, as they seem to be more habituated to foot safari than most other parks. You might even be lucky to enough to witness a bull elephant stand on his hind legs in an attempt to reach the pods of the Ana Tree.