A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a safari highlight of the continent.
Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its wildlife-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for the concentrations of wildlife found around her pans and Gonarezhou for her unspoilt beauty and genuine wilderness. A canoe trip down the Zambezi and through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
Zimbabwe’s most unique selling point is the ability for visitors to get up close to wildlife on foot, with guides who are considered the most rigorously trained in Africa.