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Africa's most 'hidden gem' destination
Nestled between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, Zimbabwe's magic is her wildness, adventure, varied biodiversity, stunning scenery and resplendent wildlife. From teeming elephant herds in Hwange, the raw wildness of Mana Pools, outstanding natural beauty of the Matobo Hills or the surging waters of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe's diversity makes this one of Africa's top safari destinations.
Forget what you’ve heard. Zimbabwe may have received some pretty bad press over the past few years, but anyone who decides to leave this country off their bucket list would be making a massive mistake.
Visitors to Zimbabwe will tell you that, despite the political hardships, the people are extremely friendly, the prices are very reasonable, plus: the country boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
The first and most popular of these is Victoria Falls. Touted as the adrenaline capital of Africa, the mighty Victoria Falls offers a number of thrilling activities, such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping, croc-cage diving and helicopter flights over the mighty Falls.
‘The smoke that thunders’ is amazing to visit all year round, and rainy and dry season guarantee quite different—but equally awe-inspiring—experiences.
On the other side of the mighty Zambezi River, Zambia plays host to many of Victoria Falls’ wildlife and adventure activities.
The Zambezi teems with hippos and crocodiles, so any journey made on the water is a highlight. You can also opt for a guided canoe trail through the Lower Zambezi National Park, a marvellous way to view bird and animal life up close, and at a more sedate pace.
If you follow the Zambezi River downstream from Victoria Falls, you come upon yet another World Heritage Site: Mana Pools. These four massive oxbow pools were formed by the changing currents of the Zambezi over thousands of years and now attract flocks of wildlife in dry seasons.
For one of the best game-viewing experiences on the continent, however, head over to Hwange National Park, home to over 400 species of birdlife, as well as one of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
Hwange National Park is home to over 400 species of birdlife and one of Africa’s largest elephant herds;
Mana Pools—a UNESCO Natural World Heritage—where droves of wildlife flock in dry season;
Home to Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world;
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe, once home to one of Africa’s oldest civilisations as well as (legend has it) the Queen of Sheba.