Tourism in Zimbabwe is on the rise! While from afar her plight doesn’t paint a somewhat picturesque image, the reality is very different and most would insist it’s hands down one of the safest, friendliest and most spectacular countries in Africa. From the tumbling waters of Victoria Falls to the busy cities of Bulawayo and Harare, a visit to Zimbabwe is always an exciting experience. From Highveld’s where you can spot the Big Five in their natural habitats across various national parks to balancing boulders and the flaming masasa trees, lush mountain areas and laid back towns bursting with friendly welcomes from locals famous for their politeness and resilience in the face of hardship.
Zimbabwe and her almost 13 million people, boasting 16 official languages to boot is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. Here you will experience a culture like no other, a culture of dance and a culture of peace especially when it comes to wildlife conservation. As members of the pan African Peace Parks Foundation, which has created Trans Frontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) they protect wildlife corridors across borders. Zimbabwe is a member of two TFCAs, Kavango-Zambezi TFCA and the Great Limpopo Trans Frontier Park in the SE, helping the vital movement of many animals, especially our elephants known affectionately as “Jumbos”.
Enjoy a walking safari in the vast Hwange National Park, home to one of the biggest elephant populations of any national park in Africa. Latest estimates give a conservative figure of around 30,000, but Hwange does more than just elephants, there are also healthy populations of lions, leopards, hyenas and even wild dogs as well as massive herds of buffalo and all the other classic African herbivores.
The Mana Pools National Park, one of the country’s lesser known national parks, and described as “Arm chair game viewing” as the glorious water habitats where elephants and lions come to drink daily on the banks of the Lower Zambezi can literally be enjoyed from the comfort of your arm chair, so indeed one of the best places for camping in the wild! The name – Mana means ‘four’ in the Shona language, because of the four inland pools that are the remnants of oxbow lakes. These spots attract hippo, crocodiles and a vast array of birdlife, making this a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.
The Matopos another UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous as the Burial place of Cecil John Rhode’s Burial Place but also for the richness of diverse bird life. Huge black eagles perched atop of balancing boulders or soaring along the cliffs in search of prey. Undoubtedly the priority if you visit the Matopos Hills. Stunning 360deg views from the top illustrate why Cecil John Rhodes chose this place as his final resting place. Still today, the Matopo area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are any sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.
Zimbabwe and all her scenery is simply exquisite.