Zimbabwe is a unique and beautiful country to visit, boasting the majestic Victoria Falls, magnificent wildlife preserves among the most and abundant on the continent, the medieval ruins of Great Zimbabwe. The name Zimbabwe was derived from the stone structures of Great Zimbabwe or Zimbabwe which means “houses of stone”.
Bordered by Botswana on the west, Zambia on the north, Mozambique on the east, and South Africa on the south, it lies on a high plateau, with the northeastern border marked by the Zambezi River, along with the Victoria Falls and the magnificent Lake Kariba. Zimbabwe also shares a narrow border with Namibia to the west via a narrow corridor of land.
Zimbabwe has a population of over 11 million people. The biggest cities are Harare and Bulawayo. This popular tourist destination’s greatest asset is its friendly people, always ready to welcome visitors to their country with a smile.
Zimbabwe is a mecca for the outdoor-lover and adventure traveller, offering outstanding scenery, excellent wildlife viewing and a wide variety of water-based adventures on the Zambezi River.
Points of Interest
The Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the smoke which thunders’ is a must see. A World Heritage Site, the roar and the cloud of mist that perpetually forms above it can be seen from a distance of 40 km. The best time to view the Falls is from September to November.
Flight of Angels is an exhilarating experience over Victoria Falls with great views of the Falls, the gorges and upstream of the Zambezi river
Zambezi River Cruise – A superb way to enjoy the beauty of the River with the sighting of a variety of game including hippo, crocodile and elephant as well as many different bird species.
Hwange Reserve situated south of Victoria Falls, it is connected to several private reserves that offer less restricted game viewing including walks and game drives.
Whitewater rafting – Regarded as the world’s greatest whitewater rafting adventure, rafting down the mighty Zambezi is an experience like none other. River conditions are determined by seasonal predictable fluctuations in water levels.
Bungi jumping – Operating off the Victoria Falls Bridge, here you can challenge your limits by leaping off the impressive bridge, with Vic Falls behind and the mighty Zambezi below.
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient ruined city that was built using stone but no mortar. The site dates back to the 2nd century AD and was the ancient capital of the Shona Empire.
Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. These are precariously balanced to form sculptural stacks. Among these strange formations are thousands of well-preserved rock paintings.
Lake Kariba was formed in 1958 by damming the Zambezi River at Kariba. Its scattered islands, clear, deep waters and adjoining game reserve offer unparalleled boat-based game viewing as well as excellent fishing.
Nature has given Zimbabwe one of the finest climates in the world a beautiful and moderate climate with rain during November to May. Days are sunny often with a dramatic late afternoon thunderstorm. September to October is the top time for wildlife viewing.