Kariba Dam – Is the second largest man-made dam in the world and ideal for game viewing, fishing boat cruises and other water activities. Found between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the massive valley which now forms Lake Kariba has survived with most plant and animal species having adapted to the changed conditions. It is unique its quantity of nature reserves, wildlife and the huge tiger fish found in the waters. Spending time on a luxurious houseboat is a fantastic way of seeing the region.
Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe’s greatest game park and one of Africa’s largest. Salt pans, acacia scrub and grassy plains support the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa, including the renowned “big 5”: water buffalo, elephant, lion, black rhino, and leopard. Hwange has a very large concentration of giraffe and it is also home to endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife.
Victoria Falls (Vic Falls) – One of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, the falls and surrounding areas have been declared a World Heritage Site. Known by the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the Smoke that Thunders), the falls were discovered by Scottish explorer David Livingstone and is the largest curtain of water in the world. An average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the edge, dropping between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge, every minute. The town of Victoria Falls is also known as “Adrenaline Capital of Africa” and is home to a variety of adventure sports like bungee jumping, white water rafting and surfing.
‘Flight of the Angels’ – Floating above the falls in a tandem microlight is perhaps the ultimate way to see what Livingstone’s angels saw, but for the less adventurous, there are regular helicopter and light aircraft flights for a similar perspective.
Zambezi River – Sundowner cruises on the broad sweep of Zambezi River upstream of the falls, is an exquisite way to experience an African sunset, while the more energetic can hire canoes for gentle, guided paddling.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins – The largest ancient man-made stone structures in Africa south of the Egyptian Pyramids. At its peak, in the 15th century, some 20,000 people lived in the medieval city. Today all that remains are stacked granite stones and winding corridors. The elliptical Great Enclosure, nearly 100 yards across, is testament to the architectural prowess of this civilization lost to time.
Mana Pools – Situated on the southern bank of the Zambezi River and a World Heritage Site, Mana Pools is one of southern Africa’s top walking Safaris. This portion of the Zambezi Valley is a true wilderness area with one of the highest dry-season concentrations of animals in Zimbabwe. Canoeing along the Zambezi is a specialty of the area and is a ‘real ride on the wild side’ when tackling the strong currents.