The most popular attractions in Zimbabwe are located in the northwest near the border with Zambia. Most visitors opt for a safari at Hwange National Park and visit Victoria Falls before moving on to another destination. While these two regions are certainly worth the popularity, other, lesser known parks are becoming increasingly popular with travelers who want to experience a “wild safari”. No matter where you go, the people and wildlife of Zimbabwe will surely leave all visitors aside.
Victoria Falls – This attraction and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world attracts visitors from all over the world and is a must on your itinerary. The falls are huge, especially during the floods from January to May. The city of Victoria Falls is also known as the adventure capital of Africa, with whitewater rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, wildlife viewing and Zambezi cruises. , Village visits and access to local markets are also possible from this favorable base.
Hwange National Park – A few hours away from Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife viewing destination. This park hosts some of the best wildlife viewing, especially the largest concentrations of African elephants, to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Predators, which are regularly seen here, also attract many wildlife enthusiasts who want to discover the action.
Zambezi National Park – Located in front of the Victoria Falls, Upper Zambezi Park offers a rich gaming experience, especially during the dry season. A large number of elephants, buffalos, hippos and giraffes are popular places and a popular place to spot lions, leopards and wild dogs. If you stay in Victoria Falls, a safari day will give you an idea of the safari experience.
Harare – This up-and-coming city is a common hub for accessing the sites of Northern Zimbabwe. This cosmopolitan city offers a variety of shops, restaurants and a growing arts scene.
Mana Pools – Mana Pools National Park is one of Africa’s best known and least developed national parks. This World Heritage Site in northern Zimbabwe offers fantastic game viewing opportunities and attracts native Zimbabweans as well. Floodplains become a large basin during the rainy season. They dry in four large permanent pools along the Zambezi during the dry season and attract large wild species from all over the region. The park contains large concentrations of hippos and crocodiles as well as elephant and buffalo during the dry season.
Lake Kariba – Located in northern Zimbabwe on the border with Zambia, it is the largest artificial lake and reservoir in the world. The enormity of the pool would have increased seismicity in the area. The lake is rich in a variety of species, as well as hippos, crocodiles and a few herds of elephants.
Matusadona National Park – Located on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, this area offers panoramic lake views, combined with remarkable wildlife, including hippos, elephants and antelopes. Guided hikes with “boat safaris” with fishing opportunities are a great attraction for the region.
Bulawayo – The second largest city in the world, this region is the starting point for some attractions such as the Matobo Hills and the ruins of the neighboring Great Zimbabwe Masvingo. The colonial town itself offers interesting attractions such as the National Art Gallery and the National Museum and some local markets. Most visitors choose to arrive the same day and leave the city.
Matobo Hills – Eroded granite blocks, built years ago, create spectacular “rock architecture”, as well as hills surrounded by shaped and well-balanced blocks surrounded by vegetation. Covering an area of 3,100 square kilometers, part of the hill is referred to as Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe’s oldest park. This park has a high concentration of botanical diversity, including about 200 species of trees and a variety of species, including the elusive white rhinoceros and a dense population of leopards. Hiking, horse riding and fishing are allowed in the park.
Gonarezhou National Park – This park is located in southeast Zimbabwe, near the border of Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. These three immense parks form a huge territory and a playground for the Big 5, which will not only impress. Visitors can watch rhinos, elephants, buffalos, some big cats, dogs and amazing birds. Nearby, there are more than 400 species of birds in the Malilangwe Private Game Reserve, including 14 eagle species.