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Victoria Falls is the perfect base from where you can explore Zimbabwe. Visit Hwange National Park, one of Africa's forgotten gems, only 200 km away. Then there's Bulawayo, full of history and character, and gateway to the Matobos Hills. And don't forget historic Great Zimbabwe, or the man-made marvel of Lake Kariba, or Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools National Park, all on the tourism circuit.

Victoria Falls is also a great starting-point to explore neighbouring countries, especially Botswana and Zambia. Chobe National Park, Botswana offers great wildlife viewing, and who can resist a trip into the Okavango Delta. Zambia offers the opportunity to explore the river upstream and downstream, from Sioma Falls to Siavonga on Lake Kariba, and a wealth of National Parks, including Kafue, Lower Zambezi and Luangwa.

Wherever you are coming from, and wherever you are going to, make sure Victoria Falls, and Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge, are part of your trip!

Victoria Falls

A World Heritage Site, the Victoria Falls are Zimbabwe's prime tourist attraction and the gateway to the country. The Falls themselves vary dramatically with the seasons, but remain spectacular at any time of the year. The numerous activities available here have made it Africa's adrenaline capital - from white-water rafting to bungee jumping and helicopter flights, Victoria Falls has something to offer everyone.

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Looking for activity or safari options in and around Victoria Falls? Contact us by email for information and our recommendations.

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe's largest National Park is home to its greatest diversity of wildlife and highest concentrations of elephant, lion and much more. Hwange offers excellent safari experiences to rival anywhere in Africa, from luxury lodges and game drives to walking safaris, all led by some of the best guides in Africa, this is big five country and a wilderness to savour.

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Looking for something different? Try a walking safari in Hwange National Park with Leon Varley Walking Safaris.

Matobo National Park

The Park's distinctive rock formations are unique and inspiring. A rich cultural landscape with a long tradition of human habitation is recorded in its wealth of bushman cave art. More recent associations with Ndebele Kings and colonial figureheads make this Park a history lesson on the country and its origins, a place of contemplation and spiritual renewal.

Great Zimbabwe

The enigmatic ruins of Great Zimbabwe, from which the nation takes its name, are the most importance ancient monuments in sub-Saharan Africa. Standing in silent testimony to the lost civilisation of the country's ancestors, they have given rise to legends and inspired the awe and imagination of adventurers, travellers and indeed Zimbabweans themselves.

Lake Kariba

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Created by the construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s, Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Known as 'Zimbabwe's Riviera' the Lake has since become an attractive and popular holiday destination for Zimbabwean's and tourists alike. The emphasis here is on leisure - relaxing on holiday houseboats, watching wildlife or testing your angling skills are all to be enjoyed.

Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park is one of several protected wildlife areas with shorelines on Lake Kariba. Some 338,000 acres (1370 km2) in area, it is bounded on the west by the Ume river and on the east by the Sanyati River. Two-thirds of it lies south of the Zambezi Escarpment formed by the 1968 foot (600 m) high Matusadona Hills from which it takes its name.

Mana Pools National Park

Situated downstream from Lake Kariba on the southern banks of the Zambezi, this legendary Park is known for its canoeing and walking safaris. Close encounters with big game here are commonplace, with healthy populations of elephant, buffalo and lion among others. This is wilderness at its wildest.

Eastern Highlands

Running some 300km from north to south along Zimbabwe's eastern border, the Eastern Highlands offers beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and rugged mountains, with breathtaking valleys and gorges containing waterfalls, rivers and lakes. With its refreshing mountain climate, the Highlands are a popular holiday retreat. The mountain forests and meadows are home to a wealth of wildlife not found elsewhere in the country.

Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou National Park is located in south-eastern Zimbabwe, south of Chimanimani along the Mozambique border. At 5,053 square kilometres Gonarezhou is Zimbabwe's second largest game reserve after Hwange National Park. Owing to its vast size, rugged terrain and its location away from main tourist routes, large tracts of Gonarezhou remain as pristine wilderness. It forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

Looking for accommodation or safari tours in Zimbabwe? Contact us by email for information and our recommendations.

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Looking for activity or safari options in and around Victoria Falls? Contact us by email for information and our recommendations.