Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is the perfect base from where you can explore Zimbabwe.
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.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
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.
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is a 219,600 ha wildlife conservation area and national park in northern Zimbabwe. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions.
The park was inscribed, in conjunction with the Sapi Safari Area (118,000 ha) and Chewore Safari Area (339,000 ha) as a single UNESCO World Heritage site (for a total of 676,600 ha) in 1984. The Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 3 January 2013. Mana Pools National Park is a World Heritage Site based on its pure wilderness and beauty. It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species, and aquatic wildlife, and is one of the world's wildest and best preserved natural ecological areas.
Matobo Hills National Park
The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Bulawayo, southern Zimbabwe. The hills were formed over 2 billion years ago with granite being forced to the surface, this has eroded to produce smooth "whaleback dwalas" and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation. Matopo/Matobo is a corruption of a shona/Venda word, "matombo" which means stones in Tshivenda/chishona. It was named by the ancestors of Kalanga, Venda and shona people who are the original natives of the land.
The Hills cover an area of about 3100 km² (1200 sq mi), of which 424 km² (164 sq mi) is National Park, the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. The park extends along the Thuli, Mtshelele, Maleme and Mpopoma river valleys. Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 km² (39 sq mi) game park, which has been stocked with game including the white rhinoceros. The highest point in the hills is the promontory named Gulati (1549 m; 5082 ft) just outside the north-eastern corner of the park.
Administratively, Matobo National Park incorporates the Lake Matopos Recreational Park, being the area around Hazelside, Sandy Spruit and Lake Matopos.
Gonarezhou National Park: part of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
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.
Nyanga National Park, Sanyatwe, Zimbabwe
Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National Park lies in the north of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. One of the first national parks to be declared in the country, it contains the highest land in Zimbabwe, with green hills and perennial rivers. Most of its terrain consists of rolling downland, sometimes lightly wooded, lying at altitudes between 1,800–2,593 metres (6,560–7,544 feet).
Mount Nyangani, the highest point in Zimbabwe, lies in the centre of the park and Mutarazi Falls, Zimbabwe's highest waterfall, is in the south of the park. Nyanga National park incorporates the former Mutarazi Falls National Park on its southern boundary.
Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
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.