With no fewer than five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the superb natural wonders of the Victoria Falls and the Mana Pools and Matobo national parks, and the fascinating ruined cities of Great Zimbabwe and Khami – Zimbabwe offers an extraordinary safari experience for adventurous and active travellers. This adventure-filled safari takes you to three of Zimbabwe’s most thrilling destinations.
Start off at the iconic Victoria Falls, which straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. These breathtaking waterfalls plunge 108 metres down in a thundering cataract that throws off a misty veil, resulting in its local name of ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, the smoke that thunders. When you’ve seen your fill, there are plenty of both high- and low-adrenaline activities to keep you busy, from bungee jumping and white water rafting on the Zambezi River to sundowner cruises or helicopter flips.
From busy, buzzing Vic Falls, head to ‘elephant central’: Hwange National Park. Here you are guaranteed exceptional elephant interactions, with the park being home to about 40 000 elephants, as well as the rest of the Big Five — lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo — and big cats. As well as richly rewarding safari game viewing, you can explore Hwange’s archaeological and cultural treasures, including rock carvings and ruins similar to those at Great Zimbabwe.
Round off your safari at Mana Pools, a justifiably famous safari destination for those in the know. Zimbabwe’s northernmost park has, with Sapi and Chewoe safari areas, been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site of outstanding universal value for its wildness, natural beauty and the extraordinary spectacle of wildlife massing along the Zambezi’s banks in the dry season.