There has recently been an increased interest in tours to Zimbabwe, which was named as one of The New York Times’ ‘52 Places to go in 2015.’ Despite the civil unrest that has plagued Zimbabwe over the past several decades, the country’s political and economic issues have been relatively stabilised. This has opened a gateway for international visitors to explore the many wonders of Zimbabwe with more freedom – quite literally, in fact, as the Victoria Falls Airport is set to open its international terminal in July. Located in the southern part of Africa, Zimbabwe is an ethnically diverse country with sixteen official languages and thus makes tours to Zimbabwe a richly cultural experience.
Zimbabwe is rich in game and has a plethora of magnificent wild animals, including lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, hippos, antelopes, zebras, and giraffes. There are eight main national parks, which provide the best opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat, the largest of which is Hwange National Park. Although wildlife expeditions bring to mind the image of cramped tents and sleeping bags, there is a selection of accommodation options, including those that are more upscale, such as the Bomani Tented Lodge in the Hwange National Park. The scope of Zimbabwe’s National Parks alone is incredible, and first-time travellers, in particular, may want to consider one of the several pre-designed tours to Zimbabwe. Tour-planning specialists, like the Red Savannah or the Cox and Kings, have designed new tours to Zimbabwe which make one’s travelling experience swifter, safer, and far more enjoyable without the stress of navigating an unknown country by oneself. With a little bit of help, one can explore the hidden hideouts of the beautiful country, and discover the gems of a place that would otherwise remain secret.
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River
There is a multitude of sites to visit in Zimbabwe, which is home to Victoria Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, and certainly one of the most majestic. The Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site; part of the Zambezi River and forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Tours to Zimbabwe must include a visit to Harare, the largest city and capital of the country, as well as an exploration of any of the number of ancient ruins. To take a step through time one can visit the Towers of Great Zimbabwe – the fascinating ruins of the pre-colonial era, where it is easy to get lost in the day dreaming of bygone civilisations. The granite landform of Matobo Hills is a Unesco World Heritage Site, situated just south of Bulawayo. They are natural rock formations that present a complex series of rock art that dates back 13,000 years, and has the highest concentration of rock paintings in southern Africa. For an exciting addition to one’s on-land adventure, one can go to scope out the hippos on a water safari. For those who want the adventure of a water safari without the roughing-it experience, Matusadona offers the opportunity to voyage the Lake Kariba in style and comfort on their luxury cruiser.
Tours to Zimbabwe are richly diverse, from expeditions amongst the wildlife to explorations of attractions that are both historical and fascinating. Whether one is looking for a family getaway, a romantic honeymoon, or the safari of a lifetime, Zimbabwe has everything to offer.