About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a beautiful landlocked country located in Southern Africa, bordered by Botswana, South Africa, Zambezi and Mozambique.

Name - The name Zimbabwe is derived from the 11th century city 'Dzimba Dzamabwe' which means great houses of stone in the Shona language.  Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia.  Capital - Harare (Founded in 1890 as Salisbury.  The name was changed to Harare in 1982).  Main Cities - Harare, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Epworth, Kwekwe, Kadoma, Masvingo.  Population - 13 million. Currency - United States Dollar.  Official Languages - English, Shona and Sindebele.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Victoria Falls

With the largest sheet of falling water, Victoria Falls is a wonder of the natural world and Zimbabwe's most popular tourist destination.  The park is open year round with visitors having different experiences depending on when they visit during the year.  Rainy season - November to March.  Dry season - April to October.

Things To Do:  Victoria Falls Rain Forest tour  |  Canoeing  |  Visit to the Crocodile Farm  |  White water rafting  | Sunset cruises  |  Bungee jumping  |  Gorge swing  |  Flying fox cable slide  |  Abseilling  |  Tram or bridge tour  | Canopy tour  |  Microlight flights  |  Helicopter ride  |  Game drives  |  Casino  |  Horse-back safari  |  Elephant ride  | Lion walk  |  High tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel  |  Chobe Day Trip

Hwange National Park

Located in the north west corner of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe (roughly 14 650 square kilometres).

The park boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife, with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded.  The elephants of Hwange are world famous and one of the largest in the world.

Things To Do:  Game drives  |  Wilderness trails  |  Fishing  |  Game viewing

Kariba

Kariba is a town in Mashonaland West Province, located near the border with Zambia.  In addition to the accommodation on offer, Lake Kariba offers a variety of water-based activities which can be enjoyed year round due to the hot weather.

Things To Do:  Lodges  |  Houseboats  |  Fishing (International Tiger Fishing Tournament - October)  |  Visit to Kariba Dam  |  Sunset Booze Cruise  |  Game Drives  |  Visit to the Crocodile Farm  |  Traditional village trips  | Casino  |  Wildlife photography

Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is an ancienty city in the south eastern hills that was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country's late iron age.  Spanning an area of 722 hectares and once housing up to 18 000 people, Great Zimbabwe is recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park is an area of granite kopjes located just south of Bulawayo.  The area exhibits a vast number of unique rock landforms and balancing rocks, over 200 species of trees, a wide range of animal, bird and fish species, and over 3000 registered San (bushmen) rock paintings.  Matobo Hills are a designated World Heritage Site.

Gonarezhou National Park

The scenic Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometres.  "Gonarezhou" means "place of many elephants".

Things to Do:  Game viewing  |  Fishing |  Walking safaris  |  Viewing points  |  Natural water pans  |  Chibilila Falls  |  Duguvi Falls  |   Bird watching

Mana Pools

Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe.  The region attracts many large animals making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions.

It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles and dry season populations of elephant and buffalo.  In 1984 Mana Pools was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Eastern Highlands

The Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe form the border with Mozambique and comprise of three main mountain groups - Nyanga, Vumba Mountains and Chimanimani.

The area is covered in rich grassland and forests and have an abundance of bird and animal life.  Zimbabwe's highest peak, Mount Inyangani and Africa's second longest waterfalls, Mtarazi Falls, are found in the Eastern Highlands.

Things To Do:  Mountain hiking  |  Trout fishing  |  Golf  |  Bird viewing  |  Casino  |  Walking safaris  | Cave viewing