Wanderlist Discover: Zimbabwe
Despite the political unrest that Zimbabwe has been struggling with for many years, the friendly people of this land-locked country have politely welcomed tourists from all over the world, ensuring that tourism was relatively safe and trouble-free. Zimbabwe has abundant wild life, well-preserved national parks, spectacular water-falls & lakes and UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites that provide a glimpse into the history of the African continent. Most of the attractions in Zimbabwe are outside the cities, and it is in the forests where you can get to view the real beauty of Zimbabwe, the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo). Despite being one of the best places in Africa to go on a Safari, Zimbabwe is relatively less-crowded as compared to some other destinations in Africa, and a safari here truly feels like you have stepped off the map, onto a different planet.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
Victoria Falls : The Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River, is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Africa, if not the world. Although not the world’s tallest or widest falls, it is generally considered as the biggest falls. In peak flood season, a staggering 625 million litres of water spills over the edge every minute. It is located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, and there are several adrenalin-fuelled activity options along the banks for tourists.
Great Zimbabwe : Once the capital of the medieval Kingdom of Zimbabwe, this is one of the most historical and important archaeological sites in Africa. It comprises of a huge complex of towering stone ruins, complete with turrets, dungeons and high walls.
Hwange National Park : The largest and one of the oldest natural reserves in Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is a must for viewing the Big Five of the Zimbabwe, as well as its other natural animal and plant life. It is home to several species of endangered flora and fauna, so you will spend a lot of time craning your neck out from the vehicle and keeping a watchful eye out for the animals and birds.
Best Time To Go: April to mid-October
The dry season from April to mid-October is generally the best time to visit Zimbabwe. This is also a good time to spot the wild animals, as the dry season brings the animals together at the watering holes.
Where in the world:
Zimbabwe is a land-locked nation in Southern Africa.
Fun Fact: The Victoria Falls, popularly known as "The Smoke That Thunders”, plunges off a precipice measuring almost 110 meters in height and 1700 meters in width, making it one of the largest sheets of water falling on the planet. In flood season, the spray and mist of the falls can be seen almost 50 kms away, and the “thunder” itself can be heard 40 kms away.
Language : Shona and Ndebele are the local dialects but English is also spoken in most tourist type places.
Currency : US Dollar, although the British Pound and the South African Rand are also accepted in many estabishments
How to Get Around : Hiring a tour guide with a vehicle will be your best option to visit the destinations outside the city, but around Harare you can get around using metered taxis and shuttle buses.
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