~ Historically known as Rhodesia, Zimbabwe derives its name from Shona after the Great Zimbabwe ruins, an ancient ruined city situated in the south east of the country.

~ As one of the major trading and migration routes Zimbabwe was first demarcated by Cecil Rhodes in the late 1800s. The country’s most renowned attraction is Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world and one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

~ Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe and home to the late male lion Cecil.

~ Stunning Mana Pools a UNESCO world heritage site that attracts large animals in the dry season such as hippo, buffalo and elephants. Islands and sandbanks break through the river as the water recedes in the dry season.

~ Victoria Falls one of the seven wonders of the world and the mighty Zambezi.

~ Matobo Hills in southern Zimbabwe is an area of granite kopjes, hills formed over 2000 million years ago when granite like boulders were forced to the surface then eroded over time. They are a popular attraction due to their interesting shape and local wildlife. Cecil Rhodes was buried here in Matobo Hills.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The seasons are generally divided into two seasons - green and dry - though Zimbabwe does have a transition season in April & May. Green season sees the birth of antelope and zebra. In the transition season in the highveld and the southern areas of the country, night time temperatures have started to fall.
Zimbabwe is a popular destination to visit year round though, wildlife is more abundant in the drier season. The Zambezi floodplain in Mana Pools attracts large concentrations of buffalo, elephant, zebra, waterbuck, eland and kudu.

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Mighty rivers, majestic waterfalls and spectacular wildlife viewing are just a few windows on Zimbabwe’s diversity. Whether it be a houseboat on Lake Kariba or a canoe safari down the Zambezi Valley there is plenty of adventurous wildlife viewing to be done. Mana Pools, located in the Zambezi Valley, has some of the country’s best wildlife sightings. Large concentrations of buffalo and elephant are a major highlight along the rivers edge.
Ana trees shed their protein rich pods which are vital for many species. Scenic views of the Great Rift Valley escarpment can be seen over the border in Zambia. Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Vast amounts of spray are seen kilometres away as water plummets into the gorge below. The falls border both Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Elephants, baobabs and four pools.

In the northern part of Zimbabwe, from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba flows the mighty Zambezi River. As the river reaches the floodplains of Mana Pools wildlife is abundant, sandy river banks, islands and steep escarpments make a magnificent backdrop.

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Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the Zambezi River in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Mana meaning “four” in Shona, is named after the four main pools near the parks headquarters.

The summer rains bring a wide expanse of lakes and idyllic river scenery, its magnificent landscapes and extensive wildlife are a photographer’s paradise. The Zambezi floodplains are full of wildlife including buffalos, elephants, zebras, waterbuck and impala. Never to far out of sight and earshot are grunting hippo’s, lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas.

Adventure lovers will be in awe of Mana Pools, take part in a walking safari and for those seeking more adventure, a day-long or extended canoe safari. This is a great way to explore the 300km stretch of water finishing at the Mozambique border. Other activities include hiking, game viewing and at night study the stars that illuminate the dark sky above.

Waterholes, a wildlife hide and herds of buffalo.

Edging onto the border of Botswana, this corner wildlife pocket consist’s of Zimbabwe’s most fascinating parks. The Zambezi and Hwange national parks are diverse with their wildlife, and the stunning Victoria Falls is one of the countries famous iconic features.

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Backing onto the edge of the eastern area of the Kalahari desert, Hwange National Park occupies over 14,000 square kilometres. The largest national park in Zimbabwe and approximately one hour from Victoria Falls. Hwange is home to a large variety of wildlife, including 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birdlife, and the elephant population is one of the largest worldwide.

Hwange National Park isn’t only for elephant lovers, visitors will also see vast concentration’s of buffalos, zebras, rhinos and giraffes. All of Zimbabwe’s protected animals are generally found in Hwange, and it is in this area where brown hyenas are able to roam freely in large numbers.

In Hwange enjoy a range of selected activities including day walks, night drives, or simply just relaxing in camp. Take in the surrounds of Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s most wild, unspoilt destinations. Your itinerary isn’t complete without a visit to the park.

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