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Discover Zimbabwe: So Much More Than Just Victoria Falls!

The Magestic Victoria Falls, millions of litres of water from the Zambezi River plunging into the gorge below.

The Magestic Victoria Falls, millions of litres of water from the Zambezi River plunging into the gorge below.

Join us as we discover Zimbabwe, a country often overlooked but brimming with captivating experiences waiting to be discovered!

Imagine a place where the spray of a majestic waterfall hangs heavy in the air, where ancient ruins whisper tales of forgotten civilizations, and vast landscapes teeming with wildlife ignite your sense of adventure. In this blog we share just a few of the amazing sights and spaces in this incredible landlocked African hidden gem. 

Starting off with what many travellers consider the first and main reason to travel to Zimbabwe…

Victoria Falls

Brace yourself for the mighty Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. Locals believe the churning waters are the domain of Nyaminyami, a powerful river god, and leaving offerings like beads at the water’s edge is said to appease him and ensure a safe and unforgettable encounter.

The Rainbow created by the Spray from Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe

The Rainbow created by the Spray from Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls . Image by Monika Neumann from Pixabay.

This awe-inspiring natural wonder of the world plunges 108 meters, sending a perpetual cloud of mist skyward. This mist nourishes a lush rainforest surrounding the falls, teeming with amazingly diverse birdlife and vibrant green vegetation. But the magic doesn’t stop there. The spray also creates a magical phenomenon – a double rainbow often referred to as the “flight of angels.”

For an even more unique perspective, take a thrilling helicopter trip up over the falls, also known as a “flight of the angels” experience. Soar above the churning water and witness the full majesty of Victoria Falls, including the panoramic view of the rainbows, from a bird’s-eye view. This unforgettable adventure will leave you speechless. For the best photos of the waterfall, view the falls on the Zimbabwean side during the low-water season, from late September to November.

During this time, you will discover that your views of the cascading water are not obscured by the mist which sometimes can be difficult to see through the mist.  

Discover Zimbabwe’s Conservation

The mists created by the falling water of Victorial Falls nurtures a rainforest surrounding the falls which is a protected ecosystem.

The Rainforest surrounding Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is a protected ecosystem.

Whilst it is true that Zimbabwe used to struggle with illegal hunting, the country of late has demonstrated a dedication to conservation. Many initiatives showcase the country and its government’s commitment to protecting the area’s incredible biodiversity, a vital step towards re-establishing the country as a leader in conservation. Their hard work is protecting Zimbabwe’s natural heritage so that many generations to come will be able to discover Zimbabwe for themselves.

Discover Zimbabwe and her Elephants as well as baby elephants.

Mother and baby elephant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Over 14% of the land is dedicated to wildlife areas, with successful programs like CAMPFIRE empowering communities through sharing tourism revenue incentivizing local involvement in conservation. These efforts have seen success, with the African Wildlife Foundation reporting stable or increasing populations for key species.  

Discover Zimbabwe’s delicate ecosystems like the protected rainforest surrounding the majestic Victoria Falls, and the diverse landscapes which abound throughout the country.




Discover Zimbabwe’s National Parks

Zimbabwe boasts a vast network of National Parks and Reserves catering to diverse interests.

While discovering Zimbabwe, your itinerary is almost certain to encourage you to discover Hwange National Park, famed for its elephant herds. Or take you to Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering unique canoe safaris.

Don’t miss Matobo Hills National Park’s dramatic rock formations and endangered black rhinos. And if you have time, Matusadona National Park, is a hidden gem with abundant wildlife and boat safaris on Lake Kariba.

Elephant and Zebra at a waterhole in Zimbabwe.

Explore Hwange National Park

Elephant and Zebra at a waterhole in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s largest reserve, is home to one of the largest populations of African Elephants in the world, estimated to number around 40 000. Hwange is also known for its enormous biodiversity made up of the over 100 species of animals and 400 birds.

This is a park where animals can be seen all year round. Large groups of elephants are often spotted gathered around waterholes during the dry season between April and October which is generally considered to be the best for safaris.

However the wet season between November to March, offers lush green landscapes and the chance to see baby animals.

Experience Mana Pools National Park

Parts of this national park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a unique safari experience. Glide silently on canoe safaris down the Zambezi River where on the banks great cliffs overhang the river and its floodplains. Here you will encountering wildlife like hippos and elephants, buffalo and even cheetahs and leopards.

Embark on thrilling walking safaris and soak in the untamed beauty of floodplains, forests, and vibrant sunsets. This area is also the site of an important concentration of Nile crocodiles. 

While wildlife isn’t as dense as other parks, Mana Pools provides a secluded adventure with excellent birding. Plan your trip carefully though. Mana Pools National Park is a seasonal destination, typically accessible from April to November when the water levels recede, creating the iconic floodplain landscape.  During the wet season (December to March), the park becomes inaccessible due to high water levels.

Discover Matobo Hills National Park

Matobo Hills National Park isn’t one to miss. Here, dramatic granite kopjes (isolated rocky hills) rise from the plains, creating a stunning landscape. Explore ancient rock paintings nestled within these kopjes, some dating back thousands of years. The park is also a haven for endangered black rhinos.

History buffs can delve into the rich cultural heritage at the Cecil Rhodes Matopos National Monument. Nature lovers will be awestruck by the scenery, while adventure seekers can explore the rocky outcrops and hidden caves. Matobo Hills truly offers something for everyone.

Boat Safari in Matusadona National Park

If you are after something off the beaten track, then consider Matusadona National Park. This reserve is a hidden gem located on the southern shore of Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe.
This remote and rugged park offers a unique safari experience, characterized by vast open spaces, dramatic scenery, and abundant wildlife.

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and numerous antelope species.  Boat safaris on Lake Kariba offer a unique perspective for viewing wildlife. Spot hippos and crocodiles basking on the shores.

Discover Zimbabwe’s History and Culture

Steeped in history and brimming with culture, Zimbabwe offers experiences beyond the wildlife encounter. Marvel at the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and testament to a powerful African empire, located about 30km from Masvingo.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Shona and Ndebele people, the two largest ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. Witness the electrifying energy of a traditional drumming ceremony, where rhythmic beats and captivating dances come together.

Men and small boys gathered in a drumming cirlce to drum together. Photos from Stock Image site Pixabay.

Zimbabwean people love to gather to enjoy time spent drumming in community groups. Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay.

Learn about the intricate beadwork traditions, where skilled artisans craft stunning jewellery and ornaments with meticulous detail. You can even try your hand at carving a Shona soapstone sculpture, a cherished art form passed down through generations. This hands-on experience offers a unique opportunity to discover Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage.

Visiting these areas will give you an opportunity to discover more about the people.  As you connect with the people of this country you will learn about their traditional dress, and many festivals.

What are you waiting for?

Why not contact one of our reservations consultants today to find out how you can discover Zimbabwe for yourself?


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