Destination In Africa.
Zimbabwe is situated in Southern Africa on the northern border of South Africa and borders Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana. For a small land locked country Zimbabwe has plenty to offer, from the huge boulders of the Matobo Hills, to rolling hills of the Eastern Highlands, and large game parks full of all types of wildlife, not forgetting Victoria Falls one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Zimbabwe has it all!!
The Zambezi Valley stretches from Victoria Falls in the east, and then flows into Lake Kariba from there it goes into the Middle Zambezi which is famous for its fishing, especially tiger, and wildlife.Wildlife such as hippo, buffalo, crocodiles, rhino, elephant and lion roam around the Zambezi Valley. Mana Pools is a well known park where there is a wide variety of game, and game walks and drives are very popular in this park. Canoe Safaris are one of the best in Southern Africa, and is the ideal way to get up close to the animals and nature.There are many camps along the banks of the Zambezi River which give you the ideal opportunity to catch tiger fish whilst viewing the game as well.
Lake Kariba, in Zimbabwe, is a vast man made lake stretching for over 5000 square kilometres. It is a very popular tourist destination in Zimbabwe, every year in October there is the annual tiger fish tournament held which attracts many fisherman to the lake. Houseboats are a popular way of seeing the lake, and are the ideal way to relax; fish, game and bird view and enjoy the peaceful and serene surroundings of the bush. Not to mention the breathtaking sunsets over the lake at the end of the day!!
Zimbabwe National Parks
Hwange National Park
Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest national park and has the biggest variety of animals from elephants, lions, buffalo, kudu, impala as well as plenty of birdlife.
September and October are the best times of year to visit as the game come down to the waterholes where you can view them for the viewing platforms provided within the camp. The rainy season is not recommended (Nov – Mar) as the wildlife is much harder to find.
Chimanimani National Park
Chimanimani National Park is located on the eastern side of Zimbabwe and borders with Mozambique. This is a popular park for hiking, and the mountainous park has stunning views over Mozambique and is home to beautiful flowers such as orchids and heather aloes.
Chizarira National Park
This park is found at the top of the Zambezi Escarpment in the north west of Zimbabwe; it has stunning views of the Zambezi Valley and has plenty of wildlife including leopards, lions and elephants.
Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou is found in the south eastern part of the country, the Save and Runde Rivers run through the park and this is where the majority of the game can be found
Matobo National Park
The Matobo National Park lies in the south western part of the country, just 40kms from Bulawayo. It is well known for being the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes. It has a wide variety of animals the majority of which can be found in the Whovi Game Park.
Mutusadona National Park
This Park is home to big herds of elephants and buffalo; it is found on the southern part of Lake Kariba. Places such as Spurwing Island offer game drives and walks in the Mutusadona Game Park.
Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National park is located in the Eastern highlands. Tourists and locals are attracted here to catch trout in the many rivers or climb and Zimbabwe's highest mountain, Mt. Nyangani.
Mana Pools National Park
It is located in the Zambezi Valley and has a large population of different kinds of animals that roam freely around the park, as well as a huge variety of bird life. Watch out for the hyena and honey badgers at night that will try and steal any food that you have left out!!
Bvumba Botanical Gardens National Park
The Bvumba Botanical Gardens are beautiful with 30 hectares filled with different flowers such as hydrangeas and begonias. Located not far from the city centre of Mutare in the Eastern Highlands.
Playing Golf in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has a number of stunning golf courses to play on; in the Eastern Highlands especially there are the well known Troutbeck and Leopard Rock courses that offer quite a challenging course, as well as some of the most breathtaking views. At the other end of the country in Victoria falls, Elephant hills is another course not to be forgotten, an 18 hole golf course designed by Gary Player, and not unusual to see warthog, and even elephant on the course!! In Harare there are many well maintained courses to choose from, making Zimbabwe a definite destination for any golfing enthusiast!!
The World Heritage Site of Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Another interesting place to visit in Zimbabwe is the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, found 30 kilometres past the south eastern town of Masvingo. These structures were built by the African people between AD 1250 and AD 1450 the stone walls, up to 6 meter thick and 12 meter high are built of granite blocks without any use of mortar to hold the blocks together. A historical site definitely well worth a visit!!