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Geographically the country

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in south-central Africa, is slightly smaller than California. It is bordered by Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife. The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare.

Exploration of Zimbabwe is a beautiful country boasting breath-taking beauty and lush landscapes. The Zambezi River forms the natural boundary with Zambia and leads to the magnificent Victoria Falls, which attracts thousands of people each year. Previously known as Rhodesia and attractive to explorers, it was David Livingstone who first heard the thunderous sound of the world’s largest natural waterfall and named it after Queen Victoria.

  • Total area: 390 760 km square kilometer (150,871 sq mi)
  • Population (2016): 15,764,255 ( growth rate: 2.20%)

What to see

Attraction in Zimbabwe

Though mired in political turmoil and economic crises for many years, Zimbabwe’s tourism hotspots remain consistently popular, particularly the Victoria Falls. Seasoned travelers consider the views from the Zimbabwean flank of the Zambezi River to be superior, as a more panoramic view of the falls is visible from this angle.

This beautiful country has long been a popular tourist destination due to the huge variety of environments, and the amazing cultural, wildlife and landscape heritage. Zimbabwean people remain among the friendliest and most capable in Africa, and the country will undoubtedly rise again to become one of Africa's most popular destinations. Encompassing many ecosystems, the Eastern Highlands mountain range, tranquil Lake Kariba, the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara at Great Zimbabwe and National Parks home to a great variety of wildlife species.

In between, the country has a variety of habitats, from the granite hills of the Matopos to the majestic mountains, lush forests and beautiful rivers of the Eastern Highlands. As such, there is much to attract the traveler, from wildlife viewing and adrenalin adventures to encountering the history of the Zimbabwean people going back thousands of years. Watching enormous herds of elephant gathering at Hwange’s numerous waterholes, bungee jumping at the stupendous Victoria Falls, cruising down the mighty Zambezi River by boat or, for the more adventurous, by canoe and game driving through classic safari country in scenic and wildlife-rich National Parks.

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Victoria Falls

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. The Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travellers can access the falls through either the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone in Zambia. The falls are also close to the border of Botswana.

Not only is Victoria Falls the undisputed queen of waterfalls, but it is also without a doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettable scenic spectacles. The physical nature of the waterfall is in itself astonishing, for it occurs in an area that is perfectly level and the site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Gonarezhou National Park

is a national park located in south-eastern Zimbabwe. It is situated in a relatively remote corner of Masvingo Province, south of Chimanimani along the Mozambique border. Owing to its vast size, rugged terrain and its location away from main tourist routes, large tracts of Gonarezhou remain as pristine wilderness.

At 5,053 km2 Gonarezhou is the country’s second largest game reserve after Hwange National Park. Gonarezhou is a Shona name meaning "elephant's tusk." It forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Gonarezhou with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Animals can move freely between the three sanctuaries.

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Hwange National Park

is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the widely noted Victoria Falls and near to Dete. More than 100 species of mammal and 400 species of bird have been recorded in this handsome stretch of wilderness, which is particularly known for its significant elephant population.

Animals congregate in great numbers in the Hwange region and along the Zambezi River in Mana Pools, with concentrations most intense during the dry season. Zimbabwe boasts some of the best guides in Africa, many who are seasoned leaders of walking safaris that offer remarkably intimate encounters with the natural environs. Day and night game drives and canoe safaris on the Zambezi are also thrilling ways to see Zimbabwe’s tremendous diversity of wildlife, including the legendary Big Five: elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. Toast your safari exploits with sundowners at river's edge as the sun sinks over the mountains in adjacent Zambia.

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Mana Pools National Park

is a 219,600 ha wildlife conservation area and national park in northern Zimbabwe. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions.

Mana Pools National Park is one of the most magical wilderness areas in Southern Africa. Mana translates to ‘four’ in Shona, which refers to the four permanent inland pools formed by the meanderings of the Zambezi River thousands of years ago. The park’s minimal development is what makes it such an appealing safari destination a truly authentic " wild ".

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Zimbabwe - Highlights

Victoria Falls

One of the Natural Wonders of the World and possibly the most impressive waterfall you will ever see.



Great Zimbabwe

The second greatest stone structure in Africa, the origins of which are still a mystery and the source of much academic debate.


Lake Kariba

One of the continents great lakes however this one is man-made. The vast area of water and wildlife along the shoreline is a prime tourist destination.

Tribal Art

Shona sculpture has a world reputation and it is possible to see many famous artists at work.



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  • The Zambezi River
  • has an exceptional variety of spectacular scenery as well as one of the world’s natural wonders: the Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders.”
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  • Zambezi Escarpment
  • The northern reserves and safari areas situated along the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba are prime game viewing locations with exceptional accommodation and activities such as overnight.
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  • Bulawayo
  • Zimbabwe’s second City acts as the gateway to the granite boulders and almost surreal Matopos National Park.