Zimbabwe is terribly overlooked as a destination. It’s understandable given its recent political and economic turmoil, but such a pity – because it’s a beautiful country with so much to offer.
"The way Zimbabwe is overcoming its problems is inspirational; its people are so very welcoming (they’re also some of the best guides in all of Africa!). You won’t be disappointed."
The game, for example, is plentiful. And varied – Hwange National Park has a staggering 108 mammal species; more than any other national park in the world (good job there’s a 300-mile network of game viewing roads!). The big five are all present, but Hwange is well-known for its huge elephant herds as well as over 400 species of bird.
Best of all, it’s just two hours’ drive from Victoria Falls: just as awesome here as it is in Zambia…as is the choice of ways to see it.
Further upstream on the Zambezi River is another of the country’s attractions – and would you believe it is man-made? – the enormous Lake Kariba. Adn beyond its dam and into the Lower Zambezi valley is the gorgeous Mana Pools National Park: Zimbabwe’s second World Heritage Site and another brilliant area for wildlife. Walking safaris are popular, but the way to see it is by canoe – expect hippos, crocs, zebras, antelopes and elephants.
So don’t dismiss Zimbabwe – now really is the time to visit. The Zimbabweans still have their sense of humour and their warmth. And with so few tourists, you’re guaranteed a royal welcome.