Zimbabwe’s hidden gems
Famous the world over for being home to one of the most breath-taking wonders on the planet, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe has many other lesser known gems waiting to be uncovered. Here is our top pick of things to see and do:
Over 11% of Zimbabwe is national park land, a staggering 44,688 sq km (17,254 sq miles), including the magnificent Hwange National Park. This is one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the world with an estimated 40,000 living here and on top of that there are over 400 species of birds. What a top destination for a safari!
Mana Pools National Park is also an astonishingly beautiful place with a huge variety of wildlife from rhino to antelope and hippos, along with Matusadona National Park, which is a special place to see black rhinos and is next to Lake Kariba.
The gigantic and beautiful manmade lake, Lake Kariba, is a top spot for your itinerary, with elephants, buffalo and birds living around it, a popular way to experience this area is on a canoeing safari. You can even go fishing here.
History & Culture
Harare is Zimbabwe’s capital, known as the ‘Sunshine City’ because of its warm climate; it is an ordered and well maintained metropolis, with pretty parks and modern architecture. There are botanical gardens and a lion and cheetah park, as well as a city art gallery and museum.
Bulawayo is the country’s second biggest city after Harare and is also worth a visit, as a bustling centre for commerce and tourism. The national museum is located here and it is close to the ancient Khami ruins.
The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is a must-see wonder of the country; it is the biggest site of ruins south of the Egyptian pyramids and was an ancient city of stone. This fascinating place is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Other places you shouldn’t miss if you are interested in past civilisations are the historical Khami ruins, a UNECSO world heritage site, and the famous granite boulders in the Matobo National Park, with its rare rock paintings.
Th Eastern Highlands Mountain range has some of the most beautiful views in the whole country and forms the border with its neighbour Mozambique. This is a wonderful place for walking and for climbing with Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani.
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