Zimbabwe is known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering drop into the narrow Batoka Gorge. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders), it is classified as the largest, based on height and width and is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.
Beyond the majesty of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe boasts Lake Kariba and its houseboat safaris, Hwange National Park named after a local Nhanzwa chief with the largest elephant population in the world, Bulawayo, Harare, Chimanimani, and The Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Great Zimbabwe served as a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch and would have been used as the seat of political power. One of its most prominent features were the walls, some of which were over seventeen feet high and constructed without mortar. Eventually the city was abandoned and fell into ruin.
A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park blends wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. You can even walk side by side with the ‘king of the Jungle’. Take a walk on the wild side and interact with rowdy adolescent lions and learn about conservation issues.