7 Things That Will Make You Want To Visit Zimbabwe
I’ve just come back from Zimbabwe, and wow what an experience. Having been in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa (to mention a few) I didn’t think I would be this impressed.
There’s nothing quite like Zimbabwe. The wilderness, the animals and the views,it feels like a sight unseen. As the Sales Manager of Safari365, what makes an African destination great to me is rawness, purity and that sense of freedom when Mama Africa wraps her arms you in the form of a magical sunset.
And suffice to say, Zimbabwe has plenty of it. Here are 7 things I discovered whilst traveling in Zimbabwe and why you’ll fall in love with it.
Zimbabwe offers more value for money
In comparison to its contemporaries you get more value for your money – and that’s not a bad thing. By visiting Zimbabwe you’re not just traveling, you’re helping out by showing your support for those who have nature’s best interest at heart. Continued funding in the long run will also put the power in the hands of operators who can combat illegal poaching – from ground zero.
In Zimbabwe, you know you’re in the bush
My arrival experience at the airport and customs was as expected – friendly and according to protocol. The real journey began in a small chartered plane over the Mana Poolsescarpment. Once you’re out and about the scenery changes… and that feeling of being a million miles away from it all sets in. Priceless.
Exceptional Calibre of Guiding
Ask any safari operator and they will convince you that the guides in Zimbabwe are different for all the right reasons. Their salt of the earth attitude and welcoming knowledge will nurture your love of the bush. Additionally, these guides undergo a extensive protocol before they can obtain their Professional Guides Licence - a Learner's Theory Examination and 2 years apprenticeship.
Boswell The Elephant
Zimbabwe is arguably the biggest exporter of celebrity wildlife. If you’ve heard of Cecil The Lion you’ve probably heard of Boswell The Elephant. This famous bull elephant has the ability to stand up on his rear legs and reach higher branches than his contemporaries. It’s a sight that will make you go aaah.
Somalisa sparkling revamped camps
On my journey I had the fortune of experiencing luxury accommodation operator African Bush Camp’s newly revamped and solar powered Somalisa Camps. Originally built on a private concession in Hwange National Park, the old favorite reopened late in 2015. The addition of slipcovered chairs, romantic alfresco bush showers and a bygone aesthetic gives it that extra class. Throw in unmatched game viewing credentials and you get paradise in the bush.
Sundowners with the wild
Speaking of Somalisa, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a beer (or gin & tonic) with your closest friends, family and a few dozen elephants – a popular occurrence, at the poolside and viewing decks across Zimbabwe’s favored accommodations.
High tea at Victoria Falls oldest hotel
Every afternoon at 3 the staff of the Victoria Falls Hotel dress to impress for a silver service occasion – a lip-smacking high tea fit for the queen. Fine pastries, velvet cakes and sandwiches are neatly laid out in great anticipation. The manicured lawns that lead to the edge of the garden onto the Zambezi River is the cherry on top of this extravagant event.
Witness the human nature in Mother Nature
Much can be said about Zimbabwe. Having been there personally, it holds a candle few others can and that’s a holistic experience. In Zimbabwe there are no tourist lines or zoos; no sea of selfie sticks and definitely no trendy restaurants that demand you to understand French.
The tracks here have not been beaten with journeys of travelers such as you and I who are in search of the undiscovered. In many corners of Zimbabwe, you will have the sensation that only god visits this place. And that’s something you won’t find anywhere else.
Experience Zimbabwe for yourself, I highly recommend this tour.