Zimbabwe has a number of safari attractions, and slowly starting to re-establish itself as a prominent safari destination. Here are our top safari highlights and attractions.
Let’s start with Victoria Falls. With a drop of 105 meters (344 feet), Victoria Falls is the largest free falling sheet of water in the world. Celebrated for its dramatic thundering smoke and double rainbows, it’s an African must-see – for families, honeymooners and adventure seekers.
Next up is Hwange National Park. At 14 600 square kilometers (5637 square miles), Zimbabwe’s flagship park is not only large but is also host to the second largest elephant population in the world (after Botswana). It has the added advantage of being close to Victoria Falls (a 2 hour drive and short plane hop), making it an easy combination attraction.
To the north is the man-made wonder of Lake Kariba and the fish eagles who find comfort on the branches of its fossilized trees. Nestled in the mountains, it’s a haven for photographers and a destination where tourists are hard to find. Expect an abundance of game fish, numerous islands and herds of elephants and basking crocodiles along the shoreline. Hiring a houseboat for family and friends is the common method of exploring Lake Kariba.
Kariba’s neighbor, the 2 500 square kilometer (965 square miles) Mana Pools, is known as the raw and untamed destination in the Zambezi Valley. Flanked by thick woodlands and covered in extensive grasslands, what makes Mana particularly thrilling is that you can explore this Big-5 park unaccompanied. It has superb game viewing and offers walking and canoe safaris from most of the camps.