Once prosperous and politically stable, Zimbabwe has been in the grip of a political and economic crisis for years. With some light at the end of the tunnel, there's hope this once attractive and hospitable country will return to traveller's itineraries.
Most of the attractions are wild. Victoria Falls isn't the tallest waterfall in the world but it's certainly the largest. Spray from the cascades is visible 30km away and soaks all that come to gawp at the spectacle. To get a true understanding of the scale of this natural wonder though take a light aircraft flight over the Falls, which feed into the mighty Zambezi River, which deserves to be explored as well.
Elsewhere, enjoy the natural beauty of Mana Pools National Park, hike in the Mavuradonha Wilderness, go in search of wildlife in Matapos National Park or Hwange National Park, keep an eye out for birds and animals around the scenic Lake Kariba or take in the largest stone structure in sub-Saharan Africa at the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe.
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Where to go in Zimbabwe
When to go to Zimbabwe
Cool nights and dry, clear days characterise Zimbabwe’s dry season, which runs from June to August. From September the temperatures begin to rise as the rainy season approaches. October tends to be very hot, but the wildlife viewing is also at its best, as animals congregate around the few remaining water sources. From December to February the rains come, bringing verdant vegetation and newborn animals to the national parks.
Top itineraries in Zimbabwe
Zambia is a fascinating country, full of spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife. While many visitors only stop to see the Victoria Falls, the country has so much to offer as a destination in its own right.
Top places to stay in Zimbabwe
This exclusive wilderness camp is set amid 450,000 acres in the arid Palmwag Concession, home to the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa
It’s hard to imagine a more private and peaceful setting than at Royal Chundu. Zambia’s first Relais & Châteaux property, which has two lodges, sits on a private stretch of the Zambezi, 30 kilometers upstream from Victoria Falls.
A unique African safari lodge in a private wilderness area and located close to Victoria Falls, The Elephant Camp offers excellent opportunities to sample Zimbabwe's natural beauty.
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