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Zimbabwe Safari Parks, Lodges, Attractions

As a tourist destination, Zimbabwe has had some extremely bad press in the last few years as a direct result of the autocratic leadership of Robert Mugabe. However, despite the Nation’s obvious political woes, the Zimbabwe safari industry is very sophisticated and the safety of visitors is assured in the national parks and other safari destinations, which are far from the civil unrest in the urban locations.

A benefit of these problems to the safari traveller is that prices are exceptionally competitive as they seek to attract the tourist trade back into the country. In addition, the lower number of safari park tours means that you are able to travel through the parks and view the game without the company of countless other vehicles. Zimbabwe has enviable sites of natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. Combined with first rate lodges and other accommodation, this can be a brilliant safari destination with many highlights on the itinerary.

First and foremost is Victoria Falls. The Zambezi River spectacularly plunges into a deep gorge creating the famous waterfalls. Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Zimbabwean side is regarded as the most frenetic and adventurous. Many safaris end their tour here as Victoria Falls is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you think of yourself as an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect highlight of your trip – activities include riverboarding, bungee jumping and canoeing. This portion of the Zambezi River is also considered a ‘Grade 5’ white water rafting location, and is known as one of the world’s wildest one day rafting trips.

In addition to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is home to two other World Heritage Sites – Mana Pools and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Where the Zambezi River has abandoned old channels, seasonal pools in the Mana Pools National Park attract unique volumes of big game including zebra, elephants and buffalo. This is the only park in Zimbabwe where visitors are allowed to walk without guides, but this is at your own risk! A rare sighting of elephants standing on their hind legs to reach the fruit from the acacias branches is a spectacle never forgotten. The ruins of Great Zimbabwe are not to be missed – dating back to between AD 1250 and AD 1450, they are majestic and outstanding in their quality. The ancient Zimbabwean skill of building with stone is unparalleled in the rest of Southern Africa.

Other highlights include Hwange National Park, where you can spot the ‘Big Five’ among grassy plains and woodlands. Hwange is a respected elephant sanctuary, and it is possible to spot herds of up to one hundred elephants meandering their way to the waterhole.