Nicknamed “The Breadbasket of Africa”, Zimbabwe is an ideal destination for those seeking the best of all Africa has to offer. Unparalleled for its offerings of adventure travel of all sorts, Zimbabwe is truly unique and fascinating, blessed with a landscape of extraordinary beauty that has remained unspoiled by mass tourism, along with rich and diverse tropical wildlife.
Situated on a high plateau in Central Southern Africa, between the mighty Zambezi River – along which is located the incomparable spectacle of Victoria Falls and the magnificent expanse of Lake Kariba – and the Limpopo River, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country about the same size as California. Its neighbors are Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south and Botswana to the southwest.
Zimbabwe truly has something for everyone, from a quiet and spacious haven to a land of thrilling adventure, through white-water rafting and traditional dance to birding safaris and contemporary music. Zimbabwe boasts several major tourist attractions, including the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, which is shared with Zambia. The local name for Victoria Falls is “Mosi-ao-Tuna” or “Smoke that Thunders” is a wonderfully descriptive name of this World Heritage Site. Like Mount Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls serves as an emblem of the entire African continent. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the falls, in 1855, and he named them in honor of his queen.
Zimbabwe’s system of National Parks and Reserves cover a wide variety of environments and contain an enormously diverse collection of species. It is extensive, well organized, and not only are its game reserves among Africa’s most abundant and picturesque , but they offer unusual types of safari experiences unavailable elsewhere, including the “Big Five” animals most highly sought after by safari-goers: the lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and the buffalo. Mana Pools National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, may well offer one of Africa’s most exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and Hwange National Park is a nearby spot to enjoy, as well.