Home to an iconic landmark - and one of the world's seven wonders, Victoria Falls, or as it is locally known; Mosi-oa-Tunya - "the smoke that thunders", Zimbabwe offers visitors a classic, old-world safari experience. Offering incredible experiences for everyone from families to honeymooners alike, the country has long been one of Southern Africa's great game viewing destinations.
Travellers who want to escape the crowds and see classic African wildlife in remote settings will enjoy a Zimbabwe safari. Blending great national parks with comfortable safari accommodation, not to mention some of the best guiding in Africa, Zimbabwe offers a comprehensive safari experience. Flagship Hwange National Park and Zambezi-focused Mana Pools are the country's premier reserves, but Victoria Falls also functions as a convenient travel hub to access wildlife destinations in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia.
Despite a mountainous and thickly forested eastern border with Mozambique, most of Zimbabwe lies on Southern Africa's raised central plateau, a landscape of rolling savannah, farmland and vast open woodlands. A large chunk of the country lies in the lower, warmer and more humid southern lowveld but it is the great Zambezi River and the majestic Lake Kariba that define northern Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls is set in the north-western corner of this great land. Such a mix of habitats results in magnificent biodiversity, not to mention a wealth of activities for travellers to enjoy. Zimbabwe has a long history of wildlife conservation, with flagship reserve Hwange National Park, home to the Big 5 and some of Africa's greatest concentrations of elephant. Mana Pools and Matusadona National Parks are excellent game-viewing destinations and lie at the edge of the Zambezi River. Not to be overlooked, are the amazing adrenalin adventure activities on offer here, such as Bungee Jumping at the sublimely surreal Victoria Falls.
Once again coming into its own, Zimbabwe offers travellers a variety of unique gems for their safari bouquet: from photographic opportunities, diverse wildlife experiences, scenic landscapes, adrenalin adventures, and even a taste of its ancient civilisations.