Top 10 Things to do in Zimbabwe
Plan your Zimbabwe vacation around the top ten things to do in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe offers experiences that are quintessentially Africa – from stunning safaris where you can spot the big five to exciting adventure sports along the mighty Zambezi River, as well as magnificent archeological ruins and a vibrant, buzzing capital city. And lest we forget, stunning views of the mighty Victoria Falls, whose roar and spray will leave you astounded! A Zimbabwean vacation is all about experiencing the diverse delights of Africa!
If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Zimbabwe, or how to club it along with a trip to other African destinations, then turn to our destinations experts! Here is a list of the top ten things to do in Zimbabwe curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Zimbabwe travel guide.
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1Go on a safari in the Gonarezhou National Park
When you think of Africa and safaris, the countries that usually come to mind are perhaps South Africa, Kenya and Botswana. Zimbabwe, though, has a plethora of wildlife delights that you can experience during a safari. On a Zimbabwe safari in the Gonarezhou National Park, you can look forward to huge elephant herds. Buffaloes and predators – such as lions and leopards – are also represented.
Gonarezhou is part of the Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Apart from stunning wildlife, Gonarezhou is also home to rugged and gorgeous landscapes.
2Trek in Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National Park covers over 47,000 hectares in the Eastern Highlands, and is a perfect spot for trekking enthusiasts.
The park is dotted with rivers and waterfalls and holds a plethora of wildlife, including zebras, antelopes and waterbucks.
3Enjoy a safari in Hwange National Park
Large elephant and buffalo herds await you during your safari in Hwange National Park. Kudus, waterbucks, impalas, hyenas and giraffes also teem the park’s wide savanna landscape.
With luck, on guided bush walks you can witness lions, cheetahs or leopards at close range. This is one of the top attractions in Zimbabwe!
4Go on a canoe safari at Mana Pools National Park
On canoe safaris at Mana Pools National Park, you can experience the rich wildlife of one of Africa’s most impressive parks. Watch elephants, buffaloes, zebras and predators drinking at the river, and experience the glowing sunset over River Zambezi.
At the end of the rainy season, the many channels and islands of the Lower Zambezi Valley are left flooded. This abundant water draws wildlife and birdlife from near and far. See them in the water or along the water’s edge during your canoe safari.
5Explore Matusadona National Park
In Matusadona National Park, on the edge of Lake Kariba, you can experience safaris, game drives and bush walks amid pristine, lush green scenery.
The rivers and lakes offer crocodiles and hippos a home, while on land there are lions and the rare black rhino.
6Discover the wonders of Matopos National Park
Millions of years old granite hills alternate with soft green landscapes in Zambia. The Matopos National Park is one of the most scenic parks in the country, with its strong contrasts, and is home to 3000 well-preserved rock paintings that go as far back as the Stone Age – making this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In terms of wildlife, you can expect to spot the black and white rhino, leopard, hyena and antelope among other animals.
7Explore the ruins of Great Zimbabwe
The impressive city of the ruins of Great Zimbabwe brings the history of the country to life. The former capital of the Munhumutapa Empire flourished from the 11th to the 15th century and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
According to historians, the first structures in this ruined city were erected around AD 1100. The city also enjoyed a key trading position, making it extremely wealthy!
8Marvel at the Khami ruins
The Khami ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site and are the second-most important archaeological site in the country.
The remarkable artistic stone walls with their beautiful patterns were created by a special pre-historic construction method.
9Take a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
A helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls is perhaps the best way to experience one of the most imposing natural spectacles of the world from a bird’s eye viewpoint! Hear the roar and marvel at the spray!
There are several adventure sports options along the River Zambezi, perfect to get the adrenalin flowing.
10Explore the capital city of Harare
The modern capital of Harare is popular among travelers, especially due to its colorful markets and excellent museums, including the famous National Gallery of Zimbabwe which has exhibits from the world over. The Botanical Gardens have more than 900 species of plant life.
Browse through the curio stalls replete with handicrafts, perfect to take home as souvenirs of your Zimbabwean sojourn.
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