The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the smoke that thunders. Observers are always impressed by the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.
Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive development. The Falls are spectacular throughout the year, but February onwards, after the rain season, has the heaviest flow and volume of spray.
A number of activities can be undertaken. The ‘Flight of Angels’ provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands and for the more adventurous there is microlighting with stunning views of the Falls. Rafting the wild rapids below the Falls is a very popular adventure. Visitors can also kayak, canoe, fish, go on guided walking safaris, ride on horseback and lunch on Livingstone’s Island.
Hwange National Park is a world-class safari area where you can find over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, as well as the seasonal presence of one of the largest elephant herds on the planet. It is one of the largest parks in Southern Africa (roughly the size of Belgium) and has a wide range of activities and accommodations. Hwange is a year round park. Winter months (Aug – Nov) have the best wildlife viewing due to the sparseness of the vegetation and while it can be plenty warm, you will need a fleece for early mornings and evenings. Summer months bring their own enjoyment; healthy, stress-free animals feeding on the surrounding abundance. Visitors can expect occasional chilly nights in summer as well. Activities on offer in Hwange are varied depending on your accommodation choice. Day and night game drives, walking safaris and bush dinners are all available and we can plan your trip to best match your interests.
A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, Mana Pools National Park is known for its remoteness, its elephants, and its lions. Mana Pools is also synonymous with the Zambezi River, canoeing safaris, and wild beauty. The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language, signifying the four large pools that are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago, changing its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are abundant here as are elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, and warthog. The Mana Pools are also a favorite of lions, leopards, spotted hyena and cheetah.
Close to Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo you will find one of southern Africa’s most interesting rock landscapes. Weather shaped granite dominates this National Park and provides vistas that the visitor won’t soon forget. Hiking, rock art tours, a visit Cecil Rhodes’ grave and cultural visits are the highlights of a stay. The rock formations and myriad cultural activities certainly contributed to Matobo’s UNESCO World Heritage status, though it’s worth noting that Zimbabwe’s largest concentration of leopards can be found here.