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Zimbabwe, probably best known for the Victoria Falls, it's fantastic wildlife in the Hwange National park and the stunning sunsets on Lake Kariba. It has now also sadly been in the news for all the wrong reasons and many potential visitors wonder if a Zimbabwe safari is safe.
I am a proud Zimbabwean, and it saddens me to see the turmoil that is happening in our country, but this does not change the fact that 99.9% of Zimbabweans are the friendliest people in the world and as long as you follow the same safety rules as you would in any other country (wandering around with your wallet in your back pocket!) you will not only be safe but probably have the best holiday of your life.
Tourism, whilst not thriving in Zimbabwe is still alive and many destinations, such as Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, are experiencing a resurgence of popularity as travelers realise the incredible value-for-money that Zimbabwe currently affords.
This is mainly because of Zimbabwe’s negative news coverage, game lodges and hotels are desperate for occupants and prices are extremely competitive. Remember this also means you’ll have one of them most beautiful and pristine game country anywhere in Africa virtually all to yourself!
One thing to remember, just because a Zimbabwe safari is a bargain, it’s definitely not a poor destination. The accommodation is generally of high quality, and has some of the best game viewing and adventure in Africa. It is also important to note that Zimbabwean Safari Guides are the most highly trained guides in Africa, so not only will they be able to get you close to what you've come to see, you will also be in safe hands.
Why go on Safari in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe has a combination of things that make it a unique safari holiday destination, in this guide I will show you how you can enjoy a big 5 safari, relax on a houseboat in Kariba (one of the biggest man made dams in the world), surrounded by incredible wildlife and scenery, bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge (one of the highest commercial bungee jumps in the world) and then go white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi river, one of the best white water rafting destinations in the world.
Is it Safe to Visit Zimbabwe?
When I first mention to people that I am going to Zimbabwe, most peoples reaction is "Is it safe?" I am a proud Zimbabwean, and it saddens me to what is happening in our country, but this does not change the fact that 99.9% of Zimbabweans are the friendliest people in the world and as long as you follow the same safety rules as you would in any other country (not wandering around with your wallet in your back pocket!) you will not only be safe but probably have the best safari holiday of your life. Zimbabwe has so much to offer and because of what is happening there at the moment tourism is really suffering, so on the upside as a tourist there are many great deals to be had and you can also help out a few Zimbabweans by visiting their country and paying for a service or buying piece of African art.
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The Kololo tribe, who lived in the area in the 1800's called it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. >> more
Lake Kariba Zimbabwe
Lake Kariba is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Ever thought of game viewing from a boat and then returning back to your lodge on the shore line to watch the sun drop below the horizon? Situated on the Zambezi River, lake Kariba is a freshwater paradise stretching back from the dam wall for 290km and reaching 42km at its widest point.
Hwange National Park
Home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, many predators and endangered species plus a very large and varied birdlife. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest National Parks and traveling through Hwange National Park today is what much of the interior of Africa might have been like more then 150 years ago.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is a paradise for game viewing. The word 'Mana' means four, in reference to the four pools around the park headquarters: Main, Chine, Long and Chisambik. The magic of this national park stems from the pervading sense of the wild and also in the park's relative remoteness along a portion of the southern bank of the Zambezi River. Game drives bush walks offer the opportunity to stand near buffalo or elephant or watch crocodile and hippo from close quarters with nothing but your fear to protect you.
Matobo National Park
Set amongst the fascinating rock formations, the park contains many historical sites including the burial site of Cecil John Rhodes, as well as Leander Starr Jameson, Sir Charles Coghlan and the memorial of the Shangani Patrol. Matobo contains the largest concentration of raptors and leopard in an area of its size in the world. Some of the more beautiful larger antelope: kudu, sable and eland and the endangered black and white rhinoceros are also abundant.
Great Zimbabwe is the name given to ruins of an ancient city once the centre of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire and is sometimes referred to as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The quality of the building in places is outstanding and nothing compares to this timeless place in Southern Africa
After your camera, a good pair of binoculars is crucial in getting the most out of your Safari Holiday. So what is a good pair of binoculars? Here is my binocular guide and recommendations >> Binocular Reviews
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