Because of civil strife and political unrest, Zimbabwe’s tourism is not the most alluring to tourists. But painstakingly, this African gem, is slowly carving a name of its own as a travel destination. Awe-inspiring landscapes and exotic wildlife from left to right is a haven for the adventurous spirit. Their famous spots are mostly uncrowded leaving you one with nature most of the time. If you’re planning to visit this South African country, read through the list of top 4 places to visit in Zimbabwe.
The majestic Victoria Falls should be enough reason for you to visit Zimbabwe; who would not want to even marvel at the roaring beauty of the largest curtain of falling water in the world with a sprawling width of 1,708 meters. The natives call it Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders” because of the mist and steam that sprung from the force of the falling water. Dubbed to be one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is straddling the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
A visit to Zimbabwe’s biggest park is a rewarding trip especially if you see the “Big Five” namely the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. This part of Africa is said to have one of the biggest population of thriving elephants in the planet. This vast national park has a big population of wildlife with 107 kinds of animals including some of the rarest animals like pangolins, servals, wild dogs, aardvarks and porcupines.
RUINS OF GREAT ZIMBABWE
Explore the ruins of this Medieval City in the middle of the sub-Saharan Africa and experience a different perspective of Zimbabwe. From early 11th century to the 15th century, Great Zimbabwe was home to the Bantu civilization. Now a UNESCO Heritage Site, these vast ruins was once a flourishing city of more or less 10,000 inhabitants relying mainly to the gold trade but because of overpopulation and lack of proper source of food, the town was abandoned.
MATOBO NATIONAL PARK
This is also another UNESCO Heritage Site in Zimbabwe extremely popular because of its distinctive rock formation. Colossal granite boulders called kopjes are unbelievably balanced on top of one another for thousands of years. These hills have been a shelter to people and wildlife as early as the Stone Age and has an amazing collection of rock paintings. The Matobo Hills play a huge part in the spirituality of the local community.