Zimbabwe is a South African country, brimming with natural beauty and wonders that fascinate visitors. The country is popular in Africa and one of the most visited destinations in South Africa. Set between Limpopo and Zambezi rivers, Zimbabwe is a stunning destination, loaded with unique attractions, wonderful landscapes, stunning scenery – amazing views of plateaus, mountainous topographies and grasslands.
With so much to see and do in Zimbabwe, you can never be bored. The country is one of the most beautiful African countries where you can spend an exciting holiday with your friends and family. We present to you 10 reasons why you will regret not going to Zimbabwe during your next holiday. There are so numerous eye-catching sights and attractions in the country including luxury hotels and resorts, unique restaurants and undeniably, exciting activities and adventures; it is impossible to experience all it has to offer at once.
1. The Majestic Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, also known as “the smoke that thunders” is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The beautiful attraction is nestled between Zimbabwe and Zambia is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in Africa and the most enchanting waterfalls in the world. However, the waterfall Zimbabwean view is known to be more charming because it offers the unswerving view of the Rainbow Falls and Devil’s Cataract. The water falls from Zambezi River – the largest river in Zambia, the largest vertical sheet of water, four hundred feet high with a mile across. This waterfall is a glorious place, full of wonders. Some beautiful accommodation options are located little distance from Victoria Falls. The Waterfall offers some of the most extreme outdoor activities, fantastic sensory experience and an opportunity for matchless adventure.
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Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is also the largest city in the country. Flooded with high-rise buildings, collection of exotic restaurants, shopping malls, luxury hotels, art galleries and museums, gardens and parks, and a lot more. The city has emerged to be a developed and modernized destination with its great importance and opportunities regarding agriculture, trade, commerce and industry. Many foreign and regional visitors visit the city every year to experience everything it offers. The city is home to the Harare International Airport, the largest airport in the country. The cityscapes are spectacular, with stunning parks and garden, streets lined with greenery, vibrant night-life and historical buildings. The Harare culture is a mix of Western and African, which perfects its cosmopolitan nature.
3. Zimbabwean Cuisine
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When it comes to Zimbabwean cuisines, there are many delicious options to choose from. Similar to some African countries, Zimbabweans eat staple foods such as cornmeal, which is used in most of their foods. The country is filled with African restaurants that serve Zimbabwean cuisines. Bota is mostly eaten for breakfast, and the most popular cornmeal is Sadza, which is eaten for lunch or dinner. Both meals – Bota and Sadza are prepared with cornmeal. Other popular dishes are Dovi, Nhedzi, Mapopo candy – made with Papaya. Other foods and spices are also available – rice, breads, beans etc.
4. Wildlife Safaris
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Zimbabwe is a popular destination for wildlife tourism. The country has several wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks that are home to some wildlife species and animals. The National parks of Zimbabwe includes; Chimanimani National Park, Gonarezhou National Park, Matopos National Park, Victoria Falls National Park, Zambezi National Park, Nyanga National Park, Mana Pools National Park and many others. You can also find the ‘Big Five’ in Zimbabwe, and unspoiled region of bushveld, burgeoning with plundering natural wildlife, stunning lakes and waterfalls. Game Drives in Zimbabwe are amazing; you can spend nights in camping lodges or sites near or within the National parks. Wildlife Safari in Zimbabwe is a true adventure, and that is why most visitors visit the country to find great animal species, marvel at the landscapes, discover great animal species and observe their behaviours closely. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience!
5. Arts and Culture
Zimbabwe has unbelievably attractive art and a diverse culture, which is rich in history and tradition. Zimbabwe offers visitors an opportunity to sop up its art, culture and history during their visits. The country is home to several art gallery and museums. According to Zimbabwe tourism, “Zimbabwean art includes decorative esthetics applied to many aspects of life, including art objects as such, utilitarian objects, objects used in religion, warfare, in propaganda, and in many other spheres”. Art and culture from Zimbabwe are unique and awe-inspiring including thought-provoking sculptures such as Shona Sculpture which is a blend of African Folklore with European influences. With a variety of experiences varying from cultural and historical heritage sites, visitors can experience the Zimbabwean culture and learn more about the country’s history.
6. Chilojo Cliffs
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Chilojo Cliffs is situated in Gonarezhou National Park in South-eastern Zimbabwe. The National Park is a place of many elephants – the meaning of ‘Gonarezhou’. The park is full of rugged and beautiful landscapes, with scrublands, baobabs and sandstone cliffs. The Chilojo cliffs is one of the most striking features of the National park, the cliffs rise 558 feet from the bank of the Runde river in the south region and just 19 miles from Chipinda Pools. At the base of the cliffs, you will find elephants grazing in the natural oasis.
7. Amazing Places to Stay
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If you are visiting Zimbabwe, there is a range of accommodation options – amazing and relaxing places to stay. Whether you are looking for a five-star hotel, bed and breakfast, camps and lodges, you will definitely find a good place that will suit your budget and preferences. These accommodation options offer modern amenities and notable hospitality. Some of the better accommodation choices are A’Zambezi River Lodge, Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, Elephant Hills Resort, Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Bronte Hotel, African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare, The Victoria Falls Hotel and many others. Visiting Zimbawe can be an amazing experience!
8. Lake Kariba
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Lake Kariba is the second largest man-made lake in Africa, located on the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia and surrounded by incredible National Parks. The lake has an unsurpassed beauty and its shoreline is over 2000Km long. The lake offers exciting activities such as fishing, boat cruises – during the day and at night, guided walks, guided horse rides and game viewing. Visitors can also learn and enjoy the history and folklore attached to Lake Kariba. The lake is surrounded with beautiful accommodation options where visitors can stay.
9. Exciting Activities
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Zimbabwe is a beautiful country filled with abundance of wildlife, beautiful landscape and scenery. The country is also packed with amazing experiences and activities. If you are looking for a place with action-packed adventure, where you can indulge in some exciting activities with your friends and family, Zimbabwe should be your next holiday destination. The country offers activities such as boma dinner, tiger fishing, canoeing, Horse riding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant backride, sunset cruise and many others.
10. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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The beautiful country of Zimbabwe is replete with natural wonders, outstanding heritage and sites. Zimbabwe is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Matobos National Park, Mana Pools National Park, the Great Zimbabwe ruins and Victoria Falls. These wonders have contributed to making Zimbabwe a beautiful tourist destination in Africa. The sites lure tourists from all over the world to the country.
If you are looking for more things to do in Zimbabwe, you should visit Zimbabwetourism.net, the country’s official tourism website. Start planning your next holiday, book cheap flights to Harare with Travelstart Kenya. If you have visited Zimbabwe before, we’ll like to know about your holiday experience; please, share with us in the comment below: