TOP
Exploring Tourism in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
icon Worldwideicon

Zimbabwe Popular Places to Visit

Chilojo Cliffs

The Chilojo cliffs are situated within the great Gonarezhou National Park. They were created as a result of a long natural process involving water and wind erosion, which occurs over innumerable years. Even though the cliffs are found in the park which is the main attraction, they are a wonder to behold. The red coloured cliffs which offer a view of the Runde River are bound to draw the attention of any tourist.

Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

Cecil John Rhodes

Cecil John Rhodes, business man, mining entrepreneur and a politician in Southern Africa – his legacy and memory still lives on.... Cecil John Rhodes will always be known as an aspiring leader. He was extremely fascinated by the beauty of Zimbabwe as well as the potential it held and saw Zimbabwe as a truly extraordinary region. Born in England, he relocated to a warmer Africa as his health improved in a drier climate of South Africa. Cecil John Rhodes lived to be 49 (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) and was buried in Zimbabwe on top of a magnificent mountain in the area now known as the Matopos National Park.

He may not have lived very long but he accomplished a lot of amazing achievements in his short life; he started the successful diamond company called ‘De Beers’, founded the state of Rhodesia(which was split into 2 areas and is now known as Zimbabwe and Zambia), was elected into the Cape Parliament in 1881, became the prime minister of the Cape in 1890 and founded an abundance of enterprises in Zimbabwe.

Nearing his death, Cecil John Rhodes requested that he would like to be buried on top of the flat mountain near his land (in Matopos National Park). He was unaware that this was sacred ground belonging to the Ndebele... The Ndebele referred to this mountain ‘Malindidzimu’ which means ‘dwelling place of the generous spirits’. They allowed Cecil John Rhodes to be buried on top of this Zimbabwean Mountain (a month after his death) but requested that instead of a gun salute they would pay their respect to him with a ‘Hayate’ (a respectful silence)… he was the only European to ever be given this tribute.

Cecil John Rhodes also wanted his burial site to be called “view of the world” as he thought it was the most magnificent site around; overlooking the matapos rocks, massive boulders and exquisite scenery.

In the Bulawayo museum there is a copy of his original will which hangs on the wall. Above this is a plaque that states that Rhodes was a perfect example of someone who, in a short lifetime, accomplished many works. The plaque also points to one goal that Cecil John Rhodes followed throughout his life, it reads: "to render myself useful to my country." Visiting the grave of Cecil John Rhodes is highly recommended; the calmness overwhelms you, the views are amazing and the grave site is spectacular.

Have a look at our Zimbabwe safaris below... There are also other Zimbabwe attractions below that you might want to visit on your Zimbabwe Safari.

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Chinhoyi Caves

The Chinhoyi Caves are a group of caves near the town of Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. They are located approximately 8 km north of the town of Chinhoyi, and 128 km north-west of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The Chinhoyi Caves are the most extensive cave system in Zimbabwe that the public can access, and were designated a National Park in 1955.

The Chinhoyi Caves are named after a local chief who used them as a refuge from Ndebele raiders. Until a few years ago the remains of Chief Chinhoyi's grain bins could be seen in some of the underground passages. Excavations in and near the caves have revealed that people have stayed in and near the caves from early times. Pottery and human remains were unearthed from the area which radio-carbon dated around AD650.

The Chinhoyi Caves are composed of limestone and dolomite, and consist of a system of tunnels and caverns, the extent of which is still unknown. With time and erosion, it is clear that this system is slowly collapsing. This can be witnessed by the sink holes and depressions within the surrounding areas.  The main feature of the Chinhoyi Caves is known as “The Wonder Hole”, which is in fact a large cavern with a collapsed roof.  The walls (or sides) of the Wonder Hole drop vertically down for 150 feet to “The Sleeping Pool” or Chirorodzira (Pool of the Fallen). The descent to this pool, with its sparkling cobalt surface is very impressive.

Research has revealed that the depth of the water in the Sleeping Pool varies between 80 metres and 91 metres. This fluctuation in depths is attributable to the amount of rainfall received in a particular season. Several under water passages have been found leading from the Bat Cave, a sub-chamber of the Dark Cave, to another room known as the Blind Cave, but all of these so far explored lead back into the Sleeping Pool.  Diving is fantastic in the Chinhoyi Caves all year round, with temperatures never below or above 22 - 24 Degrees Celsius, with zero thermo`cline. Visibility is incredibly good; 50 metres and above is not unusual.

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe

Harare

Harare the capital of Zimbabwe, The city contains modern buildings, wide roads, numbers of huge parks and gardens. The whole city is lined up with flowering trees and moderate climate which gives a green feel. The city is very rich in cultural and historical heritage and many old building has been prevented from decaying. The city is popular in manufacturing of textiles, chemicals and steel and it trades tobacco, maize, citrus fruits and cotton. You can find priceless collection of Africana in the form of notebooks and diaries placed in National archives. Queen Victoria Museum and the Queen Victoria National library are worth to be visited by the tourists. You can easily get a flights to Harare because Harare International Airport is the gateway of Zimbabwe that is the most advanced airport in the country.


The city presents different large open spaces such as 68ha National Botanic Garden, there you can find more than 900 species of wild trees and shrubs from all over the country and Mukuvisi Woodlands which is 277 hectares of prevented natural woodland that postures the banks of small Mukuvisi stream, there you can find different variety of birds and wild animals such as giraffe, zebra, tscssche, impapa bushbuck, wildebeest, reed buck etc. So if you are nature lover then just book a flights to Harare right now.

A tourist can experience shopping in flea market at Mbare, where visitor can find an array of Food, clothing, baskets and other items on cheap prices. In Harare there are many western style or European style restaurants are available which serve all kinds of foods on very cheap rates. It is a place where you can feel all type of cyclic weathers that's shy it has very pleasant and healthy climate. The average annual temperature is 17.95C and this is because of its high altitude position. May and August is the coolest time period so these Months are good to visit.

General attractions around Harare

The centre is fairly compact and a brief stroll should include African Unity Square, the Anglican Cathedral, the peaceful and scenic Harare Gardens, the cafeterias and craft shops of First Street Mall and the main attraction of the city - the National Gallery which houses a major collection of African art and specialises in Shona stone sculpture.

The museum has a sculpture garden on the edge of the Harare Gardens where stone pieces are set outside in the open, including the life-size rhino. Some pieces are for sale at the gallery shop and these can also be purchased in private galleries such as the Matombo Gallery.

One of the most colourful and frenetic sights is the Mbare Market in the suburbs of Harare. This is the nation’s largest and noisiest market situated on the southern outskirts about 10 minutes from the city centre. It is a crowded place and attracts the inevitable pickpockets. You will find all sorts of craft works for sale including baskets, masks, soapstone carvings, spears and beads.

Other attractions on the outskirts of the city include the Mukuvisi Woodlands (wildlife sanctuary with elephant and plains game only a few kilometres from the city), the Larvon Bird Gardens (over 180 species of bird including eagles, vultures, flamingoes and sacred ibis), Lake Chivero (recreational park and game reserve), the Ewenrigg Botanical Gardens (with terraces of aloes and many other spectacular plant displays) and Heroes’ Acre (ceremonial burial ground to the 25,000 Zimbabweans who died in the civil war leading to the country’s independence in 1980).

Harare has a very large number of high-quality restaurants. Thai, Indian, Chinese, Creole, Greek, French, Italian...the choice is large

Harare is a sporting paradise. The city and its suburbs have many beautifully-kept world-class golf courses, the best of which offer membership to Meikles guests. Numerous sports clubs offer a wide range of sporting activities from tennis to cricket.

You can visit the world's largest tobacco auction floors and see the sing-song auctioneers selling a bale a minute; you can see the historical highlights of the city, visit game parks and a lion and cheetah sanctuary, ride an elephant, marvel at 5 000 year old cave paintings, walk among the wildlife with a safari guide, go birding, take a sunset cruise on a lake, enjoy breakfast on top of a granite mountain, take a wine tour to a vineyard and cellar, experience the colour and fun of a traditional market, or go underground at a gold mine

Tours around Harare

Big City Tour - 3 hours

Drive past historic buildings en route to a panoramic outlook of the city from the Kopje hill. Enjoy the swinging action at the Tobacco Auction Floors (during April – October only) and bargain for curios and souvenirs at the bustling Mbare Musika.

Private Hire & Chauffeur Drives 
Enjoy the flexibility of morning, afternoon, full day or multi day bus hire options. Alternatively follow your own itinerary at leisure – in the company of a seasoned tour guide.

Mukuvisi Woodlands - 3 hours 
Only 15 minutes from the city centre, call in to see elephant, impala, ostrich and giraffe in natural woodland set aside and run by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.

Great Zimbabwe Day Trip – Full Day 
Tour this majestic 13th century structure, the cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s culture and heritage and the largest historical structures south of the Pyramids.

Rural Route – Nyachowe Village, Full Day 
Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, head west to an expansive communal area 80km from Harare. You will never forget the welcoming warmth of the rural people, and you will cherish the memory of having been a part of this simple, yet beautiful, traditional lifestyle.

Kuimba Shiri Bird Gardens & Snake World – 3 hours 
Take a look at another aspect of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, by visiting the 100s of exotic and local bird species at Kuimba Shiri. At Snake World, you will come face to face with some of Africa’s most venomous vipers.

Lion & Cheetah Park and Lake Chivero Game Park, 3.5 - 4 hours 

A chance to see the wilds of Africa right on the outskirts of the city. The Lion & Cheetah Park hosts big cats and some rare and nocturnal species. At Lake Chivero, you will be in the company or free- ranging plains game and may even glimpse the shy white rhino. A short drive from Harare to the Lion & Cheetah Park where the king of beasts can be seen and photographed in his natural surroundings. View the many rare and nocturnal species of game before continuing past Lake Chivero to the well-stocked game park where giraffe, antelope and numerous other plains game may be seen.

 

 

Harare, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

 

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe, with a population of more than a million people.  Known as “The City of Kings”, Bulawayo is a multicultural city with residents able to speak at least three languages (including English, Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa, Kalanga, Sotho and SeSwati). Bulawayo has been considered the business capital of Zimbabwe and is strategically close to Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matopo National Park and Victoria Falls.

The Bulawayo area has been populated since prehistoric times. The San (Bushman) people created their unique rock art in the caves of the Matobo Hills, the Rozvi kings built a stone city at Khami and the Ndebele nation gave the city its name. The city of Bulawayo was founded by the Ndebele king, uMzilikazi kaMatshobana around 1840 after the Ndebele people's great trek from Zululand. During the 1893 Matabele War the invasion by British South Africa Company troops led the then king, Lobengula to flee from his burning capital and head north.  British troops and white settlers then occupied the town, and in November 1893, Leander Starr Jameson declared Bulawayo a settlement under the rule of the British South Africa Company.  Cecil John Rhodes ordered that the new settlement be built on the ruins of Lobengula's royal town, which is where the State House stands today. In 1897, the new town of Bulawayo acquired the status of municipality, and in 1943, Bulawayo became a city.

Bulawayo boasts several interesting tourist attractions, including: the Museum of Natural History, showing magnificent displays of human history, minerals, African birds, insects and mammals, including the second largest mounted elephant in the world; the Railway Museum, with its collection of historical steam locomotives, rolling stock and station buildings, and a variety of exhibits dating from the earliest days of railway history; the Centenary and Central Parks, which  were originally designed and constructed for the 1953 Central Africa Centenary Exhibition.  The parks feature many palm-lined paths and expansive lawns, colourful flower displays, an aviary, putting course and a miniature railway which runs at weekends.  There is also the National Art Gallery, which displays the beautifully restored colonial Douslin House, with a collection of traditional and modern art.  A number of handmade batiks can be purchased here, as well as artwork, curios, sculptures, beadwork and genuine tribal artifacts.

In addition to these, there are a number of fantastic sites that are all within short distances from Bulawayo.  These include: The Matobo Hills National Park, with its spiritual history, incredible natural beauty, and a very important White Rhino conservation program; The Khame Ruins, showing extensive terraces and passages supported by massive, late Iron Age stone walling, with relics and artefacts on display that are dated at over 10 000 years old; The Tshabalala Sanctuary, which is just 10km from Bulawayo, and contains herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest and Hartebeest and other smaller species; The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, which is a wildlife breeding and research centre, and home for orphaned, sick or abandoned wild animals, including lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhino and numerous antelope; and Mguza Nature Reserve, with hundreds of bird species. And just a few hours to the north is the world-famous Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.

Generally, the best time to travel to Zimbabwe is between June and October.  On average, the coolest month is June, and the most precipitation falls between December and February, which are the hottest months in the year in Zimbabwe. The best time to travel is in the middle of June till the end of October.

 


 

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

At just over 14 600 square kilometres, Hwange is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe, and one of the most important natural sanctuaries for wildlife in Southern Africa. Situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife and over 100 species of birds.  Hwange carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores.  The big five can all be found in Hwange, as well as many other predators. The populations of wild dog and elephant are thought to be among the largest surviving groups in the world.  Large concentrations of zebra and giraffe can also be found.  All of Zimbabwe's specially protected animals have their home in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers.  Walking, driving and horseback safaris are all available.

The landscapes of Hwange include desert sand to sparse woodland, as well as grasslands and granite outcrops. Hwange has an interesting variety of landscapes, with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland. A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation.  Due to the lack of water, man-made waterholes have been introduced to sustain the animals through the dry season.

The best time to visit Zimbabwe, in terms of game-viewing, is between June and October, when the temperature is hot during the day but can drop to below freezing at night.  During these dry winter months the animals are concentrated around the man-made waterholes.  The summer season generally starts with fresh rains in November, bringing the arrival of migrant birds and the movement of mammals in search of fresh growth.  The bush gets thick, insects flourish, birding improves, and game viewing deteriorates.


View Suggested : Tour Package 

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Matobo Hills National Park,

The fantastic shapes and deep valleys of the Matopos Hills were formed by river erosion over 2000 million years ago.  The granite was forced to the surface, and eroded to produce smooth surfaces among broken hills, strewn with boulders and interspersed with chunks of vegetation.  This landscape led to its name, “Matopos Hills”, meaning “Bald Heads” in Ndebele.

The Matobo Hills cover an area of about 3100km², of which 440 km² is National Park (the rest of which is communal land or commercial farmland). The Matopos Hills have an average height of 1,500 metres, and together they cover an area of about 3,100 km² extending across 80 km, east to west.  Part of the Matobo National Park is set aside as a game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros. This covers some 100 km² of beautiful scenery including some amazing balancing rocks and impressive views along the Mpopoma river valley.

Today the Matobo National Park is one of Zimbabwe's prime wildlife sanctuaries.  In addition to the black and white rhinoceros, the Matobo National Park provides a home to a variety of antelope species (kudu, sable, eland) leopard, baboon, lizard, and a plethora of birdlife, including the highest concentrations of black eagle in the world.  The Matobo National Park have trees and shrubs that are unique to the area, as well as flora and fauna found in many other parts of the world, which have grown naturally in this area.  Vegetation ranges from the lichens of the desert-like hilltops to the luxuriant growth of valley swamps.

The Matopos Hills has a great deal of historical relevance in Zimbabwe.  The estate of Cecil John Rhodes was once located at Matopos Hills and his grave is at a site called World's View, on the summit of one of the hills.  The graves of Sir Leander Starr Jameson and Sir Charles Coghlan are also at Matopos Hills, along with the memorials to Major Allan Wilson and the Shangani Patrol.  The Matopos Hills had been fought over in 1893 by members of the Ndebele, a group of Africans that regarded the site as sacred.  It is still seen as sacred ground, as among the cracks and crevices of the Matobo Hills is the Ndebele's rain shrine to Mwari, the god of their ancestors.  There are Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites, and some of the world’s best ancient rock art paintings can be found as a testimony of the lives of the San Bushman who lived in the area some 2000 years ago.


View Suggested: Tour Package 

 

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou meaning "Place of many Elephants" is an extremely scenic Park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes. Three major rivers - The Save, Runde and Mwenezi - cut their courses through the Park, forming pools and natural oases from which hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish gather to feed and drink. Gonarezhou is famous for its elephants, and many of the largest-tusked elephants in the region maybe found within the Park.

Gonarezhou National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), a massive Pan-African Park that includes South Africa's famed Kruger National Park and Mozambique's Gaza. This huge area is set to become one of the finest "peace parks" in the world and is dedicated to conservation, biodiversity and the economic development of the surrounding local communities. The vast and diverse nature of the mega-park will provide world-class eco-tourism to the visitor and strive to re-establish historical animal migration routes and fragile regional ecosystems.

The combined Park will include more than 500 species of birds, 147 species of mammals, at least 116 species of reptiles, 34 species of frogs and 49 species of fish.

Lion, leopard, cheetah (including the rare king cheetah), buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many species of large antelope are also present within the Park. The rare nyala and smaller suni are two of the highlights of the Park's smaller antelopes. In addition, hundreds of species of birds may be spotted in the Park. Unique species of aquatic wildlife such as the Zambezi Shark, Freshwater Goby, Black Bream and the unique turquoise killifish can be seen within the Park's rivers and pools.

One of the most prominent and enduring natural features of Gonarezhou National Park is the beautiful Chilojo Cliffs. These magnificent red sandstone cliffs have been formed through eons of erosion and overlook the scenic Runde River valley.

Seasons

Gonarezhou experiences mild, dry winters and warm, wet summers (temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celcius can occasionally be expected). Mabalauta and Chipinda areas are open throughout the year.

 During the rainy season (November - April), access to certain parts of the Park is restricted and the visitor should consult with the Park's offices before undertaking game drives.
Bilharzia is endermic to all lowveld rivers and visitors should take appropriate precaution. In addition, malaria can be present within the region so visitors are advised to take prophylactics before, during and after their stay in the Park.    

Facilities-Lodges

Mabalauta was once a communal area until the 1960s when it became a game reserve. It was later declared a national park in 1975 when it became part of Gonarezhou. The name Mabalauta hails from a hardwood tree species common in the region. The Mabalauta section in the Mwenezi sub-region includes the Swimuwini rest camp, "The place of the Baobabs". The camp is situated 8 kilometres from the warden's office and overlooks the the Mwenezi River. There are thatched self-catering accommodation facilities at the camp.

Camp Sites
Camping is possible at Swimuwini at the Mabalauta Camping site which has ablution facilities.

Caravan sites
Visitors with caravans on tow can also camp at Swimuwini and use the same facilities for standard camp sites.

Picnic Sites
There are several picnic and braai sites located in the Park.

Amenities
Visitors are encouraged to bring in adequate provisions from Mwenezi or from larger business centres since there are no shops in the Park.

Facilities

The name Chipinda is derived from the Ndau dialect meaning "enter". There are predominantly camping facilities in this section and there are no self-catering accommodation facilities.

Camp Sites

  • Chipinda Pools - There are 19 sites at the beautiful Chipinda Pools Camp, each with basic shelter, braai area and ablution facilities.
  • Chinguli - There are 14 camping sites in the Runde sub-region at Chinguli which also have similar facilities to those at Chipinda.
  • Undeveloped Camping Sites - Camps with minimum facilities are located at Nyahungwe, Madumbini, Bopomela, Lisoda, Gota, Chitove, Chamaluvati and Chilojo. These exclusive sites may be booked by a single party of up to 10 people and there are no attendants available. Visitors need to bring their own water. Dead wood in the vicinity may be collected for firewood.

Picnic Sites
There are also several picnic and braai points in this section of the Park that include Massasanya and Machaniwa.

Amenities
Supplies must be obtained from Chiredzi town as there are no shops within the Park.

  • Game viewing - best along the riverine regions and close to the many perennial pools and springs. The elephants in this Park are notoriously aggressive so visitors are encouraged to keep a safe viewing distance.
  • Fishing
  • Walking safaris - permitted in certain areas and at the pools at Samalena Gorge ("the place of killing") are of major interest
  • Viewing the cliffs at Chilojo, Mwatomba Pool and Makonde Pool
  • Viewing points - these can be found at Guluji and Chamuchanzi among other places
  • Natural water pans - include the one at Chindhlambai and Tembahata, an exceptional birding place
  • Chibilila Falls - the falls are on the Runde River and are 600 metres wide and 7 meters deep
  • Duguvi Falls - on the Pambazi River and are very attractive during the rainy season
Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park

 

Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in Western Zimbabwe. Mana means “four” in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed over time by the movement of the lower Zambezi River, where the flood plains turn into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season.  The variety and number of wild animals that can be seen at Mana Pools change throughout the year.  During the rainy months, most large mammals leave the river area to seek grazing and browsing closer to the Zimbabwe escarpment. As the months become drier, shortages of food and water inland force the animals towards the Zambezi River.  Here they find grasses and acacia pods along the river’s edges, which support them through the worst of the dry season. As soon as the first rains fall, the animals disperse inland from the river once again.

Mana Pools covers 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools.  It is flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, and it is truly one of the most remarkable conservation areas in Zimbabwe.  Mana Pools is among the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa, but is renowned for its game-viewing, due to large concentrations of dry-season mammals.  Animals at Mana Pools, among others, include: elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile, zebra, lion, leopard, warthog, eland, serval, hyena, wild dog, vervet monkey, porcupine, jackal and baboon.  Mana Pools also boasts abundant and diverse birdlife, with over 300 species recorded.

Game viewing at Mana Pools can be done on by boat, by car or on foot. Fishing and canoeing are highly recommended, and hiking/walking safaris provide an unforgettable opportunity to experience wildlife.  The best time of year to visit Mana Pools is between May and October, as the internal water pans dry out and the animals go to the Zambezi River to drink.  By November, the rainy season has started, after which it becomes exceptionally hot and the roads can become impassable.

 

 

 

 

Kariba, Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba And Matusadona National Park

Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park are two marvels of creation: one natural and the other man-made, both sensationally picturesque and easily the surprise highlight of your Zimbabawe safari holiday.

Lake Kariba, one of the world's largest man-made dams, covering a staggering 5,580sq km is an inland sea upon which your charter boat chugs to islands and shorelines teeming with wildlife and birdlife.

Lake Kariba is about 220km long and about 40km at its widest and there are times when land is all but a pale blue haze from aboard your floating private suite and you are forced to lie back and relax. Fishing is excellent with your choice of catch and release sport fishing for the famed tiger - pound for pound the toughest freshwater fish you can get - or for the edible bream, which your chef will prepare for you right away. Usually as a snack unless you're an able angler prepared to go after a full quota for the evenings dinner.

After your Kariba adventure, the cry of a fish eagle will forever be a happy memory, though you'll have to return to hear it. Zimbabwe's national bird is an expert diver and will put the best anglers to shame with its fishing prowess, powerful talons and impressive plumage.

A houseboat on Lake Kariba combines the opportunity for ultimate, enforced relaxation with an exhilarating walking safari in Matusadona National Park, which occupies a small portion of the lake's shoreline.

Matusadona is a wilderness area, that, like Mana Pools National Park , is almost impenetrable by vehicle leaving it unspoilt and truly wild. The game reserve has one of the highest concentrations of lions in Africa despite its massive 1,500sq km coverage from the Zambezi Escarpment down to the water's edge.

Wildlife in Matusadona National Park is understandably prolific with natural barriers keeping humans out and animals in. The water level of the lake provides rich grasses for huge herds of buffalo and elephant as well as rhino, hippo and crocodiles and a great variety of antelope and plains game. Cormorants, raptors and woodland species of bird occur in abundance.

If spending a few nights on a houseboat and enjoying daily walking safaris, game drives and puttering about the islets fishing from your a tender boat appeals, then talk to us now. If you're not mad about the boating side of things there are several excellent safari lodges on terra firma ranging from wonderfully rustic to fully luxurious.

 

Kariba, Zimbabwe