Africa's most 'hidden-gem' holiday destination

Forget what you’ve heard. Zimbabwe may have got some pretty bad press over the past few years, but anyone who decides to leave this country off their bucket list would be making a massive mistake. Visitors to Zimbabwe will tell you that, despite the political hardships, the people are extremely friendly, the prices are very reasonable, plus: the country boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

The first and most popular of these is Victoria Falls. Touted as the adrenaline capital of Africa, the mighty Victoria Falls offers a number of thrilling activities, such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping, croc-cage diving and helicopter flights over the mighty Falls. ‘The smoke that thunders’ is amazing to visit all year round, and rainy and dry season guarantee quite different—but equally awe-inspiring—experiences.

If you follow the Zambezi River downstream from Victoria Falls, you come upon yet another World Heritage Site: Mana Pools. These four massive oxbow pools were formed by the changing currents of the Zambezi over thousands of years and now attract flocks of wildlife in dry seasons. For one of the best game-viewing experiences on the continent, however, head over to Hwange National Park, home to over 400 species of birdlife, as well as one of the largest elephant herds in Africa.

Highlights

  • Marvel at Victoria Falls and enjoy a range of activities to thrill even the most hardened adrenaline junkie
  • Hwange National Park is home to over 400 species of birdlife and one of Africa’s largest elephant herds
  • Mana Pools—a UNESCO Natural World Heritage—where droves of wildlife flock in dry season
  • Home to Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world
  • The ruins of Great Zimbabwe, once home to one of Africa’s oldest civilisations as well as (legend has it) the Queen of Sheba

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