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Zimbabwe

In the heart of Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a landlocked nation. National Parks and Game Reserves occupy 12% of the country’s surface. Although not a major tourist destination, Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, is a beautiful, orderly contemporary city on a Zimbabwe travel.

The majestic Victoria Falls, the world’s most oversized curtain of falling water and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the «Smoke That Thunders,» is without a doubt the most famous destination in the country. It is twice the size of Niagara Falls and many times the length. The falls may be seen up close, but be prepared to get wet.

While at Victoria Falls, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Zambezi River for a different perspective of the falls, particularly after sunset. You may also fly above the falls in a helicopter. Afternoon tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel is a unique experience. Victoria Falls is a great location to purchase native curiosities, artwork, and sculptures.

On a voyage to Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the most well-known wildlife watching kingdom. It is a protected area with over 400 bird species and 100 distinct animal species. It also houses around 30,000 elephants. The antelopes, zebras, and giraffes that wander the plains are familiar sights.

Lake Kariba is Zimbabwe’s biggest damming project, the world’s largest artificial lake, and the source of the vast majority of the country’s hydroelectric electricity. It’s also a great location to see African fauna.

Matobo Hills, with their spectacular rock terrain, is rich in tribal history and a beautiful place. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the oldest and most significant ancient buildings in Southern Africa, tell the narrative of the Shona Civilization from the 11th to the 15th Centuries. The Eastern High is a beautiful mountainous region known as «Little England,» where visitors to Zimbabwe may enjoy horseback riding, golf, and fishing.

It’s almost impossible to explore Zimbabwe without paying a visit to Victoria Falls. Book one of our Zimbabwe excursions, and you will see why. It’s stunning!

Book a Zimbabwe safari or trip now with New Paths Expeditions and discover a world of natural wonders!

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ZIMBABWE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the early Victorian architecture of Bulawayo.
  • Take in the World’s View and Matopos’ cave paintings.
  • Discover the Acropolis, Great Enclosure, and Conical Tower of Great Zimbabwe.
  • Harare’s botanical gardens.
  • Enjoy traditional African bush food at The Boma.
  • Cruise the world’s biggest artificial lake, Kariba Dam.
  • The majestic Victoria Falls.
  • Take a «flight of angels» helicopter ride above Victoria Falls.
  • Canoeing, white water rafting, tight rope, bungee jumping, bridge sliding, and canyon swinging are available adventure sports.
  • Visit Hwange National Park, one of Africa’s best wildlife refuges.
  • Go to Hwange’s Painted Dog Conservation Centre

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Time and Weather

Zimbabwe has two seasons: summer (October to April) and winter (May to September). During the summer, daytime temperatures may reach 30°C (86°F), while overnight temperatures can drop to about 14-16°C (57-60°F). Low-lying regions like as Kariba, Victoria Falls, and the Zambezi Valley, on the other hand, have much milder temperatures all year. Summer days are distinguished by bright mornings and a possibility of rain in the afternoon. These downpours are the consequence of the rainy season, which lasts from November to March.

Temperatures in the winter range from about 20°C (68°F) during the day to as low as 5° C (41°F) at night. The days in winter are dry, bright, and temperate to mild. Extreme cold periods have occurred in the past, although they are not common.

The best time to visit

When game watching is at its height, July and October is the perfect time to visit Zimbabwe. Natural waterholes in the parks dry up, causing massive herds to gather in lakes, artificial reservoirs, and rivers.

On the other hand, traveling from November to March rewards those looking to go off the main path and discover the country’s rich cultural heritage. The presence of migrating birds, in particular, will thrill birders.

Meanwhile, the months of April to June provide excellent value and give spectacular views of Victoria Falls in full flow.

Throughout the year, temperatures range from 21°C to 35°C.

Wildlife

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management is responsible for managing eleven National Parks, nine recreational parks, four botanical gardens, four safari regions, and three sanctuaries under the Parks and Wildlife Board. These regions have been dubbed «Wildlife Estates,» They span about 47,000 square kilometers (18,000 square miles), or nearly 12 percent of Zimbabwe’s total land area.

Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Victoria Falls, and Zambezi National Park are the most famous. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s biggest park and home to one of the world’s most significant elephant populations. Because of its wildness and beauty, Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to various big animals, over 350 bird species, and aquatic creatures.

Victoria Falls, popularly known as Mosi-oa-Tunya («the Smoke that Thunders»), is one of the world’s seven Wonders because it is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world.

Zimbabwe is home to some of Southern Africa’s finest wildlife reserves. The country’s natural beauty is breathtaking, with many animal, bird, and reptile species. The plains are home to antelopes, zebras, and giraffes, with a high possibility of sighting any of the «Big Five» (buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceros). The name «Big Five» was created by big game hunters looking for the most challenging creatures to kill in Africa. The animals were selected not because of their size but because of the difficulties in catching them. Zimbabwe has one of the remaining rhinoceros ranges, with both white and black rhinos present in tiny numbers. Matobo National Park is one of the finest and most accessible locations to see this endangered species. (They may also be found in the National Parks of Hwange and Matusadona.)

Zimbabwe is home to about 685 bird species. Birds have had a particular significance in Zimbabwe from the country’s inception. When the Great Zimbabwe remains were found, there were bird sculptures on the walls and monoliths throughout the old city. Consequently, the Zimbabwe Bird, which resembles an eagle, serves as the country’s national symbol and may be seen on the flag and certain banknotes. One-third of the world’s eagle species may be found at Matobo National Park.

Along with birds, there are a variety of reptiles. Chameleons and geckos are abundant, as are legless snake lizards and rock-plated lizards, with the leguaan, or water monitor, being the biggest species in Zimbabwe and often seen lounging about watering holes. Although Zimbabwe and southern Africa generally do not have as many insect species as their northern counterparts, there are an astounding 500 kinds of butterflies found across the nation, including the African monarch, commodore, and citrus swallowtail.

Early in the twentieth century, the people of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) realized that unrestricted hunting of animals and extensive commercial agriculture posed a danger to the country’s natural fauna. They saw how the populations of animals like elephants and rhinos were gradually dwindling and decided to establish huge «game reserves» only for wildlife. These reserves served as the foundation for today’s national parks. Locals were evicted from specific regions and were prohibited from hunting. The Wildlife Conservation Act was enacted in 1960 and has been revised many times since then. Zimbabwe became one of Africa’s top nations for wildlife conservation and management in the 1990s.

While animal conservation remains a priority, Zimbabwe faces some difficulties today. With the economy under constant strain, many Zimbabweans have been driven to poach meat simply for survival. Animal skins, rhino horns, and elephant tusks may also be sold for the equivalent of a year’s salary. Many conservation organizations recognize the difficulties that local people confront and, as a result, seek to collaborate with them on conservation initiatives. The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit, which was formed in 1999, is dedicated to finding alternate methods of sustenance and creating jobs. One of their objectives is to rehabilitate poachers rather than punish them. They work to educate the public about the advantages of preserving natural resources.

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