“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”
* William Burchell
Zimbabwe is an authentic, rugged fascinating country, home to warm people, wildlife galore, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: Victoria Falls.
Two major rivers form the northern and the southern boundaries of Zimbabwe, the Zambesi River cuts along its northern frontier while the languid Limpopo River form the southern border, in between the Zimbabwe has a variety of habitats from granite hills to the majestic mountains, lush forests and beautiful rivers.
Zimbabwe derives its name from the spectacular stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe ruins, a Unesco World Heritage Site with a mysterious origin.
Zimbabwe is home to other four Unesco Site: Matobo Hills National Park, Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park and Khami Ruins National Monument.
Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange National Park, is the elephant stronghold is a game-rich area was once the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior king Mzilikazi; it was proclaimed a national park in 1929, and today offers superb wildlife viewing.
Hwange National Park is situated on the border with Botswana, its location in a convergence zone between the Kalahari Desert and the moist mambo woodland
Hwange National Park is situated on the border with Botswana, its location in a convergence zone between the Kalahari Desert and the moist miombo woodlands, offers a variety of landscape and one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa in particular vast herds of elephant and buffalo, gemsbok and clans of brown hyena can be found in this pristine slice of wilderness, which also boasts one of the largest populations of African wild dog.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park is one of the most remote and rugged area in Zimbabwe, it lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley and it is home to a wonderful mix of grassy floodplains, woodland, broad river and enormous riverine forests.
The park due his name to four famous natural pools, these pools are remnants of ancient lakes carved out by the mighty Zambezi, Mana means four in Shona language; these pools are important because hold water all year round acting as a magnet for all manner of wildlife and waterfowl during the dry season.
Matobo Hills National Park is home to several interesting sites as well as the grave of English colonialist Cecil Rhodes, about 3 000 examples of Khoi rock art and even earlier Stone Age settlements.
Matobo National Park is also a destination for wildlife and host perhaps the greatest density of Verreaux’s or Black Eagles in the world and for its rhino population.
Gonarezhou National Park and Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southern Zimbabwe are ‘hidden gems’ home to stunning scenery with towering red cliffs and massive baobab trees and dramatic diverse game viewing including the Big 5.
Bordering Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made reservoir and home to the fierce tiger fish, Matusadona National Park is a mixture of grassy floodplains and rugged hill country and it offers sanctuary for some of Zimbabwe’s biggest elephant and buffalo herds, a great concentrations of lions as well as leopards, spotted hyenas, cheetahs and wild dogs.
“No one can imagine the beauty of the view from any thing witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” * Dr. David Livingstone
Zimbabwe is best known for the magnificent spectacle of the Victoria Falls, one of the worl’d’s natural wonders, the iconic view of the main Falls is a breathtaking experience.
Long before the Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Victoria Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’, the roar of the Zambesi River that falls into the gorge can sometimes be heard from 40 kilometes away and the plume of spray can be seen 30 kilometers away.
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