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Eco Travel Guide to Zimbabwe : Southern Africa

 
Zimbabwe Travel Guide
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

Zimbabwe is a land of diversity and contrasts and unrivalled natural beauty. It is a land where one can experience nature first-hand. It is also a land with a fascinating history that provides depth and meaning. Past and present are so inextricably part of everyday life that it is impossible to separate the two.

 
 
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Perhaps this popular tourist destination's greatest asset is its friendly people, always ready to welcome visitors to their country with a smile and good service.

Many potential visitors believe a Zimbabwe safari is not viable, influenced by news of political unrest in Zimbabwe, potential visitors believe a Zimbabwe safari is not viable. The reality is that the National parks are completely safe to visit, as they are far from the cities where the instability exists.

Zimbabwe boasts hotels and restaurants of an international standard. Zimbabwe's fine accommodation options include Camp Amalinda which is perhaps most famous for offering Elephant-back safaris and also the beautiful Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, only 4km from the spectacular Victoria Falls and situated on a natural boundary to the Zambezi National Park.

The Victoria Falls are one of the world's great attractions, measuring a 1.7km wide and dropping between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge -- it is here where white water rafters can experience some of earth's most terrifying rapids!

The Great Zimbabwe National Monument is the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa and provides evidence that ancient Africa reached a level of civilisation not suspected by early scholars.

Good air, rail and road routes link the country's cities with well-serviced tourist destinations where safari lodges, hotels and restaurants are varied and inexpensive.

Zimbabwe is a mecca for the outdoor-lover and adventure traveller. In the Victoria Falls area alone you can go white-water rafting, kayaking, micro lighting, parachuting, horse-riding, cycling and even do one of the world's highest bungi jump.

The Matusadona Wilderness offers superb hiking, the Kariba area offers sailing, house-boating and other water activities and the middle Zambezi is ideal for long-distance canoeing.

And you can obviously go on safari or enjoy golfing on some of the world's least expensive and least crowded golfing courses.

Capture on film the breathtaking vistas of the Eastern Highlands rolling, misty mountains or tee off at arguably, Africa's finest golf course.

Game viewing is spectacular in...

In the Hwange National Park you'll find one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Animals you can expect to see include elephant, monkey, baboon, impala, lion, giraffe and zebra.

The Matobo National Park near Bulawayo has a wealth of ancient San paintings and old grain bins, where warriors once stored their provisions.

At the Mana Pools National Park, with its 4 pools, you're almost guaranteed to see hippo and crocodile, as well as zebra, antelope and elephant and prolific bird life.

Lake Kariba, is an inland sea of two hundred kilometers long and forty kilometers wide at its widest point with the Matusadona National Park (bordering the lake) offering a different experience of the wilderness.

 

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