The wildlife rich Kruger National Park, the impressive Okavango Delta or the spectacular plains of the Serengeti – there are certainly many places to choose from when it comes to picking your next African safari destination. But these popular tourist locations represent only a fraction of what Africa has to offer. Zimbabwe is one of the perhaps less renowned, yet enticingly unique safari destinations.
Liquid Giraffe decided to unravel the secrets of Zimbabwe, and asked the Amalinda Collection, who run three luxury safari lodges in Hwange and Matopos, why they think Zimbabwe is worth a visit. Here are five of our top picks:
1. Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Khami Ruins and Matobo Hills have all been internationally acclaimed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Victoria Falls, or locally known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (the Smoke that Thunders), is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and certainly an attraction in its own right.
2. Authentic safari experiences
It comes as no surprise that Zimbabwe is often considered one of the most authentic safari destinations in Southern Africa. The country provides untouched, secluded safari settings. Visitors can expect to experience intimate, close-up wildlife encounters in Zimbabwe’s national parks, usually without hordes of tourists around.
3. Diverse, unique landscapes
From the mighty Victoria Falls to the great granite dwalas of Matopos and the breath-taking sand cliffs of Gonarezhou there are few places with as astonishingly diverse scenery as Zimbabwe’s. Be it rolling plateaus or grandiose mountains the country boasts a wonderfully wide array of picturesque landscapes.
4. Best guiding in Africa
Zimbabwean safari guides are world-renowned and are exposed to rigorous training. The procedures one must go through in Zimbabwe in order to become a professional guide are known to be some of the most difficult and extensive qualifications in Africa.
Zimbabweans are known to be proud of their rich history and diverse culture. Though the nation has gone through waves of political turmoil in the recent years, the resilience of locals is admirable. Zimbabweans have a reputation for being amongst the friendliest people in the world. Visitors are often welcomed to the country with bright smiles and warm hospitality. Not a bad way to start a safari holiday if you ask us!
From authentic safari vibes to diverse landscapes, knowledgeable guides and warm smiles, Zimbabwe has it all, and more. A trip to this enticing country simply leaves a visitor yearning to return. Yes, it’s worth the trip.