Zimbabwe has long been known as the Jewel of Africa. It is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa, with warm welcomes and the Big Five guaranteed to ignite your love affair with the country.
From north, south, east and west, Zimbabwe has a national park that shows off the nation’s natural bounties. In the north, running along the border with Zambia, flows the mighty Zambezi River. Not only is the region home to perhaps Africa’s most famous natural sight – Victoria Falls, but also Mana Pools and Matusadona National Parks.
Mana Pools’ idyllic riverine landscape supports large numbers of both predator and prey, including hippo and crocodiles. Meanwhile, the plains that abut Lake Kariba in Matusadona attract an equally impressive list of big game species, from elephant to waterbuck and Cape buffalo.
In the drier southern regions, you’ll discover the granite boulders of Matobo National Park amid hills dotted with ancient rock art, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the centuries-old Great Zimbabwe ruins.
Then to the west lies Hwange. The largest national park in the country at close to 15,000 km2, Hwange’s landscapes drift between grassland, native mopane woodland and semi-desert, attracting large elephant herds, as well as lion, leopard and rhino to its waterholes.