Landlocked in southern Africa, bordering South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana, Zimbabwe enjoys rich wildlife and natural beauty.
Derived from the Shona term, ‘dzimba dzemabwe’, the name Zimbabwe means ‘houses of stone’, symbolised today by the Great Zimbabwe Ruins near the town of Masvingo. Zimbabwe has a rich history, beginning with the European penetration through Christian missionaries, followed by colonialism, courtesy of Cecil John Rhodes, who named the country Rhodesia. Following years of dissent and war, the battle for liberation ended in 1979 and saw the Rhodesian regime and the British government concede defeat, granting independence under a democratic constitution. Zimbabwe emerged as an independent state on 18th April 1980.
ACCOMMODATION & AIRPORTS
Zimbabwe offers a range of accommodation to suite every budget, ranging from simple backpacker lodges, rustic bush camps and comfortable bed and breakfasts to three-, four- and five-star luxury Zimbabwe hotels and resorts. Major airports include Harare’s International Airport, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo and Victoria Falls International Airport.
Home to a host of spectacular natural landscapes and a huge variety of wildlife, Zimbabwe has much to offer in way of activities. There are four different UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Zimbabwe –
Mana Pools National Park
Matobos National Park
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
Some of Africa’s most exciting wildlife is found here, with many of the national parks teeming with the classic African Big 5 – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and black rhino.
Fed by the mighty Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls remain Zimbabwe’s most popular attraction, an impressive two kilometre-wide curtain of water that spills over into a 110 metre-deep canyon to create the swirling mists of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (‘The Smoke that Thunders’) as respectfully referred to by the locals.
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve and the vast saltpans and grassy plains support a large concentration of animals, Mana Pools is renowned for its canoe trails and Lake Kariba best known for its abundance of wildlife, including hippo, crocodiles, elephant and lion, and excellent fishing.