Zimbabwe, The Number One African Safari Destination For 2019
Zimbabwe, Top Travel Destination, 2019, Africa, Safari, Guided Tours, Recommended, Lonely Planet
Zimbabwe, not always in the headlines for the right reasons, is in
fact a very safe, magnificent safari destination and was recently rated by one
of the world’s most popular travel guides Lonely
Planet in third place on their ‘Top 10 Countries primed to capture travellers'
imaginations in 2019!’
This is what Lonely Planet had to say: “Not only is it one of Africa’s
safest destinations, it’s one blessed with ultra-friendly locals, Big
Five-filled national parks, World Heritage-listed archaeological ruins,
forested mountains and, of course, the mighty Victoria Falls.”
certainly is a great place to visit for many reasons and here we take a closer
look at why Zimbabwe is your ‘must visit’ African safari
destination for 2019!
It is in the first place a simply beautiful African country, not
large but with many worlds in one, from the eastern highlands where lush green
forest-filled mountains beckon, trout fishermen and trail riders, to the
largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba, and of course it co-hosts,
with neighbours Zambia, the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and borders South Africa,
Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. The two main cities of Harare and Bulawayo are
vibrant business hubs and the two main indigenous African tribes are the Shona
and Matabele people, all warm, welcoming and of course today sophisticated,
well-educated inhabitants of this colourful place of many cultures, contrasts
and most importantly great places to visit!
Victoria Falls National Park - Victoria Falls
One of the seven Natural Wonders of the world, The Victoria Falls
makes a thundering 108m drop into the narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s
white-water rafting and bungee-jumping on offer, just two of the of exciting
activities that one can enjoy here once you have recovered from the jaw
dropping first sight of these magnificent natural falls!
It is one of the widest waterfalls in Africa, over a mile wide and
the spray it produces has created a narrow strip of dense rainforest around the
falls. It’s beautiful to walk on top of the gorge and the sound of the falls
can be heard for miles, hence its local name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya,’ which is ‘The
Smoke that Thunders.’ Along a guided walk, you can see and photograph the
beauty and magnificence of it all from 16 viewpoints. Some of these take you
right to the edge of the precipice, quite a heart-pounding experience!
Other recommended Victoria Falls safari activities include
helicopter flights, tandem sky dives and many extreme sport and other leisure
Best time to go: March to September
The Zambezi River
A favourite additional activity, while on safari in Victoria
Falls, is a serene sunset cruise along the Zambezi River where wildlife like
Hippo, Crocodile and Elephant can be spotted in the water and along the river
bank as you sip on champagne and cocktails.
Fishing is extremely popular here and the Zambezi National Park is a great
game reserve with wildlife a plenty, many bird species and one of the largest
herds of the rare Sable antelope in Africa. White-water rafting, Kayaking and Canoeing
trips are also favourites.
Western Region -
Hwange National Park
This is an excellent, relatively unspoilt wildlife safari reserve and is
one the largest on the planet! It is just 1 hour’s drive south of Victoria
Falls, however we will recommend a longer stay of a minimum of 3 nights here.
Hwange National Park, pronounced ‘Wang-ee’, has a ridiculous
amount of wildlife. Some 400 species of bird and 107 types of animal can be
found in the park, including lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and
wild dogs. But the elephant is what really defines Hwange, being home to one of
the world's largest populations of around 40,000 tuskers.
Hwange offers visitors on safari access to incredible morning and
afternoon game drives, bush walks, birding expeditions and some lodges also
boast with sunken game viewing hides and lodge-based waterholes, so you don’t
have to travel far to see amazing animals from up close.
The accommodation here ranges from mid-range to luxury, so you are spoilt
with a choice of all different kinds of accommodation, including those offered
by some of the world’s best eco-tourism companies.
Best time to go: May to October (best wildlife viewing from July to
Northern Region - Lake Kariba and
Matusadona National Park
The largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba is fisherman’s
paradise and a game lover’s dream come true. Glorious sunsets and balmy summer
days as you cruise to see the sights or just wait for a bite, make this is a
piece of heaven on earth. For those more interested in safaris, when the lake
was created, the Kariba valley's prolific game was concentrated on its islands and southern
shore, where the Matusadona National Park
Birding, canoeing and photographic safaris are just a few of the
large range of activities on offer here including plenty of extreme sports like
Abseiling, White river rafting, Elephant trails, Hydro speeding and River
boarding ….to mention just a few!
Best time to go: July to October
Northern Region - Mana Pools
UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for its protected wilderness and is widely
considered one of Zimbabwe’s finest parks. There is little mystery as to why.
Mana Pools is remote and
delivers a true sense of being in the wild. The park is renowned for its position on the Zambezi River, massive
elephants and healthy lion population. This is one
park in Zimbabwe where you’re guaranteed close encounters with plenty of
hippos, crocs, zebras and elephants and are almost guaranteed to see lions and
possibly wild dogs, leopards and cheetahs.
With beautiful, intimate luxury camps
to stay at and land- and water-based safari activities like their famed boat
cruises, game drives, canoe safaris and bush walks, Mana Pools National Park is
a safari jewel that one cannot ignore when visiting Zimbabwe.
Best time to go: April to
September (closed in the rainy season from December to March).
Speaking of jewels, we at Jewel of Africa
Safaris have been preferred luxury safari and guided tour operators to Zimbabwe for many years. We have
seen its wonderful tourist destinations go from strength to strength and now it
is rated as one of the best African countries to visit!
Contact us to find out more about our excellent
packages, some standard and many tailor -made to suit your specific
requirements, to Zimbabwe and many of the other surrounding destinations. There
is no question in our minds that this certainly will be the ‘must visit’ African vacation destination