Zimbabwe’s National Parks truly have something for everyone, whether you crave solitude in a remote wilderness setting, a fast-paced action-packed adventure, or a bit of both! Zimbabwe is home to the spectacular Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) as they are known to the locals. The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls on the planet…you simply have to see it for yourself. By all means come for the Falls, but be sure to stay for the wonderful wildlife. Zimbabwe has some excellent game-viewing areas you should not miss, starting with Mana Pools National Park on the edge of the Zambezi River. Hwange is great for Elephant viewing while Matopo Hills is the place to head for if you want to see Rhino. For something completely different, consider a game watching holiday from the comfort of a houseboat on Lake Kariba.
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Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest wilderness Park; it shares an unfenced border with Botswana’s Chobe and Makgadikgadi ecosystems, forming one of the last great wilderness regions in Africa. Animals are free to move between all three Parks, which means that there are always thousands of Elephant to be seen in Hwange, as well as an excellent concentration of other game and many predators.
The Matobo Hills National Park is the place to head to for Rhino! These critically endangered animals have been re-introduced and are doing well in this Park and can be tracked on foot. Matobo Hills is named after the very unusual granite rock formations found here, which includes a grouping which resemble giant bald heads. This Park is also famous for the plentiful ancient rock art which dates from the Stone Age.
Matusadona National Park borders the enormous man-made Lake Kariba. It is one of the country’s true wilderness areas, and includes a large section which can only be accessed on foot. The entire Park is designated an Intensive Protection Zone and you can have the rare experience of tracking a Black Rhino on foot here. The Big Five are well represented and there are especially large herds of Buffalo, closely followed by many predators. Game viewing from the comfort of a Kariba Houseboat is something of a national past time in Zimbabwe!
Mana Pools National Park is truly incredible, and its’ uniquely unspoilt wildness has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. It is situated on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, directly opposite Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, and larger animals can regularly be seen crossing the river between these two conservation areas.
Finally, for the adrenalin junkies there is the Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks, situated just below the Victoria Falls. At the former, the emphasis is on the exceptional waterfall, nearly 2km wide and 1km deep…which you can discover on foot or view from the air. This is the adventure sport capital of Africa and the place to go for every kind of adventure activity you can imagine. The adjoining Zambezi National Park has stunning scenery combined with brilliant game viewing, especially from the water.
As you can see, each and every one of Zimbabwe’s National Parks has something different and intriguing to offer. Read all about them and let us plan a fantastic Zimbabwe multi-park Safari to suit you, or combine Zimbabwe with Zambia and Botswana for an even-more varied experience.