Rivers provide some of the best wildlife🦅 watching around—and some adrenaline-fueled recreation, too🧗♂️.
Here are🔥🔥 5 of the best river trips to take across parks in Zimbabwe.
1. ZAMBEZI RIVER (Victoria Falls National Park)
The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa.
The Vic Falls National Park is in the Upper section of the river.
This is where tour operators run lots of exciting activities including kayaking, canoe trips and river cruises.⠀⠀⠀
2. ZAMBEZI RIVER ( Mana Pools National Park)
The Mana Pools are in the Middle section of the ‘great river’ – Zambezi about 440 km from Victoria Falls.
This middle zone of the Zambezi river supports one of the most important wilderness areas in Africa.
Exquisite canoe safaris, magnificent camps and encounters with Hippos can be experienced here.
3.SAVE & RUNDE RIVER (Gonarezhou National Park)
Gonarezhou National Park is the second largest game reserve in the country.
The park straddles the Save and Runde Rivers and their confluence/floodplain in the north.
The towering Chilojo Cliffs form a backdrop to the Runde River and are visible from 50 kilometres away.
The park is home to the rare nyala antelope as well as a host of other antelope species, and all the big game associated with a dry, lowland area.
4 PUNGWE RIVER ( Honde Valley near Nyanga National Park).
Is one of the country’s best fishing and white water rafting locations.
Pungwe river is a tourist attraction in the scenic Honde Valley which lies adjacently to Mount Inyangani and Nyanga National Park.
Honde Valley is one of the premier birding destinations in Zimbabwe and offers a wide range of species difficult to find in most other parts of the region.
5. MTSHELELE RIVER VALLEY ( Matobo National Park)
The Mtshelele valley is home to the Mtshelele dam which in our opinion, is a scenic hidden gem with picnic and camping facilities available.
Located in the Matobo National Park, the valley constitutes part of a landscape with a stunning Panorama of constantly changing Granite Hills.
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The Matobo Hills cover an area of about 3100 km², of which 424 km² is National Park, 🦓 the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. The game park is 100 km² of beautiful scenery including some amazing balancing rocks and impressive views along the Mpopoma river valley💥.
1. Getting there is easier than you think.
The 32 km journey from the city center of Bulawayo takes way less than an hour.
2. It will open your eyes.
Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve been looking at the world isn’t the way everybody else does.
Moreso, a trip to the Matobo Hills teaches you economy, politics, history, geography in an intense, hands-on way no class will.
You will not learn these lessons in any other classroom in the world.
3. You will create meaningful relationships
If you take your trip with a loved one, you will definitely consolidate your relationship and stay together longer.
If you take your trip solo, you will meet people along the way who may become some of the most valued names on your contact list.
Ultimately these meaningful relationships will inspire you to be a better person. 👌
4. You will develop skills you didn’t know you had
Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you’ve got skills you’ve never used.
A trip to the Matobo Hills may bring such skills to the surface and completely surprise you.
Imagine the satisfaction of completing the 12km Inanke trail and realising that you have such an incredible amount of endurance, perseverance and athletic ability.
5. You may learn a new language
Whether you are Zimbabwean or not, a trip to the Matobo Hills is surely going to inspire you to say something in a language other than your own.
Locals in the area mostly speak isiNdebele. It may be satisfying to be able to greet the villagers in vernacular during a culture tour.
Moreover, given the influx of international travelers, you may get acquainted to someone that speaks a language you might have never heard of, and may be tempted to learn it.
6. It will give you the adventure of a lifetime.
Imagine the thrill of hoping into a landrover and watching going about their lives in their natural habitat.
Who knows what you will see on the day. Wild animals hunting, grazing, warring or even mating.
Imagine the thrill of tracking rhino on foot.
A Rhino Safari on foot with a professional guide in the shadows of the Matobo Hills is one of the most iconic safaris in Africa.
Feel your heart pound as you get close to one of the world’s most handsome and endangered animals
7. It will give you cool stories to tell
Think about it for a minute.
Even for folks who can’t tell a story, just the words “last year in the Matopos” can get you instant party points.
A lot of things happen when you are on Safari. Some fun, some weird.
All of the encounters that left a lasting impression on you are likely to have the same effect when recount them to friends and family in nostalgia.
8. You will taste something you have never had before.
You’ll be very surprised at the unsurpassed levels of Zimbabwean cuisine.
The way food is prepared in this part of the country might astound you.
It could be very well different from the way in which you prepare it.
9. It will help you to move forward
If you’re between jobs, schools, kids, or relationships, taking a Safari to the Matobo Hills can be a perfect way to move from one of these life stages into your next great adventure.
A Safari in Zimbabwe will give you a chance to reflect on the most important things in your life.
10. You will discover who you are!
All the challenges and opportunities that travel lays at your feet will help you discover who you are.
Your preferences and tastes will become apparent