Mana Pools National Park is a massive 219,600 ha wildlife conservation area located on the lower Zambezi. Every year, the flood plain turns into an open wilderness of lakes after the rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions. Elephants roam freely and the chance to get close to a “Jumbo” on foot with a professionally trained guide is a thrilling, life changing experience. You will truly immerse yourself in a wild safari experience.
2. Houseboating on Kariba
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. Cruising along this beautiful lake that covers over 5500 square km in area is almost therapeutic . The perfect way to enjoy Lake Kariba is to rent a houseboat for a few days and just unwind. You will be able to do as little or as much as you like. World famous Tiger fish will be fighting on the end of your line, Elephants and Buffalo will be coming down to the water to drink giving you a perfect view from your boat while you sip Gin & Tonic.
3. Walking Inanke Trail In Matobo Hills
Walking the Inanke Cave Trail is a trip for the intrepid traveler who really wants to get off the beaten track. This spectacular Matobo Hills Hike offers one of the best one-day treks in the world and has all the ingredients of a rugged adventure. The Inanke trail starts and finishes at Toghwana Dam in the south of the Matobo Hills, whilst taking in the grandest, most majestic cave in all of Southern Africa. The walk is a 12km round trip through an untouched granite wilderness. It is for those with an adventurous spirit, who are in fairly good shape and want to hike for a longer period of time.
4. Camping at Ngweshla in Hwange
Camping in Hwange National Park is a must-do on a Zimbabwean holiday. The National park itself is half the size of Belgium so you will be spoilt for National Parks Campsites but Ngweshla campsite in the south east of the park is the prime spot. During the dry season you can expect to be surrounded by thousands of Elephants every night. Throughout the night you will be able to hear Lions roaring and Hyena’s cackling at your fence, testing to see if they can sniff out a scrap of camp food. An amazing African experience.
5. Visiting Victoria Falls
Visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world is of-course a no brainer when you visit Zimbabwe. A walk into the Victoria Falls for the first time is really quiet awe-inspiring. This is nature at its Grandest, showing off what it is capable of. Millions of tons of Zambezi river water pour over the edge of a 130 foot high cliff causing a cacophony of thunderous noise and water that combine into the most exhilarating experiences imaginable. The falls are a full attack on all of your senses, no wonder the local BaTonka tribe named the Falls “ Mosia o Tunya” – the smoke that thunders because from a distance all you can see and hear of the falls is a rising plume of white water like smoke and a thunderous vibration from the falls.
6. Sunset Cruise Vic Falls
After the excitement of a long day spent exploring waterfalls and possibly riding the rapids of the Zambezi, it is time to relax with a cold beer on the Zambezi river. The sunset cruise or ( booze cruise) in colloquial language is the perfect way to end the day. Get onboard and just chill as you cruise down river keeping an eye out for lazy crocodiles resting on the bank and of course the cheeky hippos need to be given a wide berth. Snacks are included and you can drink as much as your stomach desires. If you are lucky you will be able to see Elephant swimming across the mighty Zambezi or just feeding on the banks. By the time the sun is setting and the warm glow of the alcohol has sunk in, you will be ready to take the night by storm in bustling Victoria Falls.
7. White water rafting
This experience really is not for the faint of heart. The Zambezi river just below Victoria Falls has some of the very best white water rafting anywhere on the planet. What does this mean for you? Well it means you get to ride on an inflatable raft whilst crashing with some of the most adventurous and obscenely scary rapids you can imagine. This really is for the genuine thrill seeker but what an incredible experience it is to be in on one of Africa’s mighty rivers taming her most ferocious rapids. You can expect ravishing scenery riding rapids though the sheer gorges (not that you will have much time to notice before the next wave hits)
8. Tracking Rhino in Matobo Hills
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, all whilst in the company of a trained professional guide. The Matobo Hills National Park has one of the last wild free-roaming rhino populations found anywhere in Africa and is the pride of Zimbabwean conservation efforts.
9. Climbing the hill complex at great Zim
The hill complex at Great Zimbabwe sits atop a granite mountain, perched over the Great Enclosure below. The Hill Complex was probably the first of the Great Zimbabwe structures constructed. The Hill complex itself is an alluring and almost mystic maze through the hill top ruins that provide gorgeous views of the valley complex below. The hill’s enclosures were used by Royal Family members and also for spiritual and ritualistic purposes. The path to the top of the hill complex is fairly easy but rocky and uneven. You will be passing through tight crevices and climbing ragged ancient steps. Once atop the hill you can feel the history and the spirit of this wonderful historic sight. There are two paths to the top off the hill complex, take one to go up and use the other to go down.
10. Vumba Botanical Gardens
Finally a total calm and serene experience to end off our list! The Vumba mountains are almost like being in a different country to the rest of Zimbabwe. 32km outside of the city of Mutare lies this magical garden filled with indigenous flowers, trees orchids and aloes. Feel the tranquility of your surroundings in this amazing garden that was first established in the 1940’s. The lush gardens became a national park in 1958 and have been attracting tourists ever since. Sit back, relax, read a book, have a picnic, take in your natural surroundings. This is Zimbabwe.