|Zimbabwe has some stunning natural features which serve as the country’s major tourist attractions, the most impressive of these being Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls are even more imposing than Niagara Falls, standing at twice their height and several times longer though also with the benefit of the natural landscape around them. Victoria Falls is definitely one of the must-see sights in the world!
Although the Falls span the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the best places from which to view them are undoubtedly on the Zimbabwean side, plus you can enjoy the rest of the Victoria Falls National Park from here too, which certainly warrants more than a days visit. You can stay in the nearby town of the same name.
The Falls are most impressive during the rainy season of November to March because there is a far greater volume of water passing over them and although the thunder of water will be far louder, you won’t actually be able to see too much of the rock formations behind the Falls as they will be hidden by the water! However, in the dry season, between April to October, the volume of water is far less, yet you can see the rocks; so when you choose to go depends on what you would rather see!
There are 8 main National Parks altogether in Zimbabwe, the largest of which is Hwange National Park situated in the south west of the country. This is a great place from which to view wildlife in their natural habitats, and in fact the park is home to all of Zimbabwe’s protected animals. However, elephants have been so successful here that there are really too many of them to be supported in this environment.
Other than the natural attractions, Zimbabwe also has a number of man-made ones. There are many ancient ruined cities here, including the most famous of these – Great Zimbabwe and the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. This was the home of the ancient Monomotapa Empire, or Empire of Great Zimbabwe. The city is an archaeological site and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 because of its importance. The ruins cover a huge radius – between 100-200 miles (160 to 320km).
If cities are more your thing, Harare (the capital) has some attractions worth visiting for tourists interested in the cultural and historical heritage which can be seen in a number of the preserved older buildings. For a bird’s eye view of the city, climb the granite hill, called the Kopje, in the south west corner of the city centre.