Safari reserves & places to visit in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo is still a vibrant town with worthwhile museums and lovely parks despite its air of shabby gentility. It feels quite distant from the busier, governing centre of Harare, and is well worth a night’s stop – perhaps en route to Matobo Hills or beyond.
Chizarira National Park
One of the most remote national parks in Zimbabwe, Chizarira receives few visitors to its wild, rugged landscapes.
Made up of three mountain groups, the diverse scenery of the Eastern Highlands is largely off the main tourist routes. Come here for the cooler climate and coffee plantations, excellent walking and visits to the Bvumba Botanical gardens.
Gonarezhou National Park
One of Zimbabwe's least-visited national parks, Gonarezhou is a vast wilderness of open pans and dense bush; it's wild country and now part of a much larger Transfrontier park.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest national park and encompasses a variety of habitats from Kalahari sandveld to mopane woodlands. It has huge herds of elephants, and high wildlife densities - and is a very accessible, with camps here offering game drives and walking safaris.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is unique; it's a World Heritage Site. It's great for both walking and canoeing safaris to view the abundant wildlife, including a healthy elephant population.
Matobo Hills National Park
Easily accessible and littered with red granite boulders interspersed with greenery, Matobo Hills is a stunning national park with great scenery, superb walking and an intensively-protected game park with high densities of rhino and other game.
Matusadona National Park
On the southern side of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park is a remote and rugged sanctuary for wildlife - come for adventurous safaris including rhino-tracking on foot and very relaxing cruises on the lake.
Victoria Falls offer a variety of activities from sedate viewing trips to adrenaline activities such as bungee-jumping. There is something for everyone in this breath-taking spot.