Zimbabwe is such a diverse country with so many beautiful places to visit. It has been referred as the “teapot of Africa”because of its shape. Located in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is an exquisite, wild and wonderful destination you should put on your travel bucket list! Zimbabwe boasts some of the most arresting landscapes in the world, which makes it difficult to select the top destinations to visit, but here are a compilation of our favourites (for now), we still have so much more to explore!
A houseboat on Kariba
Established in 1959 when the dam wall was completed after a series of unfortunate (supposedly supernatural) events. Kariba is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Zimbabwe. The only way to experience the best of Kariba (in my opinion) is to go on a houseboat. During these trips you can expect to be fed exceptionally well starting with tea, coffee, rusks and biscuits before fishing early in the morning. The air is fresh and the water sparkles in the morning light. The fishing is excellent at this time of day but if you’re not an avid fisherman/woman reading a book on the boat and listening to the hippos snort is just as sublime.
As the heat of the day kicks, you can retire to the houseboat for a big breakfast followed by a breezy trip across the lake to a different bay. Here you can watch the sun throw variants of red, oranges and pinks into the sky before kissing the water goodnight . A Kariba sunset goes down exceptionally well with an Amarula on ice or a cold beer! This is also the best time for game drive as the elephants come down to quench their thirst.
Each day brings more fish, fantastic game watching and a new spectacular sunset to watch. Definitely something to put on your bucket list. Email fromzimbabweto.com to book a houseboat trip on Royal Game or fill in the contact form here.
Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou National Park is a part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), it includes over 1000 species of birds, reptiles, mammals, frogs and fish. Of the many picturesque scenes in the 5,053 km² of the Park, Chinguli campsite is our favourite. The makeshift camping huts overlook a bed of smooth grey rocks that give way to the Runde river and at sunsets over the river are particularly impressive. The fishing in these waters is excellent, using a bit of green sludge off the rocks on a small hook you can catch some decent sized bream.
As long as you don’t get stuck or charged by an elephant while crossing the river bed a day of game driving in the Park certainly wont disappoint. A 4X4 vehicle is an essential. Elephants, wild dog, impala, water buck, lion, buffalo can all be seen on these excursions. I find that the kudu are especially majestic.
The place of elephants and home to the magnificent Chilojo Cliffs, Gonarezhou is a must see on any trip to Zimbabwe.
Situated in Malilangwe (near Gonarezhou), Pamushana has continued to make a positive contribution to conserving the land and helping the spirited community.Red umbrellas and lush green trees shade the infinity pool that overlooks the dam below Pamushana. A dam in which we caught 19 tiger fish in about an hour and half. The rooms have their own pools, outside showers and are equipped with crystal salts and the most marvellous bath.
The game drives were especially comfortable and very educational, we saw wild dog, kudu, waterbuck, elephant, nyala, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo white rhino, black rhino (that charged us) and so many colourful species of birds. Before every activity, each of us were given our own water bottles with our names on them (which they let us keep). We had biltong, cashew nuts and drinks out in the bush every evening while taking plenty of photographs and watching the sun go down. The food is unbelievably delicious and Pamushana cater to all of your specific dietary requirements. The staff are wonderful, the lodge exceptionally beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone who can afford it, as unfortunately it is an expensive stay. For more on Pamushana, have a look at our post on the beautiful lodge.
Victoria Falls (Victoria Falls Safari Lodge)
Described as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders) is certainly an incredible thing to see. Some of the many activities to do in the Falls include white water rafting, bungee jumping, the gorge swing, flying over the Falls in a helicopter and my personal favourite – sitting on the edge of Victoria Falls in Devils Pool! The most terrifying, glorious most magical moment I have ever experienced. Anyone who goes to the falls outside of the rainy season should consider taking the plunge.
Watching the game come to the watering hole to quench their thirst while sipping a cocktail by the pool or eating breakfast is the reason why Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is an excellent choice of accommodation when visiting Victoria Falls. While there are many unique and beautiful places to stay most are in town, the Safari Lodge offers a unique experience in nature. You can still get into town free of charge on the shuttles provided by Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
While these are our top choices, Nyanga, the Zambezi River, Hwangi, the Matobo National Park and many others not mentioned are all unique, exquisite and beautiful places to visit. We will be posting about them and why you should visit! Still on our Zimbabwe bucket list: Mana Pools, the Far & Wide SkyWalk and Aberfoyle Lodge.