Zimbabwe Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation


Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa, bordered by the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.  Slightly smaller than California, it is bordered by Botswana on the west, Zambia on the north, Mozambique on the east and South Africa on the south.  The official language is English, however the majority of the population speak Shona.   Zimbabwe is a spectacular country and boasts several major tourist attractions.

The most popular tourist attraction is undoubtedly in the north west of Zimbabwe. 

Also in the area is the, one of the eight main with Hwange National Park in the south being the largest.  With its close proximity to Chobe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana it is an ideal combination and partnered together they make up an awesome itinerary - adventure and safari - perfect.

Zimbabwe is unique in that that there are a number of ancient ruined cities built in a unique dry stone style - the most famous of these are the Great Zimbabwe ruins in Masvingo.  Other ruins include Khami Ruins, Zimbabwe, Dhlo-Dholo and Naletale - although none of these are as famous as the Great Zimbabwe ruins.  Another area of interest is The  area of wooded valleys commencing some 35 km southern Zimbabwe.

The Hills were formed over 2,000 million years ago with granite being forced to the surface, then being eroded to produce smooth "whaleback dwalas" and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation. Founder of the  nation, gave the area its name, meaning 'Bald Heads'. They have become famous and a tourist attraction due to their ancient shapes and local wildlife.

We have put together a selection of hotel options for you in Victoria Falls including some optional adventure activities. 

Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-O-Tunya - “The Smoke that Thunders” - is a 1.7 km sheet of water which drops over 100m into the Batoka Gorge below.  Amidst the continuous spray and deafening roar, the sheer scale and size can only be fully appreciated by experiencing it in reality.  From their lowest point in November, the falls gradually rise until they reach their highest point in April.  The falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world and they are also a “Unesco World Heritage Site” - a bucket list experience.   The town vibrates with a tangible energy and a sense of adventure permeates throughout.  The town is extremely safe and tailored perfectly to tourists offering a large selection of hotels and lodges ranging from backpackers to five star luxury accommodation that you would expect anywhere else in the world and all located within a town reminiscent of colonial Africa.
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls - Activities


Victoria Falls offers no shortage of interesting and exciting activities to make any visit to this destination worthwhile - it certainly deserves its reputation as the “Adventure capital of Africa”.  If you feel the need to spike your adrenaline then a bungee jump off the bridge is just for you - alternatively one of the high wire activities are sure to get your adrenaline flowing.   A range of safari options in Victoria Falls are on offer including a ‘Lion Encounter’ or an ‘Elephant Back safari’ or a game drive through the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.   Of course no visit to Victoria Falls is complete without a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls - nothing can prepare you for the sights and the sounds of the falls roaring into the Batoka gorge below.   There are also many ways to experience the mighty Zambezi which include sunset cruises, canoe trips as well as extreme white water rafting.  A flight on the ‘Flight of Angels’ helicopter flip over the Falls will provide another perspective.  

Tour of the Falls


The Victoria Falls - Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year - Reaches its highest water level around April every year.  It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience - the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme masterpiece. No image can even begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.  The tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon.  En route, clients may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Clients will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls.   Raincoats are provided when needed although some consider it an initiation to go without raincoats and get soaked by the mighty falls.
Tour of the Falls

The Boma - Place of Eating


This is not just another ethnic restaurant but a rather unique cultural experience.  Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller) and a local witchdoctor who is available for fortune telling.  The Boma is open for dinner from 7.00pm until late 365 days of the year. The boma nestles in a Gusu Forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies.  A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Shangaan dancers and singers and a local witchdoctor. Guests are welcomed with traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages. They are invited to take part in the washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner.   After dinner, guests are invited to while away the evening with the restaurant's very own Sangoma - a   traditional storyteller to learn more about the country's folklore, culture and heritage. The highlight of the evening is the interactive drumming and dancing!
The Boma - Place of Eating

Chobe Day Trip


This tour departs daily to the Chobe National Park in Botswana.  Clients will be transferred to the Kazungula border where their Botswana Guide will meet them.  From here they proceed straight to the river where they will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River.  The morning cruise ends at round 12.30hrs and clients are then taken to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch.  After lunch, clients board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where they will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife.  After their game drive, they are taken back to the Kazungula border where they will be met by their Zimbabwean Guide for their return transfer to Victoria Falls, arriving at approximately 18.30hrs.  
Chobe Day Trip

Sunset Cruise


The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River.  You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippo, crocodile, elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.  There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.
Sunset cruise

Elephant Back Safaris


Join an extraordinary and exhilarating journey along the edge of the Zambezi gorges following ancient game trails.  Seated comfortably on the back of nature’s true "king of the beasts", experience an age old tradition whilst silently riding through the majestic grasslands of Victoria Falls National Park and marvel at the spectacular scenery of the Masuie river plunging 120 m into the Zambezi River below.  Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and elephant in a modern day Africa.  Sunrise safaris are run daily, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience, but rather a closer insight into the world's largest land mammal, the African Elephant.
Elephant Back Safaris

The Lion Encounter


You are collected at your hotel and transferred to the Masuwe state game reserve.  The guide will give a short introductory talk on the African Encounter Lion Rehabilitation Program and a brief on all safety aspects.  You are then taken to a designated area to meet both the lions and their handlers.  This is where your safari begins and will continue for up to one and half hours.  Each lion is under the charge of a handler - the trips are guided by a professional guide, who will answer any questions as well as provide knowledge on lions and the environment in general.
The Lion Encounter

White Water Rafting


Tours departs daily for low or high water trips.  The rapids on the Zambezi River are officially defined as "Grade 5" by the British Canoe Union (Grade 6 being commercially un-runnable).  You should be reasonably fit for this activity, as there is a fairly steep walk into & out of the Batoka Gorge as well as the white water rafting activity itself.  The river varies from long peaceful stretches to renowned and wild Grade 5 rapids such as "Ghostrider","Chimamba" and "Moemba Falls". 
White Water Rafting

Flights of Angels


These 13min and 28min flights depart regularly throughout the day and offer spectacular photographic opportunities.  You are collected from your hotel 30 minutes prior to your flight departure time and are given a safety talk on arrival at the Heli-pad, near the Elephant Hills Resort Hotel.  The 13 minute flight of Angels includes a flight over the majestic Victoria Falls, whilst the 28 minute Game Flight also includes a flight over the Zambezi National Park.
Flight of Angels

Canoeing


Departing daily, this activity is conducted on the Upper Zambezi, above the Victoria Falls, with a qualified canoe guide.  You are transferred into the Zambezi National Park for a safety briefing prior to the canoe trip commencing.  As you drift gently down the Zambezi River, this activity provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the trees, plants & wildlife with their Guide.  A Continental breakfast is served on one of the Islands along the way.

Bungi Jump


Located on the Victoria Falls Bridge, you will get to experience 111 meters of sheer adrenalin, as you plummet towards the mighty Zambezi…4 seconds of free fall, of speeds up to 120km/hr.
Bungi Jump

Bridge Swing


Imagine swinging in a child's swing in the playground...now imagine a giant swing 95m long and 120m high above water...now imagine a 70m free fall before you begin swinging.  The high wire is suspended across the gorge at a point where the width is 316m and 120m deep.  A harness is attached to the jumper and then the jumping ropes, the other end of which is pivoted to the middle of the cable. The jumper leaps off the edge of the gorge, free falling about 70m before going into a 95m long pendulum type swing.
Bridge Swing

The Zip Line (Foofie Slide)


Imagine the adrenalin rush traveling a speed of 106 km's hurtling 425m across the gorge, while suspended 120m above the breath taking beauty of the Zambezi water below!  As the river zigzags down the Batoka Gorges, the cable is suspended across from one side to the other.  For this product you are harnessed and attached to a pulley, then launched over the edge picking up speed as you descend over the water and reaching a speed of 106 km an hour. This is the longest Zip Line (Foofie)
The Zip Line

Abseil & Rapp Jump


Imagine abseiling 120m down a brilliant sheer cliff, doing 360-degree twists, descending backwards or jumping forwards and walking down the gorge as if to defy gravity itself!  Suspended against the rock you jump out and swing yourself from side to side or round in twists in as timid or confident a manor as you feel!  With this product you can try both abseiling and Rapp jumping.   Abseiling is descending backwards down the gorge and lowering your-self all the way to the bottom.  In Rapp Jumping, the harness is connected backwards enabling you to run or walk down the cliff facing down into the gorge!

The Flying Fox


Imagine taking a running jump into thin air over the chasm, soaring horizontally through the air over the turmoil of the Zambezi below.



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