Zimbabwe is full of colorful contrasts and breathtaking scenery and deserves international tourism due to its enormous efforts in conservation and a strong focus on tourism.
The warmth and hospitality
Zimbabweans are well known for their warmth and hospitality. Smiling faces greet you wherever you go and there is always a helpful hand to give you advice on what to do. There is a genuine sense of welcoming and Zimbabweans are so optimistic and hopeful for what their country could become, harking back to pre-1987 when Zimbabwe was one of the most prosperous of African nations.
As with a lot of African countries, tourism has been impacted by the pandemic which is one of the largest sources of employment and income for Zimbabwe. Not only does tourism help the people of Zimbabwe, but it positively reinforces conservation efforts for the better. Many of the lodges and hotels support amazing community and conservation initiatives. There is also a major conservation focus in Hwange National Park – one of the most famous National Parks in the world, where game is flourishing.
The National Parks
Due to its tumultuous past, Zimbabwe is currently a low-volume high-quality safari destination. There are lesser known parks like Matusadona, Matobo, Gonarezhou and Malilangwe that offer the intrepid traveller an authentically wild experience – just envisage having acres of teeming wilderness pretty much all to yourself.
Matusadona borders Lake Kariba, making its soil fertile and its grasses lush. And where there is lush grass, there are antelope galore. Where there are antelope such as zebra, wildebeest and antelope, you can expect to find the second-highest concentration of lions outside Tanzania’s famed Ngorongoro Crater.
It’s easily accessible
Zimbabwe is an easy flight from Johannesburg in South Africa, with Harare and Victoria Falls International Airports being more or less an hour’s flying time from OR Tambo International Airport. Fly into OR, spend the night relaxing in a top boutique hotel in Sandton or Houghton and, 60 minutes after taking off, be in Zimbabwe and quickly en route to your safari wonderland.
Visit Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is a must see when visiting Zimbabwe. It’s the biggest waterfall in the world and a Natural World Heritage Site. Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas offer something for everyone from adventure sports like zip lining, white water rafting, bunji jumping to helicopter flips. There are also cruises on the Zambezi and game viewing at the nearby Victoria Falls National Park.