Zibambwe

Zimbabwe is an unlikely beautiful country that unfortunately has had some difficult years behind it. Fortunately, tourism is slowly getting going again. Some of their major assets are that one of the largest rivers of Southern Africa flows through the country and the linkage of the National Parks. The Hwange National Park houses the Big Five in large numbers. It is the only protected area where gemsboks and brown hyenas can be found in reasonable numbers. Moreover, this piece of unspoiled nature houses one of the largest remaining hordes of African wild dogs. The central and southern part of the park are dominated by sandy plains with scarce vegetation, which are foothills of the Kalahari desert while the northern part is wooded with Mopane trees and accias.

The Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe is located on the Kariba lake. The whole area is characterized by the 600 meter high ‘Matusviadonnah’ hills that the National Park is named after. The higher plateaus are covered with open forest and mountain acacias. In the lower areas grow mopane shrubs, giant old baobab trees and the landscape changes into a rugged plain with many dried up riverbeds. This wilderness together with the shores of Lake Kariba form a unique location for spectacular walking safaris. Apart from the almost impassable paths that are caused by the animals, there are only two rough roads that are only passable during the dry season and then with a 4WD and an experienced driver. This is the ‘real’ Africa, rough and untouched. In the Matobo National Park you can see how erosion has smoothed granite rocks to bare heads. In the existing worn out caves, the rock drawings of the San are still clearly visible. The rich delta landscape of Mana Pools National Park has large wild concentrations and here you will find the rare Soeni and Nyala. Great Zimbabwe shows the remains of one of the largest civilizations in Africa and is the symbol of the national pride of the inhabitants of Zimbabwe. This Shonostad was built in the 12th century. In the green Eastern Highlands 3 mountain ranges form a true paradise for hikers, botanists and bird lovers. When the Zambesie was dumped in 1963, the third largest artificial lake in the world was formed: the Kariba Lake. It has become a magnet for game, birds and fish. You can make wonderful boat trips and / or fishing. The drowned Mopane trees give the banks a special character especially at sunset. The Victoria Falls last but not least would be the best from Zimbabwe. ‘Mosi Oa Tunya’ or ‘smoke that thunders’ as the Africans call this natural phenomenon. The mist that produces the waterfall descends like eternal rain and has thus formed a narrow strip of dense rainforest. Here one really gets quiet!

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