Zimbabwe has many beautiful tourist attraction one of them is The Victoria Falls. The majority of tourists to the country visited Victoria Falls in order to have a look at the largest curtain of falling water in the world. The falls are also among the seven natural wonders of the world and its surroundings have been established as national parks and a World Heritage Site. In Zimbabwe, there are a large number of ancient ruined cities built in a unique dry stone style. Possibly the most famous of these are the Great Zimbabwe ruins in Masvingo which survive from the Monomotapa Empire.
Zimbabwe is blessed with fertile soil, mineral wealth and stunning scenery. Two major rivers forming northern and southern borders. Great Zambesi river cut along the north, while the Limpopo River forming the southern border with South Africa.
Here are top tourist attractions in Zimbabwe:
1. The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is located on the Zambezi river, between countries Zambia and Zimbabwe. For the size, this waterfall is the largest in the world. Victoria Falls is one of the most important tourist attractions in Africa, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This waterfall is actually owned together by both countries Zambia and Zimbabwe, and each country has a national park to preserve it as well as a tourism center. Many African animals and birds can be seen in the Victoria Falls, and you can see the diversity of fish in the Zambezi river, providing views of wildlife and sport fishing while enjoying the stunning scenery.
2. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are an impressive set of stone complexes built between the 13th and 15th century when the ancient Kingdom of Munumatapa existed in all its glory. One of its most prominent features were the walls, some of which were over five metres high and which were constructed without mortar. Eventually the city was abandoned and fell into ruin.
3. Hwange National Park
Built in 1928, Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park is home to one of the highest concentration of game, especially elephants. Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and the population has increased to far above that naturally supported by such an area. The Park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange. Hwange National Park is also a paradise for bird watchers because over 400 species of birds are found here, specifically during the wet season.
4. Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe constituting a National Park. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. During the summer season, over 450 species of birds can be seen. Some of the common sights include waterbucks, sables, elands, kudus, lions, wild dogs, and cheetahs. During the winter months of June and July, photographers love coming to Mana Pools because during its normal misty mornings along Zambezi River. The other enjoyable activities visitors usually do here aside from walking during the morning to observe the animals include game drives, fishing, and canoeing.
5. Matobo National Park
This park is situated on the southwestern plateau of Zimbabwe. The most incredible feature of this park is the presence of rock, granite and boulders which is spread over 80 kilometers. The great Cecil John Rhodes is buried in the park, on the Matobo Hills at the summit of a granite dome known as World’s View.
Best time to visit Zimbabwe is April through May and August through September. You can expect hot and dry weather during the months of August through October, wet and rainy days from November through March. Some evenings, the temperature dips below freezing. For The best time visit Victoria Falls is April and May for the most dramatic views. However, it is the August to December low water season that is regarded as the best time to go white-water rafting at Victoria Falls, the volume and speed of the water is reduced and the rapids are more exposed.