Things to do and see in Zimbabwe:
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique. I’ve lived in Zimbabwe for the last five years and here are a few of the places I've been to since living here and have repeatedly done which I’d recommend visiting if you get the chance.
1) Vic falls - even having lived here for 5 years, I still visit regularly, sometimes it's so high there is just a giant wall of water thundering all the way along the cliffs, and other times so low there is just the main waterfall and a couple other trickles. I love it here. The town ship is also nice. Like most of Zimbabwe, it appears to be in a time bubble as not much has changed there. Which isn't a bad thing when you think about how progress ruins so many places of natural beauty. Which is why the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi looks so nice, with lodges set back from the river and no high rises.
2) Hwange National park - Best place to view the Big 5 in all their glory. Watch elephants jostle for the best place at the watering hole, and having communal dust baths - Massive herds of Impala, Zebra, Buffalo, if you are lucky, you might even catch a lion kill! My favorite lodge there would be "The Hide" though not the cheapest, has always been the best and fairly luxurious. Hwange main camp offers decent beds and food for a reasonable price.
3) Lake Kariba - If you are into your fishing, you can take a houseboat out onto the lake for few days or organise a chartered fishing trip, catch the infamous tiger fish with it's razor sharp teeth or hook a big fat Nile bream. Being the border to Zambia, you will need permission to land on the other side. My father in law spent a few days incarcerated after straying to far into Zambian waters chasing the bream.... But the lake is so vast, chances of this mistake are remote. During the day you can expect to see hippo pods and crocodiles cruising the waters.
Game viewing in the evening is a must as they often come to the lakes edge to refresh themselves. Great fishing and good game can be expected, but prefer to use the pool on the houseboat if you want a swim!
4) Mighty Zambezi river - Be it close to the falls or further down near fishing towns like, Olive Beadle, Msuna or Binga, Fishing the giant Zambezi is a must, chartered fishing trips are easy to find and accommodation modest by international standards.
5) Great Zimbabwe Ruins -Check out how the King of old Zimbabwe lived over 150 years ago. With his many wives, gold smelting, beer making and his naturally created throne. Said to be the biggest man made African structure/civilisation after the pyramids. Very interesting and there is a nice hike to the top of his defensive mountain/ hill.
6) Cecil Rhodes Matopos National Park
Beautiful granite hills, strewn with massive boulders and balancing rocks. Hailed as the Rhino safe haven up until late 2011, having had a very successful anti poaching regime. Sadly now, approx 20 of the 60 have been poached, due to internal corruption, broken fences and lack of finance and basically terrible management. Take a picnic out to one of the many Dams there. There are basic facilities, eg - fire pits, bush toilets - some with running water. Lots of interesting hikes and walks to cave paintings and view points. Cecil Rhodes is buried in the park, atop a massive Granite hill with a 360 degree view of matopos. Bloody marvelous.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5