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Exploring Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife. 

On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping.

Visit downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife or head to Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir for Tiger Fishing and House Boating.

Zimbabwe at a Glance

In Zimbabwe the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

The Zimbabwean currency is now the US Dollar (USD)

Zimbabwe means “great houses of stone,” derived from the Shona language.

Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world and Zimbabwe’s capital is Harare.

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Having lived in Zimbabwe for almost five years, Michael has an unique view of the country.  Though it has gone through hardships, the people are friendly and the safari experiences are some of the best in Africa.

Top 5 Experiences in Zimbabwe

1. Victoria Falls

One of the best natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls was made famous by British Explorer Dr. David Livingstone in 1885. Victoria Falls is a natural barrier between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Visit the natural rain forest along the edge of the falls made possible from the spray.

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2. Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park, in west Zimbabwe is home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs.  I love this park and the variety of animals here is amazing.  Not to be missed.

3. A houseboat on Lake Kariba

When I lived in Zimbabwe, I had access to a houseboat on Lake Kariba.  Fishing, wildlife viewing and just “hanging out” with friends was so special.  Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and borders Zimbabwe and Zambia.  

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4. Great Zimbabwe National Monument 

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe – the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend – are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The city, which covers an area of nearly 80 hectares, was an important trading center.

It is located in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe. A very interesting site and gives some context in history to the Shona people. 

5. Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is in the far north of Zimbabwe and includes the south bank and islands of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia. The park is known for wildlife with large populations of elephants, hippos and Nile crocodiles gathering at sunrise in the Long Pool. In the park’s south, lions wait for prey around the waterhole at Chitake Spring.

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If you have seen the BBC produced show, Dynasties, the wild dog section was filmed in Mana Pools National Park.  It truly is special.

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