Zimbabwe

Destinations

Destinations


Regions

  Matabeleland
Forms the western part of the country with Bulawayo, the second largest city, the stunning Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.
  Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi
Located at the eastern end of Lake Kariba is a popular vacation area for Zimbabweans. Many national parks, such as Mana Pools National Park, are situated on the shores of the Zambezi River and provide good opportunities for game viewing.
  Mashonaland
Includes the capital city, Harare, and surrounding areas, including the northern part of the Midlands Province.
  Eastern Highlands
The mountainous area of the country tucked up along the eastern border where the countries peak, Moutn Inyangani is located. The main city is Mutare.
  Southeastern Zimbabwe
A mixed area with the southern part of the midlands in the north and the Lowveld in the south. Nature is more of the attraction here, with many national parks and the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Cities

Zimbabwe has 3 large cities and several smaller ones.

  • Harare — the capital and the largest city in Zimbabwe, Harare is a vibrant city in a larger metropolitan province
  • Bulawayo — the second largest city, both by population and economic activity
  • Chimanimani - Eastern Highlands
  • Gweru - the capital of the Midlands Province
  • Kariba — a lakeshore holiday resort on border with Zambia
  • Masvingo — named (meaning "ruins") after the nearby Great Zimbabwe National Monument
  • Mutare - the major city closest to the scenic Eastern Highlands

Other destinations

  • Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination located in the western corner of the country. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the spray from waterfall waters a rainforest.
  • Great Zimbabwe - the archaeological remains of an ancient city built of stone (the largest in Southern Africa), that was the capital of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire (also called Monomotapa Empire) covering the modern states of Zimbabwe (which took its name from this city) and Mozambique. The word 'Zimbabwe' means 'house of stone.'
  • The Eastern Highlands include some of Zimbabwe's most beautiful views. The lush, cloud-hung mountains form the border with Mozambique. The regional capital is Mutare, and Chimanimani is a village popular with tourists and walkers.
  • Kariba - Located on the northern border of Zimbabwe the formidable Lake Kariba is the result of a large damming project along the Zambezi River. Kariba is a popular tourist destination and affords visitors the opportunity to watch African wildlife in its almost natural environment. It is the biggest source of hydro-electric power for Zimbabwe. If you are travelling with friends or family consider hiring a houseboat for a few days to really experience everything the lake and the wildlife have to offer.
  • Matobo (formerly Matopos) - Located south west of Bulawayo in Matabeleland, this area boasts exquisite rock formations, as if nature had been playing marbles. Rocks are found balancing in ways that defy logic, a situation created by the eroding winds blowing out the sand between. The rocks are home to the dassie, a small rodent-type animal known more formally as Rock Hyrax, the skins of which are used to make a blanket treasured amongst the local populace. Also present in great numbers are the brightly coloured lizards common to Zimbabwe. The area has two large dams and many smaller ones that become the scene of family picnics, and angling competitions on weekends. A game park is home to herds of sable antelope, an animal not seen further south. The National Park boasts self catering chalets with amazing views as well as camping sights.
  • Matobo is also the sight of Cecil John Rhodes' grave and some exquisite cave paintings.
  • Mutoroshanga Ethel Mine
  • Chinhoyi Caves

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