If the need ever arises to describe the natural wonders of Zimbabwe in one word, then it should be ‘unadulterated’. A perfect blend of Zimbabwean culture and pristine natural wonders, this landlocked country is bound to leave you spellbound. Numerous waterfalls and nature parks fill-up the landmass of this southern African country, surrounded by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. Zimbabwe’s capital is Harare, which also happens to be the largest and most populous city in the country.
Best time to visit Zimbabwe
Receiving an abundance of rainfall through the year, it is important that you choose the time to visit with utmost care. Scarce rainfall and mild weather conditions make May to October the most favorable months. But, if you are planning to view the Victoria Falls at its dramatic best, visit during the months of April and May.
How to reach Zimbabwe
Traveling via flight is the best way to reach Zimbabwe. Numerous airports provide international connectivity to Zimbabwe. Harare International Airport, Charles Prince Airport, Victoria Falls Airport, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport, and Kariba Airport are a few of the airports operating international flights. Harare International Airport, the base of Air Zimbabwe is the largest airport in the country and has international airlines like British Airways
, Emirates, Kenya Airways
, and South African Airways operating here. Airlines such as Emirates
and Jet Airways provide connecting flights from India to Zimbabwe.
Places to stay in Zimbabwe
From lodges to hotels, canoe trail safaris to luxury safari lodges, accommodation in Zimbabwe varies with location; but all these boast of superb services that will please you. Hotel prices in Harare start as low as INR 2,300 and may reach as high as INR 13,300.
Sightseeing in Zimbabwe
A paradise for the nature enthusiasts, Zimbabwe is a great destination for individuals seeking pleasure amid the wilderness of forest reserves. International tourists should start their trip by unwinding through the lanes of Harare. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Chapungu Sculpture Park are the main attractions here. Once you are done with Harare, let your hair down and delve into the wilderness of Zimbabwe’s natural beauty.
The first destination that should be a part of your travel plans is Victoria Falls. Known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, it is one of the seven natural wonders, located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Named by David Livingstone after Queen Victoria of Britain, it is a sight to behold. Zambezi river is an embodiment of unique adventures. Engage in activities like triggerfish fishing and rafting to feel the thrill that Zimbabwe offers.
Appreciate Zimbabwe’s extravagant wildlife by being amidst the sprinting antelopes in the Hwange National Park and Matopos National Park. Other notable places of interest include Mana Pools National Park, The Great Zimbabwe Ruins in Masvingo, The Matopos Hills, and Khami National Monument in Bulawayo, the BaTonga Community Museum in Kariba, Chimanimani Mountains, and Danamombe Ruins in Gweru.
Things to buy in Zimbabwe
A trip to Zimbabwe is incomplete without indulging in the many shopping opportunities available here. Decorate your home with the wooden curios, soapstone carvings, and serpentine sculptures sold by the vendors. Also available are handmade fabric items and decorative artifacts made from recycled items.
Cuisine of Zimbabwe
Delicious local dishes like Sadza, Nhedzi, Whawha, and Bota will provide you with immense gastronomic delight. Meat is a common ingredient in Zimbabwean food. Game meats like crocodile and warthog go into the preparation of staple food. Also, try the beer that is very famous among the locals. A hearty meal accompanied by a glass of chilled beer is bound to make you happy.
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