Many guests associate Zimbabwe with the violent political and economic upheaval which has wreaked havoc on the country’s economy in recent decades. Tourism is a vital lifeline of income for local communities and the conservation of Zimbabwe’s wilderness areas. Many guests include a trip to the majestic Victoria Falls in their trip to southern Africa. It is the widest falling curtain of water on Earth and one of the natural wonders of the world. Some adventurous travellers bungee jump of the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge or go white water rafting on the Zambezi River.
Zimbabwe has so much more to offer. The nearby Hwange National Park is less visited than many game reserves in Africa and still has good wildlife sightings, especially large herds of elephants. Guests travelling with Footprints Safaris can relax on a tranquil luxury houseboat safari on Lake Kariba, the largest manmade lake in the world.
Discover the impressive ruins of Iron Age Great Zimbabwe, its massive stone structures built without any mortar. The Matobos National Park offers an incredible landscape of kopjes (hills) of giant balancing rocks, great walks and game viewing.
In the Eastern highlands, the landscape changes with the altitude, offering many scenic vistas, hiking trails and excellent birdwatching opportunities. For the travellers who are looking for a true off the beaten track experience, Mana Pools National Park along the Lower Zambezi or the Gonarezhou National Park are rarely visited, offering stunning scenery and good game viewing.