Expert Reviews – Zimbabwe
Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.
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Zimbabwe is waiting for tourists to return
With lots of prime natural and historical attractions, Zimbabwe was once a big tourist hub in Southern Africa. Not anymore, unfortunately. Bad news has taken over and aside from Victoria Falls, which still gets a lot of fly-in visitors, the country’s parks are almost empty of tourists.
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s real gem. My biggest impression of the park is the big herds of elephants attracted by the artificial waterholes in the dry season. The Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of Africa’s main lifelines. There are plenty of crocodiles and hippos in the water, and there is lots of wildlife along the shore. A place to really appreciate the river is in Mana Pools National Park. Walking and canoeing safaris are conducted in the park, but strangely enough this is one of the very few Big Five Parks anywhere in Africa that allows unguided walking. Though unless you have a lot of bush experience, I certainly I wouldn’t recommend this. Matobo National Park is another place of great scenic beauty. Balancing rocks are the main feature of the park and some amazing bushman paintings can be seen on the rock faces.