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Zimbabwe Tourism is spread right across the country from North to south, and West to East comprising Adventure, Natural Land forms, Culture, Historical sites and Safaris. It boast several tourist attractions, located in almost every region of the country.

Sunsets in Zimbabwe are warm, golden and beautiful. No two are the same and what better way to better enjoy them than by having your ownprivate sundowner at either Lodge’s main watering hole or in the heart of the open bush. As the light slowly fades, watch a wide variety of game come down to drink water while sipping a refreshing cocktail until a blanket of stars lights up the sky above.

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Zimbabwe boasts several tourists attractions, located in almost every region of the country. The Victoria Falls National Park is one of the biggest tourist attractions in this area as it holds part of the shared Mighty Victoria Falls and is one of the eight main National parks in Zimbabwe, the largest of which is Hwange National Park.

Harare

Officially called Salisbury until 1982, is the capital and most populous city in Zimbabwe. Situated in the North-East of the country in the heart of historical Mashonaland. Administratively, Harare is a metropolitan province, which also incorporates Chitungwinza town and Epworth. It is located at an elevation of 1,483 meters (4,865geet) above sea level and its climate falls into the subtropical highland category

Harare is Zimbabwe’ leading financial, commercial and communication and a trade Centre for tobacco, maize, cotton and citrus fruits. Manufactured goods include textile, steel, chemicals and gold is mined in the area. The city’s suburbs include Borrowdale, Helensvale, Greendale, Chisipite, Mbare, Highfields, Kuwadzana, Matlboro, Maribereign, Vainona, Mount Pleasant and Avondale; the most affluent neighborhood are in the north.

The University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest university (founded in 1962), is situated in Mount Pleasant, about 6 km (3.7 miles) north of the city centre. Harare is home to the country’s main Test cricket ground, Harare Sports Club and to Dynamos F.C,, Zimbabwe’s most successful association football team.

Gweru

Antelope Park

Antelope Park offers clients a walk through the bush with Lions, while the animals explore their natural habitat. Experienced guides and handlers will take you on early morning or afternoon walks with our older curbs, where you can interact with them and get closer than you ever thought possible. The professional team of staff will help you to make the most of this incredible experience. Closed shoes are compulsory. No bright colors or flimsy tasselled clothing

 

Chinhoyi Caves

The Cave system is composed of limestone and dolomite. The main cave contains a pool of cobalt blue water which is popularly called sleeping Pool or Chirorodziva (“Pool of the Fallen”). Divers have discovered a submarine passage leading from the Bat Cave, a sub chamber of the Dark Cave to another room known as a Blind Cave, Diving is possible in the caves all year round, with temperatures never beyond the 22 to 24 degrees range with zero thermocline. Visibility is high, and 50 meters (160 ft) and above is not unusual. This site is often visited by dividing expedition teams and technical divers that perform ultra-deep diving. It is not uncommon for dives in excess of 100 meters (330 ft) to be made here by experienced technical divers. A campsite, run by the National Park Authority. And a motel is located on site

 

Chief Chinhoyi and his followers used the caves as a refuge from raiding tribes such as the Matebeles. Until a few years ago the remains of Chief Chinhoyi’s grain bins could be seen in some of the underground passages. Historically, the first white man believed to have discovered the caves was Fredrick Selous, the famous European hunter, during his wanderings in 1887.

It is believed that prior to that, the caves were being used a strong hold by an outlaw called Nyamakwere who murdered many victims by throwing them in the silent Pool. The notorious Nyamakwere was eventually defeated and killed by a Headman called Chinhoyi who became a Mashona Chief, hence the name Chinhoyi given to the nearby town.

The traditional name for the caves is “Chirorodziva” which means the “Pool of the Fallen”. The name was derived from an accident which took place in the 1930s when the Angoni Tribe, who were moving northwards surprised people living near the caves and flung them into the Pool.

Nyangani Mountain

Thus gigantic Mountain stretches up to 2592 in height, its peak is 1-3 hours climb trekking from any of the 4 base –entry points for anyone of average fitness. One of the things you will find true about it, is the promise of a challenging climb to remember for mountain hikers and bikers. Mount Nyangani’s vegetation is composed of heath covering its summit plateau, a dense grassland on the western side and an ever green forest along the damper eastern slopes. The mountain is a source of three (3) rivers, two (2) of which are tributaries to the Mazowe river which feeds the Mighty Zambezi River.

Masvingo – Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Masvingo is a city in south eastern Zimbabwe and a capital of Masvingo Province. The city is close to Great Zimbabwe which is close to chimanimani Mountains and Chipinge district. This is a national Monument from which the country derives its name. Masvingo is close to Lake Mutirikwi, its recreational Park, the Kyle Dam and the Kyle National Reserve where there are many different animal species.

Masvingo was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country’s late Iron Age. Construction of the city began in the 11th Century and continued until it was abandoned in the 15th Century. The edifices were erected by the ancestral Shonas. Great Zimbabwe also known as the Ruined City spans an area of 7.22 square kilometers (1, 780 acres) which, at its peak, could have housed up to 18, 000 people. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Great Zimbabwe is believed to have served as a royal Palace for the Royal Monarch. As such, it would have been used as a seat of political power. Among the edifices’ most prominent features were the walls, some of which were over five (5) meters high. They were constructed without mortar (Dry Stone). Eventually, the city was abandoned and fell into ruin.

The name Great Zimbabwe contains, ‘Dzimba’, the Shona term for “Houses”. There are two (2) theories for the etymology of the name. The first proposes the word is derived from Dzimba-dza-mabwe, translated from the Karanga dialect of Shona as a, “large houses of stone. (Dzimba = plural for Imba, “house”; Mabwe =plural for bwe, “Stone”. The second suggests that Zimbabwe is contracted from ‘Dzimba-hwe’, which means “venerable houses” in Zezuru dialect of Shona, as usually applied to the houses or graves of Chiefs.

The majority of scholars believe that it was built by members of the Gokomere culture, who were ancestors of modern Shona Zimbabwe. A believe that the ancestors of the Lemba or Venda were responsible, or cooperated with Gokomere in the construction.

The earliest known written mention of the Great Zimbabwe ruins was in 1531 by Vicente Pegado captain of the Portuguese garrison of Sofala, on the coast on modern-day Mozambique, who recorded it as Symbaoe, which according to their language signifies ‘Court’.

The first confirmed visits by Europeans were in the late 19th Century, with investigations on the site starting in 1871. Later, studies of the monuments were controversial in the Archeological world, with political pressure being put upon Archeologists by the government of Rhodesia to deny its construction by the native African people. Great Zimbabwe has since been adopted as a National Monument by the Zimbabwean government and the modern independent state was named after it. The word ‘great’ distinguishes the site from the many hundreds of small ruins, now known as “Zimbabwes”, spread across the Zimbabwe Highveld. There are 200 such sites in Southern Africa, such as Bumbusi in Zimbabwe and Manyikeni in Mozambique, with monumental, mortarless walls; Great Zimbabwe is the largest of these.

Close to Masvingo is the chapel of St Francis of Assisi. The chapel is located 5 kilometers east of Masvingo along the Masvingo-Mutare highway. It was built by Second War Italian internees not prisoner of war as they were civilians, detained mostly in the African colonies and kept at no, 5 internment camp at Masvingo. Though civilians these were prisoners of war of the 5th Camp extension of Masvingo during the the year 1942 and 1946 in memory of their fellow men. Most of the prisoners of war originated from Ethopia. Here the remains of 71 prisoners of war who died in captivity are entered. Other camps were located in Harare, Kadoma, Gweru, Mvuma, Shuruhwi and Chipinge.

The paintings and Mosaics of the apse are the works of an Italian Civil Engineer, who was himself a prisoner of War. A caretaker is on duty every day and a mass is celebrated each Saturday morning and each year on the 1st Sunday in November. This special memorial service is held in honor of those Italians who died in the 2 World Wars.

The Chapel of St Francis is situated approximately 5 Kms from the information Centre along the Mutare road,

Lake Mutirikwi

Lake Mutirikwi, formerly known as Lake Kyle, lies south eastern, Zimbabwe, south east of Masvingo. It is thought to have been named lake Kyle, from the sugar cane Kyle Farm which occupied most of the land required for the lake, which itself was named after the Kyle district in Scotland from which the pioneer of the lowveld, Tom Murray MacDougall originally came from. It covers about 90 Km2 (35 sq miles) and was created in 1960 with the construction of the Kyle Dam on Mutirikwi River. The dam was built to provide water to the farming estate on the lowveld on the south east, where the main crop was Sugar cane.

Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Lies on the reservoir’s northern shore of Lake Kyle while, Great Zimbabwe national monument lies close by. The rivers that feed the lake include Mbebvi River, Mutare River, Pokoteke River, Umpopinyani River, Mukarumidze River and Mushangashe River.

In 1980, drought drastically lowered the water level in the lake, but during the 1990s it recovered. The levels fluctuates widely due to irrigation demands and seasonal rainfalls.

How to get there:

Visitors should travel from Masvingo on the A9 Mutare/Birchenough Bridge Road, distances are from the railway crossing point outside Masvingo. 12.1 Km, turn right at Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park signpost and travel on the narrow tar road. 26 Km reach the entrance gate, 30.6 Km reach the Tourist Office. All roads leading to the Park are surfaced and in very good condition. However, roads within the Park require high clearance and 4 WD in the rainy season. Care should be exercised crossing small streams and speed should be kept down as game may be encountered crossing the road as they have the right of way as in any other park.

Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare. Bulawayo is located in Matebeleland, 439 Kmts (273 miles) southwest of Harare and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matebeleland. The capital of Matabeleland North is now Lupane, as Bulawayo is a stand-alone province. Colloquially Bulawayo is also known by various names, these being the, ‘The City of Kings’ ‘Bluez’, ‘Bulliesburg’, or ‘Konthuthu Ziyathunga’ – a Ndebele phrase for “a place that continually exudes Smoke”. This name arose from the city’s historically large industrial base. The majority of the Bulawayo’s population belongs to the Ndebele ethnic and language group. For a long time Zimbabwe’s history was regarded as the industrial centre of Zimbabwe and the city served as a hub to the country’s railway network with the National Railway of Zimbabwe headquartered there because of its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. It is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matopo National Park and the Victoria Falls.

Old Bulawayo

King Mzilikazi Khumalo left Zululand in 1822 and by 1840 had established the Ndebele state in Southwestern Zimbabwe. While preserving their language and “Zulu- identity”, the Ndebele people expanded through the incorporation of many other peoples. The state was a muilt-enthnic, complex society.

Old Bulawayo was established by King Lobengula as his capital in 1870 after the death of his father King Mzilikazi in 1868. Its layout to an extent reflects the complex heritage of the Ndebele people. In 1881, after 11 years of occupation, Lobenguka moved his capital to what is now the modern city of Bulawayo. He ordered the destruction of the old settlement by fire.

In 1990, National Museum and Monuments of Zimbabwe identified Bulawayo as suitable as an educational and tourist centre. In 1998 it was reconstructed as a theme park. Structures such as a wagon shed, the outer palisade, King Lobengula’s palace, 8 beehive huts and cattle Kraal, as well as a nearby interpretive centre were constructed.

Unfortunately, in August 2010, a serious bushfire swept through the site, destroying much of what had been rebuilt. Only the interpretive c entre survived unscathed. Efforts are currently underway to reconstruct the site again.

Khami Ruins

Khami Ruins lies 22 Km west of Bulawayo. Khami Ruins is an extensive complex of stone walled sites that lies just west of Bulawayo. It is one of Zimbabwe’s World Heritage Sites and was the capital of Butua state, its leaders reigning at Khami from about AD 1450 until its fiery destruction around AD 1644. A small site museum provides useful background information to the site itself.

Khami is dominated by a series of terraced stone ruins, often highly decorated. The largest comprises of three (3) tiered platforms that was the home of the King and his family. The imposing front facade marked the main entrance. Nearby are the Cross Ruin with its mysterious stone Dominican Cross and Northern Platform once used to process Gold. The precipice Ruin was a ritual Centre that has the longest decorated stonewall of its kind. The nearby passage ruin consists of two (2) adjoining semicircular platforms accessed by a narrow passageway. Like many of the other smaller platforms, it is likely that it was once occupied by one of the elite officials of the state. Visitors are able tp wondr around the site on several paths taking in the site’s unique cultural and natural state.

Lake Kariba

When Lake Kariba was formed in 1958 the area began to support a booming fishing industry in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Tanganyika Sardine, otherwise known as the ‘Kapenta’, was a major source of food for people around the lake, and still is today. The species also happen to be a favourite food for the Tiger Fish. With such an abundance of prey, the Tigers of Kariba can grow over 14Kg, providing remarkable fishing opportunities for anyone who likes a big fight on their hands.

There are many splendid fishing locations on Kariba, but one of the best is surely the Sanyati Gorge, where steep cliffs rise on either side of the gorge for 13 km up from the lake. In other parts of the lake you find fish Eagles watching over as you cast out the fishing line, elephant and antelope grazing on the lush growth along the waterline, and in the clear, unpolluted waters of the lake itself, the tigers are waiting.

Lake Kariba also provides multiple day boat house stays on the lake and tour of the Kariba dam.

Eastern Highlands

Eastern Highlands which is on the Eastern side of Zimbabwe and border area with Mozambique is an Adventure destination. The area has more rainfalls and clound cover that goes for days and is the most cold in the whole of Zimbabwe if not southern African with temperatures that go below zero. It is also the most fertile. The area is popular for Tea, Citrus Fruits and Pine tree Plantations, The landscape offers many amazing scenic views which come with many Adventure Activities. White water Rafting is done on the Pungwe River in the Honde valley. Other activities in the area are Hiking, Canopy tree Zipline, Sky Walking and Zipline slide on the highest point in the world from the land surface at Mutarazzi Falls, Sightseeing and Game viewing, Each trip and activity is very different with exceptional experiences. It’s in Eastern Highland where the Nyangani Mountain is located, which offers climbing as an activity of its own. To experience the destination it would ideal to stay in Nyanga or Vumba. Trips are offered on daily basis.

Vumba Botanical Garden

Vumba Botanical Gardens is located 32 kilometers from Mutare. The scenery in Vumba is that of highlands massifs, juxtaposed with lush green natural forest. Vast plantations of Pine and Wattle perennially flowing rivers, crystal clear up Land River cascading down slope and deep ravines. On the belly of Vumba Mountains are Vumba botanical gardens, a must see for all those who love peace and nature. The gardens are popular for botany lovers, retreats destination and an up market Wedding venue. The gardens are endowed with indigenous orchids and ferns punctuated by a network of footpaths that enable clients to navigate all corners of the garden.

Victoria Falls Town

Victoria Falls Town is in the province of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe.  It lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. A genuine bucket list destination, the Victoria Falls remains one of Africa’s most famous tourist towns. Not only does it offer some of the best views of the iconic falls, but it also has a world class Adventure Tourism and Wildlife Safaris.

Partly a home to one of the world’s great natural wonders- Mosi – O – Tunya, “the smoke that thunders’” – the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls delivers what it says. This diminutive place also has an eclectic identity beyond its star attraction.

Its artisan craft markets, micro-breweries, raucous drum shows, adrenaline rush activities and sophisticated high teas (with some serious views) will reward those who resist the urge to hightail it out of town after snapping some shots of the falls. Staying for a couple of days will allow you to get the feel of Zimbabwe’s blockbuster border town.

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