Zimbabwe’s new era of hope, and illusion, that opened last November with Robert Bugabe’s death, at 93, is the perfect excuse to visit one of the most beautiful, authentic and wildest nations in Africa.
There are a lot of UN World Heritage Sites in this young country, from famed Victoria Falls just at the Zambian border, to the fascinating archaeological ruins at Khami, as well as Great Zimbabwe, in the south, a testimony to a glorious and prosperous past.
That said, what’s really true is that one priceless treasure in this 2018 trending destination are its impressive national parks and the wildlife that lives in them.
Just steps from the abovementioned waterfall is Zambezi National Park,where the river that gave it its name is the undisputed star. Standout NUBA experiences e recommend in the animal sanctuary include photographic safaris aboard launches in the company of professional photographers. Or you’ve got kayak tours to enjoy the landscape, with no other soundtrack than the surrounding waters’ murmur. When you’re ready for pure adrenaline, you can always shoot the rapids on the famed “river of life.”
Heading south, at the Botswana border, we come to Hwange National Park, the country’s largest. Here you’ll find all the species Zimbabwe protects, though, with all due respect to lions, it is elephants who are running the show. Some of the elephants’ largest numbers in Africa are found in Zimbabwe.
After a short private flight to the north, near to the Zambian border, we discoveredMana Pools National Park, also a UN World Heritage site. And without question one of the best places to enjoy the surroundings is our exclusive Ruckomechi Camp, on the same Zambezi riverbank.
The guests in any of their ten exclusive, highly decorated tents are able to combine unique and different safaris through Mana Pools, whether it’s renting a 4×4 or going on foot or underwater safaris in the River Zambezi. You can also try catch-and-release fishing, all with support from experienced guides.
And after a full, intense day of activities, the time comes to sit by the pool and have a drink as you contemplate the sunset over the river and see on the other side, in Zambia, the imposing silhouette of the Rift Range.
The World is Waiting…