Three Destination Spots to Visit in Zimbabwe

With the ouster of the long serving former president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe is slowly undergoing a renaissance and welcoming tourists to sample its main attractions and sights.  If you’re planning to travel to Zimbabwe, here are 3 places you cannot afford not to visit.

  •         Matobo National Park

Located in South West Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park is one of the unsung destinations. It is famous for the Matobo Hills, a series of balancing rocks called kopjes which are formed through granite plateau erosion.

The national park is divided in 2 parts:

  •         The recreational park
  •         The game park

The recreational park features a picturesque viewpoint and burial location of Cecil Rhodes as well as classical San rock art caves. On the other hand, the game park features some prolific animals such as elephants, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, crocodile, hippo, cheetah, wildebeest, black and white rhinos, although poaching has caused a drastic reduction in the numbers. There are also dozens of beautiful birdlife including vultures, eagles, weavers, storks and guinea fowl.

  •         Stone city of Great Zimbabwe

Situated about 30 kilometers from the town of Masvingo, lies the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe built by the Bantu civilization from 11th to 15th centuries. The site occupies about 800 hectares. The architectural style of the stone city is unique in the continent. When you visit the site, your eyes will be drawn to the quality workmanship that was at play here. Expert stonemasons created gigantic dry stonewalls, slotting in natural boulders into a number of the structures. The walls widen between rocky outcrops and huge rocks, creating a labyrinth of tight alleys and the enclosures.

The site can be categorized into 3 major architectural zones:

  •         The Hill complex
  •         The Valley Ruins
  •         The Great Enclosure

The Hill Complex is usually seen as royal site while the Valley ruins are a range of living spaces. The Great Enclosure is considered the most impressive. It is a stunning circular monument created by cut granite blocks in a complete curved design. Despite the fact that the stone city was mainly abandoned in the mid 14th century, its historical and cultural significance didn’t disappear with the passing of time. In fact,

  •         Victoria Falls

The majestic Victoria Falls is located to the south of Zimbabwe along the Zambezi River. It is the only waterfall in the globe with a length of over a kilometer and a height of over 100 meters. In fact, it is regarded as the largest waterfall in the globe. British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls and named it after Queen Victoria.

You can hear the roar of Victoria Falls as far as 40 kilometers away while you can see the spray and mist from the descending water as far as 50 kilometers. That explains the name ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’ that was originally given to the waterfall by the local tribes. When translated, it means ‘The smoke that thunders’.

The surrounding park lands are home to wildlife and bird life including lions, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, vultures, eagles, falcons and buzzards.

Whenever you visit Zimbabwe, you should make a point to visit these 3 great attractions. You won’t regret.