ZIMBABWE is a land of priceless natural treasures and custodian of three World Heritage Sites - the mighty "Thundering Smoke" of Victoria Falls, the spectacular Mana Pools and the mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe.
In this land of contrasts, the traveler can encounter some of the best of Africa's great wildlife, explore the glades and dales of the Highlands, be intrigued by the remnants of forgotten civilizations, take a canoe down the Zambezi or gaze through the ethereal, rainbow mists above Vic Falls.
Here, wildlife management is shared between the government and the people and conservation is a national priority that encompasses not only animals but also the vegetation and winged occupants of its diverse habitats.
Most visitors on a Southern African safari include the unforgettable Victoria Falls in their itinerary, and indeed the sight of millions of tons of water hurtling down the yawning chasms of the mighty Zambezi River is an awesome spectacle. After all, Vic Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World! But Zimbabwe has a host of other attractions to reward the adventurer.
The eerie ghost forests along the shores of Lake Kariba, and the wooded valleys of the mighty Zambezi provide superb backdrops for wildlife viewing, and game parks like Mana Pools, Matusadona and Hwange ensure the visitor will have a rewarding safari.
This is also the land of the legendary great civilizations of Africa, high cultures that traded in gold and ivory with Arab merchants, over 1 000 years ago. Today, the crumbling granite edifices stand as silent testament to these great and noble ancestors.
>And among the massive boulders in the glorious Matobo Hills lie the remains of two of the men who helped carve the destiny of this beautiful land - the warrior king, Mzilikazi, and the Englishman, Cecil John Rhodes. Neither could think of a more beautiful place on earth to spend eternity!
The allure and tapestry of this wonderful land is what drew great nations and people to its rivers, mountains and fertile valleys. Today, Zimbabwe still calls the traveler to revel in her natural wonders.
ZIMBABWE TRAVEL: FACTS & FIGURES
Full Name: Republic of Zimbabwe
Area: 390,580 sq km (150,803 sq miles)
Language: English (official) while Shona and Matabele are widely spoken
Currency: Zimbabwe Dollar
Best Travel Currency: USD
Travel Seasons: The dry season between May and October is best for the wildlife regions. The rainy season between November and April is hot but bearable. Victoria Falls are at their most spectacular between January and June.
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