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Zimbabwe Tourist Attractions

Zimbabwe, a nation in the southern part of the African continent, is home to many tourist attractions. All these tourist attractions make Zimbabwe one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world. Zimbabwe Tourist Attractions include national parks, waterfalls, shopping malls, historical sites, rivers, and mountains.

This place is a resource of tourist attractions. There are many national parks of which the biggest is the Hwange National Park. The famous Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of the main tourist attractions in the country. The country is also home to a number of world heritage sites, historic monuments, and geographical formations.

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  • Victoria Falls : The Victoria Falls is one of the main reasons why you should visit this country. This waterfall is situated on the Zambezi River between two countries: Zimbabwe and Zambia. Locally, the falls is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which denotes the Smoke That Thunders. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. For its picturesque and unique features, the Victoria Falls is regarded as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The falls was discovered by the famous Scottish missionary and voyager, David Livingstone. There are seven principal gorges of this renowned waterfall. A number of national parks are closely located to this waterfall that include Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls National Park, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and Kazuma Pan National Park.

    You will get to see a wide variety of wildlife in this region, which includes buffalo, elephant, giraffe, antelope, zebra, baboon, leopard, lion, Vervet monkeys, crocodile, hippopotamus, clawless otters, and klipspringers. The gorges of the Victoria Falls are famous for birds like the Black Eagle, Taita Falcon, Augur Buzzard, herons, Fish Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, and various types of waterfowl. Different types of flora that are noticed in the area include Mopane woodland savannah, scrubland savannah, Rhodesian teak, and Miombo. You can participate in a number of adventure sports and activities in this region that include bungee jumping from the river bridge, whitewater rafting in the gorges, horse riding, game fishing, kayaking, and flights over the waterfalls.

  • Hwange National Park: Hwange National Park is the biggest of the eight major national parks in the country. This prestigious national park is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. It is also the biggest game reserve in this country. The park is closely located to the Kalahari Desert and sprawls an area of more than 14,600 sq km.

  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins: The Great Zimbabwe Ruins has received the status of a World Heritage Site from the UNESCO. It is essentially a ruined or destroyed city, which at one point of time served as the capital of Kingdom of this place. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. The city was built in the latter part of the Iron Age. It is truly an architectural wonder and is a must visit during your trip to Zimbabwe.

  • Westgate Mall : Westgate Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in Southern Africa. It is located in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. This huge shopping mall includes 12 offices and 155 shops.

  • Zambezi River: Zambezi River is the longest river in Zimbabwe. It is also the fourth longest river in the African continent. With a length of 1,599 miles (2,574 km), the river has its source in Zambia, then runs through Angola, Nambia, Botswana, Zambia once more, and Zimbabwe to Mozambique, where the river meets the Indian Ocean. The most prominent aspect of Zambezi River is the picturesque Victoria Falls. Other major waterfalls on the river include the Ngonye Falls and the Chavuma Falls. There are two principal sources of hydroelectric power on this River and they are the Kariba Dam and Cahora Bassa Dam (supplying power to Mozambique and South Africa). You will find a diverse variety of wildlife in and around the river, which includes hippopotamus, crocodiles, monitor lizards, zebras, buffalo, elephants, and giraffe. There are many varieties of birds including pelican, heron, African Fish Eagle, and egret. Fishing and game fishing are two popular activities on this river.

  • Matopos National Park: Also known as the Matobo National Park, Matopos National Park is one of the major national parks in Zimbabwe. The Matobo National Park consists of the central part of the Matopos or Matobo Hills, a region of granite kopjes and forested basins, starting some 35 km south of Bulawayo in South Zimbabwe. The Matopos National Park is famous for its picturesque sights. Established in 1926, the park is also home to the Lake Matopos Recreational Park. This park is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. There are more than 200 species of plants, which include wild pear, mountain acacia, and paperbark plant. Prominent species of wildlife include sable antelope, white rhinoceros, leopard, impala, black eagles, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, and wildebeest. You can take part in a number of thrilling activities in this area.

  • Mana Pools National Park: This park is located in Northern Zimbabwe. It is one of the famous game watching areas in Africa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a diverse variety of exotic flora and fauna. You will typically find wildlife varieties like crocodiles, hippopotamuses, buffalos, and elephants.

  • Mount Nyangani (Mount Inyangani) : Mount Nyangani, also known as Mount Inyangani, is the tallest mountain here. It is situated in Nyanga National Park, to the southeast of Harare. You can reach the mountain from four base points in Nyanga National Park. There are three rivers that have their sources on this mountain: the Kairezi (Gairezi) River, the Nyamuziwa River, and the Pungwe River. Mount Nyangani is famous for the clawless otter and the Inyangani River Frog.

  • Khami Ruins National Monument: Khami Ruins National Monument is a world heritage site. Khami is a destroyed city here. At one time, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Butua. It is closely located to Bulawayo. The remains of Khami are presently regarded as a national monument in the country. Khami Ruins National Monument was included into the World Heritage List in 1986.

  • Nyanga National Park: Nyanga National Park is one of the biggest national parks here. It is also one of the oldest national parks in the country. The park is famous for Mount Nyangani, the tallest mountain in the country and Zimbabwe's tallest waterfall, Mutarazi Falls. Previously, the park was known as Rhodes Inyanga National Park. Prominent varieties of flora include montane grasslands and shrublands. Mulanje cypress, dwarf msasa, black wattle, pine, and treefern (forest tree fern and common tree fern). You will get to see different species of wildlife that include lion, buffalo, klipspringer, reedbuck, kudu, antelope, hyena, leopard, the African clawless otter, samango monkeys, and the rainbow trout. Nyanga National Park is also famous for the Inyangani River Frog. This national park gives you the opportunity to participate in game watching, horse riding, hiking, swimming, fly fishing, and boating.