Hear the thunder of Victoria Falls and walk through the uprising mist, or catch the lunar rainbow in the waterfall spray. Swim in Devils Pool, if you dare, and then walk amongst the huge strewn boulders in Matobo National Park, and enjoy amazing food and night life in the town of Victoria Falls after a day of wildlife encounters in Hwange National Park. Most of the country is elevated, with a central plateau with a mountainous eastern region. Zimbabwe is known for its tropical climate and a rainy season lasting from late October to March.
We would be amiss not to mention Zimbabwe’s checkered past. Prior to 1980, the country was incredibly successful, known as the “Jewel of Africa” for its prosperity, with a thriving tourism industry, being a net exporter of food, and part of the Commonwealth. Sadly, in the decades that followed, the country has been in economic decline, with a corrupt government, human rights violations, a disastrous land reform programme implemented in 2000, and several market crashes, with the currency suffering from severe hyperinflation. By 2003, the economy had fully collapsed and up to one-quarter of the population is believed to have fled the country. NGOs have frequently stepped in to provide food to the people here. However, the former president is no longer in power. Almost 10% of Zimbabwe’s GDP is due to tourism, and we would actively like to help with the rebuilding of this country by supporting their tourism efforts. Given this reliance on tourism, tourists are generally safe in the country, and especially when accompanied on a tour, within national parks, and in lodges and camps.
River swim (conditions permitting)