Zimbabwe

Discover Zimbabwe with Ntaba African Safaris

Zimbabwe Safari

Zimbabwe is an unbeatable destination for adventure travel of all sorts. Not only are its game reserves among the most abundant and beautiful on the continent, but they also offer unusual types of safari experience that are simply unavailable anywhere else. Zimbabwe lies on a high plateau, and its terrain consists primarily of grasslands bordered on the east by mountains. The northeastern border of the country is marked by the mighty Zambezi River, along which is located the incomparable spectacle of Victoria Falls and the magnificent expanse of Lake Kariba. The Zambezi has become one of the world’s best water adventure travel destinations, offering outstanding whitewater rafting in the Zambezi Gorges below the falls as well as excellent canoeing and kayaking above them. Victoria Falls, the Smoke that Thunders, is one of the natural wonders of the world. In addition, Zimbabwe is home to the stone enclosures of Great Zimbabwe, remnants of a past empire, and to herds of elephant and other game roaming vast stretches of wilderness.

Zimbabwe National Parks

  • Zimbabwe’s system of National Parks and Reserves is extensive, well-organized, and notable for the range of safari experiences that are available.
  • Its parks cover a wide variety of environments and contain an enormously diverse collection of species.
  • Moreover, Zimbabwe offers travellers many different means of safari travel and game viewing: open vehicles are permitted, as are night game drives; walking safaris and boat safaris are available, the latter including motor launch, canoe, kayak, and even houseboat.
  • The Zambezi also offers some of the finest whitewater rafting in the world.

Victoria Falls

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  • Victoria Falls is an emblem of the entire African continent.
  • Spanning 5600 feet (1700 m) and dropping 420 feet (128 m) into the Zambezi Gorge, the falls create a roar–and a cloud of mist–so great that they are perceptible from a distance of 25 miles (40 km).
  • David Livingstone was the first European to visit the falls, in 1855, and he named them in honor of his queen.

Lake Kariba

  • Further east, and further downstream from Victoria Falls, is Lake Kariba, an enormous (almost 2000 sq. mi./5200 sq. km) man-made lake.
  • Formed in 1958 by the damming of the Zambezi at Kariba, the lake is now an attraction in its own right.
  • Its scattered islands, clear, deep waters, and adjoining game reserve complement each other admirably. The reserve, Matusadona National Park, was begun as a refuge for animals saved from the rising waters of the lake itself. Today, its abundant game gathers along the lake shore, particularly in the dry months, where it is easily viewed from the water.

Great Zimbabwe

  • A little less than 30 kilometers beyond the south-eastern town of Masvingo are to be found some of the most extraordinary manmade remains in Africa.
  • Formed of regular, rectangular granite stones, carefully placed one upon the other, they are the ruins of an amazing complex. The structures were built by indigenous African people between AD 1250 and AD 1450 believed to be the ancestors of modern Zimbabweans.
  • The ruins at Great Zimbabwe are remarkable; lofty, majestic, awe-inspiring, timeless. The quality of the building in places is outstanding. It was built by craftsmen who took a pride in their work. There is nothing to compare with it in southern Africa.
  • The two main areas of stone wall enclosures are the Hill Complex, on the long, steep-sided granite hill and the land below this hill where the Valley Enclosures and the Great Enclosure are situated.
  • The stone walls, up to 6meter thick and 12 meter high, are built of granite blocks without the use of mortar. Two high walls form the narrow parallel passage, 60 meters long, that allows direct access to the Conical Tower.
  • The Great Enclosure is the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara.
  • Here is a link to an excellent video on The Lost Kingdom: Great Zimbabwe;

Mana Pools National Park

  • A special paradise for game viewing is Mana Pools National Park. As the name implies it is a place where there are a number of large pools. The magic of this national park stems from the pervading sense of the wild and also in the park’s relative remoteness.
  • The word ‘Mana’ means four, in reference to the four pools around the park headquarters: Main, Chine, Long and Chisambik. They are actually on the mainland, in an area of deep and good quality alluvial soil, along a portion of the southern bank of the Zambezi. They owe their existence to the scouring action of the flooded river that created a number of elongated troughs which retained water long after the flood had subsided.
  • The area has a park-like appearance. Massive acacia albida trees tower over what appears to be, from a distance at least, a carefully manicured lawn. Further away a border of mopane trees and combretum scrub begins and there is visible a line, like some extraordinary tide-mark, a browse-line that exactly demarcates the height to which browsing animals of the area can reach.
  • Game drives and especially the bush walks offer the opportunity to stand near buffalo or elephant or watch crocodile and hippo from close quarters.
  • It is not only by Land Rover or on foot that the excitement of the area can he enjoyed. Canoe safari companies organize guided canoe trails down the Zambezi from Kariba in the west, to Kanyemha in the east or any portion in between. Each trip is accompanied by well-trained, competent and experienced guides and is an incredible way to experience the river at first hand.
  • Every kind of wild animal and bird is viewed at close hand as the canoe glides silently past. One can drift within meters of grazing buffalo, slide by sleeping crocodiles, watch wading elephants and enjoy a sense of openness, freedom and a feeling of being totally at one with the environment which is hard to match elsewhere.

Hwange National Park

  • Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife.
  • The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls.
  • The park covers just over 14 600 square kilometers, and has 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Elephant makes up the largest proportion of the biomass.
  • All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today.
  • The landscape includes desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops. Due to the lack of water, man-made waterholes were introduced to sustain the animals through the dry season. The park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland. A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes – ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation.
  • Walking, driving and horseback safaris are a popular way of seeing the wildlife. Accommodation is provided at a number of game Lodges.
  • To travel through Hwange National Park today is to see what much of the interior of Africa might have been like more than 150 years ago.

Safaris including Zimbabwe

2018 October Discover

October 06 – 14, 2018 (9 Days/8 Nights in South Africa) With Optional Extension to Victoria Falls October 14 – 16, 2018 (3 Days/2 Nights in Zimbabwe) With Optional Extension to Chobe October 16 – 18, 2018 (3 Days/2 Nights in Botswana

Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls & Chobe

Cape Town, Kruger Private Reserves, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Chobe River Front - 13 Nights

Luxury Safari to Botswana

Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Linyanti Concessions and Okavango Delta - 10 Nights

2019 March Discover South Africa Victoria Falls and Chobe with Ntaba

Cape Town, Kapama Private Game Reserve, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Chobe River Front - 13 Nights

2019 May Treasures of South Africa and Victoria Falls

Cape Town, Kruger Private Reserves, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - 11 Nights

2019 October Highlights of South Africa, Victoria Falls & Chobe with Ntaba

Johannesburg, Kapama Private Game Reserve, Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Chobe River Front - 13 Nights