Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Zimbabwe - Amy Wheeler Africa Spe­cial­ist Rainbow Tours’ High­lights of Zim­babwe 11-day tour costs from £3,140 per per­son www.rain­bow­tours.co.uk 020 3588 6115

En­thralling game view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, unique land­scapes and a Nat­u­ral Won­der of the World make Zim­babwe a spell­bind­ing African na­tion to dis­cover.

At Rainbow Tours our Travel Spe­cial­ists can in­spire you with their in­cred­i­ble first­hand in­sight of Zim­babwe, tai­lor­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence to match your own per­sonal bucket list. For a first jour­ney into the coun­try they rec­om­mend the High­lights of Zim­babwe tour, with its fo­cus on three must-see sites:

1. Vic­to­ria Falls

‘Breath­tak­ing’ is a word of­ten used by vis­i­tors to de­scribe Vic­to­ria Falls, or Mo­sioa-tunya (the smoke that thun­ders) to give it its indige­nous ti­tle. Cer­tainly one of Africa’s most iconic sights, we sug­gest three days here to truly ex­pe­ri­ence all it has to of­fer; head­ing to dif­fer­ent view­points and trails to get al­ter­na­tive vis­tas and mak­ing your way across the bor­der to Zam­bia for a new per­spec­tive of this mighty nat­u­ral tor­rent. 2. Hwange Na­tional Park

About three hours south of the Falls by road, or a 20-minute scenic flight away, find Zim­babwe’s flag­ship Big Five game re­serve, Hwange Na­tional Park. Cov­er­ing a stag­ger­ing 14,650-square-kilo­me­tres, the eco-sys­tems here are di­verse; from sand flats in the south to lush, teak forests in the north. Wildlife won­ders in­clude large ele­phant and buffalo herds, and preda­tors such as lion, leop­ard, hyena and wild dog.

3. Lake Kariba

Land-locked Zim­babwe’s fa­mous man­made lake is so ex­pan­sive it looks like a spec­tac­u­lar in­land sea. Lo­cated along the coun­try’s north­ern bor­der, and fed by the twist­ing Zam­bezi river, Lake Kariba is 140 miles long and up to 20 miles wide. As well as be­ing a spec­tac­u­lar place for ad­ven­ture in its own right, it is also the per­fect base for nearby no­table at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Ma­tu­sadona Na­tional Park and Mana Pools Na­tional Park, a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. “Zim­babwe re­mains one of the less touristy African sa­fari des­ti­na­tions; yet it of­fers so very much to those lucky enough to visit her. As well as the spec­tac­u­lar Vic­to­ria Falls, there is a wealth of wildlife within the coun­try, in Na­tional Parks such as Hwange, Ma­tu­sadona, Ma­tobo and Mana Pools. The phe­nom­e­nal game view­ing and bird watch­ing was a real high­light for me, and I’d rec­om­mend a morn­ing boat cruise down the Zam­bezi River to watch the sun­rise.”

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