A Walk on the Wild Side: Bushwalk through the largest animal park in the world

  • Written by Bradley Yandell




Zimbabwe: A Private Journey

 

Amazing bushwalk experiences await you! The walking tour guides of Zimbabwe are considered the best in Africa and undergo extensive and rigorous training. This ensures they are not only well-informed travel companions, but allow you to get even closer to the wildlife.

 

You might just find yourself standing in the midst of a herd of wild elephants, which is an experience like no other during your authentic African safari!



 

HARARE

1,500 meters above sea-level!

Harare, the largest city of Zimbabwe, is located in the province of Harare Metropolitan in northern Zimbabwe and is the economic and cultural capital.

 

Downtown Harare is built like a checkerboard, with a well-planned street layout that are easy to explore by foot. The many green parks and tree-lined avenues have earned Harare the nickname of 'Garden City'. Kopje, the small mountain located on the edge of downtown Harare, offers excellent views of the beautiful city center.

 

EASTERN HIGHLANDS

Verdant tea plantations and waterfalls

Cosily nestled in the Mountains of the Mist, the luxurious country hotels are known for their delicious cuisine and gracious hospitality, and offer a peaceful, relaxing setting.

 

The Eastern Highlands are a mountain range on Zimbabwe's border with Mozambique. Thanks to its varied landscape, the Highlands are a paradise for hikers, anglers, golfers and riders. Lush green tea plantations and sparkling waterfalls intersperse the dark woods that form a thick, protective sheet over the mountainside and valleys, offering the perfect retreat for adventure seekers as well as those looking for relaxation.

 

GREAT ZIMBABWE

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Explore unique architecture - houses built without the use of cement and stratified by superimposed stones!

 

Great Zimbabwe was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Many believe that the name Zimbabwe is derived from the words ‘venerated house’ in the native language of the region. These ruins of a once-thriving city are certainly worth a visit. The city was probably abandoned in the 16th century due to severe soil depletion, leading to a lack of sustenance for the residents and their cattle.

 

Harare & Victoria Falls

 

What to expect:

  • Harare, in central Zimbabwe

  • Eastern Highlands, horse riding and golfing

  • Great Zimbabwe, UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Matopos: game drives and bushwalks

  • Hwange: where more wilderness calls

  • Victoria Falls, the grandest waterfalls of the world

 

The extra treasures:

  • Overnight stays in quality camps, lodges, guest houses and boutique hotels

  • Game drives in high quality all-terrain vehicles with professional guides

  • Guided bush and forest walks

  • Spectacular savannah

  • Breathtaking waterfalls and water worlds

  • Boat and canoe safaris

 

MATOPOS – NATIONAL PARK



 

Approximately 100 sq km of Matopos National Park has been segregated as a Wildlife Reserve and serves as a natural habitat for numerous animals and birds.

 

Animals that inhabit the park include numerous zebras, giraffes, hyenas as well as leopards.

 

Matopos National Park is the oldest of its kind in Zimbabwe. Apart from its wondrous scenic beauty, Matopos also holds the key to ancient Zimbabwean civilizations with its numerous and well-preserved rock paintings. The landscape is defined by granite hills that date back a million years. The park abounds in numerous wildlife species, including white and black rhinos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, leopards, hyenas and several species of antelopes.

 

HWANGE

 

Besides making the most of your game drives, be sure to indulge in exciting bushwalks with excellent guides!

 

Some areas offer hides, from which you can closely observe numerous animals at the waterholes.

 

Hwange is one of the most important national parks in Africa and is well-known for its large elephant and buffalo population. Vegetation in this flat savannah grassland is sparse with few pockets of forested area. The area is home to numerous birds and more than 100 species of animals, including elephants, buffaloes, impalas, waterbucks, kudus and giraffes, and predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards.

 

VICTORIA FALLS

 

David Livingstone was the first European to discover the falls in 1855. He wrote, "Even the angels must be delighted, if they have the falls to fly over. "

 

Livingstone named “Victoria Falls”, in honour of former British monarch, Queen Victoria.

 

The Victoria Falls are one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world! The force produced by the water, as it hits the canyon below, causes the resulting spray to rise up to 500 meters! The moisture produced by the falls has encouraged vegetation growth, turning the area into a small yet lush rainforest. The sheer volume of water, and its impact of the ravine below, is the reason the locals call the falls ''Mosi-oa-Tunya' or 'The Smoke that Thunders'.

 

Through the many years of traveling to find exciting destinations for our guests, Zimbabwe has always excited me the most! I feel that Zimbabwe is the perfect secret destination for seasoned Africa travelers who wish to enjoy special experiences in completely remote and pristine parks. “ - Samuel Nordberg, Destination Expert, Enchanting Travels

 

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is between May and October, to ensure that you avoid the rainy seasons. For further information and advice, write to contact Enchanting Travels

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