The Falling Thunder
It is an adventurous driven destination. Zimbabwe shares the most impressive waterfalls in Africa, the Victoria Falls, with Zambia. For 500 kms the Zambezi forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, cutting through basalt rock gorges 200 to 250 metres high. It is in these gorges where the wet and wild adrenalin grade 5 white water rafting takes place, apart from the famous bungee jump from Victoria Falls Bridge. The falls are the biggest curtain of falling water in the world. Seeing them for the first time, David Livingstone was moved to write “A sight so wonderful that angels must have gazed down on it in flight”. No wonder then that the Vic Falls are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site. The spray from the falls can rise to over 400 metres and can be seen from far away. Hence the local native name for the falls and the surrounding national park – Mosi-Oa-Tunya. “The Smoke that Thunders”!Zimbabwe is a landlocked southern Africa country bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. The mighty Zambezi River on its northern border with Zambia is the fourth-longest river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa.
Vic Falls can be combined in a 5 day safari with close by Hwange National Park (known for its large tusk elephant and buffalo herds, apart from the impressive Sable antelope) or the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Alternatively, also with the lower Zambezi and Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, and the Matusadona Wildlife Reserve which is renowned for its highest number of lion per square kilometre of any reserve on the African continent.
The Zambezi River also flows into Lake Kariba, which is a 5,000 square km wildlife paradise. The lake is well-known for its world’s best fishing area, especially for tiger fishing. Along the river and the lake, elephants, hippos and crocodiles are found in large concentrations, while predators such as lion, wild dog and leopard are often sighted.
For your adventurous stay in Zimbabwe, Denonanje Safaris will recommend you the best suitable authentic accommodation and exclusive old-colonial-style bush camps in Hwange National Park and Mana Pools to ensure excellent game sightings and a wide range of activities including boating, canoeing, guided walks and game drives.
How to get there
- Getting into Zimbabwe is generally by air, with international travellers flying first into O.R. Tambo Airport in South Africa before transferring to Vic Falls or Harare in Zimbabwe.
- Charter flights to camps from either Vic Falls or Harare
The Best Time to go on Safari
Green Season: December to March
- Time of abundance … births, babies and breeding (+ predators)
- Excellent game concentrations on Ngamo Plains in south-eastern Hwange
- Excellent photographic opportunities … great light, colour and subject matter
Transition Season: April - May
- Moderate climate with a mix of the green and dry seasons including the dynamics of a change in season
Dry Season: June to November
- Diminished water supply results in high game concentrations around Hwange waterholes
- Drying up of natural springs means high game concentrations along the Zambezi River at Mana Pools
- Great visibility in leafless woodland
- Cooler and drier time of the year with daytime temperatures rising towards October