Mana Pools National Park
Stretching along the southern flank of the Zambezi River, Mana Pools is renowned for game-viewing on foot. When the floodplains recede following the annual rainy season, water sources reduce in size, condensing the areas wildlife who are in search of water. If you’re lucky, you may witness elephants on their hind legs, reaching up for their favourite pods from the acacia trees.
Victoria Falls, known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“smoke that thunders”), is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If you visit during the height of the rainy season, you’ll know the reason for this name. Following the annual rains, over 500 million litres of water can be seen cascading over the edge of the falls into the Zambezi River every minute.
The force of such immense volumes of water is a sight to behold, and a force to be felt, as the cascading torrents displace the surrounding air. A constant gust of wind and mist serves as a reminder this is one of nature’s greatest forces.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa, covering nearly 15,000 square kilometres. The stunning biodiversity is reflected in the park’s population of over 400 bird species and over 100 species of mammal, including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and large packs of wild dogs. Hard to miss of course, is the parks undeniably high population of elephants, numbering approximately 45,000, ensuring a high likelihood of sighting this most iconic of species.
The granite plateau and the spiritual home of Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park is home to the highest concentration of ancient San rock-art sites in Africa. This hidden gem may not be on everyone’s radar but for those looking to further their understanding of Africa’s complex anthropological history, a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is something we are extremely keen to encourage.
Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made reservoir, is a fisherman’s dream and offers the perfect counterbalance to your time spent on safari. It is best experienced drifting along in a private houseboat, spending your days tiger-fishing, enjoying a sundowner while surrounded by hippopotamus and being watched by wildlife on the shore. For those keen to continue their wildlife watching from the vantage point of the lake, bird watching opportunities are extensive here with over 240 unique species.