#A wild paradise
The country has more than 100 classified sites: about ten national parks, about twenty amusement parks, sanctuaries, forests and botanical gardens where native and exotic plants mix. Thus, more than half of the country is green. Enough to seduce lovers of the wild and protected nature. Zimbabwe has a unique fauna and flora that can be observed on nature safaris. It is easy to discover the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, black and white rhinos, buffaloes. To which are added hundreds of impalas, cobs, kudus, or zebras that thread their way through the forests of mopanes (Colophospermum mopane), acacias sieberiana, baobabs and flowering shrubs with heady scents.
Five times classified as a World Heritage Site :
Zimbabwe is one of the continent's top-ranked countries on the World Heritage List. The superb architectural achievements of Great Zimbabwe and the ruins of Khami testify to the genius of the region's inhabitants. Coming to Zimbabwe without visiting these ruins is a sacrilege, the name of the country comes from these medieval remains! In Zimbabwe, nature is never far away. Among the pearls of the destination are the fascinating Mana Pools National Park and the Matobo Hills. We move from a savannah setting, favourable to animal observation, to that of unbalanced granite rocks, evoking stunning shapes. What magic! Finally, the star of Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya), is a must and justifies a trip to this country on its own!
An exceptional diversity of landscapes
From the plains of the west to the mountains of the east, crossed by rivers as famous as they are majestic, let us simply mention the Limpopo, the natural border with South Africa, and the Zambezi separating the country from neighbouring Zambia in the north. Savannah landscapes, sometimes sandy as you approach the Kalahari desert in the west of the country, the hills and mountains of the whole central and eastern part, with the guarantee of breathtaking panoramic views. It is also to the east that rainfall is the highest, creating a very pleasant atmosphere, where greenery is abundant and cultures are rich and varied.
A wide range of activities
The destination is suitable for both cocooning and active holidays.Luxury lodges allow you to observe the fauna without even leaving it, as they are always oriented towards a water point, a meeting place for elephants, impalas or zebras, while crocodiles and hippopotamuses laze in the sun. Most of Zimbabwe's tourist accommodation offers swimming pool and leisure facilities for idleness. Car safaris require little strenuous effort, and it is by sipping a cool drink that you can admire birds, trees and mammals from the top of your seat. There are also many opportunities for sporting holidays: hiking, canoeing, rafting, horseback riding... Zimbabwe is also a golfer's paradise and has an impressive number of internationally renowned golf courses.
A rich craft industry
A creative people! Crafts in Zimbabwe are extremely varied: wicker baskets, wood-inlaid pearls, designer leather objects, ceramics, batiks and fabrics, stone or wooden sculptures, works of art, masks that protect against the evil eye, solid wood furniture, jewellery... when talent meets tradition and available and varied raw materials, the result is amazing.
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