Attractions in Zimbabwe

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Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe area of 14,651km2 located in Hwange 598 Km from Harare capital. Hwange is world famous for its 30,000 elephants, making it one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa and is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Hwange is home to over 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals.

Mutarazi Falls

 

Mutarazi Falls is the highest  two tiered waterfall in Zimbabwe situated on the Mtarazi River in Honde Valley located in 282 km2 from Harare capital. It is the second highest on the African Continent and seventh highest in the world, located in a tiny National Park on the southern border of the Nyanga National Park in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world on the Zambezi River about 713 km by road on the border with Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are two national parks that is Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (66 km2 and Victoria Falls National Park (23km2) around the falls.

The falls were discovered in 1855 by David Livingstone, the British doctor and a missionary, who named them in honor of Queen Victoria.

Nyangwe & Chawomera Forts

Nyangwe & Chawomera Forts  these are massive stone works of Nyanga ruins built some 400 years ago characterized with lintelled entrances.

Epsworth

Epsworth are famous balancing rocks formation located 13 kilometres southeast of Harare, off the Chiremba Road

National Heroes Acre

This is a burial ground and national monument located in Kambuzuma 7km from Harare, Zimbabwe that is reserved for sons and daughters of Zimbabwe whose dedication and commitment to the nation justify their burial at this sacred spot.

The Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences

The Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences, formerly the Queen Victoria Museum is a museum located in Burnet, Harare, Zimbabwe that was opened in 1903. The museum contains the seven hundred-year-old Lemba artifact ngoma lungundu, which some believe to be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant. It is the oldest wooden object ever found in sub-Saharan Africa

Elephant’s walk Shopping and Artist Village

This is a shopping village for Zimbabwean and African Craft with boutique stores, galleries owned collectively to promote local and African art and craft.

Sandawana emerald mines

These are the oldest emeralds in the world, their age could exceed 2 billion years located in Sandawana Belingwe district, and the emerald mines were discovered in 1956 as one of the best sources of gem-quality emeralds.

Chirinda Forest

Chirinda Forest is the southernmost area of tropical rainforest in Africa, covering the two rounded hilltops of Mount Selinda situated 30 km south of Chipinge town. It is one of the best researched forests in Zimbabwe, with scientific collections of flora and fauna being made as early as 1900.

Chirinda contains a giant specimen of Khaya anthotheca (VU), known as the Big Tree considered to be not less than 1,000 years old and is a National Monument.

Chinhoyi Caves

The Chinhoyi Caves are a group of caves located in Makonde District, Mashonaland West Province, in central, northern Zimbabwe about 135 kilometres northwest of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe

The cave system is composed of limestone and dolomite, and the descent to the main cave with its pool of cobalt blue water is very impressive. The limestone caves were first discovered by Frederick Courtney Selous in 1887.

Kazuma Pan National Park

Kazuma Pan National Park is situated in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe between Kazungula and Hwange National Park, and south-west of Victoria Falls. The park is a home to over 2000 buffalo and other animals which include: lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and reedbuck, elephants, rhino and bird species. The park is endowed with baboon trees which attracts large volumes of animals.

Bumbusi National Monument

This is a monument located in Hwange National Park in the northern Sinamatella area, Built in the same style as Great Zimbabwe and distributed over a vast area, these sandstone walls date back to the 18th and 19 centuries.

Great Zimbabwe National Monument

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe are a UNISECO world heritage site and one of Africa’s most important historical monuments, which was a major commercial and trading post between the 11th and 15th centuries.

http://www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/recreational/chinhoyi-caves

http://www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/kazuma

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/29/travel/900-year-stone-great-zimbabwe/

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