ZIMBAWE

 

Zimbabwe was for a long time a first class tourism destination in Africa with is astonishing biodiversity, is majestic landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

The people are very friendly and accessible there. It will certainly become again a hot spot for international tourism if the efforts on the infrastructures are confirm.

With the Victoria Falls in north, one of the wonders of this world; Its assembly lines has in the east; The peaceful lake of Kariba and these many national parks like Ghonarezhou, one of the first protected reserve in the world to include the population in a vast conservation program; or the quiet and tortuous Zambezi River with many Lodge and over infrastructures, offer shelter to an immense variety of wild species;

Zimbabwe is one of the richest countries of the African continent.

- Zambezi River / Victoria Falls : It is the 4th largest river in Africa. Its 3540km long take is source in Zambia and flows through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia again, Zimbabwe, Mozambique where it empties into the Indian Ocean.
The river flow is today about half as broad as it us to be because of the construction of 2 main Dams that definitely change the flow with controlling the seasonal variations.
The Karima dam which provide energy to Zambia and Zimbabwe; And the Cahora Bassa Dam, in Mozambique, which provide power to Mozambique and South Africa.

The most spectacular attraction of the Zambezi is, of course, The VICTORIA FALLS.
Also known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tuny’ (the smoke that thunders).
Named in Queen Victoria honor by Mr. D. Livingston when he discovered them in 1855, it is of course a UNESCO world heritage site.
Even if it’s not the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, for sure it is the largest one. This is based on its 1708m wide and 108m high. That forms the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
There is many touristic infrastructures and excursions. Like the ‘devil pool’, a naturally formed safe swimming pool above the falls; A bridge where you can overhang the deep and feel its power; Or some elephant or horse rides to discover this beautiful wild area.

- Hwange National Park : Not far from the Victoria falls and close to the edge of the Kalahari desert, it cover around 15000km square.
Created in 1928, this park hosts now more than 100 mammal species. Including 9 large herbivorous and 8 larges carnivorous.
The conservation program is so successful that the elephant population is far above what such an area can naturally support.
It is the lung of Zimbabwe.

- Harare : Zimbabwe capital and largest city was known before 1982 as ‘Salisbury’.
It is the commercial, administrative and communication center. Many manufactures like textiles or steel; Gold mine; Cotton, maize and tobacco are trade. An intense and interesting city to visit.





 

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