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Zimbabwe – Africa’s Hidden Gem

Submitted by on July 19, 2011 – 8:45 pmOne Comment

Zimbabwe africa hippoThe vast majority of people – quite rightly, most would say – only consider themselves when booking a holiday. But when some destinations promote themselves as a luxury holiday destination, by digging a little deeper it becomes clear that actual putting money into the country is a contentious issue. Case and point: Zimbabwe Hotels are starting to fill up again after a decade of reduced tourism and economic strife. Giving money to a government which has been guilty of highly controversial political polices is a decision you have to take before visiting, that is if you worry about these sorts of things.

But if you think it is your duty to help the country get back on its feet, albeit indirectly, or you just want to visit, you’ll be more than impressed with what awaits in this beautiful part of Africa, and in particular the stunning sight of Victoria Falls.

Visiting Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in south-central Africa, lying inbetween the Zambezi River in the North and the Limpopo River to the south. Perhaps the most famous landmark in Zimbabwe, which is renowned throughout Africa and indeed the rest of the world, is the amazing Victoria Falls. The mile long curtain of falling water is a sight to behold. Zimbabwe weddings could easily – and often do – take place with this stunning sight as the backdrop.

Zimbabwe side africa Victoria FallsNearby Zimbabwe hotels are packed to the rafters with visitors from all over the world who come to marvel at one of the natural wonders of the world. The falls are actually shared between two national parks, one being the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, the other Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. Hotels in the months between March and May are usually busy, but you have more chance of finding a luxury room in Zimbabwe rather than Zambia, such is the difference in popularity between the two countries since Zimbabwe’s tourism industry collapsed through no fault of its own.

Thrill Seekers Paradise

Get up close and experience this natural wonder first hand. Feeling the spray on your face is really something and you may be lucky enough to see Zimbabwe weddings in progress whilst visiting. Alternatively you could book a flight over the Falls for a bird’s eye view that cannot be matched on land.

If sightseeing is not enough of a thrill for you, you could always book yourself into one of the nearby Zimbabwe hotels, change into a wet suit and raft down the Victoria Falls rapids! Be warned though, these are very fast, hard and exhilarating. You will capsize, so this is only for true dare devils. In fact, Victoria Falls is a daredevil’s paradise. If you want the ultimate experience, you could even bungee off them, although this is of course not everybody’s cup of tea!

Sure Zimbabwe still has some problems. But if you visit with the intention of putting some money into the tourist industry and local businesses, you’ll only be met with smiles and friendly faces. Parts of the country are still poverty stricken and the lives of the locals harsh. But do not let this put you off; in fact you’ll do more damage by avoiding Zimbabwe. Instead, come and visit. You’ll be left open mouthed for all the right reasons.  Visit mydestination.com/Zimbabwe if you want to find out more about this lovely place.

IMAGES VIA: dinornis, obliot, mara1

By Ricky Durance – Ricky is a freelance copywriter and enthusiastic traveller who is always looking to write for and meet interesting people who share his passion for travel. Ricky names Cambodia and Laos on his list of favorite travel destinations.

One Comment »

  • Melvin says:

    Strange first pic… A hippo with 4 yes! Hey, did you know that a photographer made biiig time money when he sold a photo of the antartica with a complete white (or black… I forgot) penguin?

    A hippo with 4 eyes & 4 ears is quite unique as well! :)

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