Zimbabwe : 10 amazing attractions in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is home to some of the amazing attractions in Africa. Discover the best places to visit in Zimbabwe with our list of the top tourist attractions in Zimbabwe.

1. Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe, photo by Noli&Nathi

Great Zimbabwe ruins are the remains of an ancient city near modern day Masvingo in Zimbabwe. They are believed to have been built between AD 1250 and AD 1450. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The ruins are a  UNESCO World Heritage site that attract many visitors to see one of the best preserved stone cities in Africa. Read more about Great Zimbabwe. 

2. Chinhoyi Caves

Chinhoyi Caves
Chinhoyi Caves, photo by Viccation

Chinhoyi Caves located about 90 minutes drive from Harare offer a great day out experience for the whole family. The Caves were named after Chief Chinhoyi of the NeMakonde dynasty. Chinhoyi caves are a system of dolomite and limestone caves, linked by a lot of passages. The sleeping pool is the main attraction at Chinhoyi caves because of its crystal deep blue and stagnant water. Other activities to do are game viewing, diving, bird watching and also cultural activities. Read more about Chinhoyi Caves. 

3. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, photo by Cheryl Mallon

Without a doubt the Victoria Falls natural wonder is one of the best natural attractions in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located on Zambezi River which forms the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Activities to do include taking a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River, flying over the falls and bungee jumping. Read more about Victoria Falls. 

4. Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park, photo by The Hide Safari Camp

Hwange Park located on the south west between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls is the biggest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe. The best time to visit Hwange is from July to October when game viewing is at its peak. It is home to large herds of elephant, zebra, buffalo and the Big 5 as well. Zimbabwe’s biggest wildlife reserve was once the royal hunting ground of  King Mzilikazi. It offers a variety of accommodation from caravan sites, tented camps and also safari lodges. Read more about Hwange National Park

5. Binga

Binga
Binga Beach, photo by Binga Girl

Binga is a fishing, boating, adventure and holiday destination located in Matabeleland North. It is home to the Tonga people and also home to the only inland beach in Zimbabwe. It also has a tarred airstrip accessible by small charter aircraft. From the culture, hot springs, sandy beaches and the beautiful sunsets, Binga definitely has a lot to offer you. Read more about Binga

6. Mana Pools

Mana Pools Zimbabwe
Mana Pools, photo by Explore Zimbabwe

Mana Pool National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the north of Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River. It is one of the best safari destinations in Africa with a diverse range of animals and abundant birdlife. The park is one of Zimbabwe’s national treasures which offers the wildest experience of a lifetime. There are few places in Africa like Mana Pools where one can get close to animals in their own habitat. In terms of accommodation there are luxury safari camps, mobile safaris camps and also lodges to choose from. Also read Top 10 Nationals Parks to visit in Africa

7. Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou
Gonarezhou, photo by Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Located in south eastern Zimbabwe Gonarezhou is Zimbabwe’s second largest national park after Hwange. Gonarezhou means ‘Place of the Elephant’ and was proclaimed a game reserve in 1968. The national park stays true to its name as it is famous for being home to a lot of elephants. In addition to the elephants Gonarezhou is also home to other wild animals such as the lion, leopards and giraffe. Gonarezhou is also linked to Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Read more about Gonarezhou National Park.

8. Eastern Highlands

Mutarazi Falls
Mutarazi Falls, photo by Thobeka Majozi

The Eastern Highlands is a mountain range made up of Nyangani, Bvumba and also Chimanimani. At 2 592m Nyangani mountain is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe. It is located within the breathtakingly scenic forests of the Nyanga National Park. In addition Nyanga is also home to Africa’s second longest waterfall, Mutarazi Falls. Honde Valley is also a must visit destination when you visit that part of Zimbabwe. Read more about the Eastern Highlands. 

9. Kariba Dam, Zimbabwe

Kariba Dam Zimbabwe
Kariba, photo by Kariba Holidays

Kariba Dam is the largest man-made lake in the world. It is located approximately halfway down the mighty Zambezi River. In addition it is home to the famous tiger fish and Kariba bream goes beyond your usual imagination. Like the Victoria Falls Kariba Dam is also located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Built between 1955 and 1959 Kariba Dam is also the main source of power in Zimbabwe. You can look forward to beautiful sunsets, fishing activities and game viewing by boat. Also read more about Lake Kariba now. 

10. Matopos National Park

Matopo Hills Zimbabwe
Matopo Hills, photo by Albrecht Fietz

Lastly on our list of amazing attractions in Zimbabwe is Matopos National Park. Located in southwest Zimbabwe it is a major tourist attraction also known as Matobo National Park. Matopos, meaning ‘bald heads’, was the name chosen for the area by the great Ndebele King, Mzilikazi.  Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi. The Matobo Hills UNESCO World Heritage Site have one of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa dating back at least 13,000 years. Also read more about Matopos National Park.

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