Zimbabwe is situated on a high plateau in Southern Africa between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. The climate of Zimbabwe is one of the most appealing on the continent, temperate weather conditions prevail all year, moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country.
Throughout the highveld, but most specifically in the ancient-ruins city of Great Zimbabwe, there is compelling evidence of a grand civilization emerging in the late Iron Age, but falling into decline by the 15th century. The Shona and Ndebele tribes subsequently dominated the country before succumbing to British colonial rule, as Rhodesia, in the late 19th century. Although independent since 1980, the country has suffered as a result of its government’s domestic policies and increasing international isolation.
The Eastern Highlands is one of the most magnificent physiographic regions on the African continent, offering wonderful scenery, hiking and fishing. This fabled land is believed to be filled with the voices of the ancestors who can be heard in the still, high mountain air.
In the west the plains of Hwange National Park boast amongst the highest diversity of mammals of any park in the World and provide one of the last great elephant strongholds in Africa.
Zimbabwe has an abundance of water sport activities, from fishing and canoe safaris at Mana Pools to some of the best and most terrifying white-knuckle water rafting in the world. Lake Kariba, a beautiful stretch of water studded with islands and surrounded by mountains and bushveldt, is known for its wildlife, fishing and houseboats. The Zambezi has an exceptional variety of spectacular scenery as well as one of the world’s natural wonders: the Victoria Falls.