A land of Wildlife & Wonders! An amazingly diverse country of sublime beauty, and a perennial international and local favourite for good reasons. It’s safe and wonderfully welcoming (maybe these are the friendliest people on earth); it has glorious weather and it boasts some of the most prolific wildlife on the planet. The Victoria Falls, as nature’s masterpiece, is the jewel along with remarkable Safaris in authentic unspoilt Africa.
We’re known, for good reason, as the “Sunshine City.” The modern city of 2m people is Zimbabwe’s capital and gateway to the country and region. Spend a few nights here and we’ll surprise you with excellent accommodation of choice, fine restaurants and a buzzing social scene. Many activities – including arts and crafts – will also beguile you, including getting up close to some amazing wildlife on the outskirts of the city.
An archaeological masterpiece of great historical importance to Zimbabwe, and a World Heritage Site, the immense stone city of Great Zimbabwe is located in the south east of the country. It’s an extensive stone ruins city from the iron-age and was at the heart of a great trading nation from the 11th to 15th centuries. The word “Zimbabwe” means “stone houses” from which the nation derives its name.
At Travel Portfolio our team has acclaimed expertise, creating extraordinary bespoke experiences, over 25 years at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, world heritage site and a “must-see-in-your-lifetime” phenomenon. With a new US$150m airport growing as an international gateway, unchallenged as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Victoria Falls is more than twice the size of Niagara and also offers much more than the greatest waterfall on earth.
The wide array of activities range from the sedate “gin-and-tonic” stylish sunset boat cruise on the legendary Zambezi River to extreme adrenaline, such as:
· The most rousing one-day white water rafting in the world
· Canoe the upper Zambezi
· Dramatic 111m bungee with the Falls as your backdrop
· Walk in the wilds with armed professional guide
· Helicopter and microlight flips over the falls and river
· Gorge swings and glides
· 4 x 4 safari drives
· Fascinating cultural tours and crafts
· Luxury boat cruises on the Zambezi
· Tours of Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels, lodges and exclusive camps to 3 and 4 star properties and camping for backpackers.
Hwange National Park
The massive and pristine 14,000 sq. km. park (a few hours’ drive or short flight from Victoria Falls) borders Botswana and boasts superb game densities, including large herds of elephants. All of Hwange’s safari camps offer 4WD game drives and walks with top-class guided who will leave you spellbound.
Mana Pools National Park
One of the most magical and exclusive wildlife areas in Africa with the lower Zambezi as its border. Mana is famous for canoeing but also is absolutely supreme for walking safaris amongst tall woodlands with sparse undergrowth. This is authentic Africa at its most majestic and is a prized UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, the rich black soils make Mana impassable in the rainy season (Nov-Mar) when most lodges close.
Matobo Hills National Park
Located just south of Zimbabwe’s charming second “City of Kings” (Bulawayo) these hills are set into spectacular granite scenery. This is a place to soothe your soul and where you’ll discover a rich history, rock art, wildlife, superb birding (world’s highest concentration of black eagles) and exhilarating walking. While there’s no big game the species include bushbuck, impala, zebra, kudu, giraffe, baboons, monkeys and rock rabbits. Interred in the granite hills, at World’s View, is the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, an area known to the Matabele people as “Malindidzimu”- the ‘place of the benevolent spirits.’
We recommend several small stylish camps set amongst the rocks with sublime vistas. Access is easy, especially short daily flights from Johannesburg. This is a very under-rated, and perhaps not widely-known, area we strongly endorse.
Gonarezhou National Park
A rugged and pristine 5,000 sq. km wilderness with excellent wildlife in the remote south-east of Zimbabwe. This is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that seamlessly links with the famous Kruger National Park of South Africa and the Limpopo National Park of Mozambique. The animals roam free between the three.
Chilo Lodge is an outstanding small property in the area while in the nearby Malilangwe Private Game Reserve lies the exclusive Singita Pamuzinda Lodge whose six chalets are the epitome of luxury and in the “rich and famous” category.