5 reasons to visit Zimbabwe

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country bordering South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. It’s an up and coming holiday destination with a warm climate, fascinating history and culture, an abundance of national parks and world heritage sites, spectacular African sunsets, and exceptional game viewing opportunities – all of which can be enjoyed without the crowds. Zimbabwe offers the perfect holiday for families, friends, and even solo travellers. This is why you should plan a luxury holiday to Zimbabwe today:


World Heritage Sites

Zimbabwe is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Mana Pools National Park, Matobos National Park, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, and Victoria Falls – which is also one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water on earth, and is affectionately known by the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (The Smoke that Thunders) after the shimmering mist clouds that hover mysteriously over the roaring falls. You can walk all the way to the edge for a spectacular view or venture into the Zambian side to brave a swim in Devil’s Pool, a natural rock pool on the very edge of the waterfall which is only open during the dry season (mid-August to mid-January).



Adventure tourists will be in their element in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is often referred to as the Adventure Capital of the World and has plenty to offer the thrill seeker and family adventurer. You can look forward to exciting activities such as walking with lions, gorge swinging, ziplining, horse riding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, micro-lighting, helicopter flights, elephant back rides, and bridge walks.


The landscape

Zimbabwe is a sparse and beautiful landscape of undulating plateaus and mountains scattered with iconic umbrella thorn trees, baobabs, euphorbias, and thorny acacia bushveld. You’ll enjoy some of the most spectacular African sunrises and sunsets in Zimbabwe that will be imprinted in your memory for years to come.


Exceptional safaris

Zimbabwe is a truly magical place to observe game up close. The vast landscape has a large concentration of wildlife. With 108 mammal species and 400 species of birds, Hwange National Park has the highest animal diversity of any national park in the world. Zimbabwe is also one of the best places in the world to see the Big 5 which can be enjoyed the traditional way (in a vehicle) or in a canoe. Sunset booze cruises are also popular for enjoying the beauty of the vegetation and wildlife from the river. What’s more, Zimbabwe is known for having some of the most qualified guides in Africa. Having undergone rigorous training, they are experts in their field and have a wealth of knowledge and a contagious passion for the country they are more than willing to share.


The people

One of the most striking things you will notice while on holiday in Zimbabwe is how friendly the locals are. Zimbabweans have a deep sense of pride in their country and their identity. With rich and diverse cultures ranging from Shona to Ndebele, they are known for being one of the most welcoming populations in the world, offering top quality hospitality with a smile. In fact, the Zimbabwe smile is worth its weight in gold – it could almost be used as currency.


Zimbabwe is the ultimate luxury holiday destination with plenty of exciting adventures to discover. Pack your bags and book your Zimbabwe holiday today!

Ash Sofat is Chief Executive at Somak Holidays.

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Comments (7)

  1. Some obvious reasons to visit Zimbabwe which is mainly known for Victoria Falls and its wildlife… and I would like to visit Zimbabwe for my love for beautiful waterfalls…

  2. Randy Ross says:

    We were in Zimbabwe in February of 2014 and loved it. Victoria Falls is truly impressive and we loved staying at the Victoria Falls hotel.

  3. Your description and reasons to visit Zimbabwe sound enticing and I have always fascinated.

    However, I am torn between being a tourist and giving the government more opportunity for taking the wealth of its land and people.

    Am I naive or too idealistic? Or is it possible to be a vacationer without supporting an oppressive regime? Or is that inaccurate journalism? What’s the real story?

  4. Perseus says:

    “However, I am torn between being a tourist and giving the government more opportunity for taking the wealth of its land and people”

    This sadly is a concern shared by a lot of people and it is a shame because the truth is that all the national parks, places of interest and historical sites, though owned by the government in name, are maintaned by citizens and the profits or income from them, paying for wages. So in short, go be a tourist and spend happily knowing that the money is used by the people you are giving it to.

  5. Samantha says:

    Zimbabwe looks amazing and the pictures are amazing. I would love flying above and looking down at the landscape. Sounds breathtaking. Thanks for a great post and great pictures.

  6. Swati Saroha says:

    Victoria fall is one the enticing places in the world and hence it has been added in the list of the seven wonders pf the world. I am very excited to take a trip to Zimbabwe

  7. Beth says:

    Thank you for this article. Zimbabwe is a very special African destination and has so much to offer. Tourists in the past have stayed away because they think this will help Zimbabwe’s politics when the truth is they will not make a difference in that arena. However, tourists to bring income to people working on the ground in Zimbabwe – in hotels, safari camps, restaurants and craft industries.

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