Zimbabwe National Parks
Chimanimani National Park
Chimanimani National Park is located on the eastern side of Zimbabwe and borders
with Mozambique. The main focal point of this Park is the Chimanimani mountain
range, superb for walkers and hikers and one of the only national parks in the
country where you can walk unaccompanied.
Chizarira National Park
The Chizarira National Park lies astride the Zambezi Escarpment and known as
Zimbabwe's most scenic park with its steep gorges, high plateau region and Busi
flood plain all offering panoramic views. The park is remote with difficult
access but very wild and rich in wildlife, mammals found in this park include
elephant, leopards, lions, warthogs and a numerous species of antelope.
Gonarezhou National Park
Lying in the south eastern part of the country and an extension of South Africas'
Kruger National Park is the Gonarezhou National Park which covers an area of
5,000 sq. kms. The parks landscapes are impressive and the areas around the
Mwanezi, Save and Runde rivers are where most the game can be found.
Hwange National Park
Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest national park covering an area of over 14,500 sq.
kms located on the west, bordering with Botswana. The park is the country's
most premier game viewing area being easily accessible and also most visited
although its not too overcrowded. The park holds the largest variety of animals
and over 400 species of birds including elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hyena,
lion, leopard, cheetah, a variety of antelope such as Sable, Kudu and Impala.
An enormous man-made waterway, covering an area of over 6500 sq kms, Lake Kariba
was completed in 1958, for the purpose of providing the country with much needed
hydro-electricity. The lake has since developed into one of Zimbabwe's greatest
water playground with water skiing, sailing and fishing being big sports. Although
swimming is not advisable due to the huge number of crocodiles and elephants
that abound the lake and shores.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools lies in the norther tip of the country bordering with Zambia. The
name "Mana" means four which is reference to the parks four pools
situated around the parks headquarters. The park is wild, fairly remote and
natural. Walking around the park is allowed, the park is closed to motor vehicles
during the raining season and is accessible by foot or boat.
Matopos National Park
The park offers a fine combination of history, scenery and wildlife, is famed
for being the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, which lies on the top of Malindidzimu
Mountain, which Rhodes named "View of the World". Throughout the park
are numerous caves, with paintings by ancient bushmen, depicting the life that
existed in the area many thousands of years before Zimbabwe was every discovered.
Matusadona National Park
As well at being set next to the southern shores of Lake Kariba, the Zambezi
Escarpment runs along the Matusadona National Park border, providing a combination
of flat plains rising high and wild mountain country. The park has a fair amount
of wildlife including large herds of Buffalo and elephants as well as a large
number of fish eagles.
Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National Park adjoins with the Mtarazi Falls National Park and is a favourite
with visitors from Harare becoming a popular weekend destination. Its located,
in the Eastern Highlands, provides some beautiful scenes, plenty of waterfalls
and Zimbabwe's highest mountain, Mt. Nyangani.
Victoria Falls Park
Regarded as one of the worlds' most spectacular natural wonders, Victoria Falls
spreads 1,700 wide and is an awesome sight as it falls into the gorge below.
There a lots of tracks around the rim that lead you to good viewing sports.
The most dramatic of which is Cataract View, Danger Point is also superb, but
the trek to it can be extremely slippery. By far the best view to be had of
the falls is from the air, and if your budget allows - it's not to be missed.
Zambezi National Park
Bordering with Zambia the Zambezi National Park has 40kms of the impressive
Zambezi River running through it, making the park rich in wildlife, mopane forest
and savannah. Game found within the park consists of hippo, elephant, giraffe,
sable and other species of antelope, zebra, buffalo amongst others. Game Drives,
Game Walks and Horse Riding is available.
Zimbabwe National Parks