Once referred to as the Breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has undergone an economic collapse. Nevertheless, after a decade of controversies and turmoil, things are finally lookinf up for the Southern African country with tourism, today, playing a major role in the country. This landlocked nation, perched between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers and is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east and northeast.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the dynamic capital - Harare. It is the country's commercial and industrial centre. It is a beautiful city, featuring flowering trees, colourful parks and contemporary architecture. Some of the attractions include a plethora of museums, art galleries and craft markets. Owing to its gentle climate, Harare is also referred to as the 'Sunshine City'. A trip to Zimbabwe is incomplete without catching a glimpse of the magnificent Victoria Falls. Forming part of the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, it is one of Africa's well-known natural wonders and one of the globe's most remarkable waterfalls.
Zimbabwe is big on natural beauty. Be sure to visit the incredible Nyanga National Park. Located in the beautiful mountain range that encompasses the eastern part of Zimbabwe, this one is packed with high grasslands, luscious jungles, gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs and gorgeous lakeside cottages. A lot of birdlife can be glimpsed in the park. Also, do head over to the Zambezi National Park. This picturesque reserve has abundant wild-life and is a great place for canoeing safari.
Don't miss out on the beauty that is Mana Pools National Park. It is renowned to be one of Zimbabwe's most stunning national park. Four out of the 'Big Five' can be seen in the reserve. There is a plethora of birdlife and the park is a fantastic place for fishing. It would be a crime to not visit Hwange National Park while touring in Zimbabwe. It is one of the country's biggest parks, spanning 14,620 sq km (5,644 sq miles). It has varied and diverse wildlife with the 'Big Five' being spotted there. It's regarded as one of the last of the great elephant sanctuaries in Africa. It was also the home of the late Cecil the Lion.
Any visit to Zimbabwe would be complete only after you catch a glimpse of the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, the biggest complex of ruins in Africa, south of the Egyptian pyramids. These wondrous and extensive stone residuals are what remains of a mighty city-state that thrived between the 13th and 15 centuries, trading in gold.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for items such as copper, wooden and soapstone carvings, gameskin and leather products, pottery and basketwork. As for cuisine, do indulge in local fare such as Sadza (A stiff maize meal porridge eaten with meat or stew) and Nhedzi (A rich wild mushroom soup).
The stay options in Zimbabwe are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments being available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Zimbabwe experiences tropical climate with several local variations. The best time to visit would be April to May and August to September for the temperatures are relatively pleasant during this period.