Zimbabwe & Victoria Falls

Five Waterfalls

16 different recognised languages.

16 Million People

US Dollar

Located in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. With a population of around 16 million people the country covers 390,759 square kilometres. The most prominently spoken language is English, although there are officially 16 different recognised languages.

The population comprises of various groups with 96% of people belonging to the Shona and Ndebele ethnic groups. With a culture that is renowned for tradition that creates a vibrant and rich experience to visitors, Zimbabwe is an adventure for all the senses.

A strong sense of tradition and performing arts sees the Zimbabwean culture preserved through the art of song and dance. An integral part of the people’s desire to maintain their identity, is experienced through the mesmerising, story-telling dances.

Another well-known part of the Zimbabwean culture are the many forms of art produced by craftsmen and artisans. You will find many examples of these pieces, most commonly stone sculptures, sold in most markets and villages.

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe was previously known as Rhodesia and has been through an extended period of political unrest. In 1953 there were three countries that made up the Central African Federation, of which Rhodesia was one. Established by Britain, this federation was dissolved when the white minority government of Rhodesia declared independence from Britain. The country was officially declared as an independent nation in 1980 when Robert Mugabe came into power and the region took on the name of Zimbabwe.

Varied geography gives Zimbabwe dramatic mountainous areas, vast river valleys, and beautiful forests. A vast choice of landscapes and breathtaking vistas draws visitors to Zimbabwe year after year. Some of the world’s most well-known natural wonders are in this country including Victoria Falls. Named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO site, Victoria Falls attracts tourists from all over the world.

Victoria Falls National Park

The Victoria Falls National Park is located in the Hwange District of Zimbabwe. As home to one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, the park takes its name from the Victoria Falls. This world wonder is considered to be the largest waterfall on the planet. The immensity of the falls, with its huge height and vast width, have gained the site a UNESCO World Heritage accreditation. The falls measure 5,604 feet wide and 304 feet high.

Placed between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the vast Victoria Falls can be viewed from both countries. Supplied by the Zambezi river, Victoria Falls experiences seasonal flooding during February to May.

The Victoria Falls National Park covers all of these falls as well as protected areas around the south and east banks of the Zambezi River and rain forest. Unique vegetation can be explored in the rain forest using the marked trail known as the Zambezi Walkway. Park visitors will be able to experience amazing views of the falls from this trail, as well being able to spot unique wildlife and vegetation along the way.

Tropical plants and many different types of trees create the amazing backdrop of the rain forest. You will be able to see many types of fruit-bearing trees, waterboom trees, and African ebony trees. The park also hosts to many different animal visitors too. Elephants, Hippopotamus, buffalo, and baboons are just some of the wildlife spotted within the Victoria Falls National Park.

Numerous walking trails can be explored within the park and many activities are on offer including:

  • White water rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Helicopter flights 
  • Horseback riding

Things to know:

 

The main currency of Zimbabwe is the US dollar, although you will find many other currencies also accepted. Currencies that are accepted in Zimbabwe include the Euro, Pound Sterling, South African Rand, and Japanese Yen.

Harare is the country’s capital city and also the largest with a population of 1.5 million people. A strong focus and support is placed on the agricultural industry as this produces the countries main exports of sugar, cotton, and tobacco.

Victoria Falls is actually a collection of five waterfalls. The falls that make up the Victoria Falls are the Eastern Cataract Falls in Zambia with the remaining five falls in Zimbabwe. These falls include:

 

  • Main Falls
  • Devil’s Cataract Falls
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Rainbow Falls.