Zimbabwe, home to some of Africa’s most diverse and scenic national parks, makes an ideal destination for travelers eager to get outdoors, track wild game, and spot rare and beautiful species of African birds. Here are some of the country’s must-see national parks.
Victoria Falls National Park
Spanning some 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) along the Zambezi River, this lush rainforest reserve boasts views of the famous falls and well-marked hiking trails. Most tours of the national park include the big attractions: Victoria Falls Bridge, Devil’s Pool, and several lookout points.
Hwange National Park
The largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is home to more than 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, making it ideal for a game drive or a horseback safari. Most day tours to the park leave from Victoria Falls, about a 2.5-hour drive.
Matobo National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matobo National Park is known for its majestic granite formations known as kopjes. A hidden gem of Zimbabwe, this park offers more in the way of landscape than wildlife, including the chance to see ancient San rock art caves. It’s also one of the best spots in the country to see black and white rhinos.
Gonarezhou National Park
The name of this national park translates as “place of many elephants,” and that’s just what you come to see in the southeastern Zimbabwe park, along with hundreds of species of birds that gather near the park’s pools and oases to drink. Both walking and driving safaris are permitted within the park.
Mana Pools National Park
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park ranks among the best parks on the African continent thanks to its wide range of mammals, aquatic wildlife, and some 350 species of birds.