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From the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe and wilderness of Hwange National Park, to the majestic cascades of Victoria Falls, visit the wonders of Zimbabwe.

About Zimbabwe

From the majestic Victoria Falls to its beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, Zimbabwe offers something for everyone.

Whether you are an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply interested in exploring new destinations, Zimbabwe is definitely worth a visit.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Countries neighbouring Zimbabwe: Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Travel Map Mapping Zimbabwe

Map of Zimbabwe

Map of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country with a complex history and diverse culture, facing both opportunities and challenges as it strives for economic development and political stability.

Named after Cecil Rhodes, a British imperialist, Zimbabwe was formerly the British colony of Southern Rhodesia, and later Rhodesia.

The colony gained independence from British rule in 1980.

Zimbabwe Overview

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, bordered by Zambia to the north-west, Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south, and Botswana to the south-west.

Capital and Major Cities

The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare.

Other major cities include Bulawayo, Mutare, and Gweru.


Despite its natural resources and potential for development, Zimbabwe faces numerous challenges, including political instability, corruption, unemployment, and poverty.

Reforms are necessary to address these issues and unlock the country's full potential.


Zimbabwe has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from various indigenous groups such as the Shona and Ndebele peoples.

Traditional music, dance, and art play significant roles in Zimbabwean culture.

The country is also known for its vibrant festivals and celebrations.


Zimbabwe's economy is diverse, with agriculture, mining, and tourism being significant sectors.

The country has abundant mineral resources, including gold, platinum, and diamonds, which contribute to its economy.

The country was once considered the breadbasket of Africa, due to its thriving agricultural sector, but it has faced economic challenges in recent decades; including hyperinflation and unemployment.


The country has a complex history marked by colonisation, the struggle for independence, and subsequent political and economic challenges.


English is the official language of Zimbabwe, but indigenous languages such as Shona and Sindebele are widely spoken.


Zimbabwe has experienced political turmoil, particularly under the long presidency of Robert Mugabe, who ruled from independence in 1980 until he was ousted in 2017.

Mugabe's rule was marked by authoritarianism, economic mismanagement, and human rights abuses.

Following his ousting, Emmerson Mnangagwa became president, promising reforms and economic recovery.

Wildlife and Tourism

Zimbabwe boasts diverse wildlife and natural beauty, including several national parks such as Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park, which are popular destinations for tourists interested in safaris and wildlife viewing.

Visiting Zimbabwe

From stunning natural beauty to vibrant cultural heritage, Zimbabwe offers plenty for visitors to experience in southern Africa.

Remember to respect local customs and traditions during your visit, and always prioritise responsible tourism practices to minimize your impact on the environment and support local communities.

Eastern Highlands

Experience the beauty of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands, a mountain range comprising Nyanga, Bvumba, and Chimanimani.

Nyanga National Park, with its scenic forests and Africa's second-longest waterfall, Mutarazi Falls, offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and stunning panoramic views.

Great Zimbabwe

Delve into the country's rich history by visiting the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

This ancient city was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the impressive stone structures that provide a glimpse into the rich history and architectural prowess of the Shona civilisation.

Marvel at the intricate maze of walls and towering structures that date back to the 11th to 15th centuries.


Zimbabwe's capital city is a vibrant hub of culture, art, and history.

Map of Harare
Map of Harare.

Explore local markets such as Mbare Musika and the Avondale Flea Market for unique crafts and souvenirs.

Don't miss the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences for insights into the country's cultural heritage.

Hwange National Park

Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange National Park is the oldest and largest game reserve in Zimbabwe.

Covering a vast expanse, Hwange is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos.

Safari experiences here are exceptional, offering opportunities for game drives, walking safaris, and even nighttime game viewing.

Local Cuisine

Zimbabwean cuisine is diverse and flavourful, drawing influences from various cultures including Shona, Ndebele, and British.

Be sure to try traditional dishes like sadza (a maize porridge), nyama (meat) dishes, and local specialties such as biltong (dried and cured meat) and mupunga unedovi (rice cooked with peanut butter).

Mana Pools National Park

For a more remote and wild safari experience, head to Mana Pools, situated along the banks of the Zambezi River.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its beautiful landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the opportunity for walking safaris; which offer a unique perspective on the African bush.

 Encounter elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species in their natural habitat.

Matobo National Park

Located near Bulawayo, Matobo National Park is known for its unique rock formations and ancient San rock art.

The park is a haven for hikers, nature lovers, and history enthusiasts alike.

Keep an eye out for rhinos, as the park is one of the last sanctuaries for both black and white rhinoceros in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls

One of the most iconic natural wonders in the world, Victoria Falls is a must-visit.

Known as 'The Smoke that Thunders', Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

You can view the falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides.

The Zimbabwean side offers some of the best viewpoints and a range of activities such as bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and helicopter rides over the falls.

Travel in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, and the numerous game parks are like a magnet for more and more visitors to Zimbabwe; made more attractive by a well developed infrastructure and hotels of international standard.

The official language of Zimbabwe is English, with Shona and Ndebele being the most important of the African languages.p>

The Shona people make up a large proportion of the population.

Enter Zimbabwe:
Getting to Zimbabwe, and other information for tourists.

Zimbabwe Cities:
Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe is in the south-west of the country, and has a train line to Victoria Falls. Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Lodging and Tours::
TrTravel Notes makes it easier for you to plan your visit to Zimbabwe by giving you some suggestions of where to stay and listing a selection of tour operators available online.

Zimbabwe News:
Keep abreast of what's happening in Zimbabwe with these news resources.

Zimbabwe Regions:
There's so much to explore in Zimbabwe and we hope that these resources help you discover them.

Zimbabwe Wildlife:
Wildlife areas, photo safaris, and trophy hunting. Enjoy the excitement of Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority is the regulatory body responsible for promoting tourism in the country, and there are several tour operators and hotels that can provide assistance and information to tourists.

Zimbabwe Maps and Travel Guides

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