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ZIMBABWE

VICTORIA FALLS

 

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world.  It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.

BUMI HILLS - LAKE KARIBA

 

Operation Noah
This wildlife rescue operation from 1958-64 in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) was of biblical proportions and was caused by the creation of Lake Kariba on the Zambezi River. As the gorge was dammed, and the Zambezi Valley flooded, animals were trapped on ever-diminishing islands and more than 6,000 were saved, and relocated to the mainland, by a gallant team of rangers led by the senior warden Rupert Fothergill.

Elephant, rhino, lion, zebra, antelope, warthog and many other species were rescued, even many snakes including the deadly black mamba.

MATOBO HILLS

 
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills, and situated only 45kms from Bulawayo. Tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter between the granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills, echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa where mammal and bird species are prolific. Included here are the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino.

GREAT ZIMBABWE

 
Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutrikwe and the town of Masvingo. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country's Late Iron Age. Construction of the monument and city began in the 11th century and continued until the 15th century. The most widely-accepted modern archaeological theory is that the edifices where erected by the ancestral Shona. The stone city spans an area of 722 hectares (1,780 acres) which at its peak, could have housed up to 18.000 people. It is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Great Zimbabwe is believed to have served as a royal palace for the local monarch. As such, it would have been used as the seat of political power. Among the edifice's most prominent features were its walls, some of which were over five metres high. They were constructed without mortar (dry stone). Eventually, the city was abandoned and fell into ruin.

 

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

 

Hwange National Park is known as one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa, hosting the big 5, a wide selection of wildlife and over 400 bird species, making it a bird watchers haven, especially in the rainy season!

The species that populate the area are large herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, black and white rhino, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, impala, sable, roan, the African Wild Dog and much more.
 

 

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