Situated on the eastern edge of the Kalahari Desert, Zimbabwe’s Hwange Natural Park is its premier wildlife area and the dry home to one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. Its ecological diversity guarantees large numbers of game year-round along with excellent birding. Hwange is best known for its predator sightings: lion, leopard, wild dog, and cheetah, along with smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Hwange is also known for its dense elephant population.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its intense natural beauty and abundant wildlife, Mana Pools is another spectacular park. After plunging over Victoria Falls and filling Lake Kariba, the Zambezi River opens up, becoming a fertile floodplain with four main pools and several smaller pools. Set in the heart of the lush Zambezi Valley, the area boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants and buffalo in Africa during the dry season.
It is not uncommon for a trip to Victoria Falls to be on the top of a visitor’s bucket list, especially if its their first time to Africa. In Zimbabwe, guests are able to explore the majestic Falls on a footbridge close enough to be drenched by the warm mist or from an aerial viewpoint on a helicopter tour. The breathtaking waterfall, considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world, is certainly worth a visit.