Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventure or some serious rest and relaxation (or perhaps a little bit of both) Zimbabwe is the place to find it. This beautiful country may be famous for its waterfalls and wandering game, but it’s also full of culture and off-the-beaten-track trails. Get inspired for what’s to come with our guide to things to do in Zimbabwe, and remember that we can arrange anything and everything that takes your fancy.

Fly Over Victoria Falls

The magnificent Victoria Falls are top of the list for most travellers to Zimbabwe, and rightfully so. This vast expanse of falling water is the biggest in the world, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (literally, ‘the smoke that thunders’). But why limit yourself to seeing these incredible waterfalls from just one angle? We can arrange a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, whisking you away from the crowds and offering a completely different perspective of this stunning spectacle. When you’re back on land, head to the iconic Stanley’s Bar in the Victoria Falls Hotel to relive the magic over a signature cocktail.

Experience White Water Rafting

White water rafting is the ultimate activity for thrill seekers, and Zimbabwe is the perfect place to try it. The Zambezi is considered one of the best places in the world for this exhilarating sport – think challenging rapids and exciting runs interspersed with tranquil pools. The rapids here are grades three to five, meaning the experience isn’t for the faint hearted. Leave your valuables at the hotel and prepare for hours of adventure on one of the world’s wildest rivers.

Try a Walking Safari

With over 350 mammal species and 500 species of birds, safaris are a must when visiting Zimbabwe. Game drives are an excellent way to cover a lot of ground, but for a completely different experience, try exploring the savannah on foot. Mana Pools National Park is one of the best places to do this, offering the chance to walk through open woodland along the course of the Zambezi. On the glittering shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park is another excellent spot for walking safaris. The guides in Zimbabwe are extremely knowledgeable about their country, and will lead you safely through the bush as you take in the sights and sounds of the plains, coming up close to elephants, wild dogs and even lions. Walking safaris are a chance to feel truly connected to your surroundings, an experience that’s not to be missed.

Enjoy High Tea

It’s no secret that this country is brimming with adventure, but luckily there are also ample things to do in Zimbabwe that involve relaxing and rejuvenating. After a visit to Victoria Falls, an early game drive or a morning spent travelling, what could be better than indulging in the luxury of high tea. This refined experience usually includes pastries, scones, sandwiches and of course tea, though you might prefer to treat yourself to something stronger. There are plenty of places to enjoy high tea in Zimbabwe, including at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel with a view of Victoria Falls Bridge, and in the savannah as you watch elephants drink from a nearby watering hole.

Take a Sunset Cruise Along the Zambezi

Picture yourself floating peacefully along the Zambezi River as the sky takes on golden glows and fiery orange hues. A sunset cruise is the perfect way to end a day of exploration in Zimbabwe, passing by Victoria Falls and keeping your eyes peeled for hippos, elephants and crocodiles, all with a drink in hand. Need we say more?

Hike in the Eastern Highlands

Less popular with travellers than Zimbabwe’s safari parks, the Eastern Highlands reveal a completely different side to the country. Because of their elevation, the highlands have a cooler and wetter climate than Zimbabwe’s lower-lying areas, allowing for different flora and fauna to flourish. Rolling hills, rivers and waterfalls make for sensational views, all surrounded by fresh mountain air which is the perfect temperature for walking and hiking. The Eastern Highlands are home to the country’s highest peak, Mount Nyanganu, along with many rare plant and animal species that provide an enchanting setting for exploration.

Explore the Ruins of Great Zimbabwe

This UNESCO World Heritage Site belonged to the Bantu civilisation of the Shona, a southern African people who primarily live in Zimbabwe. Now a collection of ruins, Great Zimbabwe was an important trading city between the 11th and 15th centuries. During your visit, learn about the area’s culture and history, marvel at the height of stone walls built hundreds of years ago, and explore the largest collection of ruins south of the Sahara. There’s also a museum where you can see fragments of Persian pottery, brass ornaments and other international treasures found at the site. Great Zimbabwe is a significant source of pride for Zimbabwean people, an example of the skill, ingenuity and engineering expertise of the people who came before them.

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