Blessed with a staggering array of natural wonders, Zimbabwe was once Africa’s leading safari destination. Sadly, years of political and economic unrest effectively took it off radar, and for a time it was all but non-existent on the travel pages. Happily, it is now firmly back on the map and can provide all the classic African highlights and more, often at a better price than neighbouring Botswana or South Africa. Its largest national park is Hwange, home to arguably the country’s richest density of wildlife including vast herds of elephants.
Farther north lie the breathtaking landscapes of Mana Pools National Park, with its captivating views of the Lower Zambezi and the African Rift Valley escarpment beyond. Highly regarded as quite possibly Africa’s premier walking destination, the addition of some of the finest guides on the continent makes this a naturalist's paradise.
The combination of the mighty Zambezi and the vast waters of Lake Kariba mean that opportunities to canoe and fish are also plentiful, whilst culture buffs shouldn't miss an opportunity to explore a few of the 3,000 Khoisan rock art sites scattered among the Matobo Hills. And finally, of course, don't go home without seeing the world's largest sheet of falling water and experiencing one or two of the activities that Victoria Falls has to offer.
Take a walk along the path at the top of the gorge above Victoria Falls National Park – the views of the falls are incredible.