DAYS 23 – 34: ZIMBABWE
Crossing into Zimbabwe – you stop for several days at one of the adventure playgrounds of the world – Victoria Falls. For some, Mosi oa Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”), is one of the highlights of their African safari. From the main road, in the bush 20kms away, a cloud of mist and spray can be seen against the blue sky. As you get closer, a low rumble like thunder can be heard. When you arrive it is a surprise to discover the enormity of Victoria Falls.
One mile wide and hurling over 5 million cubic metres of water a minute into the Zambezi Gorge this is the setting for the most adrenaline fuelled grade 5 white water rafting in the world. There is something here for everyone: A day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, Flight of Angels – a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the falls in a light aircraft or helicopter, Sunset Boat Cruises or a more sedate Canoe trip, to the adrenaline packed Gorge Swing, Abseil or a chance to experience one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world.
After your adrenaline has been spent, it’s a days drive through Matabeleland to Bulawayo. You have the option of leaving the truck for a day to venture into Matobo National Park with a local safari company. Here you will have a unique chance to get out on foot to try and spot the elusive Black Rhino – amongst hordes of other game. There is also the opportunity to visit Cecil Rhodes’ grave and Ancient Rock Paintings.
From Bulawayo you travel across Mashonaland to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins which was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe is derived, literally meaning house of stone. You then continue to Gweru where you visit a privately run horse and game ranch where you can go game viewing on horseback or even take a walk with Lion Cubs! Its your destination for the next few days and always a highlight!
You then make your way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, you will either visit Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens, where you have the opportunity to take a hike through the mountain wilderness area, or hiking to the nearby bridal veil falls, or simply enjoying the stunning surroundings from this sleepy village whilst strolling through the village market.