Zimbabwe’s best national parks

07 Aug 2018

WildlifeZimbabwe is home to 10 national parks, all of which boast diverse attractions and extraordinary wildlife! Here are 4 top choices:

Victoria Falls National Park
Located in North-Western Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls National Park extends along the Zambezi River, offering various viewing spots that open up to the world-famous waterfalls. One of the best is the Cataract view – expect a stunning panoramic sight of the Victoria Falls, often accompanied by the infamous rainbow prism effect. In this park, you’ll come across informative boards and a souvenir shop to pick up some memorabilia on your way out. There is also a café named the Rainforest Café, being ideal for a snack stop. If you’re visiting the park in April, remember to hire a raincoat and umbrella before entering!

Gonarezhou National Park
This park is best known for the large elephant population, hence its name, which literally translates to ‘place of many elephants’. It is the second largest park in Zimbabwe, and arguably the most beautiful. From the iconic sandstone Chilojo Cliffs and rivers, to the baobab trees and palm trees… There is a lot to see here! Additionally, there are 453 kind of bird species and a diverse wildlife.

Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park is home to some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for the balancing rocks that tower over each other. The park is split into two: The Recreational Park – which is known for its scenic viewpoint, named the World’s View – and the Game Park – which is one of the best places to see black and white rhinos, among other animals.

Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is the largest national park in Zimbabwe, and among the largest in Africa. There are around 400 species of bird and 107 types of animal, but the park is mostly known for being home to one of the world’s largest population of elephants – around 40,000. The best time for wildlife viewing is from July to October.