In the local language Gona-re-zhou means ” refuge for Elephants”. Located in the south – eastern corner of Zimbabwe this is the second largest game reserve spanning over 5,000 square kilometres. The region is known for its baobab trees ( also known as the upside down tree) , scrublands and sandstone cliffs. This game reserve borders the Kruger National Park in South Africa and wildlife reserves in Mozambique. Because there is no fencing between the countries, wild animals move freely between the parks. The Mwenezi, Save and Runde rivers wind through this hot and arid lowveld region supporting a wide range of species including the King Cheetah, Nyala and rare Suni antelope. The “Big Four, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo are also found here. Many years ago during the bush war the Elephant in this area were hunted by poachers and guerillas and as a result these great beasts are understandably shyer than anywhere else in the country and notoriously aggressive. Due to the remoteness of the region Gonarezhou is one of the few parks in Africa where you can still enjoy an African camping safari as it was 100 years ago. The park is only accessible from May 1 through Ocober 31 and your activities will include game viewing, walking safaris, viewing of the cliffs at Chilojo, Makonda Pool and Mwatomba Pool, Natural water pans (offers great opportunities for bird watchers), Chibilila Falls (over 600 metres wide and 7 metres deep) and Duguvi Falls.
Situated approximately 20 miles from the town of Masvingo in south eastern Zimbabwe are some of the most amazing relics of man made structures in all of Africa. This spectacular formation consists of rectangular granite stones that are packed into dry stone walling making the Great Zimbabwe Ruins truly awe inspiring. Among Africas most complex and well-preserved archaeological sites, the ruins are thought to be the remains of a royal stronghold built by the Karanga throughout the period from the 11th to the 15th century. The ruins are spread over a 200 square mile area set in a rugged valley surrounded by kopjes ( hills ).Hotels and camping sites are located near by for the visitor while experiencing this World Heritage Site.
This game reserve on the shores of Lake Kariba is one of the lesser known wilderness areas in Africa. Covering over 338,000 acres Matusadona is known for having the second highest concentration of wild lions in all of Africa. This could be attributed to the great herds of buffalo found in this wilderness. Herds of up to 1000 strong often congregate along the Kariba shoreline during the dry season. Matusadona is one of several protected wildlife areas that lies along Lake Kariba and is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhinoceros. While at Matusadona, your activities will include boating adventures, game drives, and walks through the bushveld with your highly skilled, Professional guide. Get ready to embark on one of the most exhilarating experiences in all of Africa as you and your guide track down Elephant, Black Rhino, Lion and Buffalo in this secluded wilderness.
Hwange National Park located in North Western Zimbabwe has among the highest diversity of mammals for any Game Reserve in the World with over 108 species. The park also boasts over 400 species of bird and some 50 species of raptor. This great animal kingdom covers over 14,600 square kilometers, bigger than the country of Belgium. Hwange offers our visitors the opportunity to witness over 40,000 Elephant that inhabit this wild kingdom. The park also has large concentrations of antelope and predators including Lion, Leopard, Cape Hunting Dogs and Hyena. During the early morning or at sunset in Hwange it is not unusual to see Cape Buffalo herds numbering over 400 individuals. To travel through Hwange National Park today is to witness what much of the interior of Africa might have been like more than 200 years ago.
Between Zimbabwe and Zambia the mighty Zambezi river has slowly carved a deep valley through some of Africa’s most ancient rocks. This area of flat valley floors and great rift walls is referred to as the Zambezi Valley. This vast area is known for its inaccessible terrain and its abundance of wildlife year round. It is an area of heart stopping beauty , vast sweeping savannas graced with ancient trees that are home to the areas magnificent birdlife in cluding crowned eagles, black eagles and Pel’s fishing owl. A number of National Parks sweep through the Zambezi Valley including the Chizarira National Park which is one of Zimbabwe’s least known Parks. The diverse range of habitats found within Chizarira contributes to the wide range of animals and plants that live here. We provide walking safaris with one of our Professional Guides through this region covering some 500,000 acres which is mainly catered towards the nature enthusiast looking for an amazing wilderness experience.
Added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984, Mana Pools has some of the most abundant concentrations of Wildlife in all of Africa. Lying along the shores of the Zambezi river the Mana Pools is a region where the river slows and spreads out into a multitude of small ponds and pools. During the dry season the Mana Pools attract amazing concentrations of wildlife. Part of a 10,500 square kilometre Parks and wildlife Estate the waters from the Zambezi and lush vegetation attract amazing numbers of Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe and a variety of antelope species. Not far behind are the predators including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and Cape Hunting Dogs. We provide luxury, walking and canoe safaris through the Mana Pools which are a truly amazing experience.
The mighty Victoria Falls or as the locals call it ” Mosi-O-Tunya” (The Smoke that thunders) is absolutely breathtaking and deserves its spot as Africa’s Number 1 tourist attraction. One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest curtain of falling water on earth the Victoria Falls is not just another attraction while on your safari. The Victoria Falls is over 1700 meters wide ( over 1 mile ) and drops over 100 meters into the Zambezi gorge and an avearge of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. Because of its status as a “World Heritage Site” any modernization has been restricted and the Falls remains in its natural state. Countless activities are offered during your stay including helicopter rides, elephant back trails, walking with the lions, white water rafting, bungee jumping, boat safaris, canoe and kayaking or houseboat and more. In addition, cultural activities add to the excitement of your time in the Victoria Falls.
The Matopos Hills in Western Zimbabwe where Cecil John Rhodes and King Mzilikazi were both laid to rest are covered with huge bare granite hills (kopjes) that have gravity defying boulders all across across the African bushveld. The hills cover an area of some 3100 square kilometres boasting the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black eagle anywhere in the world. Over 88 mammal species have been recorded in the Matopos including the White and Black Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Klipspringer, and Baboon. The park also attracts visitors to its thousands of rock paintings, many of which are still well preserved. The Matopos has always been viewed as a center for religious activity by the local Ndebele people who inhabit the surrounding areas. Come and experience the beauty as you explore this majestic African kingdom.