Zimbabwe also known as "Rhodesia" is situated in southern Africa and is famous for its beautiful landscapes and the diversity of its wildlife. With its national parks and rivers, many opportunities exist for a great holiday or safari tour in this landlocked country. The following are eight recommended locations to choose from, away from the major cities and in diverse and beautiful locations.

1) Victoria Falls

Traveling to Zimbabwe and failing to soak yourself at the famous Victoria Falls is like getting to the bathroom and then coming out without wetting your hands. Um… impossible, right? In short, Victoria Falls is a “must see” tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. Named after the well-known explorer, David Livingstone, the falls attract the bulk of Zimbabwean tourists from different corners of the world.

Preferably, most people visit the falls between July and August, when the weather is dry and there’s no mist to obscure their view. But hey, before you get too excited to book the next flight and visit the falls, remember to carry a light rain coat to at least protect yourself from falls’ sprays. The Victoria Falls are located on the Zambezi River and are a glorious view shared by both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Not only is the falls a magnificent sight, but there is also much opportunity for adventure sports in the area, including bungee jumping, bridge swinging and zip lining from the Victoria Falls Bridge. You can also enjoy whitewater rafting through some of the best white water rapids in the world. For those a little less daring, some great options include boat cruises or kayaking on the Zambezi River and wonderful helicopter flights over the falls.

2) River Zambezi

For pure adventure, consider visiting river Zambezi near Victoria Falls. Here, you’ll definitely have a number of breath-taking fun activities like rafting and triggerfish fishing. After that, you can enjoy climbing out of Bakota George, just to enjoy an ice-cold refreshment drink usually served at the restaurants nearby.

The fourth largest river flowing up to 2700 kilometers is the Zambezi river in Africa. Zambezi river is the best place for tiger fishing, from September to April. Summers are the best months for fishing as the fish feed in these months the more. Fishing is usually done at Kiambi Lower Zambezi. Here one can be provided with all types of facilities including luxurious accommodations to cottages and best camps. Boats are provided for fishing with a boatman and cooler boxes fixed in. the place is visited early in the morning. A huge number of tourists visit this place every year.

3) Chinhoyi Caves

Just along Harare Lusaka road, you’ll find the breath-taking Chinhoyi caves. Apart from being a great attraction on its own for feasting your eyes, these caves also conceal an underground lake found 50 meters below the ground surface.

The caves have a mysterious, eerie atmosphere about them, perhaps because the water is so deep and still. You’ll feel a tingle down your spine when you hear about their history too: Legend says that an outlaw named Nyamakwere murdered many victims here by throwing them into the Silent Pool. A headman named Chinhoyi eventually defeated Nyamakwere and then became a chief. It is after him that the nearby town of Chinhoyi was named. Later, Chief Chinhoyi and his followers used the caves as a refuge from raiding tribes.

4) The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Masvingo Province

It is Zimbabwe’s one of the ancient archaeological sites which is believed to be the city constructed by Gokomere culture in 11th century. Later this site was settled in 14th century, which is now turned into a ruin. here some walls can be seen with height of above, then 5 meters, which are not joined by mortars. this property of almost 750 hectare is divided into three groups named Hill Ruins, the Great enclosure and the Valley Ruins. first group include several layers of human settlements. second group includes a variety of blocks arranged in a regular courses made up of granite and the third group is a series of living organizations.it is a best place to visit in Zimbabwe.

5) National Herberium and Botanic Gardens, Harare

This is a 58 hectare garden is one of the best research center containing 500,000 plant species and has 900 trees and shrubs. it has a diverse variety of species from southern Africa. It has sections of trees containing Lowveld, Highveld and Eastern Highlands. It has plants from the regions that have climatic conditions similar to Zimbabwe. It has also an educational institute which provides information about the Zimbabwean flora. It is a great place to spend a day.

6)Hwange National Park, Metabeleland North

Hwange National Park in one of the best tourist places in Zimbabwe, covering an area of 14,651 km which was founded in 1928 and constructed near the Kalahari desert. It is located between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. This area is dry and has a lack of water during winter months but during the wet summer months the park become lush green. It has almost 500 species of animals, birds and huge number of elephants which make it an important place for predators. It has many camping and picnic sites which attract the tourist even more. This park can be explored by walking or using animal trails. It is one of the best places in Zimbabwe to visit.

7) Harare

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe with an area of 370.9 sq meter and elevation of 1,490 feet. It is the most populated city of Zimbabwe which was founded in 1890. Due to its presence at high altitudes it has a subtropical highland climate. This huge city has a number of outskirts to visit which should not be skipped by the tourists like Chapungu Sculpture Park, Zimbabwe Museum and National Heroes Acre. It is a one of the largest commercial city of Zimbabwe which is popular in trading for the variety of products including Cotton, Maize, Tobacco and Citrus fruits. It is the city where gold is mined and has many industries like chemical industry, steel industry and textile industry.

8) Matopos National Park

Even though Matapos national park houses a significant number of wild animals, it is internationally known for an array of anthropological and geological features. As part of the geological attractions, the park is noted for having granitic boulders that are neatly and precariously balanced on top of each other, and then preserved by Bushmen paintings. Furthermore, this national park was the burial ground for Cecil Rhodes–a South African Prime Minister and explorer during the colonial period.

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