Zimbabwe will capture your heart!
This beautiful country with its friendly people features in many news bulletins over the years for a variety of controversial subjects. However, there are zero controversies when it comes to its nature and exquisite scenery. My (Jany Adams) first experience was one of amazement over the sheer beauty of what Zimbabwe has on offer. And that includes its warm-hearted people.
No doubt, the country is associated with the majestic Victoria Falls which is the largest waterfall in the world. The Kariba Dam is equally as popular and is legendary for being the largest man-made lake, in terms of volume. at the time of its construction between 1955 and 1959. Besides these spectacular water scenes, Hwanga National Park is known for its amazing wildlife safaris.
Having been there myself, I can confirm that a trip to Zimbabwe will not disappoint. If not already on your travel bucket list, then you should go add it immediately!
No matter what your accommodation requirements may be, Zim has it all. From staying on a houseboat while discovering Zim to safari lodges, guesthouses, and hotels.
- They serve a rich but super-tasty wild mushroom soup. Named Nhedzi.
- Being in a country that is blessed with a vast range of wildlife, dishes such as crocodile tail, warthog and ostrich are worth trying.
- With your meat, ask for Sadza, a stiff maize meal porridge. It is not porridge as you know it. Trust me, it goes well with the meat and is a traditional meal you should try.
- Speaking of porridge, make sure you try “Bota“. Unlike Sadza, this porridge is eaten at breakfast. It is flavored with peanut butter and will keep your tummy satisfied for quite some time.
- Lastly, on the drinks side, for those who consume alcohol… try the Whawha, which is a traditional maize beer. It’s a must if you want to experience Zimbabwe’s authenticity.
Things to do in Zimbabwe
Before I tell you how to get to Zimbabwe, here are a few experiences if you do decide to travel on your own. For more experiences, click here.
In addition to the below info, I’ll also share the highlights of Zimbabwe further on… stay with me, there are lots to tell and share when it comes to this lovely country!
How to get to Zimbabwe
If you’re from outside South Africa, you need to fly into Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then, book your flight from Johannesburg to Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe.
When you join a tour, you’re likely to meet up in Harare and again end in Harare. However, if you go solo, you may have to make additional flight bookings. For example, if you want to go to Victoria falls, you need to book a flight to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Victoria Falls Airport sits about 18 km (11 m) from Victoria Falls.
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Top tours, amazing offers in Johannesburg, South Africa
Since you fly from O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, you might as well make the most of your time in Johannesburg, known as the City of Gold (Egoli).
Again, I share some links. This time for direct bookings of the most outstanding experiences in Johannesburg.
Soweto & Johannesburg
Experience the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and meet the rainbow nation via a guided full-day tour.
Cradle of Humankind
Visit Maropeng Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein caves, known for its fossils of hominids. For example Little Foot and Mrs. Pies, both recognized as the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time!
Food, Art & History
View extraordinary pieces of public art on this walking tour in Fordsburg, a majority Muslim community. Eat like a local from various street traders selling African, Bangladeshi, Indian (try the Jalebi desert as pictured above), Pakastani, and Syrian cuisine.