Zimbabwe is a remarkable country, home to friendly people, amazing wildlife and nature. It's a landlocked nation in Southern Africa, which borders Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.
The amazing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Situated on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls makes a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are, by some measure, the most enormous waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having arguably the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site. The upper Zambezi is home to a huge population of hippos and crocodiles. And wildlife like elephants, buffaloes and different kind of antelopes can often be spotted drinking from the river.
The falls itself is truly a spectacular sight with a width of 1.7 kilometres and a height of 108 metres, thus forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. During the rainy season the spray from the falls can be spotted miles away, and rises over 400 metres above ground. Walking under the falls is like walking in a heavy rainstorm. You WILL get soaked.
National parks in Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls National Park is one of the eight main national parks in Zimbabwe, but the largest one is Hwange National Park. The park hosts 105 mammal species and is the only protected area where the gemsbok and the brown hyena can be found in reasonable numbers. The population of nearly extinct African wild dogs in Hwange park is thought to be one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and can be seen in large numbers. Hwange is by far much less visited than the Victoria Falls National Park, but as it resides not far from Vic Falls its definitely worth a trip.
Zimbabwe climate and weather
Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year, as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. The hot and dry season is from August to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September. Night-time temperatures can fall below freezing.