As far as Safari’s in Africa go, Zimbabwe has several competing factors pointing to why it is a ‘must-do’ destination and that it is a largely under-valued as the gem of Africa. Despite having suffered economic and political set-backs in recent years, which resulted in a diminished Tourist Market and a consequential drop in occupancy figures, the service level of Zimbabwe has remained consistent (if not improved). As the economic situation stabilised and confidence in the country grew, the last two years have seen increased occupancy levels as well as growing interest in travel to the Destination. Now rated as one of the fastest growing Tourism Markets in the world, African Bush Camps explores the major considerations that make Zimbabwe one of the best options for travellers looking to experience an authentic Africa:-
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY DESTINATION
Since the turn to a US Dollar Economy, Zimbabwe has experienced an increase in economic stability which has, along with several other factors, resulted in an increased confidence within the country and an increased interest in travel to the Destination. Despite the growing confidence and the increased occupancy levels over the last three years, majority of operators within Zimbabwe have kept their pricing in check, aware of the competitive advantage they will gain by offering lower costs when compared with bordering countries and other safari destinations within Africa. As it stands today, Zimbabwe offers one of the most competitive pricing for exclusive safari itineraries.
SELECTION OF NATIONAL PARKS
Zimbabwe is a country made of up diverse landscapes and wildlife experiences. With such a large selection of National Parks and over 15 destinations to choose from, each embodying its own unique character, guests are guaranteed distinctive and memorable wildlife encounters, settings and attractions.
REMOTE, EXCLUSIVE AND UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
As a result of the recent political and economic set-backs, tapered with negative reports in the media, many of Zimbabwe’s National Parks and wildlife areas remain largely untouched. Travellers therefore get the exclusive experience away from the crowds and beaten tourist routes, giving them a personal and intimate view of Africa, wild and unscathed.
EXCELLENT AND UNBEATABLE GUIDING
Reknowned for having some of the most qualified professional guides in Africa, Zimbabwe’s guides undergo rigorous training and examinations and require extensive experience to be able to qualify. In addition, Zimbabwean guides are reknowned for focusing on the personal element of hosting their guests and sharing them their knowledge and their passion of the African wilderness.
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GREAT COMMUNITY AND HOSTING
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Zimbabweans is their pride in their country and their identity. Renowned worldwide for being one of the most welcoming and community oriented populations; generosity, compassion and hope are intrinsic qualities of a Zimbabwean character. Eager to host International clients and share with them the history and beauty of the Zimbabwean landscape, guests can expect to be greeted by warm smiles, delightful and interesting personalities, and service that exceeds the highest expectations.
BIG GAME EXPERIENCES
For those looking to experience some of Africa’s best and biggest game, Zimbabwe is a prime destination. With several National Parks containing ‘The Classic Big 5′ – Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo – travellers to the country have increased opportunities and probablity of coming into contact with these animals. In addition, with the combined benefit of the excellent professional guiding and the untouched and remote destinations, guests are treated to up close and personal experiences of animals in their natural and wildest of environments. Zimbabwe also offers excellent Birding experiences. In the April edition of Travel Zimbabwe Magazine, Travel Africa stated that “With 108 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds – Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe actually has one of the highest animal diversities of any National Park on the planet.”
NATURAL WORLD WONDER
As one of Africa’s greatest features, Victoria Falls is a destination within its own right. As a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the World. With a curtain of water falling 108 metres high across a stretch of 1,708 metres wide, it is said to be the largest sheet of falling water in the World. Labelled ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ by the locals and meaning ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, the cloud of white mist can be seen high in the African Sky as one drive’s into Victoria Falls town.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Zimbabwe currently contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely: Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, Matobos National Park and Great Zimbabwe Ruins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance to that country. While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.
RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND HISTORY
The landscape of Zimbabwe bears witness to its historical and cultural heritage through its abundance of rock art and site ruins. Dating right back to the pre-colonial era (1000-1887), there is evidence of its occupation by hunter-gatherers, as well as tribal battles over the land.
VAST RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
Zimbabwe’s prime safari destinations contain a range of accommodation options to suite all budgets. From luxury lodges and tented camps, right through to Bed and Breakfast and basic self catering quarters, the diverse range of options will allow travellers from all walks of life to visit and experience this beautiful country.
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