The Top 10 Places to Visit in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Photo: Courtesy of Emma Saeterbakk / @emmasaeterbakk

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is always a good idea. But, let’s go a bit further with this and say Zimbabwe, as a whole has roaring wonders to offer. The country is brimming with incredible stunning places to discover, from the lush Harare in the north-eastern to the historic feel Bulawayo on the southwest. So, if you plan on traveling to Zimbabwe, indulge your wanderlust by checking out our list for insights and discover the best places to visit in Zimbabwe.

We also recommend our guide to the must-visit museums in Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo

A gateway to Matobo National Park, Bulawayo is an enchanting city in southwest Zimbabwe, and is famous for its charming colonial architecture. Bulawayo is the best city to visit if you are fond of cities with historic feel to them. Roam the old avenues swaying with lush trees, and plan your safari to the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest natural reserve.

Mutare

Mutare is located between the Bvumba Mountains and south of the Imbeza Valley, which makes it one of the most authentic towns. There is plenty to do, enjoy a picnic when the sun is out at the Vumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve. Take a trip through the Christmas Pass to enjoy one of the most awe-inspiring views of Zimbabwe.

Midlands

Antelope Park Game
Antelope Park Game in Gweru, Midlands. © Nkululeko Mkwananzi

If you are more of a urban person, you should head to Midlandsa province of Zimbabwe and a central point of the country. Gweru is the capital of the province and the third largest city in Zimbabwe. This sweet part of the country is home to various ethnics, a swift blend of difference vibrant cultures of Zimbabwe. The landscapes and restaurants are happy to welcome you all year round.

Harare

Harare Zimbabwe
Downtown of Harare, Zimbabwe. © Zim Experience

Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe, and therefore the ideal place if you wish to experience a great dining and craft markets in a laid-back city. Located in the Mashonaland region, in north-eastern Zimbabwe, the city is full of varied bars where you can treat yourself to the different varieties of local and international beverages. Rushing off to your safari? But before that, take a stroll on the downtown and explore the wide avenue and high-rises before stopping by Sam Levy’s Village to have fun one stop shopping experience. From coffee bars to big brands shops to banks, there’s plenty and something for everyone.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Photo: Courtesy of Emma Saeterbakk @emmasaeterbakk

Victoria Falls, located on the Matabeleland North province, knows how to be cool and exotic. Surrounded by the Zambezi, Mosi-oa-Tunya and Victoria Falls national parks; the city is full of natural wonders to see. But if you were to visit only one thing, the Victoria Falls waterfall is definitely where you should be. There, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular falls in the world, a majestic view of the fall. You can always escape to the Mosi-oa-Tunya, and experience iconic wildlife park featuring great Africa animals including giraffe, water buffalo, wildebeests, elephant, and hippo. This Zimbabwean town is a breathtaking with beauty beyond compare, a fabulous tourism experience!

Masvingo

Masvingo, located close to Lake Mutirikwi and Great Zimbabwe, is capital of the Masvingo Province. You can indulge in plenty outdoor exploration, enjoy the sun before taking a dip in the lake. Also, when in Masvingo, do not miss the EAG Art Museum, where you can hang and explore some interesting Zimbabwean cultural artifacts.

Hwange

Hwange is located near the Botswana and Zambia boarders in northwestern Zimbabwe. There, you’ll have to chance to explore Hwange National Park, the largest National Park in Zimbabwe. Once in Hwange, don’t miss the opportunity for a great Africa game with exotic animals such as elephant, giraffe, lion and other wildlife. This town is bustling with life, and you’ll be very happy to be here!

Great Zimbabwe

The ruined city in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe is fascinating place to visit. Visiting the Great Zimbabwe is the best way to discover more Zimbabwe through cultural or outdoor sights around. Used to be capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country’s Late Iron Age, now recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Lovely cultural outing, brace yourself for some hill hiking.

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba Zimbabwe
Boat trip on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. © Condé Nast Traveler

It’s leisure and pleasure season, so you immediately think of a great romantic getawayThis world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir is just the destination you need, a haven for those who love outdoor. Located on the Zambian border, bustling with beauty, offers amazing houseboat trips where you can enjoy wildlife viewing from shore unspoiled by humans.

Chinhoyi Caves

Located in the north central Zimbabwe, full of limestone and dolomite caves. A haven for those who love scuba. This place is home to amazing natural features. Happy to welcome you on hot summer days!

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