Zimbabwe is very special to us as it’s where African Impact was founded in 2004. Whist Zimbabwe has been the scene of political unrest in the past, the current climate is calm and Zimbabwe’s tourism industry welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The local people, mostly from the Shona and Ndebele tribes, are among the warmest and friendliest people you’ll ever meet – full of smiles and greetings.
Zimbabwe is a playground for much of Africa's abundant wildlife and with acacia trees dotting the landscape it evokes the feeling of a deep and true Africa. Zimbabwe is also home to the glorious Victoria Falls, known to the locals as Mosi-ao-Tunya ‘smoke that thunders'.
The area is a paradise not only for adventurers but many mammals and birds inhabit Victoria Falls National Park and Zimbabwe’s other seven national parks.
- The name ‘Zimbabwe’ comes from the Shona language and is translated to ‘great houses of stone,’ named after the ancient capital.
- The country has 16 official languages.
- Victoria Falls, which creates a border between Zimbabwe and neighbouring Zambia, is the largest curtain of falling water in the world.
- Zimbabwe is home to eight major national parks.
- Victoria Falls is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site that visitors are allowed to tour on foot as they observe the falls and its landscape.
- Africa’s premier white water rafting takes place on the mighty Zambezi River at Victoria Falls and is easily accessible from the nearby town of the same name.
- Lake Kariba is the world’s third largest man-made lake and offers spectacular elephant and buffalo sightings on its shores.
- Hwange National Park is a wildlife sanctuary that boasts game-filled plateaus and is a sanctuary to the Big 5 – elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhino.
Flights to Zimbabwe arrive into Victoria Falls Airport, Harare International Airport or Bulawayo. Regional flights service the Victoria Falls Airport, while Air Zimbabwe and KLM have flights to Harare from Europe. Despite this, most long-haul travelers will arrive in Zimbabwe via OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.