Zimbabwe is a land of contrasts from the Ngamo plains in Hwange to the towering peaks of Mount Nyanga in the eastern Highlands.
From spiritual sites in the Matopos to the amazing site of the Victoria Falls.
It’s a tourists playground, a fisherman’s paradise, a hikers dream and a wildlife safari destination.
The Zambezi Valley
The source of this mighty river begins in a marsh in north western Zambia and flows through Angola, along the border of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique, before emptying into the Indian Ocean.
A journey of 2574 km (1600 miles) making the Zambezi the fourth longest river in Africa.
By far the most spectacular feature of the Zambezi is Victoria Falls – one of the world’s largest waterfalls and a World Heritage Site.
The Zambezi also provides vital hydroelectric power at Kariba Dam and Cabora-Bassa Dam supplying power to Zambia/Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively.
The river supports a kaleidoscope of wildlife, bird and fish species : from hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards to buffalo, zebra, giraffe and elephants favouring the riverine woodland.
Excerpt taken from David Livingstone’s second visit to the Falls
At times it looked as if nothing could save us from dashing in our headlong race against the rocks, which now that the river was low, jutted out of the water, but just in the very nick of time Tuba passed word to the steersman, and then with a ready pole turned the canoe a little aisde and we glided swiftly past the threatened danger.
We landed at the head of Garden Island (now Livingstone Island) which is situated in the middle of the river and on the lip of the falls.
On reaching that lip and peering over the giddy height, the wondrous and unique chracter of the magnificent cascade at once burst upon us.
It is a hopeless task to endeavour to convey an idea of it in words, since an accomplished painter could but impart a faint impression of the glorious scene.