#77 best destination in the world

Balancing Rocks

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  • Geomorphological features of igneous rocks found in many parts of Zimbabwe
  • The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe featured the Chiremba Balancing Rocks on the outskirts of Epworth on Zimbabwean banknotes

Thetford Game Reserve

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  • Reserve offering game drives safari vehicles with an experienced guide

Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary

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  • The Bird Sanctuary situated on the shores of Lake Chivero with shaded gardens
  • The park’s primary purpose is to provide a home to orphaned, injured and abandoned birds
  • Visitors see Zimbabwe’s rare indigenous birds, particularly the large African Eagles, including the Marshall, Black, Crowned and Fish Eagles, spotted Eagle and Barn Owls, African Goshawks and Peregrine Falcons and many water birds

Chinhoyi Caves

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  • Cave system composed of limestone and dolomite
  • The main cave contains a pool of cobalt blue water
  • Divers have discovered a submarine passage leading from the Bat Cave, a subchamber of the Dark Cave to another room known as the Blind Cave
  • This site is often visited by diving expedition teams of technical divers that perform ultra deep diving

Matobo National Park

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  • Area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing 22 miles
  • The hills were formed over 2 billion years ago with granite being forced to the surface, this has eroded to produce smooth “whaleback dwalas” and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation
  • Largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland
  • Part of the national park is set aside as a game park, which has been stocked with game including the white rhinoceros
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Great Zimbabwe

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  • Ruined city which was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country’s Late Iron Age
  • Construction on the city began in the 11th century and continued until it was abandoned in the 15th century
  • The edifices were erected by the ancestral Shona
  • Believed to have served as a royal palace for the local monarch
  • The modern independent state was named after the ruined city
  • The word great distinguishes the site from the many hundreds of small ruins, now known as zimbabwes
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Victoria Falls

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  • Settlement began in 1901 when the possibility of using the waterfall for hydro-electric power was explored, and expanded when the railway from Bulawayo reached the town shortly before the Victoria Falls Bridge was opened in 1905, connecting Zimbabwe to what is now Zambia
  • It became the principal tourism centre for the Falls, experiencing economic booms from the 1930s to the 1960s and in the 1980s and early 1990s

Victoria Falls Bridge

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  • Bridge that crosses the Zambezi River just below the Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls
  • As the river forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries and has border posts on the approaches to both ends

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

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  • Park that is twin to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side
  • ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ comes from the Kololo or Lozi language and the name is now used throughout Zambia, and in parts of Zimbabwe
  • The park has two separate entrances: a wildlife park at one end, and the land adjacent is Victoria Falls, which in the rainy season is the world’s largest curtain of falling water
  • UNESCO World Heritage site

Costs

Number of Days: 27 days

Best Time To Fly: May-Sept

Airline ticket: $2,042

Seattle -> Harare (round trip) $1,335
Harare -> Bulawayo (round trip) $403
Harare-> Victoria Falls (round trip) $304

Food: $18/day x 27 days = $486

Entertainment/tours: $184

Airbnb/hotel: $61/day x 23 days = $1,403

TOTAL: $3,931