#78 best destination in the world

 

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

 

Lake Kariba

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  • World’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume
  • Located upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River
  • The Zimbabwean town of Kariba was built for construction workers on the lake’s dam, while some other settlements have grown up to house people displaced by the rising waters

 

Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation

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  • Volunteer conservation program that aims to protect endangered animals

 

Hwange National Park

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  • Founded in 1928
  • Most of the park is underlain by Kalahari Sands

 

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

 

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

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,242

food $44/day x 9 days = $396

hotel $67/day x 7 days = $469

tickets (all attractions) $61

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,168