Zimbabwe National Parks - Open to the World
From the Top: Sunrise at Matobo - Zambezi River flowing through Mana Pools - The Victoria Falls - An Elephant at Hwange - Nyanga Park from Mount Nyangani
Zimbabwe has several national parks and many geographical wonders. The first national park established was MatoboPark, which can be found 35 kilometres from Bulawayo. It’s best known for its wooded areas and rock formations and is inhabited by a large collection of game. Leopard, antelope, giraffe, impala, zebra and the white rhino make their home there along with 175 varieties of bird.
Aside from nature’s wonders, visitors will find rock paintings which were created by the Bushman who lived in the area about 2,000 years ago.
Another of Zimbabwe’s national parks is situated at Mana Pools. It’s an area of the lower Zambezi River which is used for wildlife conservation. Here four pools, which were formed by the flow of the Zambezi River, serve as watering holes for hippos, crocodiles and elephants.
Along the Zambezi, tourists can find the Victoria Falls. The falls are the largest in the world and are considered to be amongst the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This is an area of the country which has been marked a United Nations Heritage Site which means that the international community has preserved it for future generations.
Tourists heading back towards Bulawayo from the falls will find the national park at Hwange. It is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe and is home to Africa’s Big Five.
Lions, buffalo, elephants, leopards and rhinos, which make up the Big Five, roam freely around the park accompanied by over 400 species of bird as well as antelope, hyena and a variety of African wild dog.
The Nyanga National Park is also home to antelope and hyena, but unlike Hwange, it’s not a game reserve. It’s on the border with Mozambique and contains the Kairezi River and Mount Nyangani, which is the highest mountain in the country.
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