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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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK

Lovely images and hub. Now I want to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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jimmylesaint 5 years ago from Metropolis of Life

Great Hub, there is talk of combining the Ghonarezhou (place of many elephants) with the South African Kruger National Park and Mocambiquan Gaza Park. This producing a mega park based on ancient animal migrations.

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Dan Read 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment Jim. Really like the idea of combining the parks. It'd be good to see something from you about Zimbabwe. There must be some hidden treasure you know about that's not in the tourist guides.

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Shreevie 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Dan, Your Hub made me homesick! I used to visit most of the places you mentioned when I lived up that part of the world.

Do you know whether the elephants in Hwange and Mana Pools are causing the same sort of widespread damage to trees as is happening in Botswana? The Botswana situation baffles me - especially in view of what I wrote about in my Hub "No Mumbo-Jumbo."

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