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Interesting Places In Zimbabwe

Updated on November 11, 2014
Image of ashtray of photos of Victoria Falls, Cecil John Rhodes, Worlds View, Zimbabwe Ruins
Image of ashtray of photos of Victoria Falls, Cecil John Rhodes, Worlds View, Zimbabwe Ruins

Beautiful Places to visit in Zimbabwe

I was born in Rhodesia now known as Zimbabwe which is a beautiful country with a lot to see and I want to share these places I went on holiday to or just visited for the day.

The photo is of one of two ashtrays my father purchased at Bulawayo at the Rhodes Centenery 1953 . In the middle behind glass is a photo of Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe Ruins and Cecil John Rhodes grave at Worlds View .

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

The Zambezi river flows in between Zimbabwe and Zambia and upriver from the bridge crossing to Zambia is the majestic Victoria Falls.This is a spectacular sight to see .

Upriver from the water falls are many hotels at the rivers edge, and the cuisine is excellent .The hotels have upriver trips by boat allowing you to view the fauna and flora and birds crocks and hippo. I enjoyed the late after noon trip, it was much cooler and wine and drinks were served.

There are many things to keep you busy, white water rafting, bungee jumping, a view off the falls from a airplane flying over it, and my favorite, fishing. There are many species of fish, tiger, bream, vundu and more. The tiger is a fighting fish and you need a steel tracer between hook and nylon line to prevent it from biting through the line. When it strikes it takes off and jumps out of the water and shakes its head trying to get rid of the hook, this is the time to keep the line tight or you will loose it.

In the town there are also hotels and close to the river is a caravan and camping park.

If you intend staying in the camping ground you will need a sling shot for the baboons and all though they wont attack you they are a pest because if the groceries are not locked away, on your return to camp you will find all your eggs eaten.

Sling Shot

If you intend to go camping at Victoria Falls camping ground ,then you need a sling shot for the baboons who love groceries and eggs .

Daisy Outdoor Products B52 Slingshot (Yellow/Black, 8 Inch)
Daisy Outdoor Products B52 Slingshot (Yellow/Black, 8 Inch)

This will hurt the baboons a bit but sometimes the just run out of range and watch you hoping for a hand out .

 

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls with rainbow
Victoria Falls with rainbow

Another view of Victoria Falls with a rainbow .

Wankie Game Reserve

Elephant in Wankie Game Reserve
Elephant in Wankie Game Reserve

Buying List

A few things required before heading off to Zimbabwe .

Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guide)
Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guide)

Travel guide of zimbabse

 

On the way and before reaching Victoria Falls you turn left off the main road and then enter the Wankie Game Reserve. There are many game to see and the lodge there is on high ground over looking the valley below.This view can be enjoyed while having lunch or a drink. You may even watch a lion make its kill in the distance. the cuisine is excellent .

Zimbabwe Ruins - photo credit to my father Raymond Eagar

Zimbabwe Ruins
Zimbabwe Ruins

Near Fort Victoria now Masvingo is the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. It is a stone structure, the stones neatly packed without mortar. A high wall surrounds it and near the top of the wall is a chevron pattern. From the door way is another circular high wall close to the outside wall creating a narrow passage way which leads to the interior. Inside were more structures and a massive round pillar of stone .

Close by the ruins is a hill with a narrow path winding to the top with stone walls at certain places creating a very narrow path allowing only one person at a time. The purpose of this was if under attack the hill could easily be defended. On top of the hill was more stone structures and small caves.

My dad told us that as a youngster the school took them to visit the ruins and he remembered a tunnel from the enclosure heading in the direction of the hill. They went into it with candles but had to turn back because they ran out of candles and he thought this must have been an escape root. when we visited the ruins my dad looked for the tunnel but could not find it, and it must have closed up .

Lately a museum was built close by and in it was artifacts picked up near and in the ruins, gold bangles, necklaces, and stone carvings of the Zimbabwe bird.

The photo was taken by my Dad and shows the hill in the back ground. To see more photos go to google and search for Zimbabwe Ruins .

Zimbabwe Ruins - Photo credit to my father Raymond Eagar

My family at Zimbabwe Ruins . Photo taken by my dad about in the 50's .

Matopos - The photo is credited to www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Cecil John Rhodes Grave Matopos Worlds View
Cecil John Rhodes Grave Matopos Worlds View

South of Bulawayo there is a high area with a lot of big granite rocks, known as Worlds View. At the top of it the countryside could be seen for a very long way, a beautiful view.

On top are a few graves one of them is of Cecil John Rhodes.

Surrounding the area are caves with bushmen paintings.

Map Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba

One of my favorite fishing spots was Lake Kariba.This is one of the larges dams in the world and the tiger and bream fish abound .It is built at the kariba gorge in the Zambezi river.

There are a few hotels around the lake on the Zimbabwean side , and a few in town .one of these hotels have a casino, if you feel like gambling .

The elephant roam wild and sometimes they walk through the hotel grounds. I once stayed in one of the hotel chalets and early in the evening I heard a loud noise outside, I opened the door and next to the veranda stood a elephant busy braking down a tree .

There are also some good camping places like Charara with ablution blocks, of course the elephant roam freely there as well .

THe photo is of one of the many tiger fish we caught, this one was 10 lbs .

Tiger Fish

Mounted Tiger Fish
Mounted Tiger Fish

Tiger Fish Head - Photo credit to R Eagar http://www.artcraftsandframes.co.za/

This is a photo of the same fish but I photographed it with a match box in its mouth to show the size of its mouth and teeth .

More Information About Lake Kariba

If you like fishing,and a good fight with a tiger fish then this is the place to come. Plenty of accommodation around, house boats, hotel, lodges, prices are reasonable and the sights are just magic.
Lake Kariba is among the 4 largest man-made lakes in the world and the second largest in Africa. The shoreline is over 2,000 kilometers long. Kariba is home to numerous species of flora and fauna and has many varieties of fish.

Varieties of fish

Tiger fish
Bream
Pink Lady
Vundu
Barbel

The main reason for building this lake originates from the need for a hydroelectric dam. This dam, called the Kariba Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the Kariba Gorge of the Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the largest dams in the world at 128 m high and 579 m long.
Kapenta ( a fresh water sardine ) was added to the dam and this resulted in commercisl fishing. Kapenta is available in many restaurants.
The kapenta is caught at night by boats using a big fishing net which is lowered into the water, a flood light shines on to the water. the fish is drawn to the light, the net is then pulled up capturing the kapenta.

The Matusadonha National Park is located on the shores of Lake Kariba on the Zimbabwe side, and several fine lodges and resorts are located here.
The park abounds with wild animals including the Big Five.The reason for the abundance of game is due to Operation Noah

Elephant

Elephant walking in between chalets at a hotel in kariba
Elephant walking in between chalets at a hotel in kariba

Thie elephant I snapped while he was walking in between the chalets at Charara camping grounds .

Operation Noah

Nyaminyami

Nyaminyami wooden carving
Nyaminyami wooden carving

A beautiful wood carving of Nyaminyami, the river god of Lake Kariba. This carving has rings around it which is carved from the same piece of wood and cant be removed, there is a cage lower down with a ball inside carved from the wood inside. it has three heads and fishes on it, these all have a meaning .

When they started to build the dam the locals said nyaminyami would destroy the dam, and there were two floods which destroyed coffer dams and equipment , but in the end the dam was completed .

On the way to lake kariba there are many wood and soap stone carvings of all game and birds for sale beside the road.

Sinoia Caves

Sinoia Caves Zimbabwe
Sinoia Caves Zimbabwe

The photo is of a painting I made of Sinoia caves. It is situated a few kilo meters from Sinoia. You go down a tunnel and this leads into the caves. A portion of the roof has fallen in allowing light in. The water is emerald blue green and fish can be seen swimming in the pool. In the summer months when it is hot outside it is cool inside.

Outside is a cafe where thirst quenchers can be bought.

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Sadza Zimbabwe Staple Food

While you are visiting Zimbabwe you must include and try sadza as one of your meals. Sadza is the basic food of the locals, it is a stiff porridge made from ground corn ( maize ) mealie meal.

When eating it they wash their hands, sit in a circle around the food, each person takes a piece and forms it into a round ball the size of a golf ball. this is then dipped into the gravy or milk and then eaten.

Sadza Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Mealie Meal
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. boil the water, add the salt and the mealie meal and stir.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 4 persons

Sadza Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 210
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Protein 5 g10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @SavioC: Thanks for the comment .

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @Namsak: Thanks for the comment .

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks for the comment .

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Its great to learn about Zimbabwe, many things I never knew before I read this lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      I have heard of the Sinoia caves but had never seen a photo: they are quite spectacular.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks for the comment .

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Cool, I learned some new things about Zimbabwe. The caverns look amazing, along with the other things you shared.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @SandyMertens: You may enjoy it

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I would love to visit this place someday.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: It is a very beautifull country apart from the politics and the non politic people are very freindly .

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love your photos of Victoria Falls - I went there when I was a child, in the 1950's, and have a photo of me standing on the bridge, wearing a white pith helmet - I fancied myself as a great white hunter (before political correctness set in). You might enjoy my lens A Tribute to my Mother, as there's quite a bit about Africa. I hope you write some more on same subject.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Looks beautiful - hope to visit someday

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @HappyTom LM: Thanks for the visit .

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      @Mr Criminology: Yes if you stay away from a farm and politics then it is a nice place and the locals overall are friendly and at vacation places they make you very welcome .Thanks for commenting on my lens .

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Thank you for sharing this nice lens, great work!

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      Bigwas 4 years ago from Philippines

      With all those international news about Zimbabwe in the past, who would think that it is really a nice place.