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The linchpin of tourism in western Zimbabwe is the spectacular mile-wide Victoria Falls, which is formed by the Zambezi River on the border with Zambia. Comparable in size and force to Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls has, if anything, a greater impact, since the surrounding vegetation remains in near pristine shape, and the place is relatively non-commercialized. The town of Victoria Falls, within walking distance of the mighty cataract, is one of the few settlements in Africa where elephant regularly pass along the main street, and it is also the base for thrilling white-water rafting expeditions into the spectacular Zambezi Gorge below the ...

The linchpin of tourism in western Zimbabwe is the spectacular mile-wide Victoria Falls, which is formed by the Zambezi River on the border with Zambia. Comparable in size and force to Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls has, if anything, a greater impact, since the surrounding vegetation remains in near pristine shape, and the place is relatively non-commercialized. The town of Victoria Falls, within walking distance of the mighty cataract, is one of the few settlements in Africa where elephant regularly pass along the main street, and it is also the base for thrilling white-water rafting expeditions into the spectacular Zambezi Gorge below the falls, and for canoeing trips along the hippo- and bird-rich river above it. Farther east, the river flows into the artificial Lake Kariba, renowned among anglers for its fighting tiger-fish. Wildlife enthusiasts can head for a few days to Hwange National Park, one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, famed above all for its immense dry season concentrations of elephants, but it is also home to several safari destinations. Farther south, the attractively sleepy town of Bulawayo, the country’s second-largest, is the gateway to Matabo National Park, a landscape of immense boulder formations culminating in the wonderfully scenic burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, the imperialist for whom Rhodesia was named.

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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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    The southern winter (May-September) is best for game viewing and it is also most comfortable climatically. Its' also perfectly possible to travel in the southern summer.