Over 15% of Zimbabwe’s land area is protected, with most of the resulting national parks in Zimbabwe including some form of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Zimbabwe – and Zimbabwean wildlife – has seen some tough times in recent years, the tourism industry is open for business and wildlife populations are slowly increasing to former levels. Zimbabwe is the premier destination in the world to see huge elephant herds and black rhinos.
Top National Parks in Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park
The jewel in the crown of Zimbabwe’s national parks – covering the largest area (14,650 sq km) and holding the most wildlife, including over 30,000 elephants.
Matobo National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site of unique granite bolder scenery and over 3,000 ancient rock art sites…as well as an incredible 35% of the world’s species of eagles.
Matusadona National Park
A picturesque park on the southern shore of Lake Kariba, backdropped by the Matusadona mountain range. The park is a refuge for the extremely endangered black rhino.
Chimanimani National Park
A hikers paradise with some totally wild and unspoiled parts. The park borders Mozambique and you can hike to peaks of 2,437m for unsurpassed views back across the country.
Mana Pools National Park
A wild and natural park covering 2,200 sq km and home to plenty of lion, wild dog, elephant, hippo and crocodile. The unique thing here is that nothing is fenced in.
Victoria Falls National Park
A small national park bordering Zambia and providing the most spectacular views of one of the wonders of the world – the mighty Victoria Falls.
Self drive safaris are an option in most national parks in Zimbabwe, though to enjoy full access to the most remote (and tourist free!) areas you’ll need a 4WD car or jeep. If you fancy taking a tour or arranging your own guide and/or driver have a look at our list of safari tour companies in Zimbabwe before arrival in the country.
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