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The South

About The South

Southern Zimbabwe may have fewer visitors than its northern counterparts, but it is, however, an immensely rewarding region to travel to.  It is rich in history, both ancient and modern, including the grave of Cecil Rhodes and rock art sites to be explored at Matobo National Park. The country's second city, Bulawayo, offers wide tree-lined streets, museums and Victorian buildings. The impressive stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are fascinating to see - built in between the 13th and 15th centuries, it is this ancient site from which the country takes its name. The Great Enclosure is the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara. 

The remote south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe provides the opportunity for some truly exclusive and off the beaten track safari experiences in the pristine wilderness around Gonarezhou National Park with a real focus on community involvement and development. The name Gonarezhou means "Place of many Elephants" and it is an extremely scenic Park full of rugged and beautiful landscapes.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • Matobo National Park is home to both black and white Rhino and is best explored on a walking safari with a local guide
  • The quirky granite outcrops at Matopos were once shelter for the San people who lived in this area in years gone by
  • Visit 'View of the World' and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes who claimed Rhodesia in the name of his Queen in colonial times
  • Marvel at the Great Zimbabwe ruins
  • Explore the remote Wilderness area of Gonarezhou National Park
  • Three major rivers - The Save, Runde and Mwenezi - cut their courses through the Gonarezhou National Park, forming pools and natural oases from which hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and fish gather to feed and drink

Wildlife

  • Black & White rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, hyena, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, sable, klipspringer, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, rock dassies, waterbuck, wildcat, springhare, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons and monkeys
  • The Black Eagle nests in the high rock outcrops of the Matobo National Park - one of the rare places where they can be seen. Other species include the fish eagle, martial eagle, francolin, secretary bird, weavers, pied crow and Egyptian geese

Seasons

  • April to October - mild and dry winter season
  • November to March - warm, rainy season

In The Know

    • Explore the history of Bulawayo on a walking tour to get insight into Zimbabwe's second city
    • Head to Chilo Gorge Lodge and Singita Pamushana to visit remote parts of Zimbabwe most do not get to see with exquisite wildlife and birdlife to enjoy
    • Motobo means 'bald heads' and was the name chosen by the Ndebele King describing the round shaped rock formations 

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The remote south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe provides the opportunity for some truly exclusive and off the beaten track safari experiences in the pristine wilderness around Gonarezhou National Park with a real focus on community involvement and development. The name Gonarezhou means "Place of many Elephants"

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