Government stability and an improving economy make Zimbabwe an increasingly attractive destination for adventure-loving travelers. One of the most diverse countries in Africa, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, and the people of the country are friendly and happy to offer you tips on their favorite local haunts.
Frequent flights to Zimbabwe's capital Harare make getting there relatively simple, and then it's up to you to get out into the wild.
The best place to start is one of the country's eight national parks, with Victoria Falls National Park the most famous and Hwange National Park the largest. Or check out Matobo National Park, Chimanimani National Park, or Unesco World Heritage Site Mana Pools. Rafting on the Zambezi River through the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls will take you through intimidating rapids like Boiling Point, the Washing Machine, and the Devil's Cataract. You'll come out the other side soaking wet but with a smile on your face. Head there from July to February for the best experience.
Zimbabwe boasts some incredible safaris, too, with zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, and the Big Five—elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino—all living in their natural habitats. In fact, nearly 15% of the country's land area is reserved for parks and wildlife estates, so you're virtually guaranteed to see something impressive.
The country has history, too; the Great Zimbabwe ruins in Masvingo are well worth a visit. You'll see leftover stone from the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, dated between 1300 and 1600. Other interesting sites include Khami Ruins, Danamombe, and Naletale.