Game Parks and Sites | Family Trip – Johannesburg to Vic Falls
Zimbabwe & Zambia – Victoria Falls
The Zambezi River drops 100 metres over a mile wide chasm creating one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. When the river is in full flow, the water roars and sends a cloud of spray 500 metres into the air. Victoria Falls is on the border of Zimbabwe (Victoria Town) and Zambia (Livingstone). Adventure activities here are; bungee jumping, white water rafting, game-viewing on horseback, canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi, walk with lion cubs.
Zimbabwe – Great Zimbabwe Monument
An ancient city built of stone, consructuted by the Shona people. The name Zimbabwe means ‘stone houses’ in Shona. Built almost a thousand years ago over a period of 300 years, the ruins are unique in the region as few stone building were built in the early era.
The city was an important trading centre from the Middle Ages onwards, at its peak was home to 20,000 people. The country of Zimbabwe is named after this monument.
Zimbabwe – Hwange Park
This large park in Matabeleland was for 13 years the home of Cecil a rare black-maned lion who had lived in the park was legally hunted , with a bow and arrow by a dentist from Minnesota, in 2015. The killing of this popular lion promoted the conservation of commercially hunted animals in Africa. Though sadly, in 2015, Cecil’s son Xanda was also killed by hunters.
The park is covered in light woodland and is on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. in the park you will find; elephants, leopard, hyenas, cape wild dogs, cheetah and gemsbok.
Zimbabwe – Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park (originally Rhodes Matopos) is outside of Bulawayo town. It’s a series of granite hills; like islands surrounded by wooded valleys. The park has an unusual air about it with distant views combined with a close valley. Many religious activities and rituals were held here in pre-colonial times. Cecil Rhodes is buried in a granite hill in the park is a place known as world view.
South Africa – Blyde River Canyon
South Africa Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in USA & Fish River Canyon in Namibia, unlike the other two it’s a green canyon due to its lush subtropical foliage, and has highest cliffs of any canyon in the world. It’s 26 kilometres long and some 800m deep
South Africa – Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. Great for day and night game drives. Lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.