Zimbabwe is a unique and beautiful country to visit, boasting the majestic Victoria Falls and magnificent wildlife preserves. The name Zimbabwe was derived from the stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins located near Masvingo in the East of the country. The word Zimbabwe means “place of stones”. The ruins are believed to date from about 800AD; where the most likely theory is that the enormous complex of circular compounds were used to imprison captured slaves who were then transported to the Indian Ocean pending the change of the monsoon winds, placed in dhows and blown across to Ceylon, India, Arabia and Persia.
In the heart of Southern Africa, land-locked Zimbabwe is a vibrant country with dramatic landscapes, impressive safari parks and welcoming people. In recent years politics have caused great damage to the reputation and a decline in the number of tourists, but despite this Zimbabwe still has much to offer; and in my opinion anyone who is worried about safety or civil unrest – the safest place to be is in a wildlife reserve away from the moral decay of the big cities and towns. However having said that, Zimbabwe is very much a friendly country.
The country is enclosed between two rivers, the Zambezi River to the north and the Limpopo River to the south. In between is an inland plateau filled with kopjies (granite outcrops), beautiful national parks, rugged mountains and lush forests. There is a huge variety of things to see and with relatively few visitors and no mass tourism, Zimbabwe offers exclusive safari experiences and there is plenty of opportunity to find peace and quiet.