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Top Choice National Park in Northern Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park

This magnificent 2200-sq-km national park is a Unesco World Heritage–listed site and its magic stems from its remoteness and pervading sense of the wild and natural. This is one park in Zimbabwe where you’re guarant…
National Park in Northern Zimbabwe

Matusadona National Park

Situated on the southern shore of Lake Kariba, the beautiful Matusadona National Park is home to the Big Five, including the endangered black rhino. While poaching has hit the park hard in the past decade, there rem…
Arts Centre in Tengenenge Shona Sculpture Village

Tengenenge Art Community

A must for those in interested in Shona sculpture, as well as traditional Zimbabwean culture, the Tengenenge Art Community overall makes for a rewarding trip from Harare. Its large open-air gallery allows you to wat…
Church in Kariba Town

Church of Santa Barbara

This circular, hilltop, Italian-built church was built in the memory of 86 African and Italian construction workers who lost their lives while building the dam. Of those, 17 bodies remain embedded in the dam wall af…
State Park in Chinhoyi

Chinhoyi Caves Recreational Park

Located 4km north of Chinhoyi, along the main highway (135km from Harare), this cave network is worth a stop for its underground lake that's coloured a striking dark blue. While most appreciate it from dry land, for…
Landmark in Kariba Town

Kariba Dam Wall

Forming the border between Zambia (Siavonga) and Zimbabwe is the Kariba dam wall. It's an impressive engineering feat that you can walk the length across; you'll need to leave your passport or ID with the immigratio…
Viewpoint in Kariba Town

Dam Observation Point

Head up to Observation Point for excellent sweeping views of the lake and Kariba Dam. The Kariba Publicity Association is based up here and it houses some interesting information on the history of the dam's construc…
Pub in Northern Zimbabwe

Twin River Inn

Further afield in Karoi, an hour's drive from Chinhoyi, is this old school pub that was a former favourite haunt with local farmers. It's still a great place to stop for a cold one with its beer garden and pub food.…
Barbecue in Chinhoyi

Lions Den Butchery & Saucey Sue's

Very much a ritual in travelling to/from Harare to Lake Kariba or Mana Pools, is the prerequisite stop at Lion's Den for a boerewors (farmer’s sausage), egg and bacon roll or steak roll on it picnic tables. It's als…