Western Zimbabwe

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Top ChoiceWaterfall in Victoria Falls (town)

Victoria Falls National Park

Victoria Falls National Park

Here on the Zimbabwe side of the falls you're in for a real treat. Some two-thirds of Victoria Falls are located here, including the main falls themselves, which flow spectacularly year-round. The walk is along...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Western Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park

One of the 10 largest national parks in Africa, and the largest in Zimbabwe, at 14,651 sq km, Hwange National Park, pronounced ‘Wang-ee’, has a ridiculous amount of wildlife. Some 400 species of bird and 107...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Western Zimbabwe

Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park

Home to some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world, the Matobo National Park is one of the unsung highlights of Zimbabwe. This Unesco World Heritage Site is a stunning and otherworldly landscape of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Bulawayo

Natural History Museum

Zimbabwe's largest and best museum makes for an essential visit. Set over three floors, it offers a great overview of the country's natural, anthropological and geological history. Its highlight is its taxidermy...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Victoria Falls (town)

Boma

Enjoy a taste of Africa at this buffet restaurant set under a massive thatched roof. Here you can dine on smoked crocodile tail, BBQ warthog, guinea fowl stew and wood-fired spit roasts; and the more adventurous...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Victoria Falls (town)

Lola's Tapas & Carnivore Restaurant

Run by welcoming host Lola from Barcelona, this popular eatery combines a menu of Mediterranean cuisine with local game meats. The result is anything from crocodile ravioli to paella with kudu. Other items...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Victoria Falls (town)

Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artist Village

A must for those in the market for quality Zimbabwean and African craft, this shopping village is home to boutique stores and galleries owned by a collective that aims to promote and set up local artists.

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Victoria Falls (town)

Jafuta Heritage Centre

This impressive little museum details the cultural heritage of Zimbabwe's indigenous ethnic groups. There's good background information on the Shona, Ndebele, Tonga and Lozi people, as well as fascinating...

Top ChoiceCafe in Victoria Falls (town)

Lookout Cafe

A stunning location overlooking Batoka Gorge. Enjoy views of the bridge and the Zambezi river while tucking into a burger or crocodile kebab, or a cold drink on its open-air deck or grassy lawn terrace. It's...

Top ChoiceInternational in Bulawayo

26 on Park

Housed in a colonial building with sprawling lawns and a big patio, this casual fine-dining restaurant is one of Bulawayo's best. Its menu changes seasonally, and well-trained chefs cook up the likes of regional...

Top ChoiceShoes in Bulawayo

Giga & Sons

Established in 1932, this fourth-generation family-run menswear store is most famous for its Courtney Boots – a homegrown shoe, sold worldwide. All of its safari boots are handmade, and are produced from a range...

Top ChoiceHigh Tea in Victoria Falls (town)

Stanley's Terrace

The Terrace at the stately Victoria Falls Hotel just brims with English colonial ambience. High tea is served to a postcard-perfect backdrop of the gardens and Victoria Falls Bridge, with polished silverware,...

Archaeological Site in Bulawayo

Khami Ruins

Just 22km from Bulawayo, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Khami Ruins may not have the grandeur of Great Zimbabwe, but it's an impressive archaeological site nonetheless. The second largest stone monument built...

Historic Site in Matobo National Park

World's View (Malindidzimu Hill)

One of Zimbabwe's most breathtaking sites, the aptly named World's View takes in epic 360-degree views of the park. The peacefulness up here is immense, taking on a spiritual quality that makes it clear why it's...

Museum in Bulawayo

Bulawayo Railway Museum

Whether you're a train enthusiast or not, Bulwayo's Railway Museum rarely disappoints. Its passionate curator, Gordon Murray, will take you on a tour of the place, where you'll get a fascinating insight into the...

International in Bulawayo

Bulawayo Club

Chandeliers, silverware, marble pillars and gleaming hardwood floors might have you thinking you need to dust off your blazer. Not to worry chaps: the Bulawayo Club's dining-room surrounds may be decked out for...

Archaeological Site in Matobo National Park

Rock Art Caves

Dotted around the 425-sq-km Matobo National Park are 3000 officially registered rock-art sites, including one of the best collections in the world of San paintings (estimated to be anywhere from 6000 to 10,000...

Gallery in Bulawayo

National Art Gallery

Set in a beautiful 100-year-old, colonial, double-terrace Edwardian building, the National Art Gallery shows temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary Zimbabwean sculpture and paintings. A visit here...

Cafe in Bulawayo

Studio Nosh

Within the National Art Gallery is this quality little cafe doing homemade cakes, burgers and inventive mains such as crocodile-and-eggplant laksa. Otherwise come by purely for its excellent coffee to enjoy on...

Jewellery in Victoria Falls (town)

Ndau Collection

This upmarket showroom stocks handmade individual pieces, including silver bracelets, rings and necklaces, made at its on-site studio. They also sell exquisite antique African trade beads to be incorporated into...