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Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya), on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, represents the world’s largest sheet of falling water, though not the widest or tallest. Dr. David Livingston named the falls after the Queen of England. On a clear day, you can see the mist generated by the falls from up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) away.

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Victoria Falls Bridge
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Experience the spray of the largest sheet of falling water in the world as you stand on Victoria Falls Bridge. Spanning the Zambezi River, the former railroad bridge is now a tourist attraction where visitors can marvel at the Zambezi gorge. A unique platform for viewing the falls, the bridge is also the jumping-off point for numerous high-adrenaline sports.

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Hwange National Park
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Roughly the size of Belgium, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and most historical game reserve. Home to more than 100 mammals—including one of the world’s largest herds of elephants, and 400 avian species—the national park is one of the most diverse game reserves found anywhere else on Earth.

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Victoria Falls National Park
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Named for the thundering falls at its heart, Victoria Falls National Park is a lush rainforest that surrounds the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. The park offers arguably the best views of the falls, providing more than a dozen overlooks for admiring the 5,604-foot (1,708-meter)-wide wall of water—known as the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

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Mana Pools National Park
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Mana Pools National Park is a 540,000+ acres (219,000 hectares protected wildlife preserve and UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Zimbabwe. Considered by many to be one of the best game-viewing destinations in all of Africa, the national park houses the country’s largest hippopotamus and crocodile populations.

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Bulawayo
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As the country’s second largest city and original capital, Bulawayo might not have the same allure as Victoria Falls but is still a city rich with Zimbabwean culture and history. Once the country’s industrial center, Bulawayo dates back to pre-colonial days and has a mix of modern and historic structures.

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Batoka Gorge
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The Batoka Gorge, located just below the powerful Victoria Falls, winds through 75 miles (120 km) of rocky cliffs and sparse mopane forests between Zambia and Zimbabwe. And while hiking along this gorge that reaches heights of 400 feet in some areas ranks high on things to do, it’s the thrilling one-day whitewater rafting adventures that draw travelers to Batoka Gorge. Rapids with nicknames like “The Ugly Sister” and “Oblivion” put adrenaline junkies face-to-face with their fears and have travelers emerging from the waters with epic stories of survival. In addition to embarking on wild rides and challenging hikes, visitors to Batoka Gorge can spot a variety of species of indigenous birds, witness baboons wandering along beaten pathways and get up close to some of the rare plants that help to make Batoka Gorge so scenic.

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Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm
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As the second largest crocodilian on earth, the Nile crocodile is a top predator in the Zambezi River and around Victoria Falls. Get up close and personal with these reptiles at the Crocodile Farm in Victoria Falls—a nature park designed to educate the public about these fierce creatures.

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Lake Kariba
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Lake Kariba is the largest artificial lake in the world. This massive reservoir was created in 1958, when the Kariba Dam was built to provide power and electricity to the surrounding areas. Today, a variety of fresh water fish, Nile crocodiles and even hippopotamuses live in the lake. Huge numbers of tiger fish make it an ideal spot for a weekend fishing trip, and a variety of unique birds attract avian lovers, too. Visitors can catch spectacular sunsets from lodges nestled along the lake’s edge, and houseboat holidays offer a quiet escape from the hustle of Victoria Falls.

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Chobe National Park

Located the northeastern corner of Botswana, Chobe National Park encompasses more than 4,500 square miles (12,000 square kilometers) of floodplains, forest, swamps, and rivers. The park is known for having one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa; most notably, a large elephant population.

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Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

Friendly staff, spacious rooms and informative guides are just part of what makes a stay at the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve a memorable experience. Whether it’s lounging by one of the resort’s pools or wandering the grounds on a guided walking safari, there’s plenty to do and see at this popular stop that’s stationed right inside a wildlife sanctuary.

Guests can enjoy breakfast overlooking the park’s landscape, where zebra and elephants graze on vast open plains, or embark on a game drive in hopes of spotting Africa’s Big 5 aboard one of the open-top safari vehicles. The reserve’s close proximity to Victoria Falls means easy access to other popular activities, like whitewater rafting and bungee jumping over Victoria Falls—making it a perfect one-stop spot for visitors looking to experience all the diversity and adventure this destination has to offer.

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