My travels across Zimbabwe
No words, pictures or stories can best describe how travel feels like for me. For some people, travel is all about shopping and escaping the busy life at work or at home. For me travel has always been an expedition, an opportunity to discover the earth’s greatest treasures and secrets. There is no end to what one can discover, the earth is so full of surprises anyway.
As a child, I always loved the outdoors. I would spend most of my time in my mother’s beautiful garden lying down on the soft earth, staring at the clouds and imagining the sky as the sea and the clouds as ships. I would tell myself that when I am old enough, I will spend all the days of my life travelling to every corner of the earth and discover all the hidden places where no foot has set.
Here I am, all grown up now and all I can think of is where to go next. I have travelled around my country, Zimbabwe but frankly I have not yet seen all the places in my country but I must say that all the destinations I have visited in my country have taken my breath away. There is a lot to discover in Zimbabwe for any aspiring traveller, a whole lot more to explore and get lost into, from rich wildlife, to the breath-taking scenery (the majestic Victoria Falls, picturesque Eastern Highlands and mystifying Chinhoyi Caves.
Travel is not only about having fun but also about learning, diving into historical archives to understand where all the different cultures and tribes in the country originated from and there is no better place to learn all this other than ‘the ancient city’, Great Zimbabwe.
My favourite destination has always been the majestic Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of falling water in the world. Local tribes used to call it Mosi-oa-tunya which means ‘the smoke that thunders’. Taking a walk in the rainforest is probably the most refreshing thing to do while viewing the falls especially after being scorched by the midday African sun. No matter the season or time of the year the spray will always get you wet and leave you all freshened up.
My second best destination to visit in Zimbabwe is the Eastern Highlands. These are natural rugged mountains with beautiful waterfalls, rivers, natural pools and deep gorges. One of the gorges boasts of the second highest waterfall in Africa (after Tugela Falls in South Africa), the Mtarazi Falls where one can have an extra-ordinary view of the deep gorge through zipline.
The Eastern Highlands define natural beauty at its highest level. Because of the pristine beauty of the Eastern Highlands, very little development has been done so as to avoid disturbing the environment.
A few months ago I visited the Eastern Highlands and I had a great time exploring the wild areas and unspoilt forests where there are no roads. The footpaths and narrow tracks make it the best place for adventure-lovers to visit. I got to finish off my visit with a swim in a natural pool and felt the cold water rich in minerals. I would definitely recommend this place to any traveller who loves connecting with nature.
One important question that is always on my mind whenever I am outdoors is that in the next 50 years, will all the earth’s beauty still remain intact? I would love to make a difference and contribute in preserving our planet’s pristine beauty and pass it on to the next generations to come.