Zimbabwe – the forgotten regions

One of the strategic marketing goals identified by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to regain its foothold in world tourism is "To improve the geographical spread of tourists in the country from the current concentration around the Victoria Falls area to cover the rest of the country". In support o

f this goal, Venues4Africa.com will continue to identify and feature The Forgotten Regions of Zimbabwe.
One of these is the City of Gweru, Zimbabwe’s third largest city and capital of the Midlands Province. Just 9km from Gweru City Centre is Antelope Game Park. Located on a 1 100ha estate with 45km of game viewing roads you are sure to locate many species of wildlife and bird life. What most people don’t realize is that Antelope Park is where the World Exclusive Activities of “Walk with Lions” and “Swim with Elephants” first took place.
Our second Forgotten Area this week is the Matobo National Parks, just 32km south of Bulawayo. Matobo, meaning “Bald Heads”, was the name chosen for the area by the Ndebele King, Mzilikazi. His burial site in the Matobo Hills is just a short distance from the park, and makes the area of great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people.
The park includes an intensive protection zone where large populations of black and white rhinoceros are successfully breeding. The park also is home to a wide variety of animal species including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, sable and leopard to name a few.
Viewing some of the finest cave paintings in the country are contained in four caves within and surrounding the park – another major draw card.
A way of achieving the goal mentioned earlier is to steer the Tourist away from the “Been there, done that” attitude and encourage them to explore further into Zimbabwe as the T-shirt is yet to be found! – Venues4Africa.com

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