Zimbabwe and Zambia
Due to the present political climate, most backpackers tend to stick to the Vic Falls area, so we have included Zambia with Zimbabwe as they both border on the Falls.
Welcome intrepid adventurers
Zim and Zambia are fantastic countries to travel in. They are cheap, the people are extraordinarily friendly and although the backpacker infrastructure is not as well developed as that of South Africa, there are some gob smackingly beautiful places that deserve to be seen. So go intrepid adventuring, throw away your preconception, maps and plans and go bush…
All telephone numbers are provided as if phoning from within the country. The international dialling code is +263. Despite much political upheaval, Zimbabwe is still a fantastic country in which to travel. Hopefully, the warmth of its people and the beauty of the land will beat political narcissism and Zim will retain its rightful place as an awesome destination. An monumental natural phenomenon and one of the seven wonders of the world, the magnificent Victoria Falls is probably Zim’s best known attraction. It is advisable to travel with cash (ZAR or US$) into Zim.
Vic Falls and the Zambezi River
Vic Falls, “The smoke that thunders” retains the same impact that met Livingston when he first ventured into darkest Africa – the only difference is today, fine hotels and bush camp accommodation abound. Enjoy a evening sun-downer cruise on the Zambezi River sucking on a cold beer or glass of wine while you view the wild life that mills about its banks or get surprised by the suddenness of the setting sun. A canoe trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will imprint close encounters of the wild kind on your psyche forever.
For many years Zambia was ignored by travellers who favoured her more prosperous neighbours. Disastrous political decisions, drought and the decline in the price of copper meant that the country suffered from years of extreme poverty and a virtual collapse of her infrastructure. Fortunately her fortune has changed and the country is now becoming more accessible. National parks teeming with birds and wildlife, the spectacular Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba are all major attractions…
All telephone numbers are provided as if phoning from within the country. The international dialling code is +260.
Country phone code (+260)
Places to Stay
What to do
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Sleep in a tree house surrounded by the sounds of the wild.
(The Kruger National Park,Mpumalanga)
Observatory Backpackers is close to all the bohemian action of Observatory.
Southern Comfort - a 26 hectare horse farm - is situated in the heart of the Knysna forest overlooking indigenous forest.
See Soweto the eco-friendly, local way.
Serene and unsoiled, this area is an African Eden.
This Backpackers' hostel is set in 3 hectares of forest near to the Vic Bay's famous surfing beach
(Victoria Bay,Garden Route)
A soul calming view of azure seas.
Stay here and they'll get you to the Delta on an affordable trip. This backpackers overlooks the hippo pool and the old bridge in Maun.
A newly renovated Backpackers in the heart of Cape Town!
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
The Baz Bus Cape Peninsula tours offer a run really fun day trip to Cape Point which includes cycling, a bit of hiking and a picnic.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)