This past weekend, Saturday the 11th of September, I had the pleasure of travelling to Pakanaka Resort with Pamushana Africa. Pakanaka Resort is located in Goromonzi, about 40km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe. I came across an advert for the day trip on Pamushana Africa’s Twitter profile.
The National Park is the oldest in Zimbabwe, having started as Rhodes Inyanga Estate, а bequest from Cecil Rhodes. The National Park nearly doubled in size in the late 1990’s with the purchase of the Inyanga Block and Kwaraguza farms and Nyazengu farm in 2000. This expanded the National Park to the north and east of Mount Inyangani,
Msinje Farm is 30km out of Harare CBD along Shamva Road. A place I instantly thought was spectacular when I saw one of the top day tour and weekend getaway service providers in Zimbabwe; Pamushana Africa Transport post pictures on Twitter. I told myself I’d join them on that trip but I simply couldn’t wait. I had to go and see Msinje Farm if it was the last thing I was going to do last weekend.
Located to the west of the country on the border with Botswana, Hwange National Park is the oldest and largest of Zimbabwe’s game reserves. It covers a vast expanse of around 5,655 square miles/14,650 square kilometers and provides a refuge for over 100 species of mammal - including the Big Five.
In Zimbabwe’s far west corner, the Zambezi River marks the border with Zambia. At Victoria Falls, it plunges off a precipice measuring 354 feet/108 meters in height and 5,604 feet/1,708 meters in width. This is the largest sheet of falling water on the planet, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Northeast of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River feeds into Lake Kariba, another superlative body of water located on the Zambian border. Created after the construction of the Kariba Dam in 1959, Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake in terms of volume. It stretches for over 140 miles/220 kilometers in length, and measures 25 miles/40 kilometers across at its widest point.