Zimbabwe sees tourist numbers continue to surge

3rd Apr 2013

Tourism has become Zimbabwe's fastest growing industry as visitors flock to experience the nation's natural beauty.

The southern African nation, which borders Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, possesses one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in southern Africa, making it a popular safari destination.

There are around 350 species of mammals found in Zimbabwe, and its largest national park, Hwange, is home to some of southern Africa's last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds.

Formerly known as Rhodesia until April 18, 1980, when the Republic of Zimbabwe was formally proclaimed, the country boasts a seemingly endless list of breathtaking sights such as the famous Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

The Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site located on the Zambezi River, will be the host destination for the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.

Zimbabwe, which is co-hosting the General Assembly with neighbouring Zambia, is attracting increasing numbers of international tourists on the back of relatively progressive wildlife management policies.

"Zimbabwe is an invaluable tourism investment destination and the country is destined to take its position as one of the travel and tourism hubs of Southern Africa," a spokesperson for the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa said.

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