Also known as Jozi, Jo'burg, EGoli, and Joeys, Johannesburg is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa, and the most developed city on the African continent. It is the hub of South Africa's commercial, financial, industrial, and mining undertakings. Full of history and personality, must sees are the Apartheid Museum, the Nelson Mandela National Museum and Herman Ekstein Park. Renowned for its wildlife, there are ample opportunities for nature and wildlife tours, and safaris. The city bursts creativity at community markets such as Arts on Main and the Neighbourhood Goods Market in the Central Business District; and various bars, restaurants and clubs in the upmarket area of Sandton, and Montecasino in Fourways, offer incredible entertainment and an unforgettable night on the town!
As the capital and largest city of Zambia, Lusaka is also seen as the heart of the country. English is the official language of the city, with Nyanja and Bemba also used as official languages. Lusaka has an optimistic air of a town on the rise, experiencing fast growth and development. Attractions include Lusaka National Museum, the Political Museum, the Zintu Community Museum, the Freedom Statue, the Zambian National Assembly, the Agricultural Society Showgrounds (known for their annual agricultural show), the Moore Pottery Factory, and the Lusaka Playhouse theatre. Just south of Lusaka is the Munda Wanga Environmental Park, which features botanic gardens, a wildlife park and sanctuary.
At 1.7 km long and 100 metres high, the Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world, Victoria Falls is one of the natural Wonders of the World. There are ample places to stay over and spend a few days at this definitive example of breathtaking power, such as Kingdom Hotel, AíZambezi River Lodge and Elephant Hills Hotel. One is never short of a choice of activities, ranging from bungee jumping over the river, to helicopter flights over the falls and adventurous safariís led by experienced, local guides.
Built on the Zambezi River, this massive water body is one of the largest manmade reservoirs the world over. Measuring 280km long and 40km at its widest, Kariba is home to around 40 different species of fish, as well as crocodile and hippo. The Lake Kariba and Zambezi River areas are home to a large variety of bird and animal life, a prize destination for the birdlife enthusiast, especially the wildlife-cameraman. Game drives and guided bird and animal study walks are common and conducted by various companies based in the area.
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city located in the south-west of the country. It has wide tree lined streets and is surrounded by beautiful parks, a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes, with many examples of early Victorian buildings which are maintained as heritage sites.Bulawayo houses the country's main museum, the natural history museum, a railway museum, the Bulawayo Art gallery, theatres and the Mzilikazi Art and craft centre, as well as the Chipangali wildlife orphanage and the Khami Ruins. Bulawayo also boasts the Matopos Hills, some 35 kmís south of Bulawayo, composed of granite stone.
Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, is situated in the north-east of the country in the heart of historic Mashonaland.It is Zimbabwe's leading commercial and communications centre, and a trade centre for tobacco, maize and cotton. One is truly spoilt for choice with some key attractions being the National Heroes Acre, National Art Gallery, Harare Gardens, Lion and Cheetah Park and a large number of high-quality restaurants.