Zimbabwe possesses great national parks, World Heritage-designated archaeological sites and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. Alas, during the 30-year misrule of former President Robert Mugabe, the country was bedeviled by vicious politics, corruption and economic collapse. In many areas, poaching and deforestation greatly reduced the amount of wildlife. Only when the Zimbabwean dollar was suspended in 2009 did a semblance of sanity return. Visitors are now returning to view the “Big Five” on the savannas of Hwange National Park and take safari walks in Mana Pools National Park in the magnificent Zambezi Valley. Nonprofit organizations are also helping to get Zimbabwe back on its feet as a leading safari country.

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