For the adventurous traveller, this landlocked Southern country is the ideal African destination. Almost unknown to Europeans until the second half of the 19th century, Zimbabwe is home to some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world: the roaring waters of the Zambezi, vast Lake Kariba where thousands of animals come to water, and that eternal symbol of the unspoiled power of Africa, Victoria Falls. Hwange National Park in the West is home to herds of over 30,000 elephants in the dry season, and lions, leopards, and cheetahs hunt big game across the central plains. To catch a glimpse of the lost grandeur of a once-powerful civilization, visit the ruins at Great Zimbabwe, dating from the Bantu kingdom’s golden age in the 11th century. Zimbabwe’s abundant and beautiful game reserves offer varied safari experiences that are simply unavailable anywhere else: safaris by foot and boat safaris by motor launch, canoe, kayak, or even houseboat, white-water rafting on the Zambezi or, for the hardiest visitors, bungee jumping over Victoria Falls.