Travel: Zimbabwe is open for business!

Rhino
Rhino

Zimbabwe is trying to turn a corner and escape its past by becoming a hotspot destination for East Africa.

With that in mind, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays – the experts in guided walking adventures – has featured an 18-day Highlights of Zimbabwe holiday in its new brochure and, for 2017, the company includes all local transport costs in connection with walking programmes with no credit card charges which makes them even better value.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

The Zimbabwean trip is through one of Africa’s most beautiful, unspoilt countries which has certainly made a comeback as a major tourist destination and this holiday includes visits to the Eastern Highlands which is a true walkers’ paradise in both the Nyanga National Park and in the Honde Valley’s Bvumba Mountains.

There will also be game drives through Nyanga which is home to both black and white rhinos. And then on to the Hwange National Park which boasts probably the largest elephant populations in the world.

Then to cap it all, the holiday takes in the magnificent Victoria Falls which is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world! The Falls are geographically at the heart of Southern Africa and with a brand new airport having opened this year, it is now teetering on becoming one of the key hubs for arrivals to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

You will also visit Great Zimbabwe which features the Matobo Hills, a stunning landscape of granite kopjes, spires and giant balancing rocks where the country’s founding father Cecil John Rhodes is buried at ‘View of the World’.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

With prices from £4,299 per person, it includes return flights, transfers, half board accommodation, local guides, all excursions, game drives and activities plus the services of a dedicated tour leader. Departing on 17 September 2016, there are more details on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or call 01707 331133.

And as if visiting Zimbabwe were not enough, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays also has a 16-day Taste of New Zealand adventure embracing many of this diverse Southern Hemisphere country’s spectacular features.

Highlights include the vibrant, exciting metropolis of Auckland; sightseeing in Rotorua far from the hustle and bustle; Te Puia, a geothermal valley with spectacular geysers; Taupo and Lake Napier and New Zealand’s capital Wellington.

Then there’s an internal flight to Queenstown home to Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range; Queenstown Bay; The Routeburn Track – a world renowned hiking route on the Southern Alps – and on to St Martin’s Bay; the Tasman Sea and a day’s walking on the Kepler Track.

Prices are from £3,955 per person includes return flights, transfers, B&B accommodation plus seven lunches and seven dinners and the services of a dedicated tour leader. It departs on 3 March 2017 and 5 November 2017.

And if you’re still keen on another long haul walking holiday, then Ramblers are also offering a 17-day trip to West Bengal and Bhutan travelling through the Himalayas to the magical Buddhist Kingdom.

The holiday highlights include visiting Darjeeling in the heart of India’s tea producing region; hill stations still reflecting the British Raj era; a journey down the narrow gauge railway to Tiger Hill at sunrise; the hill station of Kalimpong before going on to the relatively undiscovered Bhutan where glorious walks and sightseeing will feature at Phuntsholing, Thimpu and Paro.

Priced from £3,499 per person includes return flights, transfers, half board accommodation and full board for eight nights whilst in Bhutan; local guides and the services of a dedicated tour leader. This holiday departure on 13 October 2016 with more details from www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or call 01707 331133.