Victoria Falls. If Zimbabwe is known for anything, it is this natural wonder.

While Zimbabwe has been troubled in recent years, the area around the falls is still functional and safe. The opulence of the famous Victoria Falls Hotel remains impressive, and the activities in the area are amazing, including the chance to walk with lions and/or take elephant-back safaris. Since tourism is almost completely limited to the Falls area, the shopping opportunities are some of the best in the region.

Zimbabwe offers year-round attractions. The Falls are always spectacular, but especially so in April and May (just after the rainy season). August to December provides the best rafting experience since the water levels are low. From May to September, the dry weather encourages animals to congregate near the water holes, making this period the best time to visit for game viewing.