This short movie, produced by Ralph Stutchbury, and done by The Malilangwe Trust, in combination with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, highlights the often overlooked South Eastern region of Zimbabwe. Discover unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife, fascinating ancient monuments and spectacular recreational areas.
The South East Lowveld
The South East Lowveld, named after its geographical location in Zimbabwe and its low scrub or grass vegetation. The region resembles the Africa of poster images. It’s red earth is silhouetted by baobab trees set against a fiery sunset sky. Large granite domes dwarf the spreadeagled msasa trees and game conservation parks sprawl over arid the plains.
Gonarezhou National Park
In a remote corner of south-eastern Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe’s second largest reserve. Amongst magnificent landscapes of 200-metre-tall red sandstone cliffs, huge floodplains and vast mopane woodland roams a huge diversity of animals, from wild dog and lions to nyala antelope and some 11 000 elephants.
Matobo National Park
With 3 000 rock art sites – some dating back as far as 13 000 years – scattered amongst its towering boulders, Matobo National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see rock art. Added to its archaeological importance, the park of forested valleys and granite kopjes is also incredibly beautiful and is a haven for white and black rhino, and also boasts Zimbabwe’s largest concentration of leopard.
Another archaeological treasure in the south of the country is the thousand-year-old ruins of Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rambling stone ruins are scattered across a 2000-acre area: the millennia-old remains of palaces of the ancient Kingdom of Zimbabwe.