Why Visit Zimbabwe
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Zimbabwe is home to some outstanding natural landscapes and national parks like the Hwange National Park (the third largest in Africa) to Mana Pools (a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site) to Victoria Falls National Park (one of the largest waterfalls in the world). They also provide and endless list of activities like safaris, bungee jumping, hiking, rafting…
Thanks to its abundant and diverse nature, Zimbabwe showcases some of Africa’s best wildlife scenes. You don’t even have to seek for it, it’s everywhere. You will see ‘the Big Five‘ (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard), but there is so much to see besides. It also houses more than 600 species of birds.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Due to its past political and economical problems, Zimbabwe is coming back, but its prices are still low. The country offers exclusivity, high quality guides and world class accommodation at really affordable rates.
HERITAGE AND HISTORY
Zimbabwe offers a rich history, with historical areas of monumental importance and archaeological ruins like the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, and the Matopos Hills, (where some of the best preserved rock paintings in Africa are located).
What to expect
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, being Shona the most spoken one, with approximately 70% of the population. Still, english is widely spoken as well and is used as means of communication in most regions of the country especially in the urban areas.
In Zimbabwe the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor
The Zimbabwe dollar was introduced as the official currency in Zimbabwe in 2019. After the hyper inflation in 2009, the main currency was replaced for a basket of multi-currencies like the US dollar, british pound, South african rand, Botswana pula, and the yen and yuan. We recommend to investigate a little bit regarding the economical situation of the country before you go, to make sure whether you can bring dollars with you or you will have to exchange them when you arrive.
Zimbabwe is generally a safe country, however occasional robberies, petty crime and scams do occur, particularly in urban centers and tourist areas due to the bad economic conditions of the country. Be cautious and avoid driving at night, wearing flashing jewelry and don’t leave valuables in the car.
CLIMATE: Zimbabwe’s climate varies depending on the region and the altitude where you go. There is a dry season and a rain season, including a short cool season during the period May to September. The rainy season is typically a time of heavy rainfall from November to March. The best time to go would be from May to October, in winter season, when there is no no rain and a low malaria risk.
Citizens of 46 countries (The majority in Africa) can visit Zimbabwe without a visa for up to 3 months. The rest of the countries would just need to obtain a visa on arrival, valid for either 30 days (for visits on business) or 3 months (for touristic visits). The prices go as follow: USD $30 for a 30-day/single-entry visa, USD $45 for a 45-day/double entry visa or USD $160 for a 12 month/ multiple-entry visa.
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