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ZIMBABWE

Overview

THE SHONA PEOPLE SAY MAUYA. FOR THE SOUTHERN NDEBELE, IT’S SIYALEMUKELA.

In English, it means you’re welcome to Zimbabwe, home of resplendent natural vistas and abundant wildlife that many safari enthusiasts return to time and time again.

Animal and bird lovers will be awed at the scope and variety of Zimbabwe’s fauna, and every bucket list should include a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls, The Smoke that Thunders. Zimbabwe offers the best view of this natural wonder of the world.

Quick Facts

Zimbabwe is situated between the mighty Zambezi and the rolling Limpopo Rivers.

Its Capital City is Harare, its population is 14.65 million, and its two main languages are Shona and Ndabele.

It’s home to many World Heritage Sites like the mysterious Great Zimbabwe ruins, the distinctive granite outcrops of the Matobo Hills, the Mana Pools conservation area, and Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water in the world. It's nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls and is half a kilometre or so wider.

JOURNEYS

Journeys around Zimbabwe

When to travel

Zimbabwe's dry season falls between May and October.

Highlights

Zimbabwe has something to offer every kind of adventurer.

Wildlife

Safari-‌lovers can explore the Hwange and Zambezi National Parks, which are home to a host of fauna, including elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. Not to mention over 400 species of birds.

Adventure seekers

Adrenaline junkies can brave the white waters of the Zambezi rapids, bungee jump, or see Victoria Falls from above in a helicopter flip.

Sunset cruise

There are also plenty of opportunities to relax. Who could say no to a leisurely sunset cruise along the upper Zambezi, a cold drink in hand, and the African sun dipping below the horizon?

More information

General

What language(s) are spoken in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, but the three most common are English, Shona and Isindebele.

What currency is used in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe uses the Zimbabwean Dollar. However, US Dollars and South African Rand are also accepted. It is recommended that some of your money is in small denominations to pay for national park fees, souvenirs, gratuities and sundries. American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are widely accepted.

Is there transportation within Zimbabwe?

There are several scheduled flights connecting Harare, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, and other Zimbabwean locations. Scheduled seat-‌in-plane charter flights connect the main tourist areas and national parks. A range of transportation for small and private

Is Zimbabwe a family-‌friendly destination?

With so many outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and exotic animals, the whole family can enjoy this destination. Camping and lodge holidays are very popular, as well as a few days in Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe offers adventure for all ages.

Are there any rules regarding photography?

Please be sensitive when photographing people. Zimbabweans are renowned for being friendly. However, it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away. It is illegal to take photographs of public buildings, government institutions or military personnel. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in the country.

Is there a cultural or religious dress code I should be aware of?

Don’t bring any clothes with camouflage patterns or designs – They are not allowed in Zimbabwe. This applies to any clothing that can be construed as mimicking military wear. Visitors are urged not to wear, or even carry, any military-inspired clothing while travelling in Zimbabwe.

Visa & Travel

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Zimbabwe?

Guests visiting Zimbabwe must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel. Passports should have two blank pages available. Visitors who intend to travel to Zimbabwe’s neighbouring countries and back are advised to apply for multiple entry visas.

Is Zimbabwe safe for travelers?

It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge – they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night, and if you are on a self-‌drive adventure then please ensure your car is locked at all times – park in well-‌lit, busy areas. Dress-‌down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.

Health & Vaccinations

What, if any, vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Zimbabwe?

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Zimbabwe. However, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up to date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.

COVID -19 PROTOCOL

If you are entering Botswana, Namibia, or Zimbabwe, you will need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test conducted 48 hours before your time of departure.

We highly advise you to constantly check the most recent government announcements about COVID- 19 protocols before you start to travel. Temperature checks, mask-wearing, and frequent hand sanitisation are required at all destinations.

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