Zimbabwe

Nicknamed “The Breadbasket of Africa”, Zimbabwe is an ideal destination for those seeking the best of all Africa has to offer. Unparalleled for its offerings of adventure travel of all sorts, Zimbabwe is truly unique and fascinating, blessed with a landscape of extraordinary beauty that has remained unspoiled by mass tourism, along with rich and diverse tropical wildlife.

Situated on a high plateau in Central Southern Africa, between the mighty Zambezi River – along which is located the incomparable spectacle of Victoria Falls and the magnificent expanse of Lake Kariba – and the Limpopo River, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country about the same size as California. Its neighbors are Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south and Botswana to the southwest.
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Zimbabwe truly has something for everyone, from a quiet and spacious haven to a land of thrilling adventure, through white-water rafting and traditional dance to birding safaris and contemporary music. Zimbabwe boasts several major tourist attractions, including the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, which is shared with Zambia. The local name for Victoria Falls is “Mosi-ao-Tuna” or “Smoke that Thunders” is a wonderfully descriptive name of this World Heritage Site. Like Mount Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls serves as an emblem of the entire African continent. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the falls, in 1855, and he named them in honor of his queen.
Zimbabwe’s system of National Parks and Reserves cover a wide variety of environments and contain an enormously diverse collection of species. It is extensive, well organized, and not only are its game reserves among Africa’s most abundant and picturesque , but they offer unusual types of safari experiences unavailable elsewhere, including the “Big Five” animals most highly sought after by safari-goers: the lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and the buffalo. Mana Pools National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, may well offer one of Africa’s most exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and Hwange National Park is a nearby spot to enjoy, as well.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. Both square and round plugs are used.

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Banking

Currency

Zimbabwe uses US$ as well as its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Bond Dollar. It is advised to carry small denominations…

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Cuisine

Zimbabwe’s native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made…

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Climate

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the…

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Transport

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi…

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Dress

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light…

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Regions

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of…

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Zambezi National Park

Zambezi National Park together with Victoria Falls National Park cover an area an enormous area and are home to a wide variety of mammals including The Big Five and sable antelope. The Zambezi River is a major attraction to the animals and tourists alike and the Victoria Falls are quite…

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