Although Zimbabwe has received some bad press in the last few years, tourism this part of Africa is rapidly increasing as this country has some of the most beautiful and untouched treasures on the continent.
Zimbabwe is situated at the border of the tropical belt in the south east of Africa. It comprises 390,000 km² land and borders Botswana, Mocambique, Zambia and South Africa. In the Eastern Highlands, north of Mutare lies the highest mountain – Inyangani (2,592 metres).
Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the locals are warm and friendly, and will offer any visitor an excellent level of hospitality!
This country is filled with surprises such as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the eastern highlands, the Mana Pools, and the resplendent Matopos Hills. With a great infrastructure and one-of-a-kind majestic beauty, you will be sure to return!
You can visit Zimbabwe the whole year. The best time to travel is from April to September with warm temperatures and dry weather. However, the Victoria Falls is best viewed in all its splendour from January to July.
Important Travel Information for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has a dry season and a rainy season. The dry season is from September to October, and the rainy season from November to March.
Average winter temperatures: 7 °C to 29 °C.
Rainy season: November to April.
Average summer temperatures: 17 °C to 31 °C.
Entry & Visa Requirements
To enter Zimbabwe you will need a passport, which is still valid for 6 months after exiting the country.
Visas are issued at the border which currently cost USD30 for a single entry visa.
The currency is Zimbabwean Dollar which has however been abandoned early 2009 due to hyper-inflation. Since then all services and products are paid in cash predominantly in US Dollars and South African Rands. Travellers should bring sufficient cash. It is recommended however to put the cash into the hotel safe. American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, whilst MasterCard has more limited use. Some ATMs accept credit cards.
The official language is English.
220 Volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style plugs (three round pins) and British-style plugs (three square pins) are used.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission. Zimbabwe is a malaria risk country, please consult your doctor.