Welcome to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a country of wonder … a place where your wildest dreams can come true. Let your jaw drop at the power of majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bungee jump over the Zambezi River. Spot the Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in national parks. Meet with the local Ngamo people outside Hwange National Park and learn about their rich culture and traditions.
In Mana Pools National Park, sit in wait of the large herds of elephants that come to the water’s edge. It’s worth noting that in Zimbabwe, your safari will feel like an exclusive experience – the country focuses on quality versus quantity when it comes to tourists, so you’ll share the parks with only a few other people.
Zimbabweans are among the friendliest, most welcoming hosts in the world, making your travels incredibly gratifying and memorable.
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Need To Know
- There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Zimbabwe: Khami Ruins, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Victoria Falls, Mana Pools and Matobo Hills. Try to visit all of them!
- Zimbabwe is home to the four-largest museum in sub-Saharan Africa, the Museum of Natural History in Bulawayo. It’s worth a visit for its impressive artifacts and insightful history about the natives and settlers who colonized the country.
- Zimbabwe is also home to the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The buildings, believed to be from the 16th and 17th centuries, cover 1,800 acres.
- Keep an eye out for a local musician to be playing the mbira, or thumb piano. It has been played in the country for more than 1,000 years!
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages (the most of any country). Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken.
When To Go
The best time to go to Zimbabwe is during the dry season, from April through October. The summer months, between November and March, are the hottest and wettest.
Harare International Airport, Harare
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Bulawayo
Victoria Falls Airport
Charles Prince Airport, Harare
Passport must be valid at time of entry for six months beyond arrival date.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Zimbabwe: Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Cholera, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types D and G. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Zimbabwean Dollar
Metered taxi service is available for inner city travel. Minibuses are also available, but are quite crowded.
Most major car rental companies have a presence at the international and regional airports.
Domestic flights connect Harare, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Hwange and other popular Zimbabwean destinations.
Rail service is available between Bulawayo, Victoria Falls Labatse, Harare Chiredzi, Mutare and Plumtree. First-, second- and economy class are available. Most of the trains are sleepers.
Express and local buses run throughout the country. Express buses maintain a set timetable, while local buses leave when they are full.
There is car and passenger ferry service between Kariba and Victoria Falls.
Valid driver’s license from country of origin required. International driving permit recommended.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Harare Zimbabwe
2 Lorraine Drive, Bluffhill
Telephone: +(263) 867-701-1000
Local Visitor Info
Zimbabwe Tourism Office
55 Samora Machel Avenue
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Safety and Security
Use caution in the vicinity of hotels, restaurants and major shopping and tourist areas. The downtown area of Harare is a particularly high-crime area.
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