Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi River in the north and the Limpopo River in the south. The magnificent wildlife is what attracts tourists here. This country has managed to preserve many animals in their natural habitat thanks to its sound environmental protection policy.
Some animals in Zimbabwe can be seen not only through binoculars, but also with a rifle scope: it is one of the few African countries where hunting is allowed. Golf fans will also find something to do in the country: it is in Zimbabwe are some of the best golf courses on the African continent.
The capital is Harare. The main purpose of a visit to the country – Zimbabwe’s national parks, but even beyond them there are plenty of attractions. For more places to visit in the country, see the page Cities and Resorts of Zimbabwe.
Visa to Zimbabwe
Visa to Zimbabwe can be arranged either on arrival or at the consular section of the embassy, insurance is the best in advance online.
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited, the amount declared over 50,000 USD. Permits are required for the importation of hunting weapons and ammunition – as well as for the export of hunting trophies. The cost of the permit is 250 USD. Importation of drugs and some medicines is forbidden.
No vaccinations are required before visiting the country. Tourists planning to visit national parks only need to take anti-malarial pills, wear clothing with long sleeves, and use insecticides.
Climate of Zimbabwe
The climate is subequatorial in the north and tropical in the south. In summer (December-March) the average temperature is about +25 ° C, in winter (June-August) +17 ° C. It rains mostly from November to March.
Depending on what purpose tourists go to the country, the best time to visit will be different. For example, the most suitable period for rafting on the Zambezi is August-December, when the river is not the most full and, accordingly, not very rough.
The most comfortable time to observe the animals is in the winter months when it is dry and warm (from May to October). But it should be borne in mind that at this time at night sometimes there are even frosts.
Hotels in Zimbabwe
Most hotels in Zimbabwe are concentrated in national parks, near Victoria Falls, and in the capital city. Choose accommodation in safari lodges and campsites, be careful: the area of the complexes is not always fenced, and wild animals can enter the territory.
Banks and exchange offices
The currency unit is Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL), 1 dollar has 100 cents. Current exchange rate: 1 USD = 322 ZWL, 1 EUR = 381.57 ZWL.
Banks are open from 8:00 to 15:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday and from 8:00 to 11:30 on Saturday. Currency can be exchanged at banks, hotels, the airport, and numerous currency exchange offices.
South African rands can also be paid in the markets and in the province, and U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere.
Zimbabwe’s Entertainment and Attractions
The main and very spectacular attraction of the country is Victoria Falls. It is located on the Zambezi River, near the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the fourth widest stream and one of the largest waterfalls in the world in terms of water flow and power.
Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Tourists come here to go sailing, water skiing, sunbathing and fishing, and in the evening to try their luck at the casino open on the lake.
Attractions in Harare include the National Gallery, Kopje Hill, the botanical gardens and Mbaremusica market.
The Great Zimbabwe is a medieval city with the Great Wall of elliptical shape about 100 m in diameter and 255 m in circumference. According to some reports, it is the oldest structure on the territory of Africa south of the Sahara.
To get the most out of visiting the country you should rent a jeep and go on safari. The country has many national parks where you can see hippos, rhinos, crocodiles, buffalo, roe deer and other rare animals.
The wild flow of Zambezi River in the gorge behind Victoria Falls is considered one of the best places in the world for extreme rafting. The thrill is guaranteed.
You can also rent a small plane and admire the world’s largest waterfall Victoria Falls from a bird’s eye view. The sound of water can be heard from 20 km away, and the column of water dust over the falls can be seen from 40 km away.
Extreme athletes in Zimbabwe should not miss rafting. The wild flow of the Zambezi River in the gorge behind Victoria Falls is considered one of the best places in the world for extreme rafting. The thrill is guaranteed.
Plus, sport hunting is developed in Zimbabwe. It has all the prerequisites: a variety of natural conditions and animal species, opportunities to hunt in specialized ranches and in the wilderness, a very high level of service.
Hunting in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is considered a hunting country: special hunting ranches have been built here, and guides and instructors provide trophies for arriving Pulkinas from all over the world. Hunting tourism makes up a large part of the country’s economy, so the activities of gamekeepers, guides and other staff are closely monitored.
There are several safari regions in the Zambezi River valley below the Kariba Dam that are home to elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards and some species of antelope. Many of these are allowed to be hunted with a permit from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management.
Regulations divide all animals in these areas into several categories: game that can be hunted, protected species, and endangered species. Endangered species are not subject to shooting, but the first two “categories” are subject to an annual shooting quota depending on their numbers.
The hunting season in Zimbabwe is open from early May to late September. Only a limited number of people are allowed to hunt.