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Zimbabwe

A journey to Zimbabwe will take you through a beautiful array of landscapes, from highveld, balancing boulders to breath-taking mountains and incredible rivers. Here you can spot the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in a select few of its national parks, discover World Heritage sites and stand in awe of one of the natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi.

11

national parks 

5 heritage sites

5m hectares of protected wildlife areas

Getting There

Zimbabwe is internationally connected through three major International airports, namely Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls International. Flights arrive everyday through a multitude of different airlines. Within Zimbabwe, domestic air travel is quite reliable due to the operation of two separate airlines in competition with each other it is recommended instead of traveling by road. By road, some areas heavily potholed, particularity between border posts and cities, so self-drive is available, however, should be travelled cautiously.  

harare (HRE)

  • Cape Town (CPT) South Africa Flight time: 2h 15m

  • Dar Es Salaam (DAR) Tanzania, United Republic of Flight time: 2h 15m

  • Bulawayo (BUQ) Zimbabwe Flight time: 0h 50m

  • Lilongwe (LLW) Malawi Flight time:1h 10m

  • Victoria Falls (VFA) Zimbabwe Flight time: 1h 10m

  • Windhoek (WDH) Namibia Flight time: 2h 15m

  • Lusaka (LUN) Zambia Flight time: 1h 0m

  • Kigali (KGL) Rwanda Flight time: 2h 40m

  • Nairobi (NBO) Kenya Flight time: 3h 0m

  • Johannesburg (JNB) South Africa Flight time: 1h 40m

  • Addis Ababa (ADD) Ethiopia Flight time: 4h 10m

victoria falls (VFA)

  • Johannesburg (JNB) South Africa Flight time: 1h 40m

  • Nairobi (NBO) Kenya Flight time: 3h 15m

  • Cape Town (CPT) South Africa Flight time: 2h 55m

  • Harare (HRE) Zimbabwe Flight time: 1h 5m

  • Windhoek (WDH) Namibia Flight time: 1h 35m

  • Gaborone (GBE) Botswana Flight time: 1h 15m

  • Bulawayo (BUQ) Zimbabwe Flight time: 0h 45m

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Victoria falls

harare

Livingstone, Zambia

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THE VICTORIA FALLS

home to

population  

14.44 million +

birds  

+/- 650 species 

The Victoria Falls or known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders) is the biggest waterfall in the World, spanning 1700m wide and 108m tall. The impressive curtain of water can be viewed from over 50km away and can be heard up to 40km away. As Dr. David Livingstone once said "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

mammals  

350 species+

16 official languages 

plants  

5,000 species, of which 10% are used as traditional medicine  

WHY ZIMBABWE

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Great Game Viewing

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VICTORIA FALLS

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CULTURE

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ACTIVITIES

frequently asked

Money & Spending

Following the collapse of the Zimbabwe Dollar, Zimbabwe currently uses the US Dollar as its currency. Cash is king in Zimbabwe: make sure you can cover your costs during your visit as withdrawing cash from an ATM or bank is not something you can rely on. Travellers’ cheques and credit/debit cards are not widely accepted and often incur hefty fees.

Tipping

Bring small denomination notes - small change is rarely available in Zimbabwe - and note that although tipping lodge staff and guides is customary for good service, make sure that a service charge hasn't been added onto your bill beforehand.

questions 

Best Time to Travel

Victoria Falls- March to May (Fullest)

Game Viewing Safari - May to October (Dry Season)

Birding Safari - December to March (Wet Season)

White Water Rafting - August to December (Low Water) 

Climate

Average summer temperatures: 17°C to 31°C

Average winter temperatures: 7°C to 29°C

Rainy season: November to April

What to Pack

For your Zimbabwe safari, pack lightweight clothing in light, neutral colours (but not white as it gets dirty very easily). Include a warm jacket or fleece in your suitcase for evening game drives as well as a pair of comfortable walking shoes. 

Flights & Getting Around

Harare International Airport: the easiest way to fly into Harare is via Johannesburg. 

Victoria Falls International Airport: Direct flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi and Addis Ababa makes this a logistical hub and connects easily with safari destinations in Botswana and further afield.

Road transfers in Zimbabwe are usually conducted in mini buses and game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles. Light aircraft charters are available for flights to more remote destinations.

Visa & Passport Requirements

Visas are required by most visitors to Zimbabwe and can usually be obtained at your point of entry. Citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, most EU countries, Israel and Japan as well as a number of other countries will receive their visas at the airport or border post upon payment of requisite fees. However, some nationalities will have to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling.

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VICTORIA FALLS