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About Zimbabwe

About Zimbabwe

Located in south eastern part of Africa, Zimbabwe is surrounded by Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, and South Africa. A beautiful country, it is a popular tourist destination and home to spectacular wonders like Victoria Falls & the magnificent Zambezi River. The Hwange National Park located in this country is one of the most popular safari destinations of all & is visited by hordes of tourists every year.


Area: Zimbabwe covers an area of 390,580 sq km & is almost similar to Japan area-wise.


Capital: Harare


Population: Approx. 13 million people


Language: The official language is English. Shona and Sindebele (the language of the Ndebele, sometimes called Ndebele) are majorly spoken around here. Apart from these, many other tribal dialects are also spoken in minority.


Religion: Religious syncretism is prevalent here, with around 50% of the population having beliefs that are derived partly from Christianity & partly from other indigenous religions. Apart from this, there are 25% Christians, indigenous religions (24%), while Muslims & other minority constitute 1% of the total population.


Climate: Due to major portion of the land being situated on high plateau, the country is endowed with a lovely tropical climate for most part of the year. Rainy season extends from the month of November to March.


Best Time To Visit: It is best to avoid the monsoon season & so the perfect time to visit is from April to October.


Currency: US Dollar. The Zimbabwean Dollar was replaced by the U.S Dollar in 2009.


How To Reach: The most convenient way to reach Zimbabwe is to travel by Air. Harare International Airport is located in the southeastern part of Harare. There is also a small airport at Victoria Falls which is serviced by regional flights. Airlines like Air Zimbabwe and Emirates connect Harare to Europe and the Middle East. Tourists visiting from nearby countries like South Africa, Zambia, Botswana & Mozambique find it convenient to travel by land. Several long distance buses connect Harare - Blantyre (Malawi) as well.


Visa Information: Visa requirements change often & thereby, travelers are advised to check with their respective embassies before making any travel arrangements.  EU based nationals, UK, USA and Canadian passport holders need to have a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Visa can also be obtained on arrival.  Always remember to check up with your embassy regarding current visa requirements before planning a trip to Zimbabwe.


Tourist Attractions In Zimbabwe:

  • Victoria Falls – This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire African continent. This natural wonder makes for a mighty sight and the view of the water falling through such heights is simply awesome.
  • Great Zimbabwe: One of the largest stone ruins in the sub-saharan region, Great Zimbabwe was declared a world heritage site in 1986. The most astonishing fact about these ruins is that the huge structure and towers were made from stones perfectly balanced on top of each other; there is no use of mortar to hold together the construction. The name of the country and its national emblem were derived from these ruins only. The eagle statue was found in these stone ruins.
  • Hwange National Park - One of the most popular national parks in Africa, the Hwange National Park is also the favored destination for Safari Tours. The park is teeming with beautiful flora and fauna with there being over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of trees and shrubs here. This land was a royal hunting ground for Zulu warrior King Mzilikazi before it was proclaimed in 1929.
  • Matopos (Matobo) National Park – Yet another important national park in Zimbabwe, this park is the epitome of natural beauty & is home to many indigenous species of flora and fauna.