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Zimbabwe Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION:

Zimbabwe is a beautiful and an important African country. It is filled with great attractions and is known to be one of the top tourist destinations. Tourists appreciate visiting Zimbabwe and are always impressed by its magnificent Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The falls are known to be a brilliant powerful sight and are the main Zimbabwean attraction. The areas around the falls are highly visited by adventure lovers from all over the world; activities such as white water rafting, parachuting, micro-lighting, and bungee jumping are adventurer’s most preferred. Zimbabwe is popular amongst historians; Great Zimbabwe was one a medieval city and it ruins are still standing. Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe whereas Bulawayo too is an important Zimbabwean land.

MAJOR CITIES:

Zimbabwe comprises many cities which offer great serenity and living standards. Harare is the capital city whereas Bulawayo is the second largest city of Zimbabwe.

Harare: The capital city of Zimbabwe has a lot of tourist’s attractions and buildings which are highly impressive. It’s a metropolitan city that has a pleasant weather throughout the year.

Bulawayo: This is the second largest Zimbabwean city and a business capital. The city is beautiful and comprises many Victorian Styled buildings.

Victoria Falls: This region of Zimbabwe is highly visited by tourists; Victoria Falls Town is famous because of its natural wonderments. It has an airport as well where; passengers are treated with the best.

GET IN:

Visa:

Getting a visa to reach Zimbabwe is not a hard thing to do as many nationalities such as USA, Japan, New Zealand and Australia tend to obtain one on arrival by paying suitable visa fees. However, to avoid the hassle, tourists are advised to apply for their visas in advance. Many nationalities are capable of obtaining visas for free. These include Honk Kong, Zambia, Malaysia as well as few other countries. It is advised that vacationers or tourists contact their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy to acquire the important information regarding visas.

For every tourist it is important to know the types and costs of visas. Types of visas depend on the number of entries. A single entry Zimbabwean visa costs around US$30 while the double-entry costs US$45 and for the multiple-entry visa tourists will have to pay around US$55. It is important for the tourists to make their applications to the Chief Immigration Officer in Harare straightaway. If tourist would apply for visa from embassy; a single entry visa will cost him US$55 and he will have to pay US$70 for double-entry visa.

By plane:

All main flights to Zimbabwe are served by Harare International Airport; the airport is located in Harare. Travelers from Europe can visit the country by booking direct flights with the national carrier Air Zimbabwe. These direct flights connect Zimbabwe with London. Travelers travel from Zimbabwe to Dubai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Singapore via Air Zimbabwe as well. Most tourists prefer traveling with South African Airways from Johannesburg as many European airports operates flights from this airlines, and, offer flights to South African and other African destinations.

GET AROUND:

Zimbabwe can be explored easily as the public transportations system is quite adequate.  Buses travel within the cities and without spending too much of money, tourists can explore the country. Traveling by buses might get erratic; for a safer bus ride, tourists are advised to travel by RoadPort buses in Harare – these run Lusaka, Lilongwe and other places. Bulawayo can be explored via mini bus taxis; traveling by a train to Victoria Falls would be a great experience. The train trip to Victoria Falls would cost around R50, however, hitchhiking is common in this region – travelers do hitching to travel more comfortably and quickly. 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Zimbabwe has some of the best national parks; these are safe for safaris and are very exciting to explore. Adventure lovers and nature fanatics are thrilled to see the country’s offerings and are forced to visit again and again. Some of famous national parks in the country include Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park.

Hwange National Park:

The largest national park of Zimbabwe is Hwange National park; this is where visitors get to see some species like the African wild dog. InThe flora of this region is indeed worth-telling.

Mana Pools National Park:

According to many tourists, the Mana Pool National Park has its unique features; the park is home to many hippos, elephants and buffalos. The park offers many picturesque views and it also widely visited by many botanists. People enjoy their time by going on a walk safari and spotting the extensive wildlife is easy at the park as the terrains are flat.

Victoria Falls:

One of the seven natural wonders on earth; Victoria Falls are highly appreciated place by tourists of all interests. The location is refreshing and the breath-taking views of the falls are worth-telling. Victoria Falls are located on the Zambezi river; these lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The locals call these falls Mosi oa Tanya, which literally means “smoke that thunders”.

LANGUAGES:

English is the official language of Zimbabwe however; Shona is widely spoken in the region. Immigrant languages such as Afrikaans and Gujarati are also used in the country. Dombe, Fanagalo, Kalanga, Kunda, Lozi, Manyika are some of the languages which are used in Zimbabwe by different groups:

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

The weather in Zimbabwe in the months of January and February has equal high and low temperatures which are around 26 degrees and 16 degrees. In the month of March, the temperature can be as high as 26 degrees and as low as 14 degrees Celsius with an average precipitation of 101mm. However, the heaviest rains fall in month of January from the first quarter i.e. around 213mm.

2nd Quarter:

In the month of April, the city sees the highest temperatures at 25 degrees Celsius and the lowest can be as low as 12 degrees Celsius. In this month, the humidity level is about 64% and the average precipitation is around 39 degrees. In May, the lowest temperatures are around 9 degrees Celsius and the highest are around 23 degrees Celsius providing 8 hours of sunlight every day. The temperatures are at their highest at 21 degrees Celsius in the month of June and the lowest temperatures are around 7 degrees with 54% of relative humidity.

3rd Quarter:

Weather in Zimbabwe in the month of July has average minimum temperatures at 7 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature can be as high as 21 degrees Celsius with 8.8 hours of sunlight every day. In August, the temperature can be as high as 23 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperatures can be around 8 degrees Celsius. However, the month of September gets warmer with the highest temperatures of around 27 degrees Celsius. During this time, only 5mm of rain falls and the relative humidity is around 42%. The temperature can be as low as 12 degrees Celsius in the month of September.

4th Quarter:

During the months of October, November and December, the temperatures are as low as 16 degrees Celsius. However, the highest temperatures in October can be at 29 degrees Celsius with 44% of humidity. In November, the temperature can be as high as 27 degrees with a rainfall of 100mm. Tourists usually book their Zimbabwe flights during this quarter to enjoy white river rafting at River Zambezi. The lowest temperature during the month of November can be as low as 15 degrees Celsius. In the month of December, the temperature at its highest is around 26 degrees Celsius while the lowest temperature can drop at 16 degrees Celsius with average rainfall of 186mm.