Zimbabwe Tourism

Continent: Africa

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Currency: United States Dollar,South African rand, Renminbi, Indian rupee, Botswana pula, Euro, Pound sterling (USD,ZAR,CNY,INR,BWP,EUR,GBP)

Best time: May-August (Read More)

Budget: Very Expensive

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Zimbabwe Tourism

Zimbabwe is the country of wonders. Known to be every adrenaline junkie's dreamland, this country has a lot to offer.Despite the struggles it has faced, Zimbabwe is still one of the most popular tourists locations in Africa. Zimbabwe proudly displays its rare blend of music, art, and dance. One cannot help being mesmerized by its beautiful landscapes,captivating art, and exotic wild life. Zimbabwe possesses one of the seven wonders of the world:Victoria Falls. This majestic wonderland doesn't fail to give its visitors a thrill of a lifetime while making sure that the experience is worth every penny.

Tourist Places In Zimbabwe

Regions in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe can be divided into Matbeleland,Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi,Mashonaland, Eastern Highlands, and Southeastern Zimbabwe. Malbeleland is in the western part of Zimbabwe. This is where Bulawayo and the majestic Victoria falls is located.Many national parks, such as Mana Pools National Park, are situated on the shores of the Zambezi River and ferries run along Lake Kariba.The capital city of Harare is located in Mashonaland. The easter highland is the mountain range of Zimbabwe.The range comprises three main mountain groups - Nyanga which contains Zimbabwe's highest mountain Mount Nyangani, Africa's second-longest waterfall Mutarazi Falls and the Honde Valley. Most national parks are located in Southeastern Zimbabwe.It also contains the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Best time to visit Zimbabwe

May-August is the best time to visit Zimbabwe

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is during the winters. Most people come for the national parks and safaris. During this time animal spotting is easier. Additionally, the temperatures are agreeable during the day,making traveling easier.

Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

Natural beauty and landscapes. Wildlife interation and game parks.Handicraftssold at bargain prices.Music and Dance.

  What's not so Great?

Secondary roads can be undermaintained. Health and sanitation is not upto the mark.

For Whom

Adeventure seekers. Animal lovers. People who want to be with nature.Those who are interested in arts and crafts.

Stay options in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has a variety of places to stay from luxury to budget hotel. One of the preferred options include game/safari lodges.

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Cards are only accepted in hotels and big businesses. So, use them as a last resort. US dollars are widely accepted and is the recommended currency. Traveler's checks are not accepted anywhere in Zimbabwe.It is recommended to carry cash at all times, especially small denminations.

.You can exchange currency at foreign exchange desks and even at banks. ATMs are also available which accept visa and mastercards .The major banks here are Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe,CBZ Bank Limited,FBC etc.

Zimbabwe's nightlife isn't extraordinary but it isn't bad either. It has its fair share of clubs and bars most of which are located in Harare.The Sam Levy village is one of the best places having a lot of jazz clubs, sports bars,pool bars etc. For a mellow nightlife experience, Eastgate Mall is a good choice.

Some of the best things one can buy in Zimbabwe are their handicrafts. Zimbabwe has a variety of copper, wooden & soapstone carvings,jewellery made of locally mined gemstones gameskin & leather products, pottery & basketwork that travelers love to take back with them. Some of the major shopping centres in the capital city of Harare include the Eastgate Centre, the Avondale Shopping Centre and Westgate Centre. Also worth visiting are Fife Avenue, Kamfinsa Shopping Centre at Greendale and Sam Levy's Village in Borrowdale. However, the most genuine shoppingexperience is at the open-air flea market in Mbare. Here you can get everything from food to baskets to clothing .Shops are open from 8 am to 5pm and are closed on the weekends. Sales tax of 10-22% is added to all purchases.

Despite their struggles Zimbabweans sure know how to celebrate. Make sure that you don't miss the chance to stumble upon one of these blends of music, art , and dance.The Zimbabwe Agricultural Society Show is held at the Harare show grounds around the end of August. One of the biggest festivals of the country is the Harare International Festival of Arts. Another festival is the Houses of Stone Music Festival takes place in Harare on a different date every year.Presented by the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, the Bulawayo Music Festival showcasing a variety of genres is held every two years from May 23-27. The Zimbabwe National Jazz Festival takes place between September to November. All the foodies might want to stop by the Harare International Food Festival.

The first nomadic groups were an almagamation of the Sans and the Khoi Khoi who lived in caves all over South Africa. This can be seen in the cave paintings in Great Zimbabwe.The diverse groups led the to the Shona society. These people mostly worked on agriculture and gold mining.This society rapidly became a wealhy trading empire until the Shonas diintergrated into different states due to overpopulation and poltical turmoil in the 15th century. By the 19th cntury, the Shona state of Rozwi was brought down by the Nbedele who established their own capital at Bulawayo which then was threatened by European bounty hunters who established the state of Rhodesia and set up a white legislature. The first African political parties were Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). African parties stated a guerilla warefare to force whites to leave their homes and farms. In 1979, Abel Muzorewa became the prime minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Under Margaret Thatcher, Zimbabwe got a nwe constitution, Robert Mugabe won the 1980 elections and became president of independent Zimbabwe. Mugabe still holds this position and has been held responsible for Zimbabwe's current situation of inflation and unemployment.

Health facilities are extremely expensive so pay attention to hygeine and sanitation. Malaria is a risk in all areas except Harare and Bulawayo. Make sure to only dink bottled water. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.Also get vaccines and medicines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid , and Malaria.

Eye contact is expected in the business world as it indicates honesty and sincerity. However, in the rural areas direct eye contact is avoided to show respect to elders. Tipping is not necessary, but a 10% tip in restaurants is appreciated.

Don't travel at night especially alone.Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.Avoid areas where demonstrations are being held. Always carry a copy of your passport. Wear long pants and long-sleeved tops to protect yourself from mosquitos. Carry a mosquito repellant. Beware of bag snatchers/pick pocketers.Availability of fuel is fluctuating. Keep cars topped up and carry sufficient fuel for long journeys. Don't wear army/combat type clothing or print a it is illegal.

Polygamous marriages are legal under Zimbabwe's national customary law. Divorces are frowned upon.Zimbabwean culture is built around their music and dance.All rituals such as weddings, births, harvest ad funerals have their own music. Westren culture has influenced Zimbabwe in terms of greetings, codes and etiquettes.Zimbabwe has 16 official languages namely Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa . Out of these 16, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken languages.Majority of the people in Zimbabwe are Christians. Besides the traditional African religions, there is a minority of people who follow Islam and other religions.

Zimbambean cuisine is influenced by the British and African cuiisnes. Maize/corn is the staple food for many Zimbabweans. Besides that some of their meats include crocodile, kudu and impala.To preserve food for consumption during the winter months, Zimbabweans dry various produce and meats after the rainy season.Sadza,Bota Dovi,Nhedzi, and Mapopo candy are some of Zimbabwe's specialties.


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