Zimbabwe Quick Guide

When planning your next African trip, it's a good idea to know what to pack as you head towards Zimbabwe. The country, one of the most politically stable in Africa, has stunning natural landscapes, amazing cities and abundant culture. In fact, it's been called "the forgotten continent" because it hasn't been that well known outside Europe and North America for years. If you've never been to Zimbabwe, you're in for an exciting and unforgettable experience!

There are many reasons why you should visit Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is an extremely diverse country with a wide range of attractions for visitors. Victoria Falls is among the most famous natural wonders in Africa and Victoria Falls is one of the world's highest falls. Victoria Falls can take up to eight days to reach through Hwange River after beginning from Victoria Falls, Zambia. Although you may be able to arrange a cheap or low cost tour of Zimbabwe, visiting the Falls should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and as such, you should make sure you have the necessary visas beforehand.

Zambia and Zimbabwe are both located on the Zambezi River, which flows through Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This river is filled with crocodiles, hippos and colors, all of which are indigenous to Africa and easily obtainable in major cities in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls attracts millions of tourists each year to gaze at the natural wonder of the world. Other popular destinations in Zimbabwe include the Chobe National Park and the Selous and Mikumi national parks. In addition to visiting Victoria Falls, Zambia offers a host of other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that allow visitors to explore some of Africa's most unique natural environments.

When planning your Zimbabwe travel guide, you should consider packing three weeks before arrival. It is recommended that you pack light because it will be difficult to carry many personal items when traveling to Zimbabwe. Your itinerary will provide details about how to reach Zimbabwe and what to bring with you in order to maximize your comfort and safety while exploring the many attractions in Zimbabwe. The following sections of this article will detail the general characteristics of a packing list for Zimbabwe.

Clothing, footwear, accessories, shoes and toiletries must all be packed within the confines of your backpack. Only essential items should be taken with you. You can expect to stay in a hostel or guest houses where you will have access to clean water and toilets. Many tourists enjoy sleeping outdoors at campsites, however do not plan to spend time hiking and camping during your stay in Zimbabwe. There are many zoos, parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe where you can see animals such as lions, elephants, zebras and buffaloes.

Food and snacks are the most important aspect of an African safari and one of the most popular attractions in Zimbabwe. It is recommended that you pack a small portable cooking stove, which you can use while on the go. You will find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, bread and cereals at most campgrounds and camping sites. Snacks can include locally roasted coffee, fresh fruit, and tea, which can help revitalize your body after a day of hiking or walking in the wilderness.

If you are interested in photography, you will have an abundant supply of photographic equipment in Zimbabwe. There are many zoos and national parks where you can spend hours viewing wildlife and taking photographs. The most famous wildlife attraction in Zimbabwe is the world's largest cheetah weighing in at over 700 pounds. There are many photo opportunities around Victoria Falls National Park, where tourists can capture amazing images of the falls and surrounding area. Other popular attractions include the Zimani Garo and the Zimani Bush Camp, which offer a great view of the savanna around Mt. Zimbabwe.

While there are many places to see in Zimbabwe, it is advised that you do not plan your trip without packing a few extra things for emergency reasons. It is best to make your packing list when you arrive in Zimbabwe so that you have an idea of what you need to bring. Many first time tourists to Zimbabwe do not take enough food with them and this can cause them to become famished quickly. The Zimbabwe travel guide will also give you some advice about the best places to eat. There are many great restaurants in Zimbabwe that cater to western tastes and are slightly more expensive than your average roadside eatery.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Zimbabwe are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

With mild temperatures, virtually no rain and a low malaria risk, the dry May to October winter season is generally seen as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game-viewing, although note that September and October are extremely hot and dry months.

Do I need a Visa?

You'll need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. It is no longer possible to get a visa from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London. Most visitors use the visa on arrival service. ... Check current entry requirements with the Zimbabwe Embassy in London before you travel.

See which forms you may need for entry into Zimbabwe.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWL). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Zimbabwe you can grab amazing Zimbabwe Dollar deals via Wise.com (GBP to ZWL).

What about the wildlife?

The prominent wild fauna includes African buffalo, African bush elephant, black rhinoceros, southern giraffe, African leopard, lion, plains zebra, and several antelope species.

What is the traditional food?

Chewa food? Widely consumed throughout the entire country is the national dish of Zimbabwe - sadza. Sadza to Zimbabweans is like pasta to Italians. It's made by gradually cooking either cornmeal or maize until it maintains the consistency of thickened porridge.

What Languages are spoken?

Many languages are spoken, or historically have been spoken, in Zimbabwe. Since the adoption of its 2013 Constitution, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, namely Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa. You can learn some basic Chewa before you travel to Zimbabwe and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe Dollar (In Zimbabwe, it's customary to tip waiters in restaurants (10 to 15% is standard), and to give car guards who watch over your car in supermarket or shopping centre car parks US$1, and give porters a small amount for carrying your bags. Most people leave tips for their safari guide and lodge or camp staff.).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 999
  • Fire: 999
  • UK Embassy: +263 242 338 809

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is 1 hours

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