Zimbabwe Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Zimbabwe

Where is it?: Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in south eastern Africa.

Why do people go here?: These days, people don’t visit Zimbabwe.
President Robert Mugabe has introduced a number of reforms that has put the country in a state of disaster. It’s still a great country and offers much for the traveler.

What are the main entry points?: Travelers come via Harare airport or overland from South Africa, Zambia and Malawi

Currency used: Dollar

Country Code for Phones: 263

Area codes for Major Cities: Harare 4

Population: 13 million

Religion: Mixed Christian and Animist 50%, Christian 25%, Animist 25%

Government: Semi presidential, parliamentary, consociationalist republic

Languages: English, Shona, Sindebele

Travel Information

Major Cities: Harare, Bulawayo

Attractions: Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park

Accommodation: Zimbabwe Hostels, Zimbabwe Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Zimbabwe-Tourist Dev Corp, P.O. Box 8052 Tourism House, Causeway Harare, Zimbabwe +263-793666, 706511, http://www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw/destzim/index.html

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Matusadona National Park, Nyanga National Park

Health Issues: Bilharzia, Cholera, Malaria, Yellow Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: May to October are the best months to travel in Zimbabwe

Common Phrases: Mazviita = Thank You, Kanjani = Hi, (M)uri rayiti = How are you?

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: 18 April

Getting Around: There are both tourist and local buses. Since Zimbabwe roads are better than average for African standards, you should have no troube getting around. However, since the tourists are far and few between these days, you might have to use local transportation which is just as efficient and more affordable.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Zimbabwe is the Harare International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Zimbabwe travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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