Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa, between Zambia to the north and South Africa to the south. The official language of Zimbabwe is English but most people speak Shona. The country is mostly savanna, although the moist and mountainous east supports tropical evergreen and hardwood forests. Trees include teak and mahogany, knobthorn, msasa and baob ...ab. Among the numerous flowers and shrubs are hibiscus, spider lily, leonotus, cassia, tree wisteria and dombeya. There are around 350 species of mammals that can be found in Zimbabwe. There are also many snakes and lizards, over 500 bird species, and 131 fish species. South of the capitol, Harare, is the Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Great Zimbabwe, or "stone buildings", consists of hundreds of great stone ruins spread out over a 500 km² (200 square mile) area. It is the remnant of one of the great African civilizations. This location has been recognized and published by the “New York Times” as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2015.”Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Your passport must have at least one blank page for the entry stamp. This cannot include the ‘endorsement’ page at the back.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Visas can be purchased in US Dollars at the port of entry upon arrival, with the following items present: valid passport, travel itinerary, return/onward ticket, and cash payment.
Prices are as follows: US$30 (single entry), US$50 (double entry), US$60 (multiple entry) for American citizens. Note that Canadian citizens are only able to obtain single entry visas on arrival at a cost of US$75. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with Zimbabwe Embassies for the most up-to-date visa information.
Please note; if you are looking to travel in and out of the country a double entry visa will be required. Please speak with your travel representatives for more information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
Yellow fever certificate is not required for transit between South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana.
Malaria risks do exist though they are extremely rare. The risk is less at higher elevations or in hotter locations. Speak to your medical practitioner for more details. Immunizations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are recommended. HIV/AIDS are at a high risk throughout the country and precautions should be taken.
We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels.” Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
From late May through to August is the country’s winter, which sees locals and tourists enjoying days of clear skies and warm temperatures and nights that range from cool to cold. This is the best time to see wildlife and also the busiest time of year for most areas as it is the time of school holidays for many children, especially from mid-July to mid-September. From December to March is the country’s rainy season, with higher eastern regions receiving more rain than lower western ones. Temperatures begin to rise in September and October, drawing wildlife to the limited water resources, making for great game viewing.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity: Electricity in Zimbabwe is supplied at 220/230V. For the most part, Type G British sockets and Type D Indian sockets are used.
We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Zimbabwe. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Is not accessible from the camp rooms, most lodges do have wireless or a shared business computer in the main area to check email. Local connections are exceptionally slow and can be costly (as much as $10 per half hour). Smartphones such as BlackBerrys and iPhones will actually download data much faster than computers. Again, roaming and data charges can be exceptionally high – so please talk to your phone provider to pre-purchase a data plan for when you are on safari.
The Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned early 2009. The country has adopted a multi-currency scheme; the US Dollar and South African Rand can be used for domestic transactions. The Botswana Pula, Euro and UK £ are also accepted. Generally speaking, we advise bringing $50 -75 USD per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
Language: English (Official), Shona (Official), Sindebele (Official and National)
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Religion: 50 % Syncretic, 25% Christian, 24% Indigenous beliefs
Time Zone: UTC + 02
Electricity: 220/50 Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Zimbabwe is 263
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Zimbabwe: Medical Rescue: 994; Police: 995; Fire: 993.