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Formerly known as Rhodesia, the Republic of Zimbabwe has certainly seen its share of political woes over the years. However, Zimbabwe is now once again an emerging gem on the African Continent for Tourism from all over the world.
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The natural beauty of Zimbabwe is difficult to rival. Mountains in the East, Ruins around Bulawayo, huge lakes teeming with fowl, Wildlife in the National Parks and of course the dramatic back drop of RaR.
Eastern Highlands are dotted with quaint villages/towns that seem like they have been caught in time. Cultural immersion is almost a certainty in the Eastern Highlands. Many escorted tours that Downunder Travel Ltd. offer will avail you to explore in depth this un touched part of the world.
The Khami Ruins just outside of the second largest city of Bulawayo, in UNESCO site preserved to hold the history for the Kingdom of Butua dating back to the early 1400’s. Butua was the main provider of Arabic Gold. The Khami Ruins has walking paths around several of the buildings and platforms for tourists to explore at their leisure.
Lakes such as Lake Kariba are a short flight from Vic Falls or Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare. It is popular for visitors to spend time at a game camp lodge and take both four wheel drive safaris and boat safaris. The wildlife is prolific on land and the water. Traditional African Village visits are possible in these remote locations. A snap shot of real rural life in Zimbabwe today.
Zimbabwe has many National Parks for visitors to enjoy game viewing at it’s very best. Perhaps the most famous being Hwange National Park. Just a 3.5 hour drive from Victoria Falls, Hwange can make an excellent option for coupling with a Victoria Falls visit. Hwange National Park is famous for it’s massive Elephant Population, but there is so much more than just elephants.
Victoria Falls has been the heart beat of Zimbabwe tourism for as long as tourists have been visiting Zimbabwe. Even during the political unrest years, the town of Victoria Falls has been a major attraction for visitors from all over the world. People have flocked from far and wide to view the spectacle that only millions of tonnes of rushing water can provide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visiting Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side is definitely the best viewing possibilities, not much different to visiting Niagra Falls from the Canadian Side over the USA side.
Quite possibly one of the best kept secrets of Zimbabwe is the people. Largely poverty stricken, the people of Zimbabwe are always ready to offer a lovely smile and welcome visitors to their beautiful country. A little on the shy side, however, they will always be happy to engage in conversation in a genuine fashion.
Population of Zimbabwe is around 16 million for which they have 16 official languages. English is one of these official languages and spoken widely across the country. Being a tropical climate, Zimbabwe does have a rainy season which is the hottest time of the year, this is between late October and May. It is always best to travel to Zimbabwe outside this period, however, the hot and rainy season does not generally hamper travel plans for the Victoria Falls area, which is the most visited area by North Americans.
Due to the hyperinflation between 1998 and 2008 the Zimbabwean Dollar has been discontinued indefinitely. Zimbabwe now accepts other stable currencies such as the South African Rand, UK Pound, Euro and US$.
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Home to the incredible Victoria Falls, the land locked Zimbabwe is the perfect adventure for the adrenalin enthusiast. Bungee jump the falls or go white-water rafting through the narrow Batoka Gorge. Looking for a softer adventure? Relax with hippos, rhinos and birdlife at the Mana Pools national parks. Contact a destination specialists to learn more about your next adventure to Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s climate is mostly of a subtropical climate with two distinct seasons; a rainy season, also known as the summer (between November to March), characterized by heavy rain falls and from May to September is the country’s winter, characterized with cooler, drier conditions and very little rainfall.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Zimbabwe. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Zimbabwe. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is possible that travellers may need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to prove they’ve received their vaccines.
Currency & Customs
Accepted currencies in the country include the United States Dollar and the Euro among several others. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of your return. Canadians must have a valid entry visa to enter Zimbabwe.
The electrical current for Namibia is 220 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The main spoken language in Zimbabwe is English. There are also 16 official indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.