Attractions / highlights
An iconic destination, Victoria Falls showcases the largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world. Visitors can see the Falls from different vantage points situated on winding paths through the surrounding rainforest. The area is a playground for adrenaline junkies with activities on offer such as bungee jumping, gorge swinging and rafting.
Hwange National Park
Hwange is the largest and best known of Zimbabwe’s national parks, covering roughly 14 650 square kilometers. The park is mostly known for its massive numbers of buffalo and elephant herds, but is also home to a large number of predators. Hwange is a popular choice for travellers wanting to combine a Zimbabwe safari with the Victoria Falls.
Mana Pools National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular parks and offers a mix of floodplains, woodlands and riverine forest. The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language and refers to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River where numerous crocodiles, hippo and elephant can often be seen.
Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou National Park, also known as ‘Place of many elephants’, is situated in the southeastern lowveld of Zimbabwe. It is a scenic park, characterised by rugged and beautiful landscapes, as well as its numerous elephants. Gonarezhou is also home to the other Big 5 species – rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard.
The main languages spoken in Zimbabwe are Shona, Ndebele and English. Everyone in the tourism industry is fluent in English.
Visas/ Passport requirements
Visas are required by most visitors to Zimbabwe, but can be obtained for most nationalities at the port of entry.
No Yellow Fever vaccination is required for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe currently uses the US Dollar as its currency. Travellers’ cheques and credit/debit cards are not widely accepted and often incur hefty fees. Cash is the preferred method of payment.
SAA and BA Comair offer regular flights from South Africa to Harare and to Victoria Falls.
Best time to visit
Zimbabwe has a pleasant year round climate with blue skies and pleasant temperatures.
For game viewing, the winter months, from May to October, are generally considered the best time to visit Zimbabwe. The winter is characterised by mild temperatures, no rain and low malaria risk. The nights however tend to be much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes.
However, if you want to see the Victoria Falls, the rain season between April and May is the ideal time to go, as it can be a particularly dramatic time to see the Falls with so much water cascading over the top.