GET KNOWN WITH ZIMBABWE
Written by: Eivind Stigen Holter. Published: 03.04.2019
A trip to Zimbabwe offers a meeting with interesting history, welcoming locals, the majestic Victoria Falls, unspoilt nature and exciting wildlife. Get to know Zimbabwe better in our blog.
Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo lakes. The country borders on South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, the tip of Namibia and Mozambique. Zimbabwe was a British colony from 1923 to 1965, when the white minority rule in Rhodesia declared the country independent. However, this was not internationally recognized. The country became an independent nation for 1980 after a liberation war, and took the name Zimbabwe after the ruin city "The Great Zimbabwe". Since the liberation, the country has experienced political unrest which in 2008 led to hyperinflation. Although the economy is better now, Zimbabwe still has major challenges.
Today, tourism begins to return to Zimbabwe, and as a visitor, one contributes to a better future for the country. Our advice to all our guests is to travel as usual and contact us if you want an update.
WHEN is it best to travel to Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe has a pleasant climate all year round. The best time to travel depends on which activities you want to experience and which regions you will visit. The best safari period is in the dry season from July to October. During dry periods the animals pull down to rivers and water holes and make it easier to get the eye on the animals.
The most spectacular period to visit Victoria Falls is around February-May. Then there is most water and pressure in the waterfalls. It is important to be aware of that Victoria Falls has extreme seasonal variations and the amount of water will vary greatly throughout the year.
WHY travel to Zimbabwe?
Here are three highlights that make Zimbabwe special and worth a visit:
- Victoria Falls: The majestic Victoria Falls are Zambia and Zimbabwe's biggest tourist attraction and 90% of the waterfalls are on the Zimbabwe side. The locals simply call the waterfall "Mosi-oa-Tunya", which means "the smoke that thunders".
- Safari in Hwange: Hwange National Park is an undiscovered safari gem. Here are a few days of spectacular safari experiences and lots of elephants!
- The people: Zimbabwe is made up of incredibly friendly people who are proud of their country and who welcome tourists warmly. A trip to Zimbabwe offers meetings with the welcoming and welcoming locals.
Safari in Hwange. Photo: Hanne Johnsen
Where to go in Zimbabwe?
Hwange National Park located west of Zimbabwe and is the country's largest national park. The area is as large as both the Serengeti and the Kruger National Park, but remains an undiscovered gem with a varied and exciting wildlife. Here it is really possible to experience one of Africa's finest safari parks without meeting lots of other safari cars! Hwange also has a stock of elephants of about 40 000 elephants.
Mana Pools is a Nazi park located further north in Zimbabwe. Designed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site is renowned for its natural beauty and is a unique safari destination. Mana Pools is known for its elephants standing on two legs to reach the top of the acasia trees.
A trip to Zimbabwe is not complete without visiting the country's largest attraction, Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are the best to see from the Zimbabwe side and it is possible to fly helicopters or micro-planes over the spectacular waterfalls.
Lake Kariba is the world's largest man-made lake. The lake stretches over 200 kilometers along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Today, Lake Kariba is one of Zimbabwe's main tourist attractions and is particularly known for tiger fishing and safari.
PRACTICAL about Zimbabwe:
Transport: We do not recommend driving around in Zimbabwe, and therefore we arrange all our trips in Zimbabwe with transportation.
Currency: Valid currency is US Dollar (USD) and we recommend withdrawing currency for your entire stay before arriving in Zimbabwe. It is common to tip 1015%.
Visa: Visa for Zimbabwe can be purchased on arrival and costs approximately USD 12.
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