Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The Capital City is Harare and the country’s population is roughly 13 million people. Zimbabwe has 16 official languages with English, Shona and Ndebele the most commonly used as well as taught in all schools in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has a tropical climate with many local variations. The country’s rainy season generally runs from November through to late March. Temperatures during summer September to April can range from 24 to 42 degrees Celsius. Temperatures during winter months May through to August can range from 2 to 28 degrees depending on where in the country you are.
The Zimbabwean people, even though they have been faced with many a hardship are friendly and outgoing and always make any visitor to the country welcome. The official currency being used in Zimbabwe is the US$. Euro, British Pound South African Rand and Botswana Pula are also accepted as well as VISA & Mastercard Credit Cards in larger hotels & restaurants. Cash will be needed for souvenirs and smaller off the map places to stay & eat. Zimbabwe has many highlights for any visitor to the country the most popular being Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Victoria Falls is also known as the adventure capital of Africa with the enormous amount of activities on offer. Victoria Falls has something for everyone, game viewing, picturesque cruises on the Zambezi River, Cultural activities as well as adrenaline activities for the less faint hearted!
Hwange National Park is +/-200kms from Victoria Falls and is one of the most popular and largest National Parks in Africa, hosting over 100 mammals and 400 bird species. Bulawayo, the second largest town in Zimbabwe is situated southwest of the Capital Harare. Bulawayo is an industrial city and the stepping stone to Matopos National Park, Bulawayo is known for its beautiful Jacaranda Trees. Matopos National Park is +/-35kms from Bulawayo, an area of granite kopjes and wooded Valleys, is home to many bird and animal species including the white Rhinoceros. The Matobo Hills were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the southern-eastern hills near the town of Masvingo. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the countries late Iron Age. The stone city spans an area od 722 hectares which at its peak could house up to 18000 people. It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kariba is a town located close to the popular Kariba Dam at the north-western end of Lake Kariba. Located in the Zambezi Valley Kariba is hot all year round. Fishing, gameviewing and houseboating are the most popular activities. Mana Pools National Park is a 219000 ha wildlife conservation area and National Park in northern Zimbabwe. It is a region of the Lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africas most renowned game-viewing regions.
Harare the Capital City of Zimbabwe is the hub for all business travellers. A trip to Harare doesn’t have to be all business as it is also the home to the countries main Test Cricket Ground, many outstanding golf courses and game viewing is available in the outer areas of Harare. Chimanimani, Vumba and Nyanga are all mountainous areas in the Eastern part of Zimbabwe, near the town of Mutare and boarding the country of Mozambique. They are referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Mist’ (Bvumba is the Shona name for mist.)
Chimanimani is distigushed by large peaks carved from a rifted quartizite block, the highest reaching 2440m (8005ft) and stretching for some 50kms (31 miles) forming the boarder with Mozambique. Chimanimani is a very popular hiking destination, close to the town are the scenic Bridal Veil Falls. An African Art and music festival is organised each year around Easter. Vumbas cool green hills shelter country hotels, a casino and golf course at Leopard Rock Hotel and a Botanical Gardens with one of the best view in Africa. The mountains are also known for their coffee plantations. Nyanga is a tourist town with its fishing, golf courses, mountain hikes and holiday resorts and cottages. Mount Nyangani is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe, its highest point being 2600 meters (8500ft) and the Mtarazi Falls inside the Nyanga National Park are the highest waterfalls in the country cascading about 760 meters (2490gt) from the top to the bottom. Another tourist spot in Nyanga is the ‘World View’ where you feel like you are on top of the world and can see for miles around.
Binga, Mlibizi & Msuna are all located in the North of Zimbabwe, south of Lake Kariba, across from Zambia and within a short driving distance to Victoria Falls. They lie along the hot and arid southern Zambezi Escarpment. Binga is known for its renounced fishing resorts and Houseboat trips. Mlibizi a popular fishing resort is also home to the Kariba Ferries which transfer cars and passengers to and from Kariba overnight. Msuna, an island, is a fishing resort which is home to a number of lodges and houses for holiday rentals.