FIRST TIME TRAVELLER INFORMATION
Zimbabwe is surrounded by natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, and is one of Southern Africa’s leading tourism destinations.
Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is breath-taking and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an ideal safari spot containing spectacular sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to any traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
Herewith is a sample itinerary of what to experience and do in Zimbabwe!
Zimbabwe uses its own currency, the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD). No other currency is accepted! Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip.
You can use this link to convert your local currency to the Zimbabwe Dollar – EXCHANGE CONVERTER
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Private Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps.
Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholes can be experienced. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road. Most lodges within the Victoria Falls region offer complementary shuttle services to the Victoria Falls Town. If you are travelling long distances or just crossing over neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Zambia and rather not fly, transfers can be arranged for you and you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on route to your next destination
CLIMATE & WEATHER
The rains come predominantly in December, January, February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe’s higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones. By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a green setting, which starts to dry out during these months. The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the ‘peak season’– days are often cloudless and game sightings increase.
September and October, the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe’s lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you’ll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe’s wildlife congregates around the limited water sources. November is an unpredictable month; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season’s first rainfalls – and in this respect it’s a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.