African travel tips for Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe's biggest attraction is undoubtedly the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of nature in the world. But this country also has other natural and historical advantages that attract travelers and encourage them to return. Wild animals, fish and birds are numerous, including many unique, rare and endangered species, making animal watching, bird watching, fishing and hunting popular.

The city of Zimbabwe, which has four world heritage sites, has a rich history of ancient civilizations, thanks to which friendly people are proud despite difficulties. From a refreshing stream of waterfalls on the face, to the sunset on Lake Kariba, a lush mountain escape to a rafting adventure on Zambezi – Zimbabwe will certainly leave you in the same indelible memory as Livingstone and Rhodes when they witnessed the wealth of the country.

CAPITAL: Harare

CLIMATE: subtropical. The best time to visit is April-October, when the weather is mild and there is little rain. Winter (May-August) is dry and sunny. Rainy weather is November-March / April.

CURRENCY: 1 Zimbabwean dollar = 100 cents. You can take Zimbabwe dollars from the country. There are no restrictions on imported foreign currencies. If you do not declare foreign money brought, you can only take USD 500. You may be asked to include the exchange / issue of a foreign currency in your country. Fees for hotel bills should be paid by credit cards or in foreign hard currencies, e.g. US dollar.

Credit card users are subject to an additional fee of approximately 3 percent on the total value of the goods purchased. US dollar travelers checks are recommended. Avoid street money traders who promise "no commission, best rates" but then cheat on delivery. There are severe penalties for illicit foreign currency trading. Several large stores in the city do not accept American Express cards; Travelers checks are the most convenient payment method.

HEALTH: Vaccination against yellow fever is essential if you are coming from an infected country or area. Visitors are also advised to take precautions before arriving at hepatitis A, polio, typhoid fever and malaria (depending on the area visited, especially outside of cities). Other health problems include bilharzia (do not swim in rivers / dams or drink water from them as it may be infected), sunburn, limited medical facilities and out-of-town supplies, AIDS and flu (the risk increases all year round).

LANGUAGE: English is the official language. Chishona and Sindebele are widely used.

CHRISTMAS:

January 1 New Year

April 12 Easter Monday

April 18 Independence Day

May 1 Workers' Day

May 25 African Day

August 11 Heroes Day

August 12 Defense Forces Day

December 22 Unity Day

December 25-26 Christmas

SHOPPING: Shona soft stone sculptures; wooden sculptures; T-shirts; safari clothing; pottery; leather goods; basket items; sculptures; textiles. Nail polish and old clothes can sometimes be turned into sculptures.

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS: Christianity is the main religion, but in rural areas people have traditional beliefs. Western / European courtesies are respected. Return invitations are welcome. Reconciliation is a common form of greeting. The dress is loose, but most hotels require a more formal outfit, such as a tie and jacket; business meetings require suits.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 2

TIP: Ten-fifteen percent is common.

KEY ATTRACTIONS DESCRIPTION:

Victoria Falls:

Called by the inhabitants of "Mosi-oa-Tunya" – thundering smoke, Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and undoubtedly the most majestic waterfall in the world; Popular activities include walking in the rainforest, rafting, bungee jumping, waterfall flights, river cruises and more.

Lake Kariba The unique scenery of dead trees growing out of the depths of this large artificial lake is particularly beautiful during sunset; A popular way to admire the lake is a residential boat with friends watching a large number of crocodiles and hippos, watching animals in the Matusadona National Park or fishing for tigers – the largest tiger fish that has ever been caught and weighed 15.5 kg.

Harare:

The capital offers tours in the National Gallery; National Archives; Queen Victoria Museum; Queen Victoria National Library; National Botanic Garden; Mbare market; Chapungu Village; tobacco auction floors; Mukuvisi Forests; Museum of Humanities; Harare Gardens; Cecil's house; National Craft Center; African Unity Square and Residence.

Kame ruins:

22 km west of Bulawayo are the Kame Ruins, one of the magnificent ruins of the late Iron Age in southern Africa, currently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List showing that this area was the seat of the rule of earlier civilizations.

The great national monument of Zimbabwe:

The ruins of the ancient African city, which is believed to flourish between the 13th and 15th centuries AD, is the only one existing south of the Sahara and inscribed on the World Heritage List; the country took its name from it, and the famous Zimbabwean birds found in this place became national birds and were included in the flag; visit the museum on site, Kyle Recreation Park and watch the game by car or on horseback nearby.

Hwange National Park:

The largest national park in the country, both in terms of size and diversity of wildlife and birds; also one of the few preserved elephant sanctuaries in Africa, with herds of up to 100 strong; the only area in the country where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers and where the wild dog population is considered the largest currently living in Africa.

Mana Pools National Park:

Mana Pools, part of the central Zambezi Valley, hosts one of the largest concentrations of large mammals in Zimbabwe; is also known for the varied and colorful life of birds and is one of the last strongholds of the black rhinoceros stronghold; games, hunting and kayaking safaris are popular.

Bulawayo & Matobo:

The second largest city of Zimbabwe, which is located in the royal land of Lobengul, the last of the Ndebele kings; see the Natural History Museum, Railway Museum, Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Center, Century Park, central parks and the National Art Gallery; 30 km from the city is the Matobo National Park, a unique area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 2,000 square kilometers of giant rock formations carved by the wind. You can also find the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes and thousands of ancient rock paintings.

Eastern highlands:

The lush natural surroundings characterize this region with mountains, grassy plains, streams, waterfalls, mountain flowers, rare birds, etc., which contribute to panoramic views of exquisite beauty attracting nature lovers, hikers and other nature lovers; visit Nyanga National Park, Mutare, Mutarazi Falls, Bunga Botanical Reserve, Bvumba Botanical Gardens and the wildlife of Chimanimani National Park.

Gon-re-Zhou Park:

This park adjoins the Kruger National Park in South Africa and is home to the rarest species of birds and animals in Africa. Long-eared fox, suni, hartebeest Liechtenstein, nyala and roan antelope can be found along the famous African elephants of this park, which are unlike any other in the world.

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