When is the best time to visit the country?
The dry May to October winter season is generally seen as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game-viewing, but September and October are extremely hot and dry months. The best time to visit the Victoria Falls is from February to May, directly after the region’s summer rains.
Is tap water safe to drink in Zimbabwe?
The tap water in some areas of Zimbabwe is fine to drink, and in others it is not. We would recommend that you always drink bottled water to be safe during your time in Zimbabwe.
How can I travel between destinations in Zimbabwe?
Because of the long distances between national parks in Zimbabwe, travel by light aircraft is recommended. However, transfer by 4×4 vehicle is also possible and grants passengers a completely different perspective of the landscape.
What is the food like?
Zimbabwean cuisine is strongly influenced by Europe, with pasta, rice and potatoes readily available. On safari, you will generally be served European style cuisine with an African twist. Maize is the most common thing to eat, especially sadza – it’s kind of like maize balls that you roll up with your hands and then dip in your stew. Be sure to try the local food as it is all part of the experience.
What should I pack for a holiday in Zimbabwe?
Besides anti-malaria pills, travellers should pack their personal prescription medication along with the following:
- Cameras, lenses and binoculars
- Light clothing for summer safaris
- Bathing suits
- Walking shoes
- Mosquito repellent, sunscreen and hats
- Warmer clothing for winter stays
During the rainy season (November to March), a light jacket may be needed in the evenings. Most hotels expect men to wear a collar, jacket and tie in bars and restaurants after 1830hrs, except in the warmer parts of the country.
What kind of weather can I expect?
Zimbabwe enjoys a pleasant temperate climate with 365 days of sunshine and 10 sunshine hours per day on average. In winter the days are generally dry and sunny with cold frosty nights in the Highveld. In summer temperatures average 25-30 degrees Celsius with October being the hottest month where temperatures exceed 32 degrees Celsius. In low-lying areas it is much warmer all year than Harare and other Highveld centres. Low lying areas, such as Victoria Falls, are considerably warmer all year round.
What kind of electrical outlets are used in Zimbabwe?
Electricity in Zimbabwe is 220-230 AC voltage. Most outlets take a 13 amp fused square –pin plug but round pins are still in use, so an adaptor that can take both is useful.
Do I need any vaccinations before entering the country?
With the exception of children less than one year of age, all visitors coming to Zimbabwe from infected areas are requested to possess vaccination certificates against cholera and yellow fever. It is not advisable to swim in the country’s rivers and dams as they may be infected with bilharzia. It is advisable to take a course of anti-malaria tablets as a precaution. Please consult your doctor.
What currency is used in Zimbabwe?
The most widely accepted means of payment is the US Dollar, South African Rand or Botswanan Pula. International credit cards, like VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted. Travelers cheques are not. Avoid street/border money changers. Instead it is advisable to change all your money or travellers cheques at Commercial banks, hotels or at a registered bureau de change.
What languages are spoken in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages with English, Shona and Ndebele being the most widely spoken.
What national parks are there in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe is home to many fine national parks. Gonarezhou, Hwange and Matusadona national Parks are all home to the Big 5. National parks like Chizarira, Mana Pools, Matobo, Nyanga and Zambezi do not house all the members of the Big 5 but are all still fantastic destinations.
What is your top accommodation and itinerary?
Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, where it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. Voted one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders, the Victoria Falls are within easy walking distance for guests, as is the town center.
Is tipping/gratuities expected?
Tipping is entirely at your own discretion in Zimbabwe.
What is there to do in Zimbabwe?
Besides a safari in one of its many national parks, there are plenty of other treasures to enjoy in Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls on its own is something to behold, but the area offers many ways to experience them. Enjoy viewing them on foot on one of the many hiking trails, or even by air on a helicopter or microlight tour. Zimbabwe also has a rich culture, seen in the city of Harare, as well as the ruins of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe.
What is the difference between the Zimbabwe and Zambia side of the Falls?
Zimbabwe enjoys about 80% of the view of the Falls (16 view points). Zambia has only a small section – the eastern cataract (1 view point). Locals note that the only way to experience the Falls is from the Zimbabwean side. In the dry season from September through to December the Zambian portion of the Falls (eastern cataract) dries up almost completely. As such, Victoria Falls excursions from the Zambian side during this time are not recommended.
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