ZIMBABWE land of wonders and home of the majestic Victoria Falls! is a landlocked country in central southern Africa and one of the most beautiful. Bordering South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique, her 391,000km² area is home of the magical Victoria Fallsas well as eight wildlife infested national parks including the iconic Hwange National Park, Matusadona, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba and Rhodes Matopos National Parks, the Eastern Highlands, the Gonarezhou National Park in the south Eastas well as. Together, they are a refuge for over 350 species of wild mammals including the African Big-5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo), over 500 bird species as well as many reptiles and butterflies. Other tourist attractions include ancient ruined cities like the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, the unbelievable Chanhoyi Caves, the Matopos Hills granite kopjes formed over 2,000 million years ago as well as the wooded valleys south of Bulawayo with their ancient shapes, rock art and local wildlife; they are also the burial grounds of Zimbabwean legends including Cecil Rhodes and other early white pioneers.
Much of Zimbabwe is savannah country covered by miombo woodland with a generally tropical climate. The southern and western fringes bordering Botswana and Zambia including the Zambezi valley comprise a hot and arid elevated plateau extending from the Kalahari yet parts of the central plateau receive frost in winter. The eastern region towards the border with Mozambique comprises the cool,moist and temperate Eastern Highlands; areas of tropical evergreen and hardwood forests. Receiving the highest rainfall and renowned for their great natural beauty, theyinclude tourist attractions such as Nyanga, Troutbeck, Chimanimani, Vumba and Chirinda Forest at Mount Selinda as well as Mt. Nyangani, Zimbabwe’s tallest at 2,592m.October to March is the rain season with April to September being hot but moderated by higher altitude. Zimbabwe population of 13m comprises 16 different tribes-people with the majority Shona and Ndebele contributing 70 and 20% of the population respectively. Although the majority is now quite urbanized, a few communities are still living in traditional cultural settings, and one has an opportunity to view and interact with some very interesting cultural experiences including food, song and dance.
Harare International Airport and Victoria Falls international Airport are the principal gateways into Zimbabwe. A number of international airlines provide regular flights into Zimbabwe including South African Airways, Rwandair, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Air Zimbabwe provides domestic interconnecting flights between the two cities which are over 900kms, by road, away from each other.
A yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now mandatory for entrance into Zimbabwe. The CDC and WHO recommend vaccines for typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, and influenza. Zimbabwe is also located in a Malaria risk area. We recommend anti-Malarial prophylactics, use mosquito repellent and sleeping under a mosquito. Please speak to your physician on the recommended anti-Malarial prophylactics before departing for Zimbabwe.
Most persons require a Visa to enter Zimbabwe. Based on your passport, some nationalities do not require a Visa to enter Zimbabwe (Category A), others may get a Visa on arrival at any Zimbabwe port of entry upon paying the required Visa Fees (Category B) while others require to obtain a visa or visa permission in advance of travel and pay the due Visa Fees on arrival (Category C). For the specific requirements appertaining to your nationality/passport, check online at https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/VisaRegime. The Zimbabwe visa regime is a bit strict and requires adherence. Advance Visas may be obtained from the Zimbabwe Embassy or High Commission nearest to you or applied for online at https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/Accounts/Login?returnUrl=%2FApply%2FNew. eVisas normally take two working days but it may be longer and we recommend you apply at-least three weeks before arrival. Payment is normally done on arrival at the Zimbabwe port of entry. Further, many of our Zimbabwe tours include visits to the neighboring countries of Zambia and Botswana. If your tour includes crossing over into Zamabia, we recommend you request/apply for the special KAZAUniVisa sticker when you arrive at the Zimbabwe port of entry. The sticker allows you to enter Zimbabwe and Zambia multiple times at no extra charge and is a huge discount compred to individual visas. The KAZAUniVisa is currenly only available for Category-B nationalities i.e. those who are allowed to obtain a Visa on arrival/at a fee. It is not available for Category B countries’ nationals. IF your tour includes a day trip into Botswana, please see http://www.gov.bw/Ministries--Authorities/Ministries/Ministry-of-Labour--Home-Affairs-MLHA/Tools--Services/Services--Forms/Requirements-for-VISA-application/ for your nationalities’ specific visa requirements and apply accordingly in advance; a Botswana visa may take 7 to 14 working days to get.