Zimbabwe Travel Information
Zimbabwe and Zambia are famous for the one of the world's greatest natural scenic attractions, the Victoria Falls, where the mighty Zambezi River plunges into a vertical chasm over the river's full 1700 meters width. During the flood season the volume of falling water reaches 545 million liters a minute, sending great clouds of spray high into the air.
The shortest drop is 61 meters and the greatest 116 m. Collectively they are twice as high and one and a half times as wide as the Niagara Falls. The second wonder are the national parks with a legendary population of animals: Hwange, Mana Pools, Matetsi in Zimbabwe and South Luangwa Park in Zambia are world renowned and offer a collection of intimate lodges, camps and adventure experiences.
A great place for holidays with plenty of unusual attractions such as: elephant back or horse safari, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, abseil & gorge swing, river cruises, upper Zambezi canoeing, white water rafting on the Zambezi, internationally acclaimed as the best one-day white water rafting trip in the world. All of this in some of the most pristine wildlife areas where huge herds of elephants and buffalo roam freely among lions, cheetahs and leopards, surrounded by thousands of kudu, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes.
Zimbabwe is also known for it's great local art: stone and wooden sculptures, baskets, carvings, jewelry, beads, dance - contemporary and traditional culture is part of daily life. Traditional music and dance is wonderful and no visit would be complete without listening to the lilting sound of the mbira (thumb piano) or experiencing the stirring accpella and rhythmic dances of the Ndebele.
Visas are required by nationals of most countries. These are available upon entry, at land crossings and airports. The cost of a visa is dependent on nationality. British nationals pay £35 (single-entry) or £45 (double-entry). It's £5 more expensive to acquire a visa from the London embassy. Duration is subject toimmigration, but it's normally 90 days. South Africans do not need visa.
One of the big current myths about this holiday destination is that the money issues are painful. At one stage they were, but no longer. The whole Zimbabwe uses an official bank rate system. You can use credit cards, it's safe to do so. Or, just take forex in small bills. Change them in the hotel at the official bank rate of ZIM$1000 to R1; ZIM$6 100 to US$1. The guys on the street who whisper about better rates could be informers so don't deal with them. Zimbabwe is cheap enough for foreigner tourists at the official rate.
The only downside of the entire Zimbabwe experience is that you tend to be pestered when outside the hotel and in the towns by eager carvers and street kids keen to show you something or lead you somewhere. You're perfectly safe, and besides there are plenty of the new look tourists police around. After all, in truly depressed economy, every curio that can be sold represents real food on the table for the seller. As a handy hint, don't be embarrassed to take second hand t-shirts or shoes, or even school stationery, to barter for curios. Shortages of all sorts have created a ready market for a great many items which are eagerly bartered for so "take what need, and leave everything else behind"!
Is flowing through Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and Mozambique. One of Africa's major rivers, length 2700 km, rises in north - west Zambia, and flows in a large 'S', forms the Zambia - Namibia border (the Caprivi Strip); on the Zimbabwe - Zambia border are the Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, and Kariba Dam, enters the Mozambique Channel as a marshy delta 210 km north - east of Beira, its middle course explored by Livingstone in the early 1850s.