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Country Facts

Zimbabwe, formerly Southern Rhodesia is in Southern Africa, lying between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique.

Discover one of Africa's most popular destinations. Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, go white river rafting or cruise on the Zambezi; stay at tranquil Lake Kariba, explore the many National Parks, home to a great variety of wildlife. Discover the Great Zimbabwe Ruins at Masvingo and take a trip on the luxurious Pride of Africa train and journey to spectacular destinations.

  • Capital: Harare
  • Official Languages: English, Shona and Sindebele
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Various Currencies - South African Rand, Botswana Pula (P) British Pound, US Dollar and Euro
  • Time Difference: Zimbabwe is 3 hours 30 minutes behind India
  • Electricity: The electrical current is 220 V Frequency 50 Hz. Plug Type is DG.

When To Go

Best time to visit: All year round, but best time for game safari is July to September and for holidays October to March.

What To Do


Zimbabwe cuisine revolves around staples like sadza - a thick porridge of cornmeal shaped into balls, eaten with every meal and stews. For a gastronomical adventure, try the Mopane Worms - edible caterpillars, game meat, including ostrich, warthog and crocodile tail and Boerewors - a coiled spiced beef sausage. Papaya candy - Mapopo, is a favorite. Zimbabwe offers both local and international cuisine. Zambezi beer is the national beer.


There are a wide range of bars, cafes and clubs throughout Zimbabwe. In Harare meet local Zimbabweans at the Sandrock Cafe on Julius Nyerere Way, have a drink at British pubs, enjoy laid-back jazz and blues clubs and restaurants, dance clubs with DJs and bands. Explorers, a sports bar has a great mix of music. Go on a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambesi. Other popular haunts are Book Café, Red Bar and Maiden Public House.


You'll find everything from antiques to local crafts, sculptures to colorful cloth and Zimbabwe masks. Special purchases are copper, wooden and soapstone carvings, game skin and leather products, pottery and basketwork. Gemstones are another must buy. In Harare, shop at Eastgate Centre, the Westgate Shopping Mall, Arundel Village Shopping centre. Visit the Elephant's Walk shopping village at Victoria Falls for jewellery, tribal arts and more. The Landela Centre there also features a few charming boutiques, curio shops and cafes.



Travel Tips



By Air

Emirates, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines provide good connections out of India.

By Road

Taxis: Taxis can be found at taxi ranks in the main centers or on call from hotels and restaurants.

Rental Car Hire: Cars with or without chauffeurs can be hired in most tourist areas from internationally recognizable operators. Self – Drive is not suggested.

Buses / Coaches: Zimbabwe has a variety of both mid-range and luxury intercity coach services.

Road tours: A selection of road tours are operated at reasonable cost to Zimbabwe's main tourist attractions by registered tour operators. In addition, sight-seeing and game-viewing tours are offered with couriers who are fluent in the main European languages.

By Rail

Trains – A commuter rail link exists between Harare – Mutare, Harare – Bulawayo and Bulawayo – Victoria Falls.

By Boat

At Kariba, Victoria Falls, Mutirikwi and all other water bodies in Zimbabwe, boats are available for hire from registered companies and lake cruises and charters are offered at reasonable costs.

  • Zimbabwe enjoys pleasant temperate climate with 365 days of sunshine and 10 sunshine hours per day on average.
  • 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.
  • Direct, held eye contact can be very aggressive to people there. You can look from time to time, but don't hold for too long.

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