Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Overview

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa. Zimbabwe’s beautiful scenery includes the famous Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River along the country’s northern border. Since the late 1800’s, the area that is now the country of Zimbabwe has had a troubled, often violent, political history.

Zimbabwe offers an astounding variety of natural beauty from the thundering Victoria Falls, the giant marble-like boulders of the Motopo Hills, to the verdant mountains of the Eastern Highlands, and the national parks teeming with wildlife, where hippo, buffalo, crocodiles, rhino, elephant and lion roam freely.

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in the country and supports one of the largest concentrations of animals in the world.

CLIMATE

Zimbabwe’s summer lasts from October to April and is hot and wet. The winter, from May to September, is cool and dry. Temperatures in the country range between 54 and 85 °F (12 and 29 °C), and rainfall varies from 15 inches a year in the west to 50 inches in the east.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Harare
POPULATION: 12.3 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Zimbabwe Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +263
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 2

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to high density, low-income suburban areas at any time; and all but essential travel to Harare city centre, rural Manicaland and farming areas. There have been a number of serious incidents in rural areas and it is dangerous for farmers or agricultural workers to visit former properties or other agricultural areas. You should also avoid areas where War Veterans are active. The situation remains unpredictable and incidents of violence across the country continue: it could deteriorate further, without warning.

Zimbabwe is experiencing outbreaks of cholera across the country with over twenty thousand people infected and over a thousand people having died. You are advised to observe rigorous food and hygiene measures. You should familiarise yourself with precautions to take to avoid cholera including drinking or using only purified water. You should exercise a high degree of caution when visiting other parts of Zimbabwe.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk