Historically, Zimbabwe has always been considered the best country to view The Victoria Falls, especially as 75% of the falls can be seen from the Zim side and, when the flow reaches its zenith ( Feb to May ) after high summer and rainy season, nothing can compare to the rush you get as you watch a million litres per second pour into a gaping void deep below and the postcard-perfect views the Zimbabwe side offers of the Main Falls. The spray from the falls is so dense it causes rain in every direction. Raincoats are provided, but do wear comfortable clothes, as you’ll most likely get wet.
Delve into the history, biology and mythology of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ and explore a network of paths to no less than 16 awe-inspiring viewpoints over two fact-filled hours. Your local guide shares traditional tales and trivia about the different seasons, why the Main Falls and Devils Cataract never dry up even at the height of the dry season; and how the rainforest micro-climate supports the diverse rainforest flora even if, in ecological terms, it’s not a real rainforest but rather an extension of the natural riverine bushlands.
As you wander the pathways, your local guide will keep an eye out for tell-tale signs of the small mammals – vervet monkeys, mongoose, bushbuck and warthog. Encouragingly, development on the banks of the Zambezi River upstream from this World Heritage-listed site has been carefully controlled. Almost the entire stretch of river from Victoria Falls to Kazangula is pristine National Park filled with wildlife.
16 Official Languages Spoken
Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa.
Electricity – Volt & plug
The Zimbabwean electricity supply is 240V/50hz.
Wi-Fi can be found at most accommodations and some restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect a high-speed fibre connection.
When To Go
Zimbabwe is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year.
May-Aug = Winter time bringing dry days and very cold mornings/evenings.
Nov-Apr = The summer rainy season is beautiful, with sporadic rain and dramatic afternoon electrical storms.
Sep-Oct = Very hot and very dry.
The best time to visit would be from March - August as the falls are at their fullest and it is optimal for spectacular views, whitewater rafting and canoeing the Zambezi.
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on Zimbabwe's public holidays. In addition, most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 January||New Year's Day|
|21 February||Robert Mugabe National Youth Day (from 2018)|
|Easter Sunday -2d||Good Friday|
|Easter Sunday +1d||Easter Monday|
|18 April||Independence Day|
|6 May (Sunday)||Mothers' Day|
|25 May||Workers Day (Labour Day)|
|Second Monday in August||Africa Day|
|Second Monday in August||Heroes' Day|
|14 August||Defence Forces Day|
|22 December||Unity Day|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Boxing Day|
Generally, most nationalities do not need a visa to enter Zimbabwe, however this changes regularly, so it is best to contact your local embassy for confirmation before departure. Your passport should be valid for at least SIX months from the date you will leave Zimbabwe and should have at least two blank pages.
What To Pack
Zimbabwe is generally pretty laid back, so no need to haul out your best silks when you head to these shores. Here's some clothing advice when in Zimbabwe:
Health & Safety
The standard vaccinations required for the Southern African region are applicable to Zimbabwe. It's important to see your doctor several months in advance, as some vaccinations take time.
It's highly recommended to get vaccinated for both Cholera and Typhoid - both of which had sporadic breakouts in late 2016, as well as Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B among others.
Malaria is present in many parts of the country, so it's recommended to take a course of antimalarials such as Doxycycline or Malarone. However, preventing bites is the ideal solution, so wear long-sleeve clothing in the evenings and bring along repellent containing DEET.
The tap water in Zimbabwe is not safe to drink, so ensure you consume bottled mineral water only, which is widely available.
Zimbabwe may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of Zimbabwe’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
The currency in Zimbabwe is the American Dollar US$. You can easily convert your currency at a bank or Forex Bureau. The airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available in major cities. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are accepted at some hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.
Gratuities are not compulsory but rather a reward for good service. If you are happy with the service received you are welcome (but not expected to) tip guides or staff. The following is a suggestion for tipping: