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Political tumult has darkened Zimbabwe's urban centers, yet this country vigorously protects parks and wildlife. Above all else is stunning Victoria Falls on the Zambizi. Learn of the Shona, Zimbabwe's earliest inhabitants and still its largest ethnic group, with their characteristic dry stone architecture at the Great Zimbabwe ruins of Masvingo.

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Small Group Tour A Taste of South Africa
Scenic and historic Cape Town then 4 game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy; optional extension to Victoria Falls
from $2499 w/ Flights 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Small Group Tour Best of South Africa
Johannesburg & Cape Town, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus a bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout
from $3899 w/ Flights 13 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Small Group Tour Highlights of Southern Africa
3 countries, 3 icons: Cape Town, jewel of South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with Zambezi River cruise; 4 world-class safaris in Chobe, Botswana
from $2699 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Crown Collection Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train
A Crown Collection Luxury Tour: Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train & Cape Town
from $6999 w/ Flights 13 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Small Group Tour Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, then 8 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges
from $3499 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Zimbabwe? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Harare
Population:  15.6 million
Currency: US Dollar
Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele, Tswana, Xhosa, Chewa, Venda, Tsonga, Tonga, Southern Sotho
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: UTC +2

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Zimbabwe. Tourist visas will be issued upon arrival when entering at Harare (HRE) or Victoria Falls (VFA) International Airports, for a fee of $30. If you are going to Chobe, you will need a multiple-entry visa, for a fee of $60. Passports must have at least two blank visa pages for each entry into Zimbabwe, and one blank visa page for Botswana. Consult the Zimbabwe eVisa website or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Countries, such as Kenya. Click here to find a local vaccination center. Malaria is present in Zimbabwe. Ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid, polio, yellow fever and hepatitis as well. Zimbabwe has one of the highest infection rates in the world for HIV/AIDS. Do not swim in any freshwater such as lakes or rivers since they are house to parasites. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Zimbabwe is a year round destination. April thru October is very hot and dry. The Falls tend to be their least impressive, although game viewing is ideal during this period. The rainy season is November thru March. Botanical enthusiasts will enjoy the lush, green vegetation during this period. Zimbabwe's weather is most comfortable right after the rainy season in May and June. The grass is highest then, making game viewing difficult and Victoria Falls is shrouded in mist.

Tipping

In restaurants, tip 10-15%.

Money

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Credit card use in Zimbabwe is limited. Cash in US Dollars is widely accepted and preferred for your shopping needs while in destination. Credit card acceptance is limited and inconsistent (only available at selected stores and hotels). Per the US State Department only Zimbabwe bank cards are accepted at local bank and ATMs and therefore travelers should not expect to have access to cash from automated teller machines. 

Shop for minerals, jewelry, dolls, woven hats, wood carvings, copper plaques, wooden spoons, safari clothing, baskets, beads, stone sculptures, and snuffboxes. Ivory has been problematic and some countries do not allow its import. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volts. Plug D & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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