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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 $2799 w/ Flights 8 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of South Africa with Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Johannesburg & Cape Town, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus a bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout.
from $5698 w/ Flights 15 days
per person, double occupancy*
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; 1 day in Nairobi
from $3399 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train and Victoria Falls
Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
from $8948 w/ Flights 16 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Kenya Wildlife Safari with Victoria Falls
Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in superior Nairobi hotels & safari lodges, All this plus the majestic Victoria Falls.
from $4898 w/ Flights 14 days
per person, double occupancy*
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. Optional extensions to Victoria Falls or the Garden Route
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Small Group Tour Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, then 8 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha & Masai Mara; Stay in superior Nairobi hotels & safari lodges, Post-tour extension to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
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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

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after your date of entry to Zimbabwe.

A visa is needed for U.S. passport holders to enter Zimbabwe, which can be obtained online or upon arrival; getting it upon arrival is generally much easier. The cost is $30 USD for a single-entry visa or $45 USD for a double-entry. Though it may be possible to pay with credit card, we strongly suggest you carry this exact amount in cash. You should have two consecutive blank pages in your passport for entry into Zimbabwe. Please also carry a copy of the e-ticket for your return flight, in case this is requested. Some of our packages offer an excursion from Zimbabwe to Chobe in Botswana. If you are taking this, obtain a double-entry Zimbabwe visa and be sure to have an additional blank passport page for entry into Botswana. For more information, please check with the Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate or the U.S. State Dept.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa).

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Malaria is present throughout Zimbabwe. Take precautions against getting mosquito bites, and talk to your doctor about taking a prescription medicine to prevent malaria (before, during and after your trip). Also ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A and be sure you are up-to-date with other routine vaccinations, such as measles.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa). Locate a vaccination clinic in the U.S.

Do not swim in any freshwater such as lakes or rivers to avoid parasites.

Find more information about health precautions when traveling to Zimbabwe on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) site.

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 through 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 & Credit Cards

The official currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe dollar. Cash in US Dollars is widely accepted and preferred for your shopping needs while in destination. Credit card use and 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. 

Important note: Foreign cash may be exchanged to the local currency at the bank or exchange bureaus. We suggest that you only exchange enough cash to cover any incidental during your stay in Zimbabwe. It is recommended to have cash when visiting Victoria Falls, as the ATMs sometimes limit the amount of cash allowed to withdraw. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection.

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

Shopping

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.

Learn more 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.