Zimbabwe did see a lapse in tourism over the last decade or so due to a lack of police presence in some areas and a period of political unrest, which tainted the country’s reputation.
These days, tourism is returning as the country is becoming much safer for tourists. In saying that, you still need to be cautious of coruption, petty crime and scams, especially if travelling alone.
Compared to Australia, the cost of living in Zimbabwe is relatively cheap, allowing you to travel more for less (30-70% lower)
NOTE: Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in Southern Africa.
Top Things to See & Do in Zimbabwe:
- Take a visit to the grand Victoria Falls
- Great Zimbabwe National Monument & stone building ruins UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Hwange National Park
- Lake Kariba
- Mana Pools National Park
- Matabo National Park
- Chinhoyi Caves
- Zambezi National Park
Average temp: 15-16°C
The dry season (May to October) is said to be the best time to travel to Zimbabwe, especially for game viewing (safari), mild daytime temperatures and little to non-existent rain.
But beware, if you choose to go around September and October you’ll find that temperatures get EXTREMELY hot and dry.
If you’re travelling to Zimbabwe to predominately see the Victoria Falls, then you’ll want to time your trip just after the rainy season concludes (between April and May).
By that time, the Zambezi River is in full flood which makes for a very spectacular waterfall. NOTE: You will get saturated so wear a raincoat!
If you’re interested in action / extreme sports at the Victoria Falls Bridge such as white-water rafting or bungy jumping , it’s best to go around August to December (low water season).
By that time the volume and speed of the water is reduced, exposing the rapids and much the expeirence a lot safer.
Although there are many beautiful destinations to see all over the country, some travellers have shared their frustrations with fuel shortages, poorly maintained public transport systems, bribes and road blocks, which make travelling difficult.
Top recommendations for transport in Zimbabwe:
- 4×4 Vehicles (Eg. Safari)
- Join a group tour / day trip and let them do the driving
- Local flights between the main cities
- Luxury coaches (eg. Pathfinder)
- Book a taxi in the main cities
- Bungy jumping & Zip-line at Victoria Falls Bridge
- White Water Rafting
- Wildlife Safaris & 4 x4 tours
- Kayaking & Canoeing
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- Safe for Travellers 65% 65%
- Landscapes & Scenery 80% 80%
- Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 70% 70%
- Adventure Rating 75% 75%
Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
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