Zimbabwe is a remarkable country, home of friendly people, amazing wildlife and nature. In Zimbabwe there have been some difficult political and economical conclifts. However, the situation has become a lot better during the last few years, and tourism is now more important than ever.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked nation in Southern Africa which borders to Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South-Africa. The country has a population estimated in 2012 to be about 13 million. The most populated areas are around the largest cities Bulawayo and the capital Harare. As of this date Zimbabwe is certainly most known for it's infamous politics and internal conflicts - but the country holds some truly amazing sights.
Situated on the Zambezi River it makes a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are, by some measure, the most enormous waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having arguably the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site. The upper Zambezi is home to a huge population of hippos and crocodiles. And wildlife like elephants, buffaloes and different kind of antelopes can often be spotted drinking from the river.
The falls itself is truly a spectacular sight. It is based on a width of 1,7 kilometers and a height of 108 meters, thus forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. During the rainy season the smoke from the walls can be spotted miles away, and rises over 400 meters above ground. Walking under the falls is like walking in a heavy rainstorm. You WILL get soaked. The average flow rate is amazingly 1088 m3/s.
The Victoria Falls National Park is one of the eight main national parks in Zimbabwe, but the largest one is the Hwange National Park. The park hosts 105 mammal species and is the only protected area where the gemsbok and the brown hyena can be found in reasonable numbers. The population of nearly exstinct African wild dogs in Hwange park is thought to be one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and can be seen in large numbers. Hwange is by far much less visited than the Victoria Falls National Park, but as it resides not far from Vic Falls its definitely worth a trip.
Even though Zimbabwes population has seen more disaster than imaginable, they are an extremely positive and friendly people. A journey through this country will show you more smiles than ever. The country's terrible conflict however, have left it's marks and people are getting more desperate in their efforts to sell you their local crafts. Zimbabwe's wood craft is world famous, and wherever you are in Africa, you will never see finer handwork than the crafts made here. They'll even swap a giant wood rhino for your slippers, so you do not necessarily need to bring cash.
These people have been through very rough times, so don't haggle too much. A few extra dollars for them means the whole world. Ebony is frequently used, but we would like to point out that you should not by ebony or ivory products.
It's not recommended travelling around Zimbabwe on your own so the easiest and quickest and easiest solution is to join a tour that you can easily book with KILROY.
Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year, as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. The hot and dry season is from August to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September. Night-time temperatures can fall below freezing.
Never use your credit card in Zimbabwe. Due to the hyperinflation which in 2008 reached spectacular hights, withdrawing Zimbabwe dollars can have huge consequences. Bring cash for your whole stay!