Zimbabwe

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About Zimbabwe      Accommodation      Banking and Currency      Zimbabwe Cuisine      Embassies & Consulates

Infrastructure      Game Reserves       Health      Road Travel     Tourist Attractions     Travel Advisories and Alerts

Useful Phrases in Zimbabwe     Visas     Weather      What! Need to know more?

 

General Traveler Information

 

 

 

ABOUT ZIMBABWE


Zimbabwe (also known by its former name Rhodesia), is a beautiful country in Southern Africa between the Limpopo River and Zambezi River bordered by Botswana to the west, Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the northwest and South Africa to the south.  Most parts of Zimbabwe from the south west to the northern region is elevated and consists of a central plateau known as high veld, while the eastern parts of Zimbabwe are mountainous with the majestic Mount Nyangani being the highest point of Zimbabwe.  Zimbabwe has a rich diversity of flora and fauna, wildlife with over 350 mammal species, over 500 bird species and around 131 fish species making it one of the best destinations to go on safari.  The predominant flora of Zimbabwe is the miombo woodland.  The highlands, and grassy plains of Zimbabwe are known for their breath-taking beauty and must-see destinations in Zimbabwe will include the Chirinda Forest at Mount Selinda, Nyanga, Chimanimani, Vumba, Troutbeck, World’s View at the Matobo Hills and the world-famous Victoria Falls.    Tourist attractions for Zimbabwe will include the beautiful 11 National Parks, The Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the Zimbabwe National Monument and the various ancient ruined cities in Zimbabwe such as The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Khami Ruins, Dhlo-Dhlo and Naletale.  Activities to do in Zimbabwe will include Game Viewing, Bird Watching, Safaris, Bungee jumping, Canoeing, Sunset River Cruises, River rafting, Fishing, Hiking and much more.

 

 

The Zimbabwean flag consists of 7 equal horizontal stripes, (two green, two yellow, two red and one black stripe) and a white triangle with a red star with the yellow Zimbabwean bird on.  The green stripes represent the country’s vegetation, agriculture and land resources, the yellow stripes represent the country’s mineral wealth, the red stripes represent the blood spilt during the liberation and armed struggle and the black stripe represent the black majority. The white triangle represents peace and the “way forward” while the red star stands for internationalism and the nation’s aspirations while the yellow bird is Zimbabwe’s national emblem.  Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe.  There are 17 official languages in Zimbabwe while Zimbabwe’s official language is English and the primary languages for Zimbabweans is Shona and Ndebele.

 

 

Zimbabwe earned its nicknames “The Breadbasket of Africa” and “The Jewel of Africa”, through its tourist attractions and natural wonders.  Zimbabwean people are very friendly and eager to help tourists with directions or suggestions.  In general, Zimbabwe is safe and has one of the lowest crime rates in Africa, however crime is present and occasional robberies do occur.  Zimbabwe is considered a safe country for tourists however tourists are advised to take the normal and usual travel precautions when traveling to any destination.  Majority of Zimbabwean religion is Christian.

 

 

Zimbabwe has various cultures of which Shona is the largest.  Traditional arts form a vital part of the Zimbabwean lifestyle and includes pottery, textiles, basketry, jewellery, sculpture and carving (world-famous Shona sculpture) all made out of high-grade materials.  Tourists love buying the symmetrically patterned woven baskets, wood carved stools, stylized bird and human figured carvings made with soapstone, serpentine and verdite.

 

 

Zimbabwe has a national annual beauty pageant called Miss Heritage Zimbabwe.  When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Zimbabwe, please keep in mind that military or camouflage clothing is illegal in Zimbabwe.  It is best to pack casual and comfortable clothing, while layers of clothing will be most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures in Zimbabwe.  If you are going on safari, dull and neutral colours like beige and brown should be worn instead of white, bright or light colours.  If you are visiting Zimbabwe during the winter period (May – August), remember to pack long-sleeve jackets, shirts, trousers and pyjamas as the evenings can be very cold.  The standard Zimbabwean time is GMT+2.

 

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ACCOMMODATION


There are a variety of International Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Safari Camps, Tented Camps, Camping Sites, Chalets and Guesthouses available for accommodation in Zimbabwe that caters for all budgets.  Most hotels require your passport when you check in, so have it handy to save yourself some time.  Overall, Zimbabwe is a great destination to go on holiday and there are many things to see and do.

 

 

To view all types of available accommodation in Zimbabwe such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Game parks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation and to make booking reservations, please visit our booking page on the following link http://www.chilikutiafrica.org/bookings

 

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BANKING & CURRENCY


The original Zimbabwean currency, the Zimbabwe Dollar, has been withdrawn from circulation and the official currency used in Zimbabwe now is the US Dollar, although South African Rand, Euro, Botswana Pula, Indian Rupee, Chinese Yuan, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen and the British Pound are also considered legal tender. Travelers Cheques are not accepted. You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com. Zimbabwe has a developed but not very extensive banking network and it is very difficult to withdraw cash from ATM’s using your Visa or Mastercard in shopping centres or banks, thus it is worthwhile to stock up with cash. Whilst more and more establishments in Zimbabwe now accepts international debit and credit cards, the use of credit cards is still very limited with only a few establishments accepting VISA or MasterCard, yet one cannot rely on it and it is better to email the establishment beforehand to find out if they accept your specified debit or credit card. Keep your cash reserve in a safe place and only carry as much cash as you would need when you leave your accommodation establishment. Prices in establishments and shops are usually quoted in US Dollars as the US Dollar and Zimbabwe Bond Notes are the most commonly used and are accepted in all shops and accommodation establishments in Zimbabwe. Due to the cash scarcity in Zimbabwe, it is best to have small denominations of notes with you, as most retailers use Bond Coins/Notes for change, or they offer a receipt for change that can be used on your next visit toward the price of your order. The smallest denomination of US Dollars in Zimbabwe is a $1 note. The denominations of Bond Coins are 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents (they are on par with American coins).  Some shops/supermarkets in Zimbabwe might even give change in chewing gum or sweets if there is no coinage available. Tourist can haggle for better prices, but it is best to keep in mind that most people are very poor.

 

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ZIMBABWE CUISINE


Zimbabwe has a very diverse cuisine.  The most popular cuisine dishes for Zimbabweans are their staple food Mealie Meal that’s used to prepare Bota/Sadza (porridge made from the mealie meal (cornmeal) by mixing the mealie meal with water) served with vegetables, beans, meat and tea / served with boerewors (sausage made with beef or pork) or curdled milk.  Rice, Chicken and Coleslaw salad is also a popular main meal.  Other popular foods that make up Zimbabwean cuisine will include Biltong, Pasta, Potato-based foods like French Fries and Mashed Potato.  The traditional dish for Zimbabweans is a dish called Mutakura which consists of peanuts (known as nzungu), boiled and sundried maize, black-eyed peas (known as nyemba) and babara groundnuts (known as nyimo).  Local snacks in Zimbabwe includes maputi (roasted/popped maize kernels), roasted and salted peanuts, sweet potato, sugar-cane and pumpkin.  Various vegetables and indigenous fruits such as horned melons are also found in Zimbabwe.  There are various imported drinks, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and Mazoe (local orange squash) available in Zimbabwe.  Bottled water is widely available, and it is advised to rather drink bottled water than tap water in Zimbabwe.

 

 

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES


Zimbabwe Embassies and Consulates

Algerian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 8, Pascoe Avenue, Belgravia, Harare,

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 79 17 73 / (+263) 24 79 17 91

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 70 11 25

Email: [email protected]
Angolan Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: Doncaster House, 26 Speke Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 3950, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 770 075 / 6

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 756 396

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Website: www.angolaembassyzim.com

Office Hours: 08.30-11.30 and 14.00-15.30
Australian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 1 Green Close, Borrowdale, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4541, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 853 235 55 / (+263) 24 285 24 71-6

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 870 566

Email: [email protected]

Website: zimbabwe.embassy.gov.au

Office Hours: Mon-Thu: 08.00-17.00 ; Fri: 08.00-14.00
Botswana Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 22 Phillips Avenue, Belgravi, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 563, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 794 645 / 7 / 8 or (+263) (24) 745 179

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 793 030 / (+263) (24) 793 416

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: 08.00-12.45 and 14.00-16.30
Brazilian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 16 Prestwood Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 862-269 / (+263) (24) 862-277

Email: [email protected]

Website: harare.itamaraty.gov.br
Canadian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 45 Baines Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 1430, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 252 181 to 5

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 252 186

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/zimbabwe/
Chinese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 58 Golden Stairs Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24-332 760 / 1 / 2

Fax Nr: (+263) 24-334 716

Website: www.chinaembassy.org.zw
Congolese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 5 Pevensey Road, Highlands, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 496 421

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 496 421

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Office Hours: Mon-Thu: 09.00-16.00, Fri: 09.00-16.00
Cuban Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 5 Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A-1196 Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 790 126

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 707 998

Email: [email protected]

Website: misiones.minrex.gob.cu/zimbabwe
Egyptian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 7, Aberdeen Road, Avondale, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A 433, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 303 445 / (+263) 24 303 497

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 303 115

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: 09.00-16.00
Equatorial Guinean Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: Harare, Zimbabwe
Ethiopian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 14, Lanark Road, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 2745, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 70 15 14 / 5

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 70 15 16

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: 08:00 - 12:30 and 14.00 - 17.00
French Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 3 Princess Drive, Newlands, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 776 118 / 313

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 776 780

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: zw.ambafrance.org
German Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 30 Ceres Road, Avondale, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A 1475, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 30 86 55 / 24 30 86 56 / (+263) 24 33 22 92 / 24 33 23 26

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 30 34 55

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.harare.diplo.de
Ghanaian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 11 Downie Avenue, Belgravia

Postal Address: P. O. Box 4445, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 252 604 / (+263) 24 700 982

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 701 014

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Greek Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 8 Deary Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4809, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 793 208 / (+263) 24 764 417

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 703 662

Email: [email protected]
Vatican Apostolic Nunciature in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 5 St. Kilda Road, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box MP 191, Mount Pleasant, Harare,
Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 744 547

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 744 412

Email: [email protected]
Indian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 12 Natal Road, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 4620, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24-795 955 / 6 / (+263) 24-792 523

Fax Nr: (+263) 24-795 413

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: eoi.gov.in/harare/
Indonesian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 3, Duthie Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box CY 69 Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 251-799 / (+263) (24) 250-072

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 796-586

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.kemlu.go.id/harare

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-16.00
Iranian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 8 Allan Wilson Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A293 Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 250 286 / (+263) 24 762 611

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 723 072

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Italian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 7, Bartholomew Close, Greendale, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 498 190 / (+263) 24 497 373

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 498 199

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ambharare.esteri.it

Office Hours: 07.30-17.30, 08.30-12.30 (Consular Section)
Japanese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 4th Floor Social Security Centre, Corner Second Street/Julius Nyerere Way, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 250 025 to 7

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 250 111

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.zw.emb-japan.go.jp

Office Hours: 08.00-12.45 and 13.45-17.00, 08.15-12.30 and 14.00-16.45 (Consular/Visa)
Kenyan Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 95 Park Lane, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4069, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 704 820 / 33

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 723 042

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
South Korean Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 3rd Floor, Redbridge, Eastgate Building, 3rd Street, Robert Mugabe Road, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4970, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 756 541 / 4

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 756 554

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]mail.com

Website: zwe.mofa.go.kr
Kuwaiti Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 1 Bath Road, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A485, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 251.584 to 7

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 251.9842

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: 08.00-15.00
Libyan Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 124 Harare Street, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 4310, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 774 885 - 7

Email: [email protected]
Malawian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 9-11 Duthie Road, Alexandra Park, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 321, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 798 585 - 7 / (+263) 24 799 0055

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 799 006

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: Mon-Thu: 08.00-16.30, Fri: 08.00-13.00
Malaysian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 25 Connaught Road, Avondale, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 334 413 / 4

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 334 415

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.kln.gov.my/web/zwe_harare
Mozambican Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 152 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4608, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 253 871 / 2 / 3

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 253 875

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Namibian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: Lot 1 off 7A, 69 Borrowdale Road, Borrowdale Estates, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 7166, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24-885-841 / (+263) 24-882-709

Fax Nr: (+263) 24-885-800

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Netherlands Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 2 Arden Road, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box Hg 601, Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 772 236 150 / (+263) 772 236 151

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.netherlandsandyou.nl/your-country-and-the-netherlands/zimbabwe
Nigerian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 36 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4742, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 253 900 - 2

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 253 904

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: www.nigerianembassy.co.zw
Pakistani Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 11 Van Praagh Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 3050, Milton Park, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 762 018 / (+263) (24) 762 019

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 794 264 or (+263) (24) 705 423

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Palestinian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 1 Fairbridge Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P. O. Box 3817, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 794 330 - 1

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 252 817

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Portuguese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 5 Wadham Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 851 885

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Romanian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 105, Fourth Street, Corner Chinamano, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 700 853

Email: [email protected]

Website: harare.mae.ro
Russian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 70 Fife Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4250, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 70-19-57 / 8 / (+263) 777-128-042

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 79-59-32

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: www.zimbabwe.mid.ru
Sahrawi Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 12 Scarsdale Road, Avondale, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24-307 193 / (+263) 24-448 075

Email: [email protected]

Website: saharawiembassy-harare.blogspot.com
South African Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 7 Elcombe Street, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box A1654, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 760 404 / (+263) 24 749 654 / 7

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 757 908
South Sudanese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 14 Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 794 634 / (+263) (24) 737 399

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 794 634

Email: [email protected]
Spanish Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 16, Phillip's Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O.Box. 3300, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 250 740 / 1

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 795 440

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/harare

Office Hours: 09.00-14.00
Sudanese Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 4 Pascoe Avenue, Belgravia, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 776 878 623

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: 09.00-15.00
Swedish Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 32 Aberdeen Road, Avondale, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4110, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) (24) 302 636

Fax Nr: (+263) (24) 302 236

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.swedenabroad.com/harare
Swiss Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: Lanark Road 9, Belgravia, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 3440, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 703 827 / (+263) 24 703 997 / 8

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Website: www.eda.admin.ch/harare

Office Hours: 09.00-12.00
Tanzanian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: Ujamaa House, 23 Baines Avenue, Harare

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4841, Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 721 870 / 722 627 or (+263) 24 792 714

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 724 172 or (+263) 24 792 747

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Turkish Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Address: 15, Maasdorp Avenue, Alexandra Park, Harare

Tel Nr: (+263) 24 799 761 / 2

Fax Nr: (+263) 24 791 577

Email: [email protected]

Website: harare.be.mfa.gov.tr

Office Hours: 09.00-12.00
United Kingdom - Harare

View Website: https://www.embassypages.com/zimbabwe
United States - Harare

View Website: https://www.embassypages.com/zimbabwe
Zambia - Harare

View Website: https://www.embassypages.com/zimbabwe
Consulates in Zimbabwe

Austria - Harare, Consulate
Belgium - Harare, Consulate
Cyprus - Harare, Consulate
Denmark - Harare, Consulate
Finland - Harare, Consulate
Ireland - Harare, Consulate
Mozambique - Mutare, Consulate General
Oman - Harare, Consulate
Poland - Harare, Consulate

View Website: https://www.embassypages.com/zimbabwe

 

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INFRASTRUCTURE


Zimbabwe has 20 Airports and the two international airports in Zimbabwe is the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo and the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare.  Zimbabwe has standard gauge Railways and Roadways in various conditions (paved and unpaved).  There are Waterways on the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba.  Public transport in Zimbabwe is available via metered taxis, express or luxury busses and by train.  The Zimbabwean communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline telephones, internet connections, radio, television and postal services.   There are three GSM mobile phone networks in Zimbabwe namely Econet, Net One and Telecel.  Tourists can buy sim cards relatively cheap for any of the mobile networks in Zimbabwe.  Cell and Internet coverage is fair in most parts of the country except in remote areas of National Parks and outside the cities in the countryside.  The international dialing code for Zimbabwe is +263.    Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when WI-Fi is available to save on data costs.  Zimbabwe has a state-controlled television station namely ZBC available and satellite TV is available as well.  The ZBC National FM radio broadcasts news and current affairs in English language.  Postal services such as Zimpost is available in Zimbabwe and international courier services are also available.

 

 

Electricity supply in Zimbabwe is 220 volts running at 50Hz frequency.  Type D (three round pins in a triangular pattern) and Type G (three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern) plugs are used in Zimbabwe.  If you live in South Africa, you will need a power plug adapter for type D and G plugs.  There are large supermarkets and shops available in Harare and Bulawayo for tourists looking to do some shopping.  There are small supermarkets, markets and roadside vendors available in towns and villages throughout Zimbabwe. Tourist can haggle for better prices, but it is best to keep in mind that most people are very poor.

 

Plug Type D

Plug Type G

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GAME RESERVES


Zimbabwe has 11 beautiful National Parks.  Parks to go and visit while in Zimbabwe would include: The Hwange National Park, the Kazuma Pan National Park, the Mana Pools National Park, the Nyanga National Park, the Victoria Falls National Park, the Matobo National Park, the Zambezi National Park, the Matusadona National Park, the Gonarezhou National Park, the Chimanimani National Park and the Chizarira National Park.  Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons.   For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears.  Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered.  Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.  For more information on each of the parks and reserves listed above, please visit the following link http://zimparks.org/parks/national-parks/hwange

 

 

The Hwange National Park

The Hwange National Park (also known as the Wankie National Park) was named after a local Nhanzwa chief and is located in the northwest part of Zimbabwe between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo.  The Hwange National Park is the oldest and largest park in Zimbabwe and is 14 650sq km big.  The park is one of the greatest elephant sanctuaries in Africa with more than 40,000 elephants and it offers fabulous game viewing as it boasts a huge selection of wildlife with over 400 bird species and over 100 species of mammals.  Some of the wildlife in the park includes the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant Buffalo), South African Cheetah, The Brown Hyena, The African Wild Dog, 16 types of Antelope and many more.  The park offers accommodation in lodges, cottages, camp sites and chalets.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Viewing, Mobile Safaris, Game Drives, Bird Watching, 2-8-day Walking Trips and several waterhole viewing platforms and hides.  The best time to visit the park is between the months of August to October.

 

 

The Mana Pools National Park

The spectacular Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and it’s located in the Manapools region in Mashonaland in Zimbabwe.  The park is located along the shores of the Zambezi River and offer breath taking nature scenes including inland pools, mixed woodlands and open grasslands.  The park is over 2196sq km big and offer an abundance of Aquatic wildlife like Tiger Fish, Tilapia, Bream, Chessa, Eel Fish, Vundu, Electric Fish, Nkupi, Lung Fish, Cornish Jack and many more.  Mammals such as Elephants, Rhinos, Wildebeest, Lions, Antelopes like Nyala, Eland, Waterbuck, Impala, Kudu, Hartebeest, Crocodiles, Buffalos, Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Hyenas and many more roams the beautiful picturesque landscapes and pastures of the park.   The park boasts over 350 water and woodland bird species like Livingstone’s Flycatchers, Bee-eaters, Vultures, Geese, Kingfishers, Yellow-spotted nicators, African skimmers, Plovers, Goliath herons, Fish eagles, Nyasa lovebirds, Cormorants, White-collared pratincole, Storks, Egyptian and Spurwing geese, Banded snake-eagles and many more. The park offers accommodation in camp sites, chalets and luxury lodges.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Viewing, Game-Viewing on foot, Walking Safaris, Game Drives, 5-day Trips down the river, Bird Watching, Fishing and Canoeing.  The Mana Pools National park opens during the dry season in Zimbabwe from April – November and visitor numbers are restricted.

 

 

The Matobo National Park

The Matobo National Park also known as the Matobo Hills National Park or Matopos, is a beautiful national park with enormous granite boulders and balancing rock towers, located close to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  The park received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003, is 43,200 ha big and the famous King Mzilikazi and Cecil Rhodes are buried in the national park. The park boasts beautiful botanical landscapes filled with various trees, shrubs, wild herbs, flowers, aloes and over 100 grass species.  There are over 88 Mammal species, 175 Bird species, 16 Fish species and 39 Snake species located in the park.  The park offers accommodation in chalets, camping sites, lodges and guesthouses.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Viewing, Scenic Drives, Horse-Riding, Hiking and Bird watching.

 

 

The Gonarezhou National Park

The massive 5000sq km Gonarezhou National Park is an untamed wilderness area with great wildlife diversity that borders South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Wildlife in the park includes the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo), Wild dogs and a variety of Antelope such as Sable, Roan, Nyala and many more. There is limited accommodation facilities but a few lodges are available in the park. The best time to visit the Gonarezhou National Park will be during the dry season from June to October.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Drives, Game Viewing, Bird Watching and Walking Safaris.

 

 

The Nyanga National Park

The 47 000 hectare Nyanga National park with it’s picturesque rivers, waterfalls and rolling green hills is located in the north of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands 268km from Harare.  The park hosts Mount Nyangani, the highest point in Zimbabwe and the Mutarazi Falls, Zimbabwe’s highest waterfall.  Wildlife in the park includes Elephants, Antelopes, Zebra’s and many more.  Accommodation in the park includes 3 rest camps, self-catering lodges and camping sites.  Activities to do in the park includes Mountain Climbing, Visiting the various waterfalls in the park, Hiking and Game Viewing.  The Nyanga National Park promises their visitors an unforgettable holiday experience.

 

 

The Zambezi National Park

The beautiful Zambezi National Park with its scenic mopane woodland, ebony-, apple-ring-, fig trees, and riverine forest is located next to the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River and is 56,000 hectares big.  Wildlife in the park includes Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, Zebras and various Antelopes such as Waterbuck, Sable, Impala, Lions, Leopards, African Wid dog, Crocodiles, Hippos and many more.  Accommodation in the park includes lodges on the riverbank, resorts, campsites and hotels.  Activities to do in the park would include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Fishing, visiting the majestic Victoria Falls and much more.   The best time to visit the park would be in the dry season from April – October as that is also the time when the Victoria Falls is at its most thunderous due to the Zambezi River’s peak water flows.

 

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HEALTH


Zimbabwe has hospitals and healthcare facilities however, many medicines are in short supply or can’t be sourced, thus we strongly advise you to take all your medications with you when you travel to Zimbabwe.  Strongly advised vaccines recommended for safe travel to Zimbabwe will include Yellow fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid fever, Cholera, Rabies and Influenza.  It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need.  Zimbabwe has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world.  Bilharzia is present in some lakes in Zimbabwe, thus for your own health and safety, always ask locally before swimming or drinking water (non-bottled) from lakes.  There is a risk of malaria when traveling to Zimbabwe, so it is best to take anti-malarial prophylactics.  Precautions that you can take to avoid getting infected with Malaria will include sleeping under mosquito nets, using mosquito repellent on the skin, burning mosquito coils and wearing long sleeved clothing and long trousers in the evenings.  When going on walking/hiking safari trips, keep in mind that snakes and scorpions are common in the bush and long grass, and most of their bites are on the foot or lower leg, thus it is advised to wear proper boots with long trousers and thick concertinaed hiking socks.  Always remember to shake out your shoes before wearing them again.  If you should get bitten or stung, please stay calm and keep in mind that many bites and stings are non-fatal, thus try to identify the culprit and then get medical attention as quick as you can.  These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before traveling to any destination.

 

 

Vaccines and Medicines:

For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are travelling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get vaccines or medicines you may require.  It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.  You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S.  Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory.  Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

Routine vaccines:

Information about Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Hepatitis A:
Travel Disease – Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Zimbabwe, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Malaria:
Travel Disease – Malaria

You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. See more detailed information about malaria in Zimbabwe

Typhoid:
Travel Disease – Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Zimbabwe. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Cholera:
Travel Disease – Cholera

CDC recommends this vaccine for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Cholera is found in most parts of Zimbabwe. Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also prevent cholera

Hepatitis B:
Travel Disease – Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Rabies:
Travel Disease – Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Zimbabwe, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Zimbabwe
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow Fever:
Travel Disease – Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in Zimbabwe.  The government of Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Zimbabwe. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.

 

 

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Zimbabwe for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.  There are no notices currently in effect for Zimbabwe.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.

Source US CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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ROAD TRAVEL


Please note that when traveling on Zimbabwean Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road.  All road traffic signs in Zimbabwe are in English.  The speed limit in Zimbabwe on open roads is 120 km/h and the speed limit in urban areas is 60 km/h.  Zimbabwean main roads are paved (tarred) and in fairly good condition but be aware of potholes on non-main roads.  Frequent roadblocks (roadside checks) are held to check motorist’s documents and safety equipment.  Always be friendly and courteous when you are approached by a law official as rude behaviour will land you in trouble.  It is a rule in Zimbabwe to give way to traffic approaching on the road to the car’s right, at uncontrolled intersections and motor vehicle drivers are required to yield to pedestrians crossing the road on a green light.  Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply.  One should have red hazard triangles, adhesive reflectors on your car, a spare tyre, high viability vests and at least on fire extinguisher per vehicle.  Tourists from Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland are permitted to drive with their domestic driving licences if issued in their countries as they are valid in Zimbabwe.  All other tourists coming from other countries, are permitted to drive on Zimbabwean roads with an International Driver Licence (Permit) for up to 90 days.  Car hire is available in Zimbabwe, but it is very expensive and to rent a car, the driver must be 22 years of age or older and the driver must have held his licence for at least one year.  Busses, Metered Taxis and Minibus taxis are available for public transport in and around Zimbabwe.

 

 

Fuel stations are readily available in most cities and towns, and charge in US Dollars for the fuel, however it’s best to always keep a half tank of fuel or a spare can of fuel in your vehicle, as you are not guaranteed that the next city or town will have fuel.  Fuel is imported to Zimbabwe and is there for a bit more expensive than in other Southern African countries, and most fuel stations in Zimbabwe doesn’t take credit cards.  There are a number of tollgates on inter-city roads which cost $2 each and its payable in cash.  It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop.  Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available.  Be careful when driving on Zimbabwean roads as animals such as goats, donkeys, dogs, cattle and local people wearing dark clothes walk along and, on the roads, especially at night.

 

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


Zimbabwe is known for its fabulous tourist attractions, thus while on vacation in Zimbabwe, you can visit the Chirinda Forest at Mount Selinda, Nyanga, Chimanimani, Vumba and Troutbecthe.  Some of the popular must-see tourist attractions will include the beautiful National Parks of Zimbabwe, the majestic Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, the Chinhoyi Caves, World’s View at the Matobo Hills, the Zimbabwe National Monument and the various ancient ruined cities in Zimbabwe such as The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Khami Ruins, Dhlo-Dhlo and Naletale.  Activities to do in Zimbabwe will include Game Viewing, Bird Watching, various types of Safaris, Bungee jumping, Canoeing, Sunset River Cruises, River Rafting, Fishing, Hiking and much more.

 

The Victoria Falls

 

 

The Victoria Falls also locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke That Thunders,” is located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  The Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide and 108 meters high resulting in it being the world’s largest waterfall, and one of the most monumental natural wonders of the world.  David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer and missionary was the first European to view the Victoria Falls from Livingstone Island (one of two land masses in the middle of the Zambezi river) on 16 November 1855 and therefor the Livingstone Island was named after him.  He named the waterfall, the Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain.  When he saw the falls for the first time, he said “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.  The falls are formed as the full width of the Zambezi river plunges down the gorge, resulting in a strong constant spray rising to a height of over 400 meters or more, that can be seen up to 48km away.  During the day the spray forms a “rainbow” and at night when its full moon, it forms a “moonbow” and therefor locals also named the falls “Seongo” or “Chongwe” which means “The Place of the Rainbow”.  The best time for tourists to view the Victoria Falls, is during the rainy season from March to May, when they are at their most spectacular.  There are many viewpoints and walkways at the Victoria Falls and activities to do there would include Bungee Jumping, walking along Victoria Falls Bridge, Whitewater Rafting, Visiting the falls, Swimming in the natural rock pools, Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi river, Game Viewing and much more.

 

 

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins

 

 

The Great Zimbabwe was the medieval capital city of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe and Queen of Sheba during the Iron Age (1100-1450AD) and is now classified and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This archaeological site is located in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe near the Masvingo town and “Zimbabwe” means “ruins” in the Shona language.  Constructed from thousands of stones balanced on top of one another without mortar, The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are the remains of three connected granite stone complexes (Hill Ruins, Great Enclosure, Valley Ruins) full of ruined towers 22m high, turrets and 36ft high walls spanning 1,800 ac (700 ha) and covering a radius of 100-200 mi (160-320 km).  The construction of the stone buildings started from the 11th century and continued for over 300 years resulting in The Great Zimbabwe Ruins being some of the oldest and largest structures located in southern Africa.  The Great Zimbabwe National Monument (open daily from 7:45am – 4:45pm) hosts important artefacts such as the 8 Zimbabwe Birds carved from soapstone on the tops of monoliths the height of a human, soapstone figurines like the British Museum, Iron Gongs, Pottery, Bronze Spearheads, Copper Ingots, Iron Hoes, Glass Beads, Porcelain from China, Arab Coins and many more. Accommodation at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins will include various hotels and camp sites.  Legend say that Great Zimbabwe was once used as a playground by giants, and by visiting the ruins with their high walls and towers you will understand why.  Great Zimbabwe is known to be one of the most important and most visited historical sites in Africa.

 

 

World’s View

World’s View (also known as Malindidzimu Hill) is a breath-taking vista that covers an area of approximately 70 hectares on the escarpment of the spectacular Nyanga Downs plateau in the mountain range of eastern Zimbabwe.  World’s View offers unparalleled 360-degree views of places as far away as 60–70 km (37–43 mi) and the tranquil and serene surrounding fills you with awe, refreshes your mind and leaves you completely at ease.   There is a tower at the viewpoint at World’s View that bears a toposcope on which the direction and distance to thirty African localities are inscribed on slabs of black granite.  Between the multi-coloured lichen, giant boulders and rainbow-striped lizards, early white pioneers like Cecil Rhodes and Leander Starr Jameson lay buried at World’s View.

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TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND ALERTS


If you would like any travel advice or real time alerts, please click on any of the following links below:

Advisories

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/zimbabwe

http://www.greatzimbabweguide.com/zimbabwe-travel-information/

 

Customs

https://www.visahq.com/zimbabwe/customs/

Country Information Pages

Current News within Zimbabwe

https://www.newsday.co.zw/

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/

Dailynews.co.zw

https://www.herald.co.zw/

https://bulawayo24.com/

https://www.zimeye.net/

 

Driving In Zimbabwe

http://www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-zimbabwe.html

 

Zimbabwe Radio

http://www.radiozim.co.zw

http://www.zifmstereo.co.zw

 

Tourism

http://www.wildzambezi.com/directory/84/zimbabwe-tourism-authority

https://www.zimbabwetourism.net/

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USEFUL PHRASES IN ZIMBABWE

 

A collection of useful phrases in Shona, a Bantu language spoken mainly in Zimbabwe.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot. Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

 

Useful Phrases in Shona

 

English chiShona (Shona)
Welcome Mauya
Hello (General greeting) Mhoro (sg)
Mhoroi (pl)
How are you? Wakadini zvako? (sg)
Makadini zvenyu? (pl)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Ndiri rayiti
Ndiripo
Long time no see Ko, vemakore!
What’s your name? Unonzani? (sg)
Munonzani? (pl)
My name is … Ndinonzi …
Zita rangu i …
Where are you from? Unobva kupi? (sg)
Munobva kupi?? (pl)
I’m from … Ndinobva ku …
Pleased to meet you Ndafara kukuziva (sg)
Ndafara kukuzivai (pl)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mangwanani
Mangwanani, marara sei? (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Masikati
Masikati, maswera sei? (reply)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Manheru
Maswera sei (reply)
Good night Urare zvakanaka (sg)
Murare Zvakanaka (pl)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Sara Zvakanaka (sg)
Sariayi Zvakanaka (pl)
Good luck! Uve nemhanza yakanaka (sg)
Muve nemhanza yakanaka (pl)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Uve nezuva rakanaka (sg)
Muve nezuva rakanaka (pl)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Mudye kunaka
Mafidyongo
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ufambe zvakanaka (sg)
Mufambe zvakanaka (pl)
Do you understand? Munonzvisisa here?
I understand Ndinonzvisisa
I don’t understand Handisi kunyaso nzwisisa
Please speak more slowly Ndinokumbirawo kuti musakurumidze kutaura
Please say that again Ndinokumbirawo kuti muzvitaure futi
Please write it down Ndinokumbirawo kuti muzvinyore pasi
Do you speak …? Unotaura …? (sg)
Munotaura …? (pl)
How do you say … in Shona?
Excuse me Pamusoro (sg)
Pamusoroyi (pl)
How much is this? Chinoita marii?
Sorry Ndineurombo
Thank you Waita zvako (sg)
Maita zvenyu (pl)
Reply to thank you Unotendei?
Zvakanaka
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Chimbuzi chiripi?
This gentleman will pay for everything Baba ava ndivo vachabhadhara
This lady will pay for everything Amai ava ndivo vachabhadhara
Would you like to dance with me? Ungande kutamba? (sg)
Mungade kutamba? (pl)
I love you Ndinokuda
Get well soon Ndinovimba kuti uchakurumidza kupora (sg)
Ndinovimba kuti muchakurumidza kupora (pl)
Leave me alone! Ndisiye!
Help! Ndibatsireiwo!
Fire! Moto!
Stop! Mira!
Call the police! Daiidzayi mapurisa!
Christmas and New Year greetings Muve nekisimusi ne goredzva zvakanaka
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Uve nezuva rakanaka rekuzvarwa
Uve nebhavhadhe rakanaka
Congratulations! Makorokoto!
One language is never enough Rurimi rumwe haruzadzikisa mutauro
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Hovercraft yangu yakazara nemikunga

Shona phrases provided by Emma Thembani, Paida Magiga and Ernest Mdende

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

 

Useful phrases in Northern Ndebele

A collection of useful phrases in Northern Ndebele, a Bantu language spoken mainly in Zimbabwe.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot.  Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English Sindebele (Northern Ndebele)
Welcome Siyalemukela
Hello (General greeting) Salibonani
How are you? Unjani? (sg)
Linjani? (pl)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Ngiyaphila (sg)
Siyaphila (pl)
Ngikhona (sg)
Sikhona (pl)
Unjani wena? (response)
Long time no see Kudala ngakucina
What’s your name? Ibizo lakho ngubani?
My name is … Mina ngingu …
Where are you from? Uvela ngaphi?
I’m from … Ngivela e …
Pleased to meet you Kuhle ukukubona
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Livukile
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Litshonile
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Litshonile
Good night Lilale kuhle
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Lisale kuhle
Good luck! Ngikufisela inhlanhla enhle!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Impilo enhle
Have a nice day Ube lelanga elihle
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Udle kuhle
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hamba kahle
I understand Ngiyezwa
I don’t understand Angizwa
I don’t know Angazi
Please speak more slowly Khuluma kancene
Please say that again Phinda futhi
Please write it down Bhala phansi
Do you speak English? Uyakhuluma isikhiwa?
Do you speak Northern Ndebele? Uyakhuluma isiNdebele?
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
Ye. Kancance
How do you say … in Northern Ndebele? Kuthwani … ngeSiNdebele?
Excuse me Uxolo
How much is this? Yimalini?
Sorry Uxolo
Please Ngiyacela
Thank you Ngiyabonga
Reply to thank you Kulungile
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Ingaphi ithwelethi?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Uzabhadala konke lo
Would you like to dance with me? Uyafuna ukugida lami?
I miss you Ngiyakukhumbula
I love you Ngiyakuthanda
Get well soon Usile masinya
Go away! Suka! Hamba!
Leave me alone! Akungitshiye!
Help! Nceda!
Fire! Umlilo!
Stop! Mana!
Call the police! Biza ama pholisa!
Christmas and New Year greetings Khisimusi enhle
Umnyaka omuhle
Easter greetings Ista enhle
Birthday greetings Ube lelanga lokuzalwa elihle
One language is never enough Ulimi olulodwa lulutshwana
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Isikepe sami sigcwele umzowa

Northern Ndebele phrases supplied by Ndhlovu Silile Fein

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

 

 

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VISAS


Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only.  If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Zimbabwe, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance.  You can contact your embassy for more information or see the following links: https://www.evisa.gov.zw, Business Visas, Transit Visas, Conferencing Visas.

 

Category A – Visa free entry is available for entry for passport holders from:

 

Countries Whose Citizens do NOT Require a Visa to Enter Zimbabwe

AngolaAntigua & BarbudaAruba
BahamasBarbadosBelize
BotswanaCayman IslandsConakry
CyprusDemocratic Republic Of The CongoFiji
GhanaGrenadaHong Kong Special Administrative Region Of China
JamaicaKenyaKiribati
Leeward IslandsLesothoMadagascar
MalawiMalaysiaMaldives
MaltaMauritiusMontserrat
MozambiqueNamibiaNauru
Saint LuciaSaint Vincent And The GrenadinesSamoa Western
SeychellesSingaporeSolomon Islands
South AfricaSt Kitts And NevisSwaziland
TongaTrinidad and TobagoTurks And Caicos Islands
TuvaluUgandaUnited Republic Of Tanzania
VanuatuZambia

 

For more information you can visit the following link : https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/VisaRegime

 

 

Category B – The following passport holders do not need to apply for a visa in advance:

 

Countries Whose Citizens DO Require a Visa to Enter Zimbabwe

AlbaniaAlgeriaAndora
ArgentinaArmeniaAustralia
AustriaAzerbaijanBahrain
BelarusBelgiumBermuda
BhutanBosnia And HerzegovinaBrazil
British Virgin IslandsBrunei DarussalamBulgaria
BurundiCanadaCape Verde
ChileChinaChina (Non Tour)
ComorosCook IslandsCosta Rica
CroatiaCubaCzech Republic
DenmarkDominican RepublicEcuador
EgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial Guinea
EstoniaEthiopiaFinland
FranceFrench GuianaFrench Polynesia
French W/IndiesGeorgiaGermany
GilbraltarGreeceGuam
GuatemalaGuyanaHaiti
HondurasHungaryIceland
IndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic Of
IrelandIsraelItaly
JapanKazakhstanKorea (South)
KuwaitKyrgyzstanLatvia
LiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxemborg
Macao Special Administrative Region Of ChinaMarshall IslandsMexico
Micronesia, Federated States OfMoldovaMonaco
NetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew Zealand
NicaraguaNorfolk IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands
NorwayPalau IslandPalestine
PanamaPapua New GuineaParaguay
PeruPolandPortugal
Puerto RicoReunionRomania
Russian FederationRwandaSamoa (America)
San MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSenegal
SerbiaSlovakiaSlovenia
SpainSurinameSweden
SwitzerlandTajikistanTurkey
TurkmenistanUkraineUnited Arab Emirates
United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern IrelandUnited States of AmericaUruguay
UzbekistanVaticanVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic Of)
Virgin Islands

 

Passport holders from the countries listed above do not need to apply for a visa in advance as the visa application is done upon arrival in Zimbabwe.  The process includes the completion of an “Immigration Declaration Form” and the payment of the visa fee in cash.  Visa fees at the port of entry into Zimbabwe starts from US$30 for a single entry and will vary based on your nationality/which country you are from and whether it’s a single entry, a double entry or multiple entries.  A valid passport, travel itinerary, return/onward journey ticket and cash payment must be presented at the port of entry when obtaining the visa.  For more information you can visit the following link : https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/VisaRegime

 

 

Category C – The following passport holders need to apply for a visa in advance:

 

Countries Whose Citizens DO Require a Visa BEFORE Travelling To Zimbabwe

AfghanistanAnguillaBangladesh
BeninBoliviaBurkina Faso
CambodiaCameroonCd'ivoire
Central African RepublicChadColombia
Congo BrazavilleDemocratic People's Republic Of KoreaDjibouti Republic
EritreaGabonGambia
GuineaGuinea-BissauIraq
JordanKosovoLao People's Democratic Republic
LebanonLiberiaLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
MaliMauritaniaMongolia
MontenegroMoroccoMyanmar
NepalNigerNigeria
OmanPakistanPhillipines
QatarRefugeeSaudi Arabia
Sierra LeoneSomaliaSouth Sudan
Sri LankaSudanSyrian Arab Republic
TaiwanThailandThe Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia
TogoTunisiaVietnam
Yemen

 

Passport holders from the countries listed above need to apply for a Zimbabwe Visa before traveling to Zimbabwe.  Applications can be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.zw and it can take anything from two working days to obtain an e-visa.  Once the online application is done, you will receive an emailed document to use upon arrival in Zimbabwe and the visa fees will be payable at the port of entry.  Applications should be done at least three weeks before your travel date.  Visa fees at the port of entry into Zimbabwe starts from US$65 for a single entry and will vary depending on your nationality.  Visas can also be obtained at Zimbabwean embassies/consulates and the fees for the visa will vary between US$30 and US$180 (fees may change at anytime, this is just and indication) depending on the applicants nationality.  For more information you can visit the following link : https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/VisaRegime.  Please note that Category C nationals can only get a Single Entry Zimbabwe Visa (not a Multiple Entry Visa).  To find out more about the requirements for a holiday visa for category c nations, please see the following link :  https://www.evisa.gov.zw/#/Services/Holiday

 

Notes on Visas for all nationalities visiting Zimbabwe

  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Zimbabwe, and should have at least 3 blank pages left in it.
  • Proof of onward/return tickets out of the country is required.
  • Children and babies are charged full visa fees regardless of their age and their passports must be presented as well.
  • For information on cash declarations, you can visit the following links :  http://www.zimra.co.zw and Cash Declarations.
  • If you are planning on visiting multiple countries while in Zimbabwe, it is best to get a Double Entry Visa or a Univisa.  For day trips between countries while in Zimbabwe, a Univisa is better and more affordable than a Double Entry Visa.  Fees for a Univisa may vary, it starts from US$50, is valid for 30 days and it allows multiple entries from each country between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Univisas can be purchased by most Category A and Category B citizens at the Harare International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, Victoria Falls land border and Kazungula land border upon arrival in Zimbabwe.  Tourists can buy up to 3 Univisas per year.  For more information on univisas, see the following links:  www.kazavisa.info and VictoriaFallsGuide.
  • If you are returning to Zimbabwe more than twice in one trip, you can apply for a Multiple Entry Visa.  Multiple Entry visas can’t be applied for at your point of entry in Zimbabwe, applications can either be done at the Town Hall in Zimbabwe, or at the Zimbabwe High Commission in your country.
  • Holiday visas can be used within three months from the date of issue, and they are issued for a 30-day stay.  If you wish to stay in Zimbabwe for longer than 30 days, you can extend the visa at a consulate office.  Holiday visas can be extended twice for up to three months free of charge and there is a three day grace period from the visa expiry date.  From three months there will be monthly costs involved starting from US$20 per month.  For more information, please see the following link https://www.evisa.gov.zw/Help/FAQs.
  • Note that visa rules change frequently, always check the latest visa rules and regulartions regularly.

 

NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.

 

Immigration Leaflet

Useful Zimbabwe Visa Websites

 

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WEATHER


Zimbabwe is known for its tropical climate that’s moderated by altitude and variable weather conditions, but it’s usually sunny and warm in most areas.  In general Zimbabwe is a year-round destination that caters for different tourist activities in each season.  There is a tropical climate during the rainy season in the summer months from November to March.  Winter months in Zimbabwe are generally dry and ranges from June to September with warm temperatures during the day and cool frosty temperatures during the nights.  September and October are usually the hottest months.  Most tourists prefer to visit Zimbabwe in the dry season (April to October) when the weather is at its best, and the lack of water forces wildlife to be close to rivers, waterholes and lakes making them easier to spot, and thus resulting in game viewing being at its best during this time.

 

 

Get up to date weather reports from the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services by clicking on this link http://www.msd.org.zw/ or on this link https://www.weather-forecast.com/countries/Zimbabwe

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WHAT! NEED TO KNOW MORE?

 

If you would like more information on Zimbabwe, you can visit any of the following links below:

 

Nations Online

Africa South of the Sahara: Zimbabwe

Amnesty International: Zimbabwe

FAO: Zimbabwe

GlobalEDGE: Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch: Zimbabwe

OEC: Zimbabwe

Reporters Without Borders: Zimbabwe

Wikipedia: Zimbabwe

The World Factbook — Zimbabwe

 

 

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