Extraordinary Zimbabwe holidays
Any holiday in Zimbabwe has to include a visit to the thundering monster of Victoria Falls. This is where the Zambezi River exits Zambia and tumbles into the Batoka Gorge from over 100 metres. The all-powerful water fills the plains of southern Africa with life and allows the vast grasslands of Zimbabwe to teem with animals, including wildebeest, elephants, lions and a multitude of wetland birds.
Nature photographers and safari lovers will find themselves in their absolute element with national parks – such as Hwange National Park - conjuring up countless unforgettable moments. Although wildlife spotting on holiday in Zimbabwe is always going to take centre stage, don’t discount the interaction with the local people. From the knowledgeable animal experts and safari guides to the families living in traditional villages – Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s friendliest nations.
Zimbabwe thunders to the sound of elephants as wildebeest graze on the plains and lions stealthily prowl through the grasslands. Hwange National Park - the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe – is the place to head to for safari tours with vast acacia woodlands and forests of teak adding to the thrill of watching wildlife and wetland birds close to the border with Botswana. Stay at a luxury safari camp close to a waterhole for the best chances of observing animals in their natural environment.
Situated northwest of Hwange, where the Zambezi River reaches a sheer drop along the natural border with Zambia, Victoria Falls has long been Zimbabwe’s most dramatic crown jewel. Getting to see the mighty waterfall up close is a really exciting experience for travellers in southern Africa and made all the more memorable on a river cruise or crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge. Take a guided tour to see the Boiling Pot, the Devil’s Pool or rhinos and rainforests in Zambezi National Park.
The flight time from the UK to Zimbabwe is around 14 hours.
British citizens will need an up-to-date passport (at least six months left) as well as a visa when travelling to Zimbabwe. You can also get a joint visa with Zambia – a UNIVISA – if you’re planning on crossing the border. Please visit GOV.UK for entry requirements to Zimbabwe or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.
Despite Zimbabwe’s tropical location, it’s a relatively comfortable African country to visit with the majority of the rain falling during the winter and the hottest temperatures experienced from August through to October. Layers are the key here and don’t underestimate the cool of the night, even in the summer.
Zimbabwe is two hours ahead of the UK.
There are around 16 official languages in Zimbabwe however, English is the most widely spoken.
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