Zimbabwe


Big Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe, Endless Mystery
Between the 1500th and XNUMXth centuries, Bantu peoples built what became the largest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. From XNUMX onwards, with the passage of the first Portuguese explorers arriving from Mozambique, the city was already in decline. Its ruins, which inspired the name of the present-day Zimbabwean nation, have many unanswered questions.  
Harare, Zimbabwewe
The Last Rales of Surreal Mugabué
In 2015, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe said the 91-year-old president would rule until the age of 100 in a special wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, it began to insinuate itself into his succession. But in recent days, the generals have finally precipitated the removal of Robert Mugabe, who has replaced him with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
PN Hwange, Zimbabwe
The Legacy of the Late Cecil Lion
On July 1, 2015, Walter Palmer, a dentist and trophy hunter from Minnesota killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion. The slaughter generated a viral wave of outrage. As we saw in PN Hwange, nearly two years later, Cecil's descendants thrive.
Great ZimbabweZimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe, Little Bira Dance
Karanga natives of the KwaNemamwa village display traditional Bira dances to privileged visitors to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. the most iconic place in Zimbabwe, the one who, after the decree of colonial Rhodesia's independence, inspired the name of the new and problematic nation.  
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwee
Livingstone's Thundering Gift
The explorer was looking for a route to the Indian Ocean when natives led him to a jump of the Zambezi River. The falls he found were so majestic that he decided to name them in honor of his queen
Aloe exalted by the wall of the Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe
Big Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe, Endless Mystery

Between the 1500th and XNUMXth centuries, Bantu peoples built what became the largest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. From XNUMX onwards, with the passage of the first Portuguese explorers arriving from Mozambique, the city was already in decline. Its ruins, which inspired the name of the present-day Zimbabwean nation, have many unanswered questions.  
Heroes Acre Monument, Zimbabwe
Harare, Zimbabwewe

The Last Rales of Surreal Mugabué

In 2015, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe said the 91-year-old president would rule until the age of 100 in a special wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, it began to insinuate itself into his succession. But in recent days, the generals have finally precipitated the removal of Robert Mugabe, who has replaced him with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Lion, Elephants, PN Hwange, Zimbabwe
PN Hwange, Zimbabwe

The Legacy of the Late Cecil Lion

On July 1, 2015, Walter Palmer, a dentist and trophy hunter from Minnesota killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion. The slaughter generated a viral wave of outrage. As we saw in PN Hwange, nearly two years later, Cecil's descendants thrive.
Karanga ethnic musicians join the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Great ZimbabweZimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe, Little Bira Dance

Karanga natives of the KwaNemamwa village display traditional Bira dances to privileged visitors to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. the most iconic place in Zimbabwe, the one who, after the decree of colonial Rhodesia's independence, inspired the name of the new and problematic nation.  
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwee

Livingstone's Thundering Gift

The explorer was looking for a route to the Indian Ocean when natives led him to a jump of the Zambezi River. The falls he found were so majestic that he decided to name them in honor of his queen

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How to go


VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES

Portuguese and Brazilian citizens can obtain visas for Zimbabwe upon entry into the country. The single-entry visa costs around €20 and double-entry €35. A passport valid for 6 months after the date of entry into the country must be presented, as well as a return flight ticket or a ticket to another destination outside Zimbabwe.

HEALTH CARE

Yellow fever vaccine is required for passengers from countries at risk of contagion or who have passed through those countries or their airports for more than 12 hours.

Prevention of malaria is also advised. It is also recommended the Typhus and Hepatitis B vaccine. Before leaving, you should contact the Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic, Av. da Liberdade, 129, 7th dto, tel. +351 21 322 5622.

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal Ministry of Health. Health and disease prevention advice specific to Zimbabwe also in FitForTravel.

TRIP TO ZIMBABWE   

Fly from Lisbon to Harare with the KLM (two stopovers) from €900 or to Victoria Falls with the British Airways (two scales) with very similar price.

Must Do's


  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Harare
  • Matobo National Park 
  • ​Mana Pools National Park
  • ​The Old City of Greater Zimbabwe

Explore


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

A Air Zimbabwe fly from Harare to Bulawayo for around €100 one-way and €190 return. Also flies from Harare to Victoria Falls for around €200 one-way and €300 return.

TRAIN

Zimbabwe's rail network links Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Victoria Falls. The lines are old and urgently need recovery. Trains are slow, they travel preferably at night with sleeping compartments. More information at NRZ e Seat61.

TRUCK

Despite the great degradation of the economy, several main roads remain in acceptable condition and buses continue to circulate between the largest cities, albeit in poor health and safety conditions. Two types of buses operate in Zimbabwe, local and express. Locals travel from village markets to nearby places and depart only when full or nearly full. The Expresso connect more distant destinations and follow pre-established schedules. Both types are in great demand.

CAR RENTAL

You can rent a car on the Internet and pick it up at the counters of the rent-a-car from Harare or Victoria Falls airports. Several roads allow acceptable driving by African standards for a country that has long been in financial collapse. In particular, those linking Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Bulawayo and Masvingo (Great Zimbabwe) and Masvingo and Mutare allow travel without major problems. Expect to pay from €60 per day for a budget car rental in Harare or Victoria Falls.

When to go


Despite being tropical, Zimbabwe has vast mountainous areas that guarantee much milder temperatures than some of its African neighbours. Summer – also the rainy season – runs from November to April. It has average maximum temperatures of around 35ºC. 

Winter, when minimum temperatures drop to 6ºC, 7ºC, lasts from May to October. The end of this period is ideal for visiting Zimbabwe. The weather is drier and wildlife easier to see. 

 

 

Money and costs


The currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD). The country's authorities have legalized the use of foreign currencies and the US Dollar (USD) has been the true currency of Zimbabwe for some time, but the South African Rand (ZAR) and Euro (EUR) are also accepted. The use of ATMs is very limited, as are payments with credit cards. For these reasons, it is advisable to have enough cash for the trip. Zimbabwe is a very accessible country especially when it comes to goods and services that are not imported and consumed by the country's population. Imported goods and services, provided by foreigners or provided exclusively to tourists have, at least, values ​​equivalent to those in neighboring South Africa. 

ACCOMMODATION

It costs almost nothing per night in guest houses most humble in Harare up to several hundred euros a night at the luxurious and historic Victoria Falls Hotel, the most prestigious hotel for access to the famous Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe has a good number of hotels with international participation. Several are charming for their colonial architecture and decoration. They have prices to match.

When on safaris, the normal practice is to accommodate the participants in camps, some more comfortable and luxurious than others, and in cabins. 

FOOD

​Traditional Zimbabwean dishes, sadza (kind of maize puree) with tsunga (stew) it is served at negligible prices – up to €2 per person, in the most popular restaurants in Harare and other main towns. Meals served at the most reputable hotels will not necessarily be better but will certainly have inflated prices, up to €15 – €20 per person.

INTERNET

Internet penetration in Zimbabwe is higher than that of many African neighbors but prices remain high. Outside Harare, access speed decreases substantially. At the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, Internet is available almost everywhere, but the speed is low. In the village of Victoria Falls, there are Internet Cafés with much faster access. 

Zimbabwe's main operators are ZOL Zimbabwe and YoAfrica. Both already sell fiber and Mobile Internet solutions. Even so, you can't count on better than GPRS outside the main cities of the country. 

 

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