Zimbabwe Tourist Information and Tourism
(Zimbabwe, ZW, Southern Africa)
A well-known landlocked African country that is often in the news, although not always for the right reasons, the Republic of Zimbabwe lies just above South Africa. This nation is also to be found next to Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia, the latter of which is separated by the Zambezi River.
Led by the infamous Robert Mugabe for many years, Zimbabwe is currently on the verge of a new dawn, since the period of political unrest is at last beginning to settle down. Tourism is expected to begin making a noticeable contribution to the country's overall economy and a burgeoning tourist scene is set to boom.
Much of the country's overall appeal revolves around its beautiful untouched landscaped, with the Mana Pools National Park offering a complete wilderness, while the ancient remains of the city of Great Zimbabwe are both haunting and magical. There are mountains offering views of Mozambique in the distance and guided tours of the world-famous Victoria Falls, where the most intrepid can even try their hands at bungee jumping.
Zimbabwe Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights
Zimbabweans are looking forward to a resurgence in tourist numbers and there are certainly plenty of attractions awaiting visitors to Harare. Families on holiday in Harare will enjoy spending time at Greenwood Park, with its miniature train rides and canoes. The very tranquil Harare Gardens provide quite the contrast to the busy downtown district, as do the exotics growing at Zimbabwe's National Botanic Gardens. Conveniently positioned just 5 km / 3 miles from Harare city centre, the small zoo at the Mukuvisi Woodlands is another notable draw card for younger visitors, with its groups of eland, giraffe, impala, wildebeest and zebra all living in managed landscaped habitats. More information about Zimbabwe Tourist Attractions
Lying on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the breathtaking Victoria Falls act as a magnet for a steady stream of tourists, being especially attractive when viewed from the Zimbabwean side. This is amongst the most spectacular of all the natural landmarks in Zimbabwe, with others including the unique granite formations that make up the Matobo Hills, as well as the unusual Kopje granite hillside, which offers superb panoramas across Harare. Tourists on holiday and keen to see some of the best and oldest archeological sites on offer should of course arrange a trip to the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, where natives lived until the 15th century came along. The royal residences, temple and Valley Ruins are amongst the main remains in Great Zimbabwe, along with its towering dry stone walls. The Khami Ruins also deserve to be seen and are based at Masvingo, close to Bulawayo. More information about Zimbabwe Landmarks and Monuments
Historians and those with an interest in relics and information from the past should search out the National Archives of Zimbabwe. Located in the Gun Hill area of Harare, the National Archives are called home by large collections of old photographs, documents and accounts of the early days of Rhodesia, a former territory that was divided in the 1920s to form Southern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Northern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In Bulawayo, it is the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe that serves as one of the principal tourist attractions and in Binga, next to Lake Kariba, the Batonga Community Museum offers information about how the Tonga people were displaced from their historic homeground when the Kariba Dam was constructed. Art enthusiasts will no doubt fully appreciate the nation's trio of national galleries, which reside in Bulawayo, Harare and Mutare. More information about Zimbabwe Museums
and Zimbabwe Art Galleries
If you are planning to get out and about during your holiday, perhaps venturing across one of the surrounding borders, then you will first need to carefully plan your journey. Botswana lies to the west, Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the north-west and South Africa to the south, and so there is certainly plenty to consider. If you enjoy safaris and spotting African animals in their native habitats, then a trip to the Chobe National Park in Botswana may well be in order. For large and vibrant cities, South Africa is a possibility, being where you will find Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Soweto and the vast Kruger National Park, which lies on the northeastern side of South Africa, within the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. More information about Zimbabwe Attractions Nearby
More Zimbabwe Information / Fast Facts and Orientation
- Continent: Africa (south-east)
- Location: Southern Africa, in between the Limpopo River and the Zambezi River, next to South Africa
- Capital city: Harare
- Area: approximately 151,000 square miles / 391,100 square kilometres
- Population: approximately 13 million
- Language: Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa
- Currency: no longer the Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWL), instead the following currencies have all been adopted: Botswana Pula (BWP), Euro (EUR), Pound Sterling (GBP), South African Rand (ZAR) and United States Dollar (USD)
- Time zone: Central Africa Time (UTC / GMT +2)
- Country dialling code: +263
- International dialling code: 00
- Average daily Zimbabwe January temperature: 26°C / 79°F
- Average daily Zimbabwe July temperature: 20°C / 68°F