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Equestrian tours in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Mini Guide
   Source: World Travel Guide

Overview

After a difficult decade or so, stability is returning to Zimbabwe and pioneering tourists are gradually trickling back to the country. They are richly rewarded for their endeavors: with its abundance of natural wonders, welcoming locals, fascinating heritage, and good climate, Zimbabwe is one of the most remarkable countries in Africa.

The jewel in its glistening crown is Victoria Falls. Straddling the border between Zimbabwe and neighboring Zambia, this waterfall is officially the largest on the planet and hearing the roar of all that cascading water makes for an unforgettable experience.

As well as awe-inspiring natural spectacles, Zimbabwe offers some of the best wildlife in southern Africa. From the forested mountains of the Eastern Highlands to the sun-washed grasslands of Hwange National Park, the country is teeming with flora and fauna, including the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, and lion).

Roughly 11% of Zimbabwe's land has been set aside for parks and wildlife estates, but it can do big cities too. The two most populous are Harare and Bulawayo, which serve up an impressive selection of cultural attractions, hip bars and fine dining restaurants. Between these two urban hubs lie the astonishing late Iron Age stone ruins at Great Zimbabwe, which shoot down theories that sub-Saharan Africa had no great civilizations. 

For the most part Zimbabwe remains a peaceful place full of peaceful people, who rely on tourism to help build a better future for this incredible corner of Africa.
 
Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

Visa Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes/1

Return Ticket Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

 

Passports

Passport valid for at least six months beyond date of departure required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Two blank pages are needed.

Passport Note:

All visitors to Zimbabwe must be in possession of return tickets (or funds in lieu) and sufficient funds to support themselves. The granting of a visa is not a guarantee of entry.

Visas

Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except:

1. Nationals of Cyprus and Malta, who do not require a visa. 

All other nationals in the chart may purchase a visa on arrival valid for up to 90 days except nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, who must obtain a visa in advance.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

As of December 2016, the KAZA visa was reinstated; it allows unlimited travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe over a 30-day period (fee US$55 ), as well as day trips to Botswana. It's available at the international airports in Haware, Bulawayo, and Victoria Falls as well as at the land borders at Victoria Falls (Zambian border) and Kazungula (Botswana border).

Types of Visa and Cost

Visa at port of entry: US$30 single-entry, US$45 double-entry, US$55 multiple-entry; contact consular section at embassy for further details.

Single-entry visa in advance from the embassy: £40.

Validity

Usually up to 90 days.

Transit

If in transit, you do not require a visa provided you have a confirmed onward booking, remain in the transit lounge, and depart within six hours.

Applications to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or on arrival (if eligible). For multiple-entry visas, travellers must apply in person on arrival in Zimbabwe.

Working Days Required

Allow 10 days for visa processing if applying via the embassy. Online applications usually take two days.

 

Money

Currency

The Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned early 2009.

The country has adopted a multi-currency scheme; the US Dollar and South African Rand can be used for domestic transactions.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, whilst MasterCard has more limited use. Some ATMs accept credit cards.

Traveller's Cheques

Banks and major hotels will exchange these. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Currency Restrictions

The import and export of local currency is limited to Z$15,000. The import of foreign currency is unlimited. The export of foreign currency is unlimited as long as declared on entry.

Banking Hours

Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri 0800-1500, Wed 0800-1300 and Sat 0800-1130.

Exchange Rate Indicators

Date Feb. 28, 2018 
£1.00= Z$ 498.31
$1.00= Z$ 361.90
€1.00= Z$ 411.52

 

Health

Vaccinations

 

Special Precautions

Diphtheria

Yes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Malaria

Yes

Rabies

Sometimes

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Yes

Yellow Fever

No*

Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.

 * A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized.

Other Risks

Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. HIV/AIDS is a high risk throughout the country and precautions should be taken. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised.

Health Care

Medical facilities are good in the major towns and there are well-equipped clinics in most outlying areas, although medical costs can be high. There may be drugs shortages in public hospitals. Health insurance is essential; adequate medical provision is often only provided privately, especially in urban areas. Private hospitals may require health insurance or a cash payment before admission.

 

Getting There

Getting There by Air

There are no direct flights to Zimbabwe form the UK. Indirect options include flights with British Airways (www.ba.com) or South African Airways (www.flysaa.com) via Johannesburg, Ethiopian Airlines (www.ethiopiaairlines.com) via Addis Ababa, and Kenya Airways (www.kenya-airways.com) via Nairobi. From the USA, the quickest route is via Johannesburg with South African Airways.

Approximate Flight Times

From London - 13 hours (including stopover); New York- 18 hours 30 minutes.

Departure Tax

US$30.

Getting There by Rail

A train runs three times a week from Francistown, Botswana to Bulawayo. There are no trains form South Africa or Zambia to Zimbabwe.

 

Climate

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.

Required Clothing

Light- to mediumweights with warmer clothes for evenings and rainwear for the wet season.

 

Contacts

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in the UK

Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand, London WC2R 0JR, UK
Tel: (020) 7836 7755.
Website: www.zimbabweembassy-uk.com
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; 0900-1230 (visa section).

Embassy of Zimbabwe in the USA

1608 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Tel: (202) 332 7100.
Website: www.zimbabwe-embassy.us 

British Embassy in Zimbabwe

Mount Pleasant, 3 Norfolk Road, Harare
Tel: +26 34858 55200
Website: www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-harare

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