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Overview

Besides Zimbabwe’s troubled political background there is still a rich tourist attraction to the country. The famous Victoria Falls lies on its borders and many have said when the Falls are in its prime it can be appreciated more from the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls. Known as “Africa’s Paradise,” you will not regret crossing into this beautiful country. Travelling is very possible since the country has an excellent infrastructure and the local culture will captivate any visitors.

CAPITAL:

Harare

HEAD OF STATE:

President Robert Muagbe

POPULATION: 

13 Million

SHOPPING:

Shona soft-stone carvings; woodcarvings; T-shirts; safari clothing; pottery; leather goods; basket ware; sculptures; textiles. Nail polish and old clothes can sometimes be swopped for carvings.

CURRENCY:

1 Zimbabwe Dollar = 100 cents. You may take 15000 Zimbabwean dollars  out of the country. There are no restrictions on foreign currency brought in. If you don't declare the foreign money you bring in, you'll only be able to take out 500 US dollars. You may be asked to account for foreign currency exchanged/spent in country. Hotel bills must be payed for with credit cards or in foreign hard currencies e.g. US dollar.

Users of credit cards are subject to a surcharge of about 3 percent on the total value of goods purchased. US dollar traveller's cheques are recommended. Avoid street money changers who promise "no commission, best rates", but then cheat on delivery. There are strict penalties for illegal foreign currency trading. Several of the city's large stores don't accept American Express cards; travellers' cheques are the most convenient means of payment.

CUSTOMS:

Duty Free Allowances:

  • -WD1000 worth of goods inclusive of tobacco, perfume and gifts
  • - 5 litres of alcoholic beverages (up to 2 litres of which may be spirits)
PROHIBITED GOODS:

- Drugs
- Honey
- Pornographic literature
- Toy firearms
- Flick knives and lockable knives

SPECIAL NOTES:

- Only travellers aged 18 years or over may bring in alcohol
- Permits are issued on arrival for firearms and ammunition
- Agricultural products including seeds and bulbs require an import licence.

(NB! For full information, please contact the nearest Embassy of Zimbabwe.)

ELECTRICITY:

220volts, 50Hz. Plugs in most hotels are 3-pin flat. An adapter is needed.

HEALTH:

Yellow fever immunisation is essential if you arrive from an infected country or area. Visitors are also advised to take pre-arrival precautions against hepatitis A, polio, typhoid and malaria (depending on the area visited especially those outside of towns).

Other health concerns include bilharzia (don't swim in the rivers/dams or drink the water from them as it may be infected), sunburn, limited medical facilities and supplies outside of towns, AIDS and influenza (risk extends throughout the year).

HOURS:

Office Hours:

8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

Banking Hours

8am-3pm Mon-Fri, except Wed 8am-1pm; 8am-11.30am on Sat

Shopping Hours:

8am-5pm Mon-Fri and 8am-1pm on Sat
Office Hours
8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri

LANGUAGE:

English is the official language. Chishona and Sindebele are widely spoken.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  

DATE                      DAY

1 January               New Year's Day
12 April                   Easter Monday
18 April                   Independence Day
1 May                     Workers' Day
25 May                   Africa Day 
11 August              Heroes' Day 
12 August              Defence Forces Day
22 December         Unity Day
25-26 December    Christmas

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:

Christianity is the main religion, but in rural areas people have traditional beliefs. Western/European courtesies are observed. Return invitations are appreciated. Handshaking is the common form of greeting. Dress is casual, but most hotels require more formal wear, e.g. tie and jacket; business meetings require suits.

TIME DIFFERENCE:

GMT+2

TIPPING:
 

Ten-fifteen percent is common

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE:

Subtropical. The best time to visit is Apr-Oct when weather is mild with little rain. Winter (May-Aug) is dry and sunny. Rainy weather is Nov-Mar/Apr.

 

 

GETTING THERE:

Fly to Harare or drive north from Johannesburg. 


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