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Zimbabwe is situated immediately north of South Africa, between the Limpopo river in the south and the mighty Zambezi river in the north. Zimbabwe is a safe, affordable country and is famous for its superb wildlife viewing, fascinating historical past and breathtaking landscapes. The safari guides are renowned for being some of the most qualified in Africa and there are excellent wildlife densities in the national parks. Many of Zimbabwe’s big animals are accustomed to vehicles and can be observed and photographed from close quarters.

Visitors will be spellbound by the sheer beauty, drama and diversity of Zimbabwe, from the magnificence of Victoria Falls to the thrilling elephant viewing in Hwange and from the intense spirit of the granite hills of Matobo to the vast stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and the water sports and wildlife on offer at Lake Kariba.

What to see

Start by visiting the breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Continue three hours south and you will find Zimbabwe’s flagship Big Five wildlife reserve, Hwange National Park. Just an hour outside Bulawayo are the Matobo Hills, an extraordinary landscape of granite kopjes home to more than 3,000 ancient Khoisan rock art sites and the tomb of Cecil John Rhodes. It has also been declared a world heritage site. Further east at Masvingo are the imposing stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which existed from 1100 to 1450AD. Lake Kariba, on Zimbabwe’s northern border, offers sunshine, wildlife and water sports. The Eastern Highlands are a magnificent mountain range found in the eastern part of Zimbabwe varying from gentle rolling countryside to fierce granite spikes. Activities include hiking, swimming, golf and fishing, while the Shona and Ndebeli cultures are open to explore. In all areas, the people are gracious and accommodating.

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Key Facts

Capital: Harare
Flying time from London: Approximately 10 hours 30 minutes
Time difference: +2 GMT
Population: 12.5 million
Currency: Zimbabwean Dollar
Official Language(s): English
Visa (UK Passport Holders): Visa required
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