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Location
Situated in Central Southern Africa, between the Limpopo and the Zambezi, Zimbabwe is landlocked, bounded by Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. Total Area: 390757 square kilometers, Land: 386670 square kilometers, Water: 4 087 square kilometers

Capital: Harare, Other main cities are Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru

Population: 13 Million

Time Zone: Zimbabwe is +2 Hours GMT

Political SystemMulti party democracy.

Economy
Mineral exports, agriculture, and tourism are the main foreign currency earners of Zimbabwe. The mining sector remains very lucrative, with some of the world's largest platinum reserves being mined by Anglo-American and Impala Platinum. Zimbabwe is the biggest trading partner of South Africa on the continent.

Currency
Zimbabwe Dollar=100 cents. The major credit cards are widely accepted but will incur high charges. Traveller’s cheques are best taken in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. Most Hotel accommodation must be paid for in foreign currency. It is advisable to take a small amount of cash in US Dollar or Pounds Sterling - smaller bills are better if paying in foreign currency.

ClimateNormally the rainy season with warm to hot days, mild to warm evenings Light clothing and rainwear

April and May:Mainly sunny, warm days with cool to cold evenings pack a jersey for the evenings

June to August:Mild, sunny days but can be distinctly cold in the evenings A jersey or anorak is strongly recommended

September: Pleasant sunny days may need a jersey for the evenings

October to December: Hot sunny days with high temperatures Nights are warm Light clothing

Language
English is the official language and is widely spoken. Shona and Ndebele are widely spoken.

Health
it’s a good idea to consult with your local immunization authority or personal physician before you travel to Zambia, in order to find out what vaccinations/medications are required or suggested. Malaria is endemic.

Food
Food and drink of excellent quality is provided in the camps. The main towns have good supermarkets for those who are driving themselves.
Piped water in urban areas is considered safe to drink.

Safety
The tourists’ destinations in Zimbabwe have remained havens throughout its political instabilities. It’s however advisable to take safety precautions at all times during your travel. African Courtesy Tours ensures that our clients are safe and secure while traveling with us.

Visas
Citizens of most Western countries need to pay for visa to get into Zimbabwe. Many nationalities, such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the USA can obtain a visa on arrival by paying the appropriate visa fees. Note that at the moment, due to political reasons, most British citizens will need to apply for a tourist visa in advance in their country of residence. Visa-free entry is possible for nationals of certain countries, including Malaysia, Zambia, Hong Kong and several others.

Arrival
Upon arrival at one of South Africa's international airports you will be welcomed by one of African Odyssey Safaris' team who will assist you with any formalities, and then transfer you either to your flight to Zambia, or to your hotel. On arrival in Zambia you will be met by a representative of the company whose camp you will be visiting first. He/She will assist you by ensuring that you are transferred to your flight to your camp.

Clothing
Casual lightweight, neutral colours, like creams, khaki, greens and browns. Comfortable cotton clothing is advised when in the bush and at lodges, during the summer months. Most lodges and camps do have swimming pools so it is advisable to pack a swimsuit. Trousers and long sleeved shirts are advisable for the evenings as a precaution against Malaria. Jerseys and jackets are necessary for early morning and evening during winter and comfortable walking shoes are essential, as is rainwear when viewing the Victoria Falls, sunglasses and a hat.

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