Falling Waters and Flourishing Game
Zimbabwe is a vibrant land, blessed by two of Africa’s great watercourses—the legendary Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. Between them lies a country replete with fertile soils, mineral wealth and incredible wildlife. World-renowned destinations like the Victoria Falls, and the Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks, can all be found in this country of diverse geography and habitats.
From rugged granite landscapes to miombo woodland and mopane savannah; from moist grasslands to dry bushveld; nature makes herself known in all of these, culminating in the Zambezi River, pouring over the Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe has a richness on offer to everyone who visits her. Although some hunting camps are more rustic than in other parts of the continent, Zimbabwe delivers a little more of the legendary ‘old Africa’ experience of days long past, along with the comforts that typically accompany this lordly sport.
In spite of her troubles, Zimbabwe has beautiful, abundant and lovingly cared-for game reserves. Her largest national park, Hwange (13,000 square kms), is home to some of Africa's greatest elephant, buffalo and sable herds. Hwange’s land—when combined with the Matetsi Safari Area, the Kazuma and Zambezi National Parks, and the Pandamasui Forest area—form over 20,000 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. This striking, river-bounded country stands as a vital link in the vast migratory chain that stretches across the southern half of the continent.
As the Zambezi River travels down to the ocean below Victoria Falls, it flows first into Lake Kariba. Kariba’s massive dam marks the start of the Lower Zambezi Valley, home of the Mana Pools National Park—a World Heritage Site and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
From natural wonders to adrenaline rushes, the Zambezi has become one of the world's foremost water adventure destinations, offering outstanding whitewater rafting in the gorge below the falls, as well as excellent canoeing and kayaking above them.
Helicopter rides over the falls provide a spectacular aerial view of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World; or get up close and personal, with a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge. An elephant back safari is also an experience that you will remember forever. Ride and learn about these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat; or spend a day tiger fishing for an angling thrill of a lifetime!
For mementos to take home, the market in Victoria Falls and street stalls are excellent places to obtain bargains, and bartering is expected. Good deals include tea, wood and soapstone carvings, and copper souvenirs.
Light tropical clothing, sunscreen and a sun hat are recommended, and bring a raincoat for the rainy season. Smart casual evening wear is required at many top hotels.
From the serene to the adventurous, no matter what you choose to do in wonderful, exotic Zimbabwe, a memorable stay is guaranteed!
HUNTING ASSOCIAITION: Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association www.zphga.com
AREA: Zimbabwe has a land mass of over 390,000 square kms.
CLIMATE: The days are mostly bright and sunny, and the nights clear and cool. November to April are the summer months (rainy season), while winter runs from May to August (dry season). September and October are very hot and dry. Note that the water in the falls is low in October and November, just before the rains arrive.
POPULATION: The population of Zimbabwe is over 13.1 million (2013).http://www.southafrica.net/za/en
PROVINCES: Zimbabwe is divided into 8 provinces and 2 cities with provincial status: Bulawayo (Metropolitan), Harare (Metropolitan), Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, and Midlands.
LANGUAGES: English is Zimbabwe’s official language. Shona and Sindebele are also widely spoken.
CAPITAL: The capital city is Harare.
CURRENCY: Zimbabwe’s currency is the Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD). 1 ZWD = 0.00276319 USD. (September, 2013). It is advisable to take US Dollars or South African Rands to Zimbabwe. Smaller denominations are recommended. Rands and Dollars are accepted at hotels, restaurants and markets. Do not change money on the street, as this is illegal. (Consult with your booking agent for up-to-date currency exchange advice prior to entering the country.)
COMMUNICATIONS: Mobile phone, data and Internet services are not readily accessible in rural areas. (Please check with your booking agent ahead of time).
TIME ZONE: Like South Africa, Zimbabwe is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) year round.