The majesty of the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, the natural nature of wild Africa, the originality of culture and the many historical sights, the history of which dates back to the time of ancient civilizations – this is just a small part of the attraction that tours to Zimbabwe bring.
A real safari with the possibility of legal hunting attracts tourists from all over the world to this amazing country. Rare representatives of flora and fauna in nature reserves, Victoria Falls and the roar of the great Victoria Falls, the alluring beauty of Lake Kariba will make a holiday in Zimbabwe the most vivid memory of the trip. But not only natural treasures attract tourists to this country: as the leading Zimbabwe tour operator mentions in its travel programs, the country is the center of ancient civilizations. To see for yourself the antiquity of the sights of Zimbabwe, it is worth visiting the Acropolis and the Great Walls.
Originality, ancient stone artifacts, the grandeur of wildlife and a high level of comfort – this combination is appropriate only in Zimbabwe. Harare and Balawayo, the most famous and developed cities of the country, will be able to surprise tourists from Moscow and other regions not only with sights, but also with the comfort of luxury hotels, respectable restaurants and colorful shopping with attractive prices. Zimbabwe is considered to be the most original and amazing country in Africa. And thousands of tourists every year are convinced of this!
Zimbabwe is a country of amazing natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture. Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations has been eroded for years by its political instability. But now that the country is overcoming its strife and returning to a state of balance, it is once again becoming one of the most attractive holiday destinations on the continent. Victoria Falls, known locally as “Thundering Smoke”, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the power of this huge body of water, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge, is impressive and leaves an unforgettable experience. There is so much to see and do in the country: Lake Kariba, with its wildlife-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari destination with stunning sunsets; Hwange National Park, famous for its huge herds of elephants;
Tourism is one of the most promising sectors of the economy of the state, located in the central part of South Africa between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. Luxurious national parks, the grandiose Victoria Falls, the mysterious walls of the Great Zimbabwe, the streets of Harare filled with life attract tourists here. Traveling around Zimbabwe is good at any time of the year. The climate here is temperate, typically with warm, sunny days and cool nights. The rainy season lasts from November to April. At this time it is hot here (average +35OC). Dry and cool winter lasts from May to July. The average monthly temperature is +20C during the day, but at night (especially in the highlands) there are frosts and the temperature drops to -50C.
The capital of Zimbabwe and the administrative center of the province of East Mashonaland – Harare – was founded in 1890 and named after the great leader of the Shona people. Its name translates as “one who never sleeps.” And this city of two million really lives an active, vibrant life that takes place on its wide avenues, in green parks, skyscrapers, shops, theaters, bars, clubs. Harare is considered one of the busiest modern cities. At the Mbare Musika bazaar, you can buy handicrafts, musical instruments, clothes, medicinal herbs, etc. The Zimbabwe Humanities Museum is located in the city. Its central building houses a library, an art gallery and a model of the Shona village, which serves as an interesting addition to the ethnographic and archaeological collections. Lake Chivero lies 35 km from Harare . Here you can go boating, fishing and admire the bird garden, which is home to about 260 species of exotic birds.
How to get there. Harare is connected by air with several European countries, with Johannesburg and some African capitals.
Balawayo – the former capital and second largest city of Zimbabwe – is located 439 km southwest of Harare. Unlike the capital, this is a quiet, calm city. The National Museum of History, built in the style of the Colosseum, is of interest here – one of the best in southern Africa. Its collections are presented by themes: entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, ornithology, etc. And the Railway Museum attracts lovers of transport equipment from many countries of the world. Among its exhibits there are trains and wagons created back in 1885. The Mzilikazi Center for Art and Folklore invites visitors to admire the work of young generations of artists and listen to live Zimbabwean music… Not far from Balawayo are the ruins of Khami – one of the oldest monuments of history and archeology of South Africa, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The first artifacts of Khami date back to about 40 thousand years. 40 km from Balawayo is the famous Matopos National Park with many fantastic stone formations, caves with rock paintings, picturesque dams.
How to get there. By local airlines from Harare.
Visa to Zimbabwe
Citizens of Russia to visit Zimbabwe still require a visa, which can be obtained directly at the border or in advance, at the Zimbabwean embassy in Moscow. Applying for a visa at the border usually does not cause any difficulties – the package of documents is standard.
It is possible to issue a single visa to Zambia and Zimbabwe, which makes it possible to travel through the territory of the two countries without restrictions and visit Botswana for a day. The cost of KAZA Visa is $50. You can get a single visa only at border crossings; they are not issued at the Zimbabwean embassy and the consulate of Zambia.