Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Africa, of 39 075 700 hectares, bordered
by South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia.
Altitudes range from around 500 metres in the northern Zambezi Valley to 1500
metres in the highveld and then slope down again to around 300 metres in the
Zimbabwe also has some of the world's most ancient rock formations known
generally as the Basement Complex. Large scale faulting in the distant past
has been responsible for the creation of the Middle Zambezi Valley in the
north and the Sabi Valley in the east.
CLIMATE Zimbabwe's climate is divided mainly into Summer
Summer is October to April when maximum temperatures average 32C and during
which rains may be expected. Winter is May to September and average
temperatures during the day are 20 Celsius, but can drop much lower at
night. Very little rain can be expected at this time.
Although game viewing and safari activities take place year round, the game
is more easily visible during Winter when the vegetation dries off.
In recent years the rains have not been very heavy during the Summer,
resulting in dry agricultural conditions, but good game viewing conditions
for most of the year.
TRANSPORTATION By Air Zimbabwe is serviced externally
by its own Air Zimbabwe and by international airlines from many parts of the
world. Connections can be made through Johannesburg in South Africa, for
destinations not servicing Harare directly. Air Zimbabwe runs regular
internal flights between the capital Harare and Bulawayo and Victoria
Falls. Main airports are at Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls with flights
to Johannesburg, Cape Town and other regional destinations from Victoria
Falls and Harare. By Road Surfaced highways link the capital, Harare,
with Bulawayo, Hwange, Victoria Falls, Kariba, the Eastern Highlands, Mutare
and the Lowveld. Travellers by road may enter Zimbabwe from South Africa
through Beitbridge, from Botswana through Plumtree or Victoria Falls, from
Namibia through Victoria Falls, from Zambia through Victoria Falls, Kariba
or Chirundu and from Mozambique through Mutare or Nyamapanda. Normal
sedan vehicles are adequate for the main highways. Lesser used gravel roads
into the wilderness areas may require four wheel drive. Car Hire is
available in the main towns. By Train A railway network links
the main towns and also connects with Zambia through Victoria Falls and
South Africa. VISAS CATEGORY A (Countries whose nationals
do not require visas) Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana,
Cayman Isl., Congo (DRC), Cyprus, Fiji, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland,
Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Leeward Isl., Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives,
Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand,Western Samoa,
Singapore, Solomon Isl., St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadies,
Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos
Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia
CATEGORY B ( Countries whose nationals are granted visas at the port of entry
on payment of the requisite visa fees) Argentina, Australia, Austria,
Belgium, Brazil, Britain (U.K), Brunei, Canada, Cook Islands, Denmark,
Dominica Rep., Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana*, Greece, Hong Kong,
Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Kuwait,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway; Palau Islands,
Palestine (State of), Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico
(U.S.A.), Seychelles, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A., United Arab
Emirates (U.A..E), Uruguay; Vatican, Virgin Islands (U.S.A.). * gratis
visas for Ghanaians
CATEGORY C ( Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain
visas prior to traveling) Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola,
Amtenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon,
Cape Verde Islands, Central African Rep., Chad, Chile, China, Colombia,
Comores Isl., Congo Brazzaville, Congo (D.Rep.), Costa Rica, Cote d'Voire,
Croatia,Cuba, Czech Rep., Djibouti Rep., Equator, El Salvador, Equatorial
Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Eyrom , French Guiana, French Polynesia,
French West Indies, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Guam, Guatemala,
Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Guyana; Conakry, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India,
Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (D.P.R.K), Krygystan, Laos, Latvia,
Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar , Mali, Marshall Isl.
,Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique,
Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nieu, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk
Islands, Northern Marianna's, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
Philippines, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia Fed, Rwanda, Samoa (America),
San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone,
Slovak Rep., Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa**, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname,
Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen Rep., Yugoslavia. **gratis
visas at port of entry for South Africans-Bilateral agreement.
NB Please check your visa requirements with your Travel Agent before
travelling Advice Zimbabwe is a third world country and visitors will see
signs of poverty. We suggest any desire to assist the poor be channeled into
official organisations where the funds are accounted for. Funding beggars
simply creates more beggars. Visitors can purchase local handicrafts on offer by
vendors and thus support individual enterprise. Motorists may wish to pay for
the services of young parking attendants.
Visitors are advised to be aware of the worldwide scourge of pick pocketing
and to keep their valuables safe at all times. You should carry
identification with you at all times. Avoid walking in darkened places at
night and where there are few other people in the vicinity.
Visitors in wildlife areas are asked to act responsibly. Animals may appear
docile and "tame", but they are nevertheless, wild. Animals tolerate man's
presence under certain circumstances, but abuse of this privilege may result
in them making an attack. Do not feed animals as this results in the animal
ultimately having to be shot because it becomes too dangerous to
Always comply with your Professional Guide or Courier's instructions.
A Tourism Levy is charged at 2% on daily rates. Airport departure tax is
currently US$30 per head. Electricity supply is 220-240V a.c. accessible via
13amp square pinned fused
vegetation is covered principally by tropical woodlands and savannas
interspersed with areas of grassland.
On the central plateau over 1200m the dominant vegetation is savanna woodland
with the predominant tree being the "Msasa". Vleis consisting of moist
grassland occur along the drainage lines in both woodland and savanna.
Below 900m we have a more deciduous tree savanna with the Mopane woodlands of
the hot, dry river valley systems as in the Middle Zambezi, characterised by
many Baobabs. A palm savanna also occurs in more limited areas.
In the eastern highlands, with the increase in rainfall and cooler
temperatures, Mopane vegetation predominates and Giant Heath occurs.
HEALTH Malaria preventative medicines are necessary in
most of Zimbabwe, particularly in the big game areas in the Zambezi Valley
Please consult your own physician before coming to Zimbabwe. A
pyrimethamine/dapsone combination drug taken once a week is generally used
locally, and Chloroquine is first choice of malaria treatment in
Bilharzia is present in many dams and rivers and it is advisable to make
minimal contact with this water. However, Bilharzia is easily curable by
Biltricide or similar medication.
AIDS: is prevalent in Africa but may be avoided by
refraining from irresponsible sexual behavior. All Medical Blood Bank serum
and blood is tested prior to use.
MEDICAL AIR RESCUE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES are available
in most areas of Zimbabwe. Insurance cover for this is available - please speak
to your Tour Organiser or Operator who can assist in obtaining this cover.
Private as well as Government clinics, hospitals and Medical Practitioners
are available at the main city/town centers. All Professional Guides have
First Aid Training.
Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association
FIREARMS AND BOW REGULATIONS
Your Operator will advise what rifles are appropriate for the hunt
booked. A.375 or bigger and a medium caliber 7mm - 300 HxH range are suggested
as generally suitable for most hunts.
Hunting rifles may be temporarily
imported into Zimbabwe and forms will either be sent to you by the Operator or
may be completed upon arrival at Zimbabwe Customs. Bring your own ammunition
with you to ensure you have the type you prefer. Ensure you complete the
Firearms Temporary Import Permit accurately.
A bow with a draw
weight of not less than 35kg and an arrow weighing not less than 45 grams is
required for Giraffe and Eland and draw weight of not less than 35kg with an
arrow not less than 40 grams is required for most antelope.Bow hunting may onlly
take place on private hunting areas or communal hunting areas, NOT in a
Nation Park or Government controled Safari Area.
A caliber of no less
than 9.2mm in diameter with muzzle energy of 5.3 kilojoules is required for
Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo. A caliber of no less than 7mm in diameter
with a muzzle energy of no less than 4.3 kilojoules is required for Lion,
Giraffe and Eland. A caliber of no less than 7mm in diameter with a
muzzle energy of no less than 3 kilojoules is required for Crocodile, Hyena,
Kudu, Leopard, Nyala, Sable, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra etc. A
caliber of no less than 5.6mm in diameter with muzzle energy of no less than 850
joules is required for Bushbuck, Bushpig, Impala,