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Zimbabwe Visitor Information

Climate Chart for Zimbabwe
Climate Chart for Zimbabwe

Altitude and relief greatly affect both temperature and rainfall in Zimbabwe. The higher areas in the east and the High Veld receive more rainfall and are cooler than the lower areas. Temperatures on the High Veld vary from 12 - 13°C (55°F) in winter and 24°C (75°F) in summer. On the Low Veld the temperatures are usually 5.5°C (10°F) higher, and summer temperatures in the Zambezi and Limpopo valleys average between 32C - 38°C (90 - 100°F). Rainfall decreases from east to west. The eastern mountains receive as much as 40 inches annually, while Harare has 32 inches and Bulawayo 23.6 inches. The south and southwest receive little rainfall. Seasonal shortages of water are common. The summer rainy season last from November to March. It is followed by a transitional season, during which both rainfall and temperatures decrease. The cool, dry season follows, lasting from mid-May to mid-August. Finally, there is the warm, dry season, which last until the onset of the rains.

All visitors require a visa apart from nationals from the following countries:- Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Nationals of commonwealth states (excluding Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka).

Many, but not all, other nationals who do require visas can obtain them upon arrival. You are strongly advised to check with your local consulate or embassy.

Zimbabwean Embassies, Tourist Offices and/or High Commission located around the world

Official Currency:    Zimbabwe Dollar=100 cents
Current Exchange Rate:    Today's Exchange Rate

The major credit cards are widely accepted but will incur high charges. Travellers cheques are best taken in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. Most Hotel accommodation must be paid for in foreign currency.

It is adviseable to take cash in US Dollar or Pounds Sterling - smaller bills are better. If paying in foreign currency be sure to have small bills available as change will be given to you in Zimbabawe Dollars - which at the current time is virtually worthless.

Air

Air Zimbabwe offers a domestic service which connects Harare and Bulawayo with Victoria Falls, Kariba, Masvingo, Gweru and Hwange National Park.

Railways / Train Services

There is a good rail network connecting Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Victoria Falls. The majority of trains and three classes and often third calls is cheaper than express bus. Most rail travel takes place at night and sleeping compartments are available and you can hire bedding. It is advisable to book as far ahead as possible.

Bus

Express and local buses are the two forms of bus transportation. The express buses run scheduled services between the major cities and you need to book in advance.

Local buses are cheap, fast , fairly safe. and often busy. There aren't any schedules but they depart from township bus stations.

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Road

There is a fairly good network of roads, but some are in poor condition. Driving is on the left hand side and an International Driving Licence is recommended. There are numerous local and international car hire firms. Fuel can at times be difficult to obtain, ensure you have a full tank and maybe some reserves before entering the country.

1st January New Year's Day
18 April Independence Day
1st May Workers Day
25th May Africa Day
11 August Heroes Day
12th August Forces Day
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day

Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Zimbabwe is: "Type G (British) & D (Indian)"

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