Zimbabwe

Currency: United States dollar, South African rand and many other currencies is Zimbabwe’s currency

Official languages: English, Shona and North-Ndebele

Visa: none needed

Independence: 11. November 1965 from Great Britain

Religion:  An estimated 80% of the country’s citizens identify themselves as Christians. The followers of ethnic religions are around 11%. About 1% are Muslims, mainly from Mozambique and Malawi, 0.1% are Hindus and 0.3% are Baha’is. Approximately 7% of citizens have no religious practice or are atheist.

Souvenirs: Soapstone carvings are popular. The carvings range from abstracts of women, animals and depiction of the broader Zimbabwean society. Wood sculptures, made from ebony, mahogany and mukwa, are beautiful too. Malachite and emerald stones are fashioned into exquisite jewelry and handmade lace will add a beautiful touch to table and bed linens. A batonka drum is the penultimate Zimbabwean souvenir.

Best time to visit: Zimbabwe can be visited any time of the year. The best game viewing time is in the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. This is especially true in Hwange where the artificially pumped waterholes attract many animals, including big herds of elephants. The best time to see Victoria Falls is from May through September, when the water is mid-to-low and the spray doesn’t block the view to the falls. Many animals give birth in the wet season, so this is the best time to see newborn animals. Birdwatching is at its best, many birds are in their breeding plumage and migratory birds are present. Rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your safari. However, rains can be continuous for days.

Area:  390.757 km2

Population: 12.973.808 (2012)

Density: 26 per km2

MaTakaTaka Top 5 places to visit:

  1. Victoria Falls
  2. Hwange National Park
  3. Matobo Hills
  4. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  5. Chimanimani Mountains