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Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE SAFARI HOLIDAYS

Zimbabwe is an unbeatable destination for adventure travel and wildlife safaris. From the iconic Victoria Falls to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, this country has so much to offer. Its game reserves are among the most abundant and beautiful in Africa, with many unusual safari experiences unavailable anywhere else. Combined with rich local culture and a long colonial past this African gem should be at the top of everyone's list of places to visit.

Our overland truck based tours visit the most iconic sights including the mighty Victoria Falls, Matopos and Hwange National Parks and the mysterious ruins at Great Zimbabwe.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is generally a very safe country, although occasional robberies do take place. You should remain vigilant, especially after dark, and avoid political activity and demonstrations.

What is the official currency of Zimbabwe?

The currency used in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean dollar (ZWD), which is subdivided into 100 cents.

When is the best time of the year to visit Zimbabwe?

The best time of the year to visit is during the dry, winter season from May to October, as the temperatures are mild and there is hardly any rain.

What should you wear in Zimbabwe?

You should wear neutral coloured clothing for safaris, and long-sleeved clothing in the evenings to avoid mosquito bites.

Can you drink the tap water in Zimbabwe?

The tap water in some areas of Zimbabwe is safe to drink, but it is recommended to only drink bottled water during your trip.

TOUR REVIEWS

Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

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Zimbabwe Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +263
Area: 390,757 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Zimbabwe is the junction of the Runde and Save rivers at 16m (52 ft.) | The highest point in Zimbabwe is the Inyangani at 2,592m (8,504 ft.)
Population: 16,150,362 (2018)
Capital: Harare
Governemnt: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary state, Military dictatorship, Semi-presidential system
Language: Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa.

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country situated in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. Harare is the capital and the largest city in Zimbabwe.

Most of Zimbabwe's landscape is elevated, and consists of a central plateau, extending from the southwest northwards. East of the country is mountainous and is known as the East Highlands. Mount Nyangani is the highest point at 2,592m. Victoria Falls is one of the world's biggest and most impressive waterfalls.

The climate in Zimbabwe is tropical, with heat and aridity in the southern areas, extreme heat in the Zambezi, and cool temperatures and the highest rainfall in the Eastern Highlands. The landscape of Zimbabwe is mostly savannah, but the mountainous Eastern Highlands are forested. Around 350 species of mammals can be found in Zimbabwe.

The main foreign exports of Zimbabwe are gold, agriculture and minerals. Tourism also plays a pivotal role in its economy. English is the main language used in the judiciary and education systems. Zimbabwe has 16 official languages. Shona is spoken by 70% of the population and 20% of the

population speak Sindebele. Around 80% of the country's citizens are Christians and 63% of the population identify as Protestants.

There are a variety of cultures in Zimbabwe, and the largest ethnic group is Shona. The Shona people are known for crafting sculptures and carvings. Traditional arts in Zimbabwe include textiles, jewellery, carvings, pottery and basketry.

Highlights

  • 123 Eastern Highlands – a strip of mountain country in the Manicaland Province, with pine forests and botanical gardens.
  • Hwange National Park – the largest national park with 107 types of animals and 400 species of birds.
  • Matobo National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, separated into two sections with giant boulders and granite scenery.
  • Victoria Falls National Park – on the Zimbabwe side, this park is home to two-thirds of Victoria Falls.
  • Natural History Museum – the largest museum in Zimbabwe spread over three floors, with gemstone and taxidermy displays.
  • National Heroes’ Acre – a burial ground, national monument, museum and symbol of bravery and selflessness in the country.
  • Gonarezhou National Park – found in the northeast corner of the country, this park is the second largest and most scenic in Zimbabwe.
  • National Gallery of Zimbabwe – situated in Harare Gardens, this gallery displays local African and international artists.

Tips

  • There is a cash shortage, so you should bring US dollars for your trip.
  • Carry small denomination notes for tipping – as it is customary to tip staff and guides.
  • Seek some medical advice with your health practitioner before travelling to Zimbabwe.
  • There is a risk of malaria in some areas, so check with your doctor before.
  • Avoid ice in drinks, or salads that might have come into contact with unhygienic water.
  • You will notice that bargaining is usually acceptable in many stalls, markets and family-owned stalls.
  • English is spoken throughout the country, but you should learn some basic phrases of Shona.
  • Do not take photographs at border crossings, government buildings or of government officials.

Overland Zimbabwe TOURS

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TAILOR-MADE Zimbabwe TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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