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ZIMBABWE TOURS

Our Zimbabwe tours will take you on a great Africa safari adventure - from the iconic Victoria Falls to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, this country has so much to offer.

Our Zimbabwe tours offer unbeatable opportunities for adventure travel and wildlife safaris - if you're looking to see the Big Five, there's a good chance you'll see it here.

A Zimbabwe safari tour has breathtaking game reserves that are among the most abundant and beautiful Africa has to offer. At Encounters Travel, our Zimbabwe tours are combined with rich local culture and a long colonial past. It's every outdoor enthusiast's dream come true.

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On a Zimbabwe tour you can expect to visit iconic sights including, but not limited to, the mighty Victoria Falls, Matopos and Hwange National Parks and the mysterious ruins at Great Zimbabwe - giving you the ultimate Africa experience.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional information or if you'd like a tailor-made tour arranged - we can assist.

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Do you want to know more about Zimbabwe and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Zimbabwe tourism board for more information.

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6 Tours | From $1410 p/p

Duration:

12 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , Namibia , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 23, L - 19, D - 21

Highlights:

Swakopmund, Brandberg rock paintings, Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe Na...


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$1410(p/p)

Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 8, L - 8, D - 8

Highlights:

Kalahari Desert, San bush people, Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Victoria...


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$1505(p/p)

Duration:

15 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 23, L - 22, D - 20

Highlights:

Victoria Falls, Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Hwange & Matopos National Parks...


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$2875(p/p)

Duration:

20 Days

Country(ies):

Kenya , Malawi , Tanzania , Zambia , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 21, L - 21, D - 20

Highlights:

Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Diving & Snorkelling, Zanzibar, Serengeti National Park, Ngoro...


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$3065(p/p)

Duration:

20 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , Namibia , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 39, L - 31, D - 35

Highlights:

Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Giants Playground, Sesriem Canyon, Namib Desert, Dune 45, ...


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$2425(p/p)

Duration:

20 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , Namibia , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 24

Meals:

B- 19, L - 11, D - 15

Highlights:

Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Himba Tribe, Bushmen, Etosha Nat...


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$2425(p/p)

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.

How do I plan a trip to Zimbabwe?

When planning a trip to Zimbabwe you have to consider several factors - such as your budget, your goals you'd like to achieve, and how long you plan on staying in the country.

However, if you book with us at Encounters Travel you can leave all the planning to us - we offer a range of Zimbabwe tours from 1270 USD person - accommodation, travel, and meals included.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Zimbabwe?

Yes, the vaccines recommended for Zimbabwe are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

What should I see in Zimbabwe?

There are many places to explore in Zimbabwe - here are our top five favourites:

  1. Hwange National Park
  2. Victoria Falls
  3. Lake Kariba
  4. Mana Pools National Park
  5. Bulawayo

How many days in Zimbabwe is enough?

It's hard to say how many days are enough to explore a country that has so much to offer but three to five days should be enough if you plan on visiting its neighbouring African countries. This should be enough time to cover the countries famous national parks.

What is the best month to visit Zimbabwe?

The best time to visit Zimbabwe is its dry months - May to October - winter season is generally seen as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game-viewing.

Also, you should note that September and October are extremely hot and dry months.

TOUR REVIEWS

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Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later. Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful. Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

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
Government: 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.

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