Formerly known as the "Republic of Rhodesia," Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. Zimbabwe borders Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. The country has a tropical climate that is moderated by altitude. The rainy season in Zimbabwe is November to March. There are a little less than 13 million people living in the African land, and the life expectancy rate is only 36 years. It is believed that about 25% of the population is living with HIV/AIDS.
Zimbabwe is a beautifully scenic country. One can be captivated by the magnificent Victoria Falls. People in Zimbabwe refer to the waterfall as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which means “The Smoke that Thunders.” This is due to the constant mist above the Falls, which is created by the down-plummet of millions of liters of water, a true sight to see. Below the Falls, a small rainforest has developed called the Botoka Gorge, which is also a breeding site for the rare Taita Falcons.
Harare is Zimbabwe’s capital city, and it is the heart of the country. It is the hub for the country’s commerce, and is complete with high-rise buildings and heavy traffic. Harare is home to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which hosts splendid African art and material culture. The city’s biggest park is called Harare Gardens, which has a replica of Victoria Falls inside as well as the Zambezi Gorges.
Zimbabwe also has the Matobo National Park, which is ancient war grounds. In the park, you can see the old grain bins where warriors once stored their provisions. Some peaks in the park like Shumba, Shaba and Shumba Sham are considered sacred and locals believe that even to point at them will bring misfortune.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Languages: English, Shona and Sindebele
Power: 220V, 50 Hz
Climate: Here you will find a real tropical climate that is hot and humid in summer and still quite warm in winter and wet.
Time Zone: UTC+2
Currency: Zimbabwean Dollar