Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. The country has a population of roughly 16 million people and 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele as the most commonly used. Zimbabwe is a superb African country, rich in resources and a rewarding travel destination. Much of Zimbabwe's tourism industry revolves around its incredible natural beauty. It is a country of superlatives, thanks to Victoria Falls (the largest waterfall in the world) and Lake Kariba (the largest man-made lake in terms of volume). National parks such as Hwange and Mana Pools teem with wildlife, making Zimbabwe one of the continent's best places to go on safari.
THE VICTORIA FALLS TOWN
Victoria Falls is a town in western Zimbabwe and a gateway to the massive waterfall of the same name. Here, the Zambezi River plummets over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges. The Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge. The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to white rhinos, elephants and many other species of animals and plants.
This town is a genuine bucket-list destination and one of Africa's most famous tourist towns. Not only does it offer the best views of the iconic falls, but it also has a world-class adventure-tourism scene and wildlife safaris.
The Victoria Falls is a small town, focused primarily on tourism. Guests can stroll around the town to see what else is on offer. From one end of town to the other is no more than one kilometer. Thus within a short walk one would have covered the whole town centre. The town has an array of curio shops, arts and crafts, galleries and little boutiques as well as numerous restaurants. There are plenty of hotels and in each of these hotels there is normally a couple of curio shops.
The Victoria Falls is a safe destination
There have been some inquiries on how safe Zimbabwe is after the recent disturbances that occurred in January 2019. We would like to assure our visitors that Zimbabwe is a very peaceful and friendly country and visitors should have no concerns. Vendors insisting that visitors buy their wares is about the only hassle that may be faced like in many tourist destinations.
The Victoria Falls town particularly, is a wonderful tourist destination that has always been its own entity, remaining serene and quiet even in those times that other parts of Zimbabwe have experienced some unrest. The people in this town are very friendly and appreciate the business that tourists bring. Tourism is their livelihood and they jealously guard this. The town also has Tourism Police Officers (in bright yellow bibs) on patrol throughout the town to prevent and protect tourists from any petty crimes.
So come and experience the might and majesty of the Victoria Falls!
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THINGS TO DO AT THE VICTORIA FALLS
Victoria Falls is a year-round destination with mild to hot temperatures. Popular times to visit include August to September, during the dry season, and December to January. The wet season is October to March. The Devil’s Pool is usually inaccessible March to May due to high water levels. Vic Falls Carnival (December) is an annual New Year’s celebration with musicians from all over Southern Africa.
The weather is mild and the temperatures in June are Minimum 7 ºC and Maximum 25 ºC.
CURRENCY IN ZIMBABWE
The currencies presently used in Zimbabwe include US dollars, South African Rand, Botswana Pula, British pounds and Euros – and of these the US Dollar is most common and certainly the best one to travel with. Although there are local bond notes in circulation these bond notes can be used for any purchases in Zimbabwe but have no value and cannot be exchanged outside the country. So if you are given a bond note as change make sure you spend it whilst in the country.
Almost all hotels, shops, restaurants and activity operators now accept credits cards: Mastercard and Visa only - NOT American Express. However as with everywhere occasionally a card machine will not work so it is always best to have a reserve of cash in these instances.
Best advice is to book and pay for as much as you can in advance so that you do not have any problems whilst in the country.
Cash and ATM machines
All banks have ATM machines however there is a shortage of hard cash within the country. On occasion, US dollars can be withdrawn from these ATM machines, and foreign cards often work better than local cards, but this cannot be wholly relied on. You must bring enough cash with you, to avoid any problems.
You will need cash for National Park fees if you are planning on doing any activities such as helicopter flights, sunset cruises, rafting, game drives, etc. Please check with your booking agent for details. Also, you will need cash for curio purchases, or any purchases of a small amount that do not warrant a credit card fee transaction.
Plus, it is imperative that you have a cash reserve for when a credit card transaction fails, as mentioned in the credit card section above.
- VISA AND MASTERCARD WIDELY ACCEPTED
- BRING ENOUGH CASH RESERVE WITH YOU
- DO NOT RELY ON ATM MACHINES TO WITHDRAW CASH
- DO NOT USE TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
- PAY FOR ACCOMMODATION AND ACTIVITIES BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- CARRY MOSTLY SMALL DENOMINATIONS OF CURRENCY. THIS MAKES PAYING FOR SMALL PURCHASES LIKE CURIOS EASIER, AS CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE