Zimbabwe Travel Advice & General Information

Here is a guide to some best Zimbabwe travel advice and general information, worth having on hand for any Zimbabwe trip or even for pre planning.

This is designed as an attachment to our 12 day South Africa and Zimbabwe trip South Africa Itinerary 12 Day Tour

Capital

The Capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare, located in the north east of the country.

Population

The Population of Zimbabwe is 15.06 million with it’s most populated city being the capital Harare with a population of 3.1 million.

Time Zone

The time zone in Zimbabwe is GMT plus 2

Best Time To Go

Zimbabwe is an all year round destination. The Zambezi is a popular spot for water activities and rafting and this is best august and December because of lower lying river levels.

If you a fan of green, lush vegetation then December to May is your time. Known as the best botanical months.

Climate

Summer

Summer months are October to April, days are generally hot and sunny in the mornings and chances of possibly thunderstorms in the afternoon.

During the day temperatures can reach 30 C with a nightly temperature of around 14 C – 16 C.

Along the Zambezi and around Victoria Falls temperatures could generally be higher due to the lower lying area

Winter

In winter May to September, temperatures are generally dry and sunny with temperatures sitting around 20C during the day with a low of around 5 C at night time.

A perfect time to visit with better guarantee of weather, with a lot less rain.

Currency

USD is the main currency used in Zimbabwe. The South Africa Rand is often excepted in many places within in Zimbabwe.

Language

The official language of Zimbabwe is English, however there are local indigenous languages spoken, such as Ndebele and Shona.

Tipping

It is not compulsory but it is customary to tip in tourist regions of 10 to 15 % in restaurants or hotel bills and 10 % to persons who are for example taxi drivers, local guides or private drivers.

Vaccinations

Please check with your GP and local authorities for further information, as such information can change.

Electricity

With the amount of gadgets, phones, cameras and computers have the right adaptors is important.

Zimbabwe uses 220/240 Volts AC, with 3 pin 13 amp plugs.

Did You Know

Camouflage clothing is strictly banned in Zimbabwe with imposing fines and potential imprisonment for people wearing such attire. Please be aware

Finally

Hopefully this lends to some useful information for yourself to have on hand or when planning a Zimbabwe trip. For any further assistance more information can be obtained on the Zimbabwe Embassy Site and information page

I hope this Zimbabwe travel advice is of use to you.

Want to read some interesting articles on Zimbabwe well here is the popular Victoria Falls Adventure – nature’s true wonder

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South Africa Travel Advice & General Information

Here is a guide to some best South Africa travel advice and general information, worth having on hand for any South African trip or even for pre planning.

Capital

A little confusing so Cape Town is the official legislative capital, with the administrative capital being Pretoria and Judicial capital being Bloemfontein

Population

The population of South Africa, as of 2020 is 59.3 million

Time Zone

South Africa operates its time at GMT plus 2

Best Time To Go

South Africa is known as a destination accessible all year round and is also generally visited all year round. However some regions may have more advantages than other (see below)

The northern regions are good destinations in the winter months, at this time game viewing is at it’s best, and temperatures are far milder.

The southern regions are known for more summer times and holiday makers with low rainfall and warmer temperatures.

Climate

Summer is October to April and winter is May to August

Summer temperatures average between 15 – 30 C (60 – 96 f) Despite a few regional differences, the climate of south Africa is generally mild throughout the year.

On a whole South Africa is a dry country with a mean average rainfall of 502mm and snow is normally only seen and limited to mountain peaks

Currency

The currency of South Africa is the South African Rand. 1 rand is made up of 100 cents. Banks notes are in denominations of R200 (orange) R100 (blue) R50 (pink) R20 (brown) and R10 (green)

Languages

Throughout South Africa there are a total of 11 official languages. these being Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tsongo, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.

For English speaking visitor to the country you would certainly be able and have no problem with travelling through the country and communicating.

Tipping

It is not compulsory but it is customary to tip in the region of 10 to 15 % in restaurants or hotel bills and 10 % to persons who are for example taxi drivers, local guides or private drivers.

Vaccinations

Please check with your GP and local authorites for further information, as such information can change.

Electricity

With the amount of gadgets, phones, cameras and computers have the right adaptors is important.

South Africa uses 230 to 240 volts 50Hz. The visitor to South Africa should purchase the correct adaptor with compatibility with South Africa. These can be purchased in South Africa or at most International Airports.

Hopefully this lends to some useful information for yourself to have on hand or when planning a South Africa trip. For any further assistance more information can be obtained on the South African Embassy Site and information page.

I hope this South Africa travel advice is of use to you.

Want to read some interesting articles on South Africa well try out a few from our own experiences. A look at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Franschhoek and Sabi Sands Safari.

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Top 5 Sunsets From Around The World

Top 5 Sunsets

If there is one thing we love on our travels is great sunsets. There is nothing more relaxing than kicking back and watching a beautiful sunset. And to photo a sunset and to have that ultimate picture is amazing. Below is our top 5 from our travels around the world.

Bali

This one was taken from the beach at the ever popular fishing village of Jimbaran in Bali, Indonesia.

A great shot and that red sky just enhances it even more and adds a bit of drama.

Bali

Sabi Sands

Whilst on Safari we got to jump out of the 4 by 4’s and relax with a beer and watch this sunset out in the middle of the reserve. One of the most unreal and secluded places we could have experienced this only added to how great it was. So relaxing and once in a life time sunsets you could ever imagine.

To be honest this photo doesn’t do it justice at all it really needs to be seen in the moment.

Sabi Sands

Victoria Falls

Whilst in Victoria Falls we enjoyed evening drinks and yet another beautiful one whilst aboard the Ra Ikane sunset cruise. The sun sets behind the waterline with no sound just crashing water and the clinking of glasses, no better way to unwind

The setting sun, brought an evening of calm and we never wanted to get off and would certainly go back.

Victoria Falls

Kilronan Castle

We had a night away at Kilronan Castle in County Roscommon, Ireland. And we went for a pre dinner walk around the lake. A beautiful walk takes you alongside the lake a walk well worth the trip to see this stunning sunset.

One of my favourite photos to date, the shine of the lake is just stunning, which just added to these beautiful grounds.

Kilronan Castle

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast always delivers at sunset with its 300 plus days of sun it’s hard not to make the list

Here we were at the Miami / North Burleigh lookout is one of the best offerings on the east coast of Australia.

The straight look back across the coast for as far as the eye can see is just picture perfect.

Gold Coast

We certainly could never get old of these sunsets and i think no matter where you ae in the world you would just take in the beauty of it.

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