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Zimbabwe

Facts about country

Capital Harare

Population

11.2 Million

Main Languages

English, + Shona + Ndebele

Electricity

3 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Zimbabwe Dollar

Exchange Rate for US $ as of July 2001

53 Z$ per 1 US$ is the official Rate,  Black market rate was 185 Z$ per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

390000 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry), plane

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Yes Major Cities
Religion Christian + Mwari  Religions
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ (we did not stay more than a couple of hours so wwe are going from what we have head from others)

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
25 $ 5 $ (Camping) 5 $ (Self) 10$ 5$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Victoria Falls Y The 2 km Water Falls are amazing.  They seem much bigger than on the Zambian side.  Both sides are great and we cannot say which side is better.  One basically see it from both sides.  Believe us it is just different.  The Zimbabwe side is also more developed.  9

Harare

N
Great Zimbabwe National Monument N
Hwange National Park N

Matobo National Park

N
Tengenenge Farm N
Mavuradonha Wilderness N
Mt Selinda N
Mana Pools National Park N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

x

Bungy Jumping

x

Safaris

x
Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding x
Canoeing x
Camping x
River Rafting x
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking  x
Sailing  x
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Snorkeling
Water Skiing
Others (Golfing) x

Feeling and Opinions on Zimbabwe

We only were in Zimbabwe a couple of hours.  We just visited the Victoria Falls.  It was well worth paying the full priced Visa to see them from the other side. At the time we were there the currency for Zimbabwe was going down the drain, so things were real cheap there.  The political situation at the moment is not stable.

 

 

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