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Zimbabwe Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

390,757 sq km (150,872 sq miles).

Population

13.2 million (2013).

Population density

33.7 per sq km.

Capital

Harare.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1980.

Head of state

President Robert Mugabe since 1987.

Head of government

President Robert Mugabe since 1987.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. South African-style round three-pin and British-style square three-pin plugs are used.

Zimbabwe boasts some amazing natural sites. The Victoria Falls are without a doubt one of the world's grandest natural spectacles and every viewpoint reveals something new. Running from northeast to southwest down the centre of the country, and connecting its two largest cities, is the Highveld, a chain of low mountains and Zimbabwe's most populous area.

Zimbabwe also offers some of the best wildlife parks in southern Africa. From the forested mountains of the Eastern highlands to the sun-washed grasslands of Hwange National Park, from the hot Mopani Forest to the shores of Lake Kariba, more than 11% of Zimbabwe's land - 44,688 sq km (17,254 sq miles) - has been set aside as parks and wildlife estates. There are also several botanical gardens, sanctuaries and more than a dozen national safari areas for hunting (an activity that helps to finance the conservation programme and is strictly controlled).

Modern Zimbabwe is not in a good state. In spite of the economy slowly improving, there is still widespread famine and the government lacks the resources to deal with the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which affects an estimated one quarter of the population. However, a historic power-sharing deal signed in 2008 between President Mugabe and the opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has pledged to improve the lives of Zimbabweans.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 30 July 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

You should avoid all demonstrations and rallies. In the past the authorities have used force to suppress demonstrations.

Dual British-Zimbabwean nationals who wish to travel to Zimbabwe and return to the United Kingdom must have a valid travel document to re-enter the United Kingdom. It’s not possible to re-enter the UK using a Zimbabwean passport or emergency travel document without a visa or entry clearance endorsed.

Holiday and business visas are available at the port of entry. Don’t violate the terms of your visa. 

Although the economic outlook in Zimbabwe improved under the 2009 to 2013 Government of National Unity, the economic situation is increasingly fragile with smaller banks facing difficulty.

If you’re living in Zimbabwe, keep your security arrangements under close review, make sure your travel documents are up to date and readily available and have a contingency plan in place in case you need to leave at short notice.

There is a low threat from terrorism. 

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