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Weather

Zimbabwe enjoys a lovely temperate climate. The central Highveld plateau has temperatures coming up to 28°C/82°F. Lower-lying parks like Hwange and Zambezi NP are warmer year-round and temperatures can reach 31°C/88°F. Mana Pools, Matusadona and Gonarezou are even lower and get hot, with temperatures soaring to 35°C/95°. The Eastern highlands are much colder and receive significantly more rain.

During the wet season, from November to March, rains usually fall in heavy afternoon showers, but they can sometimes be lighter and continuous for a couple of days. The dry season, from April to October, is pretty much rain free and colder. Nights and mornings can be as cold as 5°C/41°F to freezing, but daytime temperatures are still pleasant with a great deal of sunshine. Zimbabwe experiences winter and summer in opposite times as Europe and North America and they correspond to the dry and wet season.
Dry season - April to October - Winter

During the dry season there is virtually no rainfall and humidity is low. Wildlife will concentrate around waterholes and rivers when other water resources dry up.

April, May - This is the end of summer. Temperatures are relatively cool, typically around 10°C/50°F in the morning and 28°C/82°F in the afternoon. The nighttime temperatures start to drop. By May, the rain is almost gone.

June, July & August - Be sure to pack warm winter clothes because morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold. The average morning temperature is 6°C/43°F. Afternoons will be more pleasant with temperatures around 25°C/77°F. Parks at lower altitude will be warmer.

September, October - The heat gradually builds and reaches its annual peak in October. The first rains can fall by late October, bringing relief from very dry conditions. The lower lying areas get very hot in October with temperatures of 32°C/90°F and well above. The increasing humidity can make it feel uncomfortably hot.

Wet season - November to March - Summer. November - This month is unpredictable and it might start raining some afternoons. Temperatures are between 18°C/64°F in the morning and 32°C/90°F in the afternoon. Parks in the central Highveld plateau will be colder and parks at lower altitude will be considerably warmer. In the low-lying parks temperatures can frequently peak at 40°C/104°F or higher throughout the wet season.

December, January & February & March - These are the wettest months, characterized by torrential downpours in the afternoon and sometimes continuous rains for a couple of days. Nights and mornings are warm at around 18°C/64°F. Afternoon temperatures are around 30°C/86°F and the humidity is high, making it feel hotter.

Access By Road

Below are the border posts that people/goods can use to come to Zimbabwe and they are outlined as to which Zimbabwe shares the border with which country;

Zimbabwe and Botswana

Plumtree Border Post

Coordinates: 20°30′00″S 27°48′00″E

Kazungula Border Post
Coordinates: 17°48′52″S 25°15′54″E

Kazungula is a small border post settlement in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe close to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Just to the west is the Botswana border village of Kazungula, from where there is a ferry service for vehicles across the Zambezi River to the town in Zambia also called Kazungula.
Kazungula is linked by a tarred road to Victoria Falls, 70 km east.

 

Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Forbes Border Post (Mutare)
Working hours 06:00 – 18:00 hrs
Closest Town: Mutare (5.62km)
Forbes Border Post is situated 10 minutes’ drive east of Mutare and a getaway to the Beira corridor and is between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, bordering the

Nyamapanda border on the Mozambique side. When visiting Zimbabwe all visitors are required to have a valid passport and those travelling with vehicles need to have the original vehicle registration paper, vehicle license, if driving someone else vehicle, an affidavit signed by the owner authorizing the person with the vehicle to use it and third party insurance. Payments are often made for road access fee based on the vehicle size and carbon pollution fee. Visitors travelling using own vehicles are advised to carry US dollars or South Africa Rands for all the fees payable at the border post.

Address: Mutare, Zimbabwe Postal:

P.O. Box 90, Mutare, Manicaland, Zimbabwe.
Tel: +263(0)20 63 003
Tel2: +263(0)20 67 532
Fax: +263(0)20 66 196
 
Nyamapanda Border Post
Coordinates: 16°10′S 33°36′E
06:00 – 18:00 hrs
Closest Town: Nyamapanda (686m)

Nyamapanda border post is between Zimbabwe and Mozambique from Harare en route to Tete. A valid passport and original vehicle registration papers must accompany your car when visiting Zimbabwe and using own car, vehicle license is also needed and if driving someone else vehicle, an affidavit signed by the owner authorizing the person with the vehicle to use it and third party insurance. Payments are often made for road access fee based on the vehicle size and carbon pollution fee. Base currencies for border fees payments are USD and ZAR and all other accepted but converted into prevailing rate of the USD.
Address: Nyamapanda, Zimbabwe
Postal: P.O. Box 1000, Mudzi, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263(0)72 2838
Fax: +263(0)72 2569

Zimbabwe and South Africa

Beitbridge Border Post
Coordinates: 22°13'48"S 29°59'4"E
05:30 – 22:30 hrs
Closest Town: Beitbridge (177m), Musina (15.6km)

Ensure that you have relevant vehicle registration documents, and if you are hiring the vehicle, a letter from the bank giving you permission to take the vehicle across the border. A police clearance may also be required (Jun-12). If you enter Zimbabwe with your own vehicle you only need the original registration document (take copies to hand in) and your driver’s license and passport. If the vehicle is registered in the name of a company or somebody else’s name, you need to have a letter on an official letterhead stating that you may take the car through the border. If the owner is not the driver, it should be stated in the letter that the owner or company has given permission for the driver to drive the vehicle.

Address: Beit Bridge, Zimbabwe
Postal: Private Bag 5746, Beitbridge, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263(0)286 22 529
Tel2: +263(0)286 22 671
Cell: +263(0)71 409 058
Cell2: +263(0)71 726 717

Zimbabwe and Zambia

Chirundu  Border Post
Coordinates: 16°02′S 28°51′E
06:00 – 18:00 hrs
Closest Town: Chirundu
Chirundu is a village and border post in Zimbabwe on the border with Zambia, in Mashonaland West province. The name Chirundu means "people following one another in a line or queue" probably referring to the crossing of the Zambezi river by bridge at Chirundu. The village is located on the banks of the Zambezi river, and as a result it lies in the hot Zambezi Valley. It is the site of the Chirundu Bridges, two of only five road or rail bridges across the Zambezi river.

On the Zambian side of the river is a slightly larger town also called Chirundu. The bridge is the principal border crossing for traffic travelling from Harare in Zimbabwe, to Lusaka in Zambia. Chirundu is surrounded by wildlife/safari areas, elephants frequently wander around the village. It is also a popular destination for fishing..

Customs: (+260)21 1 515 031
Immigration: (+260)21 1 515 075


Kariba  Border Post
16° 31' 0" South, 28° 48' 0" East
06:00 – 18:00 hrs
Closest Town: Kariba (1.06km), Siavonga (4.76km)
The border runs down at the middle of Lake Kariba and the border for each country are either side of the Kariba Dam wall. When visiting Zimbabwe all visitors are required to have a valid passport and those travelling with vehicles need to have the original vehicle registration paper, vehicle license, if driving someone else vehicle, an affidavit signed by the owner authorizing the person with the vehicle to use it and third party insurance. Payments are often made for road access fee based on the vehicle size and carbon pollution fee.

Address: Kariba Dam area, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Tel:  +263(0)61 3447+263(0)61 3447
Tel2:  +263(0)61 3500+263(0)61 3500
Fax: +263(0)61 3447
Fax2:  +263(0)61 3449+263(0)61 3449

Victoria Falls Border Post
Coordinates: 17°55′42.07″S 25°51′25.68″E
06:00 – 22:00 hrs
Closest Town: Victoria Falls (1.18km), Livingstone (8.14km)
When visiting Zimbabwe all visitors are required to have a valid passport and those travelling with vehicles need to have the original vehicle registration paper, vehicle license, if driving someone else vehicle, an affidavit signed by the owner authorizing the person with the vehicle to use it and third party insurance. Payments are often made for road access fee based on the vehicle size and carbon pollution fee. For more information contact the ZIMRA office for Victoria Falls at the border post.

Address: Mukhosana, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263(0)13 458 76
Tel2: +263(0)13 540 876
Fax: +263(0)13 443 21

 

Access By Air

1. Harare International Airport
Harare International Airport is located 15kilometres south of Harare City, the capital of Zimbabwe. It is the main gateway into Zimbabwe and alternate

Visa Regime

Category A:Those who do not need a visa to enter Zimbabwe
Category B: Those who may be issued with a visa on arrival
Category C: Those who must obtain the visa before travelling

Further information about these categories is given below.

CATEGORY A
The following do not need a visa to enter Zimbabwe
Nationals of Zimbabwe
Nationals of those countries listed in the Annex A to this page
Foreign nationals resident in Zimbabwe who hold one of the following documents:
Transit passengers provided they:

CATEGORY B
Consists of those countries whose nationals are given visas at the port of entry on payment of visa fees

CATEGORY C
All nationals under Category C are required to make prior application direct to the Immigration Headquarters or through:

The nearest Immigration Office
Zimbabwe Foreign Mission in their respective countries
Local Foreign Affairs Ministry

The address of the Department of Immigration Headquarters is:

The Principal Director
1st Floor Linquenda House
Nelson Mandela Avenue
P Bag 7717
Causeway
HARARE

 For more information visit http://www.zimimmigration.gov.zw/index.php/visa-regime

Arts & Crafts

Traditional arts in Zimbabwe include pottery, basketry, textiles, jewellery and carving. Among the distinctive qualities are symmetrically patterned woven baskets and stools carved out of a single piece of wood. Shona sculpture has become world

Mbira Music

In African music, the mbira (also known as likembe, mbila, thumb piano, mbira huru, mbira njari, mbira nyunga nyunga, sansu, zanzu, karimbao, kalimba, or—between the late 1960s and early 1970s—sanza) is a musical instrument that consists of a wooden board with attached staggered

Music

Zimbabwean music includes folk and pop styles. Much of the folk music is based around the well-known instrument traditional mbira instruments which are also popular in many other African countries: mbira, Ngoma drums and hosho. An annual Zimbabwe Music Festival is held each year in

Zimbabwean Cuisine

The Food delights offered in Zimbabwe are actually as vibrant and varied as the history and culture of Zimbabwe’s people. Having said that, the local food that you might

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