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Zimbabwe Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Zimbabwe travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Zimbabwe.

Republic of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a country situated in southern Africa, neighboring Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique to its east, South Africa to the south, and Botswana to the southwest. Zimbabwe gained its independence not so long ago, in 1980, and since then the country is slowly finding its way.

The capital of the country and the most populated city is Harare, which is the commercial, financial, and trade center of Zimbabwe.

Having 16 official languages, Zimbabwe is the country with the most official languages in the world, with the most popular being Shona, English, and Ndebele.

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Zimbabwe has plentiful national parks where you can observe striking natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Among the most popular ones are Nwange National Park, South Gonarezhou National Park, and Mana Pools National Park. And it is certainly worth mentioning that Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders of the world, can be found in Zimbabwe as well.

For same-sex couples traveling to Zimbabwe, be careful – even two males holding hands is forbidden and can lead to a year’s imprisonment!

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Zimbabwe Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Zimbabwe – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Harare

Population: 15.2 million (2020 estimate)

Official Language(s): Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Tsoa, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa

President: Emmerson Mnangagwa

Vice Presidents: Constantino Chiwenga & Kembo Mohadi

Currency: Zimbabwean dollar (Z$) ZWL

Area: 390,757 km2 (150,872 mi2)

Dialing Code: +263

Time Zone: Central Africa Time (UTC+2)

Demonym: Zimbabwean (what is a demonym?) or Zimbo (colloquial)

Endonym: Zimbabwe (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 999

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: left

Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types D / G (define)

ISO Country Code: ZW

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