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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe possesses great national parks, World Heritage-designated archaeological sites and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. Alas, during the 30-year misrule of former President Robert Mugabe, the country has been bedeviled by vicious politics, plagued by endemic corruption and impoverished by economic collapse. Only ...

Zimbabwe possesses great national parks, World Heritage-designated archaeological sites and Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. Alas, during the 30-year misrule of former President Robert Mugabe, the country has been bedeviled by vicious politics, plagued by endemic corruption and impoverished by economic collapse. Only when the Zimbabwean dollar was suspended in April 2009 did a semblance of financial sanity return. 

In many areas poaching and deforestation have greatly reduced the amount of wildlife. Recently, however, there have been emerging signs of hope. Visitors are returning to view the “Big Five” on the savannas of Hwange National Park and take guided safari walks in Mana Pools National Park in the magnificent Zambezi Valley. Nonprofit organizations are also helping to get Zimbabwe back on its feet as a leading safari country. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least two unstamped pages is recommended) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

WHEN TO VISIT

June, July and August make up the cool, dry season. October is often the hottest month. Rainfall is highest in December and January. In most areas of the country, the ideal month for a safari is August.

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