Zimbabwe holiday highlights

Visiting the Victoria Falls is a must. Deservedly named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls are not only an African national treasure but a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, they are among the biggest and most spectacular of waterfalls, and host the largest recorded curtain of falling water in the world. As the Victoria Falls border both Zimbabwe and Zambia, it is down to personal preference which side you choose to visit from. There are many benefits to seeing the Falls from either side, and to ensure your holiday is tailored to you, we offer great accommodation on both sides. It might be worth noting that the superior section of the Falls (about two thirds) lies in Zimbabwe and the river never dries up on this side, even in peak dry season. Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park also hosts a larger choice of viewpoints from which to see the Falls, which include the likes of Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls and the stunning Rainbow Falls.

The Zambezi National Park is an unspoilt landscape of vast open floodplains and hills traversed by the wildlife-rich Zambezi River. Enjoy plenty of game-viewing opportunities in this expansive national park, home to Africa’s iconic Big Five and the rare sable antelope. For keen bird-watching enthusiasts, the riverbanks are also home to an impressive array of rare and unusual birdlife. Take a trip into the quaint and pretty Victoria Falls town, which has a welcoming atmosphere and vibrant shops, cafes and markets to explore. The town is close to the Falls and provides a fantastic alternative viewpoint of the landmark.

Zimbabwe key facts

Time difference

GMT+2

Capital

Harare

Currency

Mainly US Dollar but a number of currencies are officially accepted including the Zimbabwe Bond Notes, Sterling, Rand and Pula

Flying time to destination

14 hours via Johannesburg

Language

English, Shona, Ndebele, Chewa, Tswana, Tonga, Xhosa and Venda.

Passport & visas

UK passport holders will need a visa for a stay of up to three months to visit Zimbabwe, available on arrival for a small variable fee. Visa have additional requirements, contact your Personal Travel Expert for further information. Alternatively, visitors can apply for a UniVisa which allows entry into both Zambia and Zimbabwe, useful if you're visiting both sides of Victoria Falls and cheaper than buying both visas individually.