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Welcome to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa that border Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. The country is famous for its iconic Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. The country is also famous for its world-class national parks, safaris, and nature reserves.

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Basic Stats

Travel safety rating: 5/10

Targeted groups: No groups found

General Sanitation Rating: 4/10

Food Safety Rating for Foreigners: 5/10

Tourism Infrastructure Rating: 9/10

Fluency in English Rating: 3/10

Languages spoken: Shona + Ndebele + English

These stats were collected through general studies by prominent institutions that analyzed Zimbabwe's tourism sector. They represent Zimbabwe as a whole, not certain parts of the country that are either better or worse-off. These studies were then summarized into a given rating.

Top Attractions

Victoria Falls National Park

Victoria Falls is a national park in Zimbabwe that is home to the famous Victoria Falls. The park offers pristine and diverse wildlife and is the most famous tourist attraction in Zimbabwe.

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Harare

Harare is the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe.

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Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is Africa's Rome. Here you can see ancient stone structures, some more than 1,000 years old, and get a better feeling for Great Zimbabwe's past dominance over trade in Southern Africa.

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History

The first complex societies and civilizations in Zimbabwe emerged in the 9th century in the Limpopo Valley. These settlers later moved on to the Zimbabwean Highlands. In the 10th century, these Zimbabwean settlers came into contact with Arab merchants living on the coast of the Indian Ocean in what is now modern Mozambique. As this trade grew, a rising African force called the Kingdom of Mapungubwe emerged in the 11th century. However, the Kingdom of Mapungubwe was only one of many Zimbabwean states. There was also the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, after which modern Zimbabwe gets its name, that eclipsed Magungubwe in the 14th century. This Kingdom of Zimbabwe was annexed by the expanding Mutapa Empire which came into direct conflict with Portugal over its attempts to colonize Southern Africa. After these skirmishes with the Portuguese, a part of the Mutapa Empire called Rozwi (later the Rozwi Empire) seceded from the Mutapa Empire. In 1821, a part of the Rozwi Empire called Ndebele seceded from the Rozwi Empire. Soon, the Ndebele Empire conquered the entirety of the Rozwi Empire.

A British businessman and mining magnate purchased mining rights from the Ndebele Empire. The British soon established large businesses in Zimbabwe and gained almost full control over the country’s natural resources. The entire Ndebele Empire fell into British hands and became the Colony of Rhodesia. Despite remaining in British hands, Zimbabwe was given the right to self-governance after a 1922 referendum. In the 1930s, racist British segregationist laws banned blacks from purchasing land in Zimbabwe. In the 1950s and 1960s, Britain attempted to break up its larger colonies into several ones which it called “independent countries” but which would really be puppet states of the British Crown. In protest, Zimbabwe’s regional black leaders led a revolution against the Monarchy that led to the country’s independence in 1965. After independence, the UK pressured the UN to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for leading this revolution against the Monarchy, and unfortunately Britain’s attempts were successful. A brief civil war followed these sanctions but eventually peace and prosperity and biracial equality arrived in Zimbabwe, with the rise of President Robert Mugabe.

Transportation

"Because of the state of the economy the government refuses to (can't?) put money where its needed, so public transport can be dangerous, and should be avoided. Inter-city commuter bus travel, except by luxury coaches, is over-crowded with poorly maintained vehicles and the drivers are often fatigued, don't stick to speed limits, and have little regard for traffic rules or regulations." - WorldNomads

Things to know

Some areas of Zimbabwe are notorious for violent crime and scams but they are usually not visited by tourists so you shouldn't be too concerned.

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