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Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa between South Africa and Zambia. Zimbabwe is totally landlocked and bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. The surface of Zimbabwe is 390 580 square kilometres. Zimbabwe is therefore 9.4 times larger than the Netherlands.

The country is governed by a plateau with a ridge that forms the central spine. This ridge separates two river basins with drainage to the northwest in the Zambezi and Limpopo and Save (Sabi) to the southeast into the rivers. The northern part of the ridge is the Mvurwi mountain range with peaks like Mount Mvurwi (1748 meters) and Mount Chikonyora (1731 meters). The Mashava hills forms the central part and the Matopo the southern part of the ridge.

The climate of Zimbabwe is (sub) tropical. Zimbabwe is drier and cooler than you would expect in the tropics. This is due to the height of the land and also because the country is not near a sea or ocean. In winter (May to August) the temperatures can drop to below freezing at night and there is little or no rainfall. The summer lasts from November to April and this is also the rainy season.

There are few dense forests in Zimbabwe. You can see rainforests along the border with Mozambique. However, the "Lowveld" which is hotter and drier, has grass steppe vegetation with some semi-arid regions.

Throughout Zimbabwe the wildlife parks primarily have lions, giraffes, eland, waterbuck, zebra and other wildlife in reasonable quantities. In Hwange National Park, you will find the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Africa. In the Lake Mutirikwi National Park in Masvingo the rare white rhino, oribies and nyala live.

Victoria Falls

In the north of Zimbabwe are the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Over a length of more than 1.7 kilometres of water from the Zambezi which plunges here in a narrow gorge. The nebula clouds and the deafening noise falls gave the name "Mosi-oa-Tuny", or 'smoke that thunders'. The falls are located on the border with Zambia. It is possible to visit the falls from the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or from Livingstone in Zambia. Many activities are organized from both towns, including rafting on the spectacular rapids of the mighty Zambezi or a flight by micro light aircraft over the falls.

Please note that many things must be paid in cash in Zimbabwe (entrance fees, visas etc.). Make sure you carry enough cash with you. US Dollars work best, but South African Rand or Euros are sometimes also accepted.

**As Zimbabwean banks are limiting cash withdrawals, we are advising all guests to bring US Dollars in order to avoid the long queues at ATMs or banks. Plastic payments - by credit or debit card - could cause delays. The good news is that according to ZIMRA, "The importation of currency into Zimbabwe by travellers is not restricted. This implies that any person can bring in any amount of currency into Zimbabwe."

Tourists just need to declare the money in their possession on Baggage Declaration Forms when they enter the country. Travellers should however be aware that the maximum cash they can take out of Zimbabwe is US$1 000 or R20 000, according to a statement by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ZIMRA.

Your  holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.