Destination Information for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe was once the richest country in Africa. More recently the economy is struggling after over a decade of instability. Tourists are beginning to return to this beautiful country and some may say there’s no better time to do so, while accommodation and resorts are relatively low in cost.
The largest wildlife sanctuary in the country, Hwange National Park, is what brings many visitors to Zimbabwe. Situated on the border with Botswana, you’ll discover one of Africa’s largest elephant populations along with many other species.
The most famous tourist attraction here is Victoria Falls, shared with Zambia as they lie on the border between the two countries. Officially the largest waterfall on the planet, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Zimbabwe’s two largest cities, Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, and Bulawayo, the industrial and business capital of the country, are densely populated, and filled with bars and fine restaurants. In between the two is Great Zimbabwe; it hosts the archaeological remains of a Southern African ancient city, which is simply fascinating.
From walking with lions and swimming with elephants to hanging out in a cool city bar, Zimbabwe offers something for everyone. The peak season to visit is July to September, when wildlife and river cruising is at its best.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in all areas below 1200m but not Harare or Bulawayo. Anti-malarial medication is recommended in high risk zones. There is a low risk in other areas and anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.