Recent political and economic troubles have kept visitors away from Zimbabwe which is a shame as it’s a country with some excellent and unique attractions. There are great safari options in Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks as well as the chance to walk with lions at Antelope Park. The ruins of great medieval cities can be seen at Great Zimbabwe and Khami National Monuments while Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world, a spectacular sight and the chance to engage in some serious adrenaline activities. Explore in depth highlights of Zimbabwe.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 (Central Africa time)||Daylight savings: None|
|Main languages:||English||Other languages: Shona, Sindebele|
US dollar (USD)|
€1 = $1.11, £1 = $1.32
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.zw||International Dialling Code: 263|
For help planning your trip to Zimbabwe including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Zimbabwe trip planning page.
Further information on Zimbabwe
Discover more about Zimbabwe - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 390,580 sq km (3,910 sq km under water)
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Climate: Tropical climate with rainy season from November to March. The animal migration in Hwange National Park takes place between May and October.
Highest mountain: Inyangani (2,592m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Zimbabwe from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Not Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Authoritarian regime||150/167|
|Press Freedom||Difficult situation||129/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||No rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||High corruption||156/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Republic of Zimbabwe Status: Independent Country
Population: 13,771,721 (rank: 71/196) Density: 35.2 people/sq km (rank: 142/196)
Ethnic groups: African 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1%
Religions: syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%
GDP (PPP): $7.5 billion GDP per capita: $600 (rank: 193/195)