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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.

Travel Information for Zimbabwe
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English Other languages:    Shona, Sindebele
Currency: US dollar (USD)

1 = $1.11, £1 = $1.32

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.zwInternational 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

Map of zimbabwe

Total area: 390,580 sq km (3,910 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Botswana (813km), Mozambique (1,231km), South Africa (225km), Zambia (797km)

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 WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 150/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 175/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 129/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 156/174
Overall Ranking:    178/195

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)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.