Zimbabwe was one of the finest southern African destinations until political tension nearly sabotaged the tourism industry.
Nonetheless, this landlocked, amazingly beautiful country is slowly toddling back to its feet. Its landscape, abundant wildlife, and culture are interesting enough to overshadow its grim political and economic conditions.
From its scores of wildlife parks and safari adventures to its natural attractions such as the world-famous Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe offers a distinct African experience. Here you can be one with nature and be engulfed with the country’s natural beauty. And with its several ruins and archeological sites, Zimbabwe, formerly known as Southern Rhodesia, also allows visitors to have a peek at its ancient history.
You will feel an unexplainable joy when you come to Zimbabwe. It may be because you get to visit a country only few have seen, or probably because you get to witness the interesting display of an African culture.
But whatever causes this joy, it can’t be denied that the Zimbabweans themselves contribute to this euphoric feeling. Although they are facing a myriad of crises, the people remain positive and warm.
In fact, this country of 12 million people is happy at the sight of visitors and shows charming friendliness. A special guest, that’s how the Zimbabweans are going to treat you.
Comprising 98% of the population, blacks dominate the Zimbabwean society. Eighty-four percent of the black population is made up of Shona, and 15% is composed of Ndebele. The remainder of the black population is comprised of other Bantu ethnic groups.
Mixed-race citizens, Asians, and white Zimbabweans, who are mostly of British descent, make the minority groups.
Old religious traditions still form part of the country’s identity. In fact, 50% of the population practices syncretic faith – a religion that fuses indigenous beliefs with Christian faith. Other Zimbabweans practice Christianity, Islam, and ancestral worship.
Communication is not going to be an issue when visiting Zimbabwe because English, along with Shona and Ndebele, is an official language. Keep in mind, though, that English is not commonly used in the rural.
Zimbabwe is picture-perfect at every angle, so make sure to bring a camera with you. Only, bring plug adapters for your camera and other electronic gadgets. Plugs used in Zimbabwe are those with three ground pins arranged in a triangle and two parallel flat pins and ground pins. Electricity is at 220 volts.
Because political instability has compromised the security of the country, it is best to check travel advisories before planning a Zimbabwe trip. Tourist spots, though, are generally safe.