Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital is Harare. Zimbabwe achieved de jure sovereignty from the United Kingdom in April 1980, following 14 years as an unrecognised state under the conservative white minority government of Rhodesia, which unilaterally declared independence in 1965.
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Despite lying in a tropical zone, Zimbabwe’s generally high altitudes produce a beautiful and moderate climate, meaning higher temperatures from November to April (summer) and lower temperatures from May to October (winter). Temperatures are never very extreme (7 C in winter is considered freezing and 35 C in summer considered boiling). The warm, wet season (November to May) should provide the year’s rain. Days are sunny with a dramatic afternoon/evening thunderstorm.
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English, Shona and Sindebele.
Zimbabwean dollar (ZWD).
You must have a passport valid for six months after the return date. For a visa request, bring a form that has been filled in, two passport photos and £60 in cash (this is for one person for a stay not exceeding 3 months). Travelling to Zimbabwe, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, cholera and rabies vaccines are sometimes advisable, although not required; a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from those travellers coming from areas at yellow fever risk. Malaria occurs in the areas below 1200m and in the Zambezi Valley, so you should take anti-malarials when going there.
A flight of between 15 and 19 hrs with just one connection. Journeys with a number of connections may take up to 24 hours. Several airline companies fly to Zimbabwe. Worthy of mention, Air France, British Airways, Kenya Airways and even South African Airways. Harare is 5,142 mi from London.
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