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Titambire Siyalemukela to  "Africa Paradise" 

Zimbabwe is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful countries in Africa with friendly people, spectacular scenery and wildlife. A good internal air service on Air Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Express and a great variety of accommodation ranging from top class hotels to remote bush lodges.

Population: approximately 12,584,304
Area: 390,000 square kilometres
Religion: Christian, Mwari
Languages" Shona and sindebele and English
Currency: US Dollars, Euros

Zimbabwe is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Mozambique    to the northwest, South Africa to the South and Botswana to the southwest, the marshes of Botswana to the west or into the Zambezi River to the northeast.

Zimbabwe offers an incredibly rich diversity of tours, activities and landscapes. With four Unesco World Heritage sites - at Victoria falls, Mana Pools National Park and the Great Zmbabwe and Khami ruins - it has developed a strong cultural and ecological developed a strong cultural and ecological image. Zimbabwe has received international acclaim for its strong stance on wildlife conservation and has been particularly successful with its rhinoceros protection program. it is one of the few places where the rhinoceros population is increasing.

Zimbabwe's national parks and private wildlife and acacia landscapes, offer magnificent opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird-watching. Animals including antelopes, zebras and giraffes roam the plain and there is a very good chance of seeing at least a few of the Big Five (buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos). You can spot wildlife from a vehicle, on foot, on horseback, or even from the back of an elephant.  Walking and backpacking safaris let you get closer, not only to the animals, but to the rich and interesting flora of the bush. In wilderness areas, attractive thatched cottages and luxury lodges, inspired buy traditional designs and the surrounding nature, blend in harmoniously with their natural settings.

Fishing and boating are popular on Lake Kariba, below the lake, the Zambezi, one of Africa's largest rivers, provides an ideal course for long-distance canoeing. The cool, green Eastern Highlands, with their spectacular views over the plains of Mozambique, are an excellent hiking regions, especially the Chimanimani Mountains, with their caves and scenic plateau. Another unique landscape, created by three thousand million years of erosion, is Matobo National Park, with its balancing boulders coloured red and gold by lichen.

The calm of the wilderness areas contrasts with the buzz of the popular tourist playground of Victoria Falls. With its daring activities based around the mighty waterfall and  its dramatic gorge, the adrenaline-sports capital of Africa attracts people from all over the world. Victoria Falls has an impressive line-up of adventure activities, including white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, river boarding, micro lighting and bungee jumping.

For travelers keen to learn about the everyday lives of rural and urban Zimbabweans, tours to remote villages and high density city suburbs offer a rich cultural experience. Visitors interested in art can discover the country's traditional crafts, stone sculpture and the traditional and contemporary music found all over Zimbabwe. Historical sites - such as ancient cave paintings depicting scenes of bygone hunts, and  the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. the old stone walls of which echo with the sound of forgotten voices - reveal a glimpse earlier times.

Zimbabwe has good road and rail networks, and a wide range of accommodation, from backpacker hostels to luxury lodges. We can call the country today "Africa paradise".

Zimbabwe Highlights

  • Harare, Domboshawa & Ngomakurira, Lake Chivero.

  • Northern Zimbabwe: Lake Kariba, Mana Pools, Matusadona National Park,

  • Eastern Highland: Chimanimani National Park, Nyanga National Park, Bvumba Mountains

  • The Midlands: Great Zimbabwe, Wildlife Ranches, serima Mission

  • Southern Zimbabwe: Gonarezhou National Park,  Save conservancy

  • Bulawayo: Matobo National Park

  • Western Zimbabwe: Hwange National Park, Chizarira National Park, Tonga culture

  • Victoria Falls: The Falls

Activities from Tour Operators who use the mighty waterfall as an awesome backdrop for adrenaline-pumping such as white-water rafting , bungee jumping, abseiling and kayaking which are guaranteed to rattle even the toughest nerves. 

By Lonely Planet 

For more information, please contact:

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
Tourism House, 55 Samora Machel Avenue Harare
Email: info@ztazim.co.zw
http://www.zimbabwetourismauthority.com

ZIMBABWE GEOGRAPHY

Zimbabwe covers an area of ​​390,757 square kilometers and lies between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers in central southern Africa. It is a landlocked country surrounded by Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the north of South Africa and Botswana to the south southwest. Zimbabwe is completely in the tropics and consists largely of plateaus between 610 meters and 1525 meters.

CLIMATE

Zimbabwe has one of the best climates in the world: warm without being oppressive and with an average of 10 hours of sunshine throughout the year. Generally the days are bright and sunny, the nights clear and cool. Summer lasts from November to April (rainy season) while winter lasts from May to July (cool and dry). The period from August to October is very dry and hot. Summer temperatures range from 25 º C to 35 º C. Winter temperatures are during the day of 13 º C to 24 º C on average but can drop below freezing at night.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Zimbabwe has a cosmopolitan population of 14 million. Administrative and commercial language is English. Shona and Ndebele (local language) talk extensively. Approximately 31% of the population lives in urban areas.

The cultural richness of Zimbabwe has a rich heritage of music, dance and art. The vibrant tradition of handicrafts is doing well in all regions of the country. Wood carvings, textiles, delicate crochet work, wood-fired ceramics, baskets made of reeds and unique culture stone can be found at markets along the road and shops of handicrafts to rural and urban areas. Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare have national galleries and prestigious galleries of stone sculpture which are the showcase of visual arts in Zimbabwe.There are also some examples of art the most beautiful and oldest in the world - rock paintings of ancestors of the Bushman or San d? Today,? Hui. Today's music is part of everyday life and no visit would be complete without hearing the noise of enriching mbira (thumb piano) or without feeling the acapella moving and rhythmic dances of the Ndebele.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Zimbabwe is endowed with natural resources including minerals, arable land and wildlife. The country has a relatively sophisticated financial system and developed and the second award of sub-Saharan Africa after the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy with various crops such as tobacco, sugar, cotton, tea and maize.There is also a large livestock industry which exports high-quality beef. The second sector is the mining industry, with many important minerals such as gold, nickel, asbestos and iron ore - alloys are important exports.

INVESTMENTS

Zimbabwe welcomes foreign investment, particularly in priority sectors such as manufacturing, mining and quarrying, and mineral exploration and development of infrastructure for tourism. Investors in these sectors may have the right of ownership of their companies to 100%. In service sectors, including sectors such as advice for the management and construction, foreign investors can have up to 70% ownership of securities. The government has set aside other areas for local investment. A foreign investor can participate in the reserved area by starting a joint venture with a local citizen, with the foreign partner taking up 35% of holdings of securities.

Each new foreign investment in Zimbabwe must be registered and approved by the Zimbabwe Investment Centre. Foreign investment in existing companies with foreign ownership is permitted to recover 100% of profits after taxes which are due to their foreign shareholders. 


ZIMBABWE: UNI-VISA SYSTEM TO BOOST TOURISM - ZAMBIA ENVOY


The introduction of the uni-visa system between Zimbabwe and Zambia is expected to boost tourism in the two countries, Zambia's envoy, Ambassador Ndiyoi Mutiti has said.

The two countries have agreed to open their borders through a uni-visa system with a pilot project expected to be launched this month.

Speaking during the commemorations of Zambia's 50th independence anniversary in Harare last week, Ambassador Mutiti said the move would enable joint marketing as the two countries make initiatives to boost tourist arrivals.

"Zimbabwe and Zambia have been carrying out joint ventures in various sectors to improve the lives of our people," she said.

"The two countries have agreed to implement a uni-visa regime. This is premised on the open border policy that was used between the two countries when we co-hosted the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly last year."

Ambassador Mutiti also said the Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security had immensely contributed to fostering peace and security between the two countries.

She said the two countries had been "all-weather friends" with their relations dating back to the times of the liberation struggle.

"Zambia has continued to enjoy excellent relations with Zimbabwe," she said.

"The two countries have been all-weather friends; co-operating at various bilateral levels, bound by strong historical ties, thereby earning the name 'Siamene Twins'."

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa hailed Zambia for the support it rendered to Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle saying the war would not have been a success without the contributions of neighbouring countries.

Ambassador Mutsvangwa said the two countries' historical ties should never be forgotten.

"We are thankful for the national identity of the country, which Zambia made possible to travel to," he said.

"Had it not been for Zambia probably Zimbabwe would have taken another turn. It needed a hand during those difficult times, and we are glad Zambia was ready to offer that hand and here we are, free from colonial bondage."


 

 

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TOURISM INDUSTRY IN ZIMBABWE IS GROWING FAST
 
Date 01.04.2013

According to the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (Retosa), the fastest growing industry in Zimbabwe at the moment is tourism. Though faced by political and economic challenges, the country still attracts tourists and stays strong in the tourism industry.

Taking into consideration the recently concluded constitutional referendum which was very peaceful, the country can be considered ripe for conducting business with other countries.

The demand for Zimbabwe's tourism products is on the rise due to its thriving peace and the fact that it will be hosting the 2013 UN Tourism Organization general assemble in partnership with neighboring Zambia. This presents an opportunity to thrive greatly in the tourism sector.

Zimbabwe has one of the richest wildlife found in the entire southern Africa region. The country is mainly famous for its culture, wildlife, and famous landmarks such as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Victoria Falls.

 Victoria Falls is among the largest waterfalls in the entire world. It is one of the key features that make Zimbabwe a lucrative travel destination for tourists. There are a lot of infrastructural developments which have taken place around the falls such as lodges, hotel resorts and recreational centers.

This has led to a big potential for both rural and urban investment opportunities. Investors all over the world are looking to Zimbabwe's tourism industry as a profitable investment. The main investment areas include hotels, lodges and the transport sector. The country also has a huge labor force that is energetic and full of talent and creativity.

Zimbabwe is located between South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Being landlocked, one can access the country either by air, road or railway.

ZIMBABWE NAMED AS HOST OF ROUTES AFRICA 2014

Jul 09, 2013

After a successful Routes Africa event in Kampala which, with over 350 delegates in attendance, was the largest Routes Africa event ever, joint Hosts, the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport, officially handed over to Zimbabwe who were signed earlier this week as the official host destination of the 2014 event.

Building on the success of this year’s event the largest route development forum for the entire African region will take place on 22-24 June 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.

Speaking at the 8th Routes Africa event which has been taking place July 7-9 in Kampala, Uganda, Munesu Munodawafa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Zimbabwe commented: “As a country, Zimbabwe is excited to have been granted the opportunity to host the prestigious Routes Africa forum in the year 2014. Befittingly, we will host the event at the resort town of Victoria Falls, the home of the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The hosting of this event fits in well with the country's strategic thrust to economically advance through, among other initiatives, tourism development and the transformation of the country into a regional world class transport and communications hub. We take this opportunity to thank the Routes team for their confidence in Zimbabwe and we promise delegates a fruitful and memorable event in 2014. We look forward to welcoming delegates from Africa and the World at large.”

Nigel Mayes, VP Commercial – Routes, UBM Live said of the announcement: “We are thrilled at the decision to take Routes Africa to the stunning destination of Victoria Falls which is a World Heritage Site. Hosting Routes Africa will deliver the route development community to Victoria Falls providing the opportunity to market this destination extensively whilst also showcasing the potential of the airport once it has undergone the major infrastructure changes which began earlier this year.”

Victoria Falls, which is a major resort town easily accessible by air, road and rail, lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. For centuries, known and deemed sacred by the local Tonga people, as Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders); this Natural World Wonder is shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia. The falls are Zimbabwe’s prime tourist attraction and are known for their splendor throughout the world whilst the town of Victoria Falls is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and the Victoria Falls Green belt.

Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), situated 21 km south of the town, provides easy access to Victoria Falls and is currently served by scheduled domestic and regional flights and charter flights from various parts of the world. Within the region VFA is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Nairobi, and locally from Harare. VFA is currently implementing a major infrastructure upgrading project at a total cost of US$150 million including construction of a new runway, international terminal building and control tower and is expected to be completed by December 2014.

Victoria Falls Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi was  elected Africa Travel Association (ATA) president at its 37th congress May 2012. He will lead the organization for the next two years.

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