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This landlocked gem north of South Africa is one of the most stunning destinations in Africa. It boasts majestic plains, superb wildlife, mighty rivers and, of course, the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe has two seasons, wet and dry. From November to April rains come and the land turns green. Between May and October it is drier and cooler.
Dry season is best for wildlife watching as there is less vegetation and animals congregate at waterholes. May is the ideal time to experience the power of Victoria Falls. Peak season is in July and August, but demand also increases over the winter.
It should be possible to find a great deal on flights to Zimbabwe when booking with Expedia. If you are travelling during peak season try to plan ahead and be flexible.
Zimbabwe only has a handful of international airports, so arrival options are limited, but be sure to use our ‘All London airports’ option to see if lower-cost flights are available from different start points.
Clicking ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned allows you to check if a day or two’s difference in your departure will significantly reduce your Zimbabwe flight’s price.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Zimbabwe are:
Harare International Airport, the main gateway into Zimbabwe, was renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in 2017. It lies 10 miles south of the capital city. Taxis to the centre cost around US$25, but should be pre-booked.
Bulawayo’s airport is named after another of Zimbabwe’s founders, Joshua Nkomo. It lies 16 miles from the city. A new terminal opened in 2013.
Victoria Falls Airport, south of the town of Victoria Falls, has been rebuilt and its new terminal opened in 2016.
Most flights into Zimbabwe originate in South Africa. The main airlines flying to Zimbabwe from the UK include:
Zimbabwe does have a public transport network of trains and buses but using them can be a challenge. It is also possible to catch domestic flights around the country. Taxis operate at the airports, but only take official cabs and agree a price first.
If you hire a car, check your itinerary, as many roads are poorly maintained. Also, you should be prepared to be stopped at police roadblocks. Many visitors find that guided tours are the best way to see the country.
The mighty Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world by volume, should not be missed. A mile wide and 108 metres high it lies on the Zambezi river at the border with Zambia. The indigenous people call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, "The Smoke That Thunders".
Zimbabwe has several game reserves, Hwange National Park in the west of the country is the largest and most popular. It is home to buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos and more.
Harare, the capital, has a population of 1.5 million and there is plenty to do there. Enjoy the local food, explore the city centre and learn about the country’s history at the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences.
US dollars are widely accepted and will be more useful than the local currency.