- 13 million
- There are 16 official languages, English, Shona and Ndebele among them
- US dollar
It may be just to the north of South Africa and have some sights that would seem incredible to the average traveller – Victoria Falls and the Masvingo’s Great Zimbabwe ruins, a city built in a unique dry stone style, among them – but most tend to avoid Zimbabwe An unstable political situation caused by the compulsory acquisition of farming land and the human rights abuses committed by Robert Mugabe and his supporters made it a less than ideal place to kick back and relax, although visitor numbers are slowly increasing.
One of the reasons is the country’s standing as a wildlife management powerhouse. Tick off your game-viewing bucket list at one of the many game reserves, like Mana Pools on the Zambezi River with its elephants, hippos and crocodiles. For lions, leopards, Cape wild dogs, all number of grazing animals and the country’s largest number of elephants, Hwange National Park can’t be beaten, especially since there are a number of camping and accommodation options available there.
Harare is a surprisingly modern city, with plenty to offer visitors, including galleries and museums, lush parks, good food and browse-worthy markets.