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The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa. It shares land borders with Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia.

As of 2009, the population of Zimbabwe was estimated as being 12,521,000. The country's capital and largest city is Harare, which, as of 2006, had an estimated population of 1.6 million, with about 2.8 million people living in the city's metropolitan area.

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Zimbabwe Country Details


Country Name Zimbabwe
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Africa
Principal Language English
Capital Harare


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Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guide Zimbabwe)
By Paul Murray

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (392 pages)

Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guide Zimbabwe)
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This new third edition of Bradt's Zimbabwe remains the most authoritative and trusted guide available, written in an engaging and entertaining style by an expert author who has been visiting Zimbabwe annually for nearly 30 years and now spends six months of each year there. In this new thoroughly revised edition, Paul Murray brings a particular focus for those wanting to travel independently as well as visitors on organised tours. Game viewing in some of Africa's greatest national parks is a rewarding experience and this guide offers in-depth information on the facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to select a safari. Accommodation is covered with up-to-date information on everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travellers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the Zambezi gorge. There are also details of en-route accommodation not found in other guides following a complete countrywide review of all destinations that are key to independent travellers, making this by far the most up-to-date guidebook to Zimbabwe on the market. As political tension relaxes, wildlife enthusiasts and curious tourists are returning to Zimbabwe, a country which not so long ago was southern Africa's premier tourist destination, with some of the finest national parks in Africa, stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. The mighty Zambezi River offers adventure holidays, and Victoria Falls will leave visitors breathless, while the range of birdlife draws enthusiasts year-round.
Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Paul Murray

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Paperback (400 pages)

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‘The lion, Africa’s apex predator and one of the “Big Five” can be something of a contradictory creature,’ writes Paul Murray in Bradt’s Zimbabwe. The country itself might be said to be equally contradictory in character. With some of the finest national parks in Africa, Zimbabwe draws curious tourists and wildlife enthusiasts, yet many only know the country from news reports. The mighty Zambezi River offers adventure holidays; Victoria Falls will leave visitors breathless, while the range of birdlife excites ornithologists. The tourist infrastructure is being rebuilt; this guide offers up-to-date information on the facilities, advice on itinerary planning, as well as how to select a safari. In addition, the book provides accommodation options for all budgets – from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travellers.

Zimbabwe, 2nd (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Paul Murray

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (400 pages)

Zimbabwe, 2nd (Bradt Travel Guide)
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This is the only up-to-date guide to Zimbabwe. Harare is once again a thriving metropolis with a profusion of new restaurants and accommodation and, with some of the finest national parks in Africa, the country is blessed with stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. The Zambezi River offers adventure holidays and Victoria Falls leaves visitors breathless, while the range of birdlife draws enthusiasts year-round. This guide offers in-depth information on the facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to select a safari. Accommodation is covered with up-to-date information on everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travelers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the Zambezi gorge.

Africa's Top Wildlife Countries: Safari Planning Guide to Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
By Mark W. Nolting

Global Travel Publishers
Paperback (544 pages)

Africa s Top Wildlife Countries: Safari Planning Guide to Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Africa's Top Wildlife Countries highlights and compares wildlife reserves and other major attractions in the continent’s best countries for game viewing — making the planning of the journey of a lifetime easy! African countries, and the wildlife reserves within them, vary greatly as to the types and quality of safari experiences they offer. This is the only guidebook that effectively assists readers in choosing the best destinations for the kind of wildlife experience they would most enjoy by comparing travel options among all the top wildlife countries.

Using the easy-to-read "When’s the Best Time to Go for Game Viewing" chart, readers can conveniently choose the specific reserves and country(ies) that are best to visit during their vacation period. From the "What Wildlife is Best Seen Where" chart, readers can easily locate the reserves that have an abundance of the animals they wish to see. From the "Safari Activities" chart, readers can choose the reserves that offer the safari options (night drives, canoeing, walking, ballooning, etc.) that interest them most.

Jam-packed with information essential to the successful safari:
* 512 pages of color with over 400 photos
* 15 Countries, including the top safari countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa
* Over 75 color maps, detailing countries and major wildlife reserves, including regional maps that conveniently point out the best reserves and their highlights
* 10 charts, including When's The Best Time to Go and What Wildlife is Best Found Where
* Accommodations graded for convenient selection — with the best highlighted as the author's top choice

Detailed information on:
Photo Safaris
Mountain Climbing
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safaris
Bird Watching
Canoe/Kayak/Boat Safaris
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Hot-Air Balloon Safaris
Night Game Drives
Walking Safaris
White-water Rafting
Horseback safaris
Family Safaris
Honeymoon safaris
Zimbabwe Travel Guide
By Globetrotter

Globetrotter
Paperback (128 pages)

Zimbabwe Travel Guide
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Practical, informative and user-friendly, the Globetrotter Travel Guide to Zimbabwe highlights the major places of interest, describing their principal attractions and offering sound suggestions on where to tour, stay, eat, shop and relax. This guide is ideal for the first time visitor with over 40 full-color area maps, town plans and locator maps as well as over 80 full color photographs.
The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
By Barbara McCrea

Brand: Rough Guides
Released: 2000-07-10
Paperback (432 pages)

The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
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Introduction

Easy-going, safe and infinitely hospitable, Zimbabwe is a perfect introduction to Africa – it's hard to imagine not having a good time here. With an extensive tourist infrastructure and good transport links, it remains a straightforward place for visitors to negotiate, despite economic troubles – the country suffered a currency crash in 1998 and inflation levels are high. Many people combine a trip to Zimbabwe with a visit to Botswana's Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta which are, for that reason, covered in this guide. Zimbabwe is best known for its excellent and accessible game reserves and the Victoria Falls – the adventure-sport capital of Africa, which draws backpackers and adrenaline junkies from across the globe. For unadulterated excitement, whitewater rafting below the Falls is a must, but there are numerous other ways to scare yourself witless, including bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, skydiving or riverboarding. Elsewhere in the country, you can track big game on foot with an armed guide, and there's some superb mountain hiking in the Eastern Highlands. In terms of game viewing, Zimbabwe, along with Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, can hold their own alongside South Africa and Kenya and, if it's elephants you're after, the region can't be beaten. While elsewhere in Africa elephants are seriously threatened, in Chobe and Hwange parks they are present in a superabundance of tens of thousands. You'll also find the rest of the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos – in respectable numbers (though black rhinos hang on only in intensively protected areas). Between them, Zimbabwe and Botswana possess virtually all of Southern Africa's 291 recorded mammal species, and birdwatchers will find six hundred species to get to grips with. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is unquestionably one of the world's greatest eco-tourism destinations, combining the unique setting of an inland delta with terrific game viewing.

Human culture in the region goes back tens of thousands of years. Zimbabwe has the greatest concentration of prehistoric rock art in the world; finely realized paintings of animals and people in everyday life, ritual and myth, are scattered about the granite rock formations that pepper the country, seen most easily at the Matopos Hills near Bulawayo. The fact that you can see in the wild the very animals that feature in murals from 10,000 years ago greatly enriches the experience. Also worthy of exploration are the stone ruins from the ancient states that once held domain on this great plateau – Great Zimbabwe is just the best known of several hundred complexes.

Physically, Zimbabwe is divided by the central highveld plateau, which is covered by massive granite outcrops called kopjes (pronounced like copies). Because of its malaria-free moderate climate and prime lands, the highveld became the white-dominated political and economic hub of what used to be Rhodesia. Rising from the plateau for 350km along the Mozambique border are the Eastern Highlands, peaking at 2400m in the narrow belt of the Nyanga and Chimanimani mountains. To the north and south, the plateau falls away through the intermediate middleveld plateaus, lying between 900m and 1200m, to the lowveld regions, which descend in the north to the Zambezi River Valley on the Zambian border and in the south to the Limpopo and Save River valleys on the South African border. These two lowveld regions share a similar climate and vegetation, quite distinct from that of the highveld; they have lower rainfall and are hotter. On Zimbabwe's dry western flank, the tree savannah of the Hwange area runs across the border to merge with the Kalahari sands of Botswana. It's in these low-lying areas that the major game parks are located, and where malaria is a problem. Across the border from Hwange is Botswana's Chobe Park, and west of here the country is watered by the vast Okavango Delta: 15,000 square kilometres of channels, oxbow lakes, flood plains and islands. Zimbabwe has well-maintained, lightly used roads which, combined with its relatively small size, make it a perfect country to tour by car. Otherwise, you'll find an inexpensive network of buses, trains and planes, with easy access from neighbouring South Africa or on to Botswana. Neither Zimbabwe nor Botswana is overrun by tourists, but in the last ten years Zimbabwe has developed a growing tourism infrastructure with good-quality accommodation for all budgets, ranging from well-run backpackers' lodges and self- catering cottages to bed and breakfasts and topnotch safari camps. There are also rewarding opportunities for staying with African families in villages. Good budget transport exists from South Africa and Victoria Falls to Maun, the launch pad for the spectacular Okavango Delta, as well as to Kasane, on the edge of Chobe Game Park.

Zimbabwe Handbook: Travel Guide to Zimbabwe (Footprint - Handbooks)
By Lizzie Williams

Footprint Handbooks
Hardcover (282 pages)

Zimbabwe Handbook: Travel Guide to Zimbabwe (Footprint - Handbooks)
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Zimbabwe will wow curious visitors with its incredible game parks and spectacular scenery. A calmer presence now reigning over the previously troubled political situation make it the perfect time for exploring this vibrant country and Footprint's very first Zimbabwe Handbook will help you do just that!

Stunning natural beauty, wildlife in abundance and rich culture and history, Zimbabwe is putting itself back on the tourist map. Footprint's brand new Zimbabwe Handbook is the perfect companion for inquisitive visitors to this beautiful country. Bungee jump the magnificent Victoria Falls or marvel at the mighty Zambezi River, head to Hwange or Mana Pools game parks and observe elephants, buffalos, cheetahs and giraffes to name but a few, or navigate the streets of Harare and the colonial avenues of Bulawayo.

With fantastic listings on where to eat, sleep and play plus in-depth coverage of all the adventure activities and game parks this guide will ensure that you will experience everything Zimbabwe has to offer.

Lonely Planet Southern Africa (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Mary Fitzpatrick & Brendan Sainsbury

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Southern Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Clamber up the world's oldest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, step back in time on Mozambique Island, or enjoy world-class wildlife-watching in Etosha National Park; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southern Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Southern Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
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  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, cuisine, environment, wildlife, music, religion, literature, visual arts
  • Over 115 maps
  • Covers Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and more

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