The Official language of Zimbabwe is English. The local language of shona (most prominent in the east, central and north) and Ndebele (mainly in the western areas) are also widely spoken. Although English is the first languages for only two per cent of the population.
Visas are required by nationals of most countries. These are available upon entry, at land crossings and airport. The cost of a visa is dependent on nationality; British national pay £ 35 (single entry) or £45 (double entry).
For travelers, Zimbabwe continues to be one of the safest and most hassle-free countries in Africa. Much as it is at home, the biggest risk is probably from car accident.
The US dollar and South African rand are both widely accepted in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe’s wide range of transportation and accommodation caters to travelers on all budgets. It is known in the safari industry as being one of the best value-for-money destinations.
South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines all connect Europe to Harare via their respective hubs in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Addis Ababa. Emirates Airlines connects Dubai to Harare via Lusaka, and KLM fly with one stop to Harare, and with a new Addition Egypt Air fly direct to Harare via Cairo from London.
With an extensive network of surfaced roads, Zimbabwe is a great self-drive destination. For those on a smaller budget, local buses are a good way to get from city to city; light aircraft also connect Harare and other cities to camps within the many national parks.
There are two international English Language Guide books to the nation, Brandt’s Zimbabwe (1st Ed, 2010) by Paul Murray, and Footprint’s Zimbabwe handbook (Nov 2010) by Lizzie Williams. The Painted Caves- an Introduction to the prehistoric Art of Zimbabwe by Peter Garlake, dose just what it says on the cover. Songs to an African Sunset: A story of Zimbabwe by Sekai Nzenza Shand, As well an interesting look into middle-class in urban Zimbabwe.