Due to a repressive government and general political instability, tourism in Zimbabwe has dropped significantly since its high point in the 1990’s. According to Wikipedia, from 1999 to the year 2000, the number of foreign tourists visiting Zimbabwe dropped 75%.
The US Department of State notes that “much of country’s infrastructure has collapsed, and Americans should carefully evaluate the decision to travel to Zimbabwe at this time.”
However, Zimbabwe does have many fascinating tourist destinations, including ancient cultural sites and amazing game parks. For example, you can visit the impressive stone structures of Great Zimbabwe, or wander around Mana Pools National Park, the only African game park that currently allows unguided hiking. Although, considering the park is home to a healthy population of lions, that might not be the best idea.
According to the Lonely Planet, the people of Zimbabwe are desperate for your tourist dollars, so if you do go, you can “expect royal treatment.”
To enter Zimbabwe, you will need both a valid US passport and a Zimbabwe tourist visa. Visas are available at the border, or you can apply for one in advance from the Embassy of Zimbabwe.
The requirements for getting a Zimbabwe visa are quite simple-all you need is your passport, 2 completed application forms and 2 passport photos. However, to enter the country, you also need to bring adequate funds and show your return ticket.
Also, it’s important to note that if you are planning to enter or exit Zimbabwe via South Africa, you need to have at least 2 spotlessly blank pages in the back of your passport per entry-otherwise South Africa won’t let you in.
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