This week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is Mana Pools National Park, the most famous wildlife park in Zimbabwe.
Located along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Mana Pools is named for the four large permanent pools formed by the river. The permanent water supply makes the park a magnet for large animals during the dry season, including elephants, hippos, water buffalo, lions and cheetahs. The water may look inviting, but it’s probably best to avoid the temptation to go for a swim: UNESCO notes that “An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also to be found in the area.”
Interesting fact: oranges and other citrus fruits are forbidden inside the park because elephants love them so much. If you’ve ever worried about bears while camping out in the US, imagine having to worry about an elephant breaking into your tent!
If you decide to go on a safari at Mana Pools, stay on your guard: a tourist was recently killed by a lion while taking an outdoor shower!
American citizens visiting Zimbabwe need the following documents to enter:
- A US passport
- A Zimbabwe tourist visa.
- Enough money to support themselves while in the country.
- A return ticket. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay in Zimbabwe.
Visas are available at the border, or you can apply for one before your trip from the Embassy of Zimbabwe.
As long as you’re traveling as a tourist, getting a Zimbabwe visa requires only the following documents:
- Your passport
- 2 Zimbabwe visa application forms
- 2 passport-sized photos.
Another important item to remember: if you are entering or leaving Zimbabwe through South Africa, make sure you have at least 2 pristine pages in the back of your passport. Theoretically you only need one blank page to enter South Africa, but the Department of State notes that travelers are often turned away for not having at least 2.
RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for your Zimbabwe visa, as well as any other visas required for your trip. We make the visa application process as quick and convenient as possible, so you can get on with your safari!
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