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Season
Cricket season runs August to April

When to go
The hot and dry season is from September to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September

Foreign Office Information
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You will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean representation in the UK or on arrival in Zimbabwe. The current charge for a single entry visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is 35.00 or $55, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival

Pros
Wonderful wildlife

Cons
Serious political and civil unrest, fuel shortages

Contacts
Zimbabwe Tourist Authority website
Zimbabwe - Lonely Planet guide

British High Commission
Corner House (7th Floor)
Samora Machel Avenue/Leopold Takawira Street
PO Box 4490
Harare
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Zimbabwe High Commission
Zimbabwe House
429 Strand
London WC2R 0QE

 


General

Zimbabwe has been seriously affected by almost a decade of internal conflict and deteriorating social conditions. The country itself is one of Africa's most beautiful and the people among the friendliest, but with serious food and fuel shortages in most areas, travel is a problem. If you can get around that, Zimbabwe offers some of the most remarkable and accessible wildlife, as well as sights such as the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Grounds
Most cricket is played in and around the two major cities, Harare and Bulawayo. There are several international-class venues in Harare and two major grounds in Bulawayo.

Opposition
A limited choice of club sides available, although there are plenty of good school teams.

Entertainment
The friendliness of the people allied to the paucity of touring sides means that a warm welcome will be given by cricketers. It is, however, not advisable to venture too far from the main hotels and camps at night.

Conclusion
A tour for the brave who are willing to put up with burocracy and delays. It has the potential to be a trip of a lifetime, but the risks are not inconsiderable, and most touring companies have crossed Zimbabwe off their list of potential destinations.