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About Chimanimani National Park

Chimanimani National Park budget travel is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor fun and adventure, with plenty to see and do from birding to hiking, camping, swimming, rock climbing or star gazing.

AIDS

Chimanimani National Park HIV/AIDS basic precautions include the following: • Do not ever share needles or syringes • Practice safe sex at all times • Equipment should be sterilized • If you require self-administered injections, take an adequate supply of your own needles • Avoid tattoos, acupuncture treatment or body piercing from suspect or unsterile operators

Airports

Chimanimani National Park airports include: • Harare International Airport • Bulawayo International Airport

Birdlife

Chimanimani National Park include species such as Gurney's sugarbird and the malachite sunbird as well as forest species such as the trumpeter, hornbill and eagles .Grassland species to be seen includes secretary bird and shelleys francolin.

Conservation

As a national park, Chimanimani National Park conservation plays a major role in protecting the mountain park against development and other threats. The situation in Zimbabwe has left a lasting effect on its natural habitats as a whole, with protected areas faring better than many other areas at least.

Culture

Chimanimani National Park cultures include the following: • Food and drink plays a key role in social gatherings • Crafts are an important cultural heritage and income provider • Museums record history of the town and its people and cultures • Music and dance is an important social heritage • Traditional healing is very prevalent in villages

Health

Chimanimani National Park health facilities and Zimbabwe healthcare facilities are in dire straits, and with almost no supplies and very poor hospital supplies, healthcare may not be available. It is best to take out comprehensive travel insurance and to pack a basic first aid box containing essentials such as malaria medication, vitamins, headache pills, nausea pills, diarrhea pills, bandages and anti-septic creams.

Languages

Chimanimani National Park languages include: • Shona • Ndebele • English • Silozi

Money

Chimanimani National Park money and banking info includes the following: • There are no banks in the town itself, however banking can be done in the larger towns • It has become almost impossible to exchange money at reasonable prices • US Dollars are widely accepted across larger towns • Prices of food and basic items are extremely high • Many items are not available in the country

People

Chimanimani National Park people include the following groups: • Shona • Ndebele • Lemba • Hungwe • Shangane

Phrase

Chimanimani National Park local phrases in Silozi include: • Welcome - Mulumeni • Thank you - Ni itumezi • Please - Nangu • How are you - Muzuhile cwani? • Fine - Lu zuhile hande

Plants

Chimanimani National Park plants are fairly abundant. A range of flowering plants such as orchids and hibiscus grow on the tangled slopes; and lobelia heather and many species of meadowland wild flowers carpet the intermittent savanna plains.

Religion

Chimanimani National Park religion includes the following: • Christianity • Traditional beliefs • Christian Zionists

Safety Tips

Chimanimani National Park safety tips include the following: • Zimbabwe crime in general is on the increase, however it is safe to visit despite a failed economy • Keep valuables safe and out of sight, and keep car windows closed when driving • Avoid large crowds and street demonstrations which may turn violent • Be cautious at game reserves and do not attempt to touch or feed wildlife

Transport

Chimanimani National Park local transport options include: • Taxi • Car • Plane

Travel Books

Chimanimani National Park recommended travel books include the following: • Zimbabwe In Pictures by Francesca Di Piazza • Lonely Planet Zimbabwe by Tione Chinula and Vincent Talbot • The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe by Barbara McCrea and Tony Pinchuck

What To Buy

What to buy for Chimanimani National Park safaris: • Travel book plus bird and wildlife guide • Plug adapter for UK and US visitors • Sleeping bag plus camping mattress if you are on an overlanding tour • Basic first aid box with supplies and vitamins, plus malaria medication • Mosquito repellent spray and lotion

What To Pack

What to pack for Chimanimani National Park safaris: • Lightweight clothing in neutral colours and long sleeves for mosquito protection • Warm jacket for cooler months and evenings • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes, sandals and appropriate shoes for activities such as rafting • Sunglasses, sunscreen and sunhat • Camera with spare batteries plus film or memory card, and binoculars

When To Go

When to go to Chimanimani National Park: • April through to August is generally cooler • September through to November is hot and dry • December until early April is hot, rainy and humid

Wildlife

Chimanimani National Park wildlife includes baboons that scratch through the night and several species of antelope, including blue duiker, klipspringer and water-buck. Leopards are common - through rarely observed, and lion and buffalo are occasional visitors to the park's remote southern extremes.

 

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