About Chirinda ForestChirinda Forest budget travel is ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers who want to explore one of Zimbabweâ€™s important Birding Areas.
AIDSChirinda Forest 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
AirportsChirinda Forest airports include: • Harare International Airport • Bulawayo International Airport
BirdlifeChirinda Forest is an Important Birding Area of Zimbabwe, and is home to a wide range of endemic and migratory species. Bee eaters, in particular the carmine bee eater, as well as lilac breasted rollers and other rollers are common in this area, alongside many birds of prey.
ConservationAs an Important Biding Area and a protected area, Chirinda Forest conservation is vital to ensure that the area retains its natural habitats and ecosystems. Hunting and habitat loss present the biggest risk to the forest's precious ecosystems.
CultureChirinda Forest 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
HealthChirinda Forest 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.
LanguagesChirinda Forest languages include: • Shona • Ndebele • English • Silozi
MoneyChirinda Forest money and banking info includes the following: • There are not many 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
PeopleChirinda Forest people include the following groups: • Shona • Ndebele • Lemba • Hungwe • Shangane
PhraseChirinda Forest local phrases in Silozi include: • Welcome - Mulumeni • Thank you - Ni itumezi • Please - Nangu • How are you - Muzuhile cwani? • Fine - Lu zuhile hande
PlantsChirinda Forest plants are lush and varied. Primary trees are Chrysophyllum, Craibia and Trichilia, plus Khaya, Lovoa and Ficus. The shrub layer is dominated by Dracaena, while the woody species represent largely a mixture of elements from Afromontane and East African coastal forests, with some West African and Congo forest species.
ReligionChirinda Forest religion includes the following: • Christianity • Traditional beliefs • Christian Zionists
Safety TipsChirinda Forest 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
TransportChirinda Forest local transport options include: • Taxi • Car • Plane
Travel BooksChirinda Forest 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 BuyWhat to buy for Chirinda Forest 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 PackWhat to pack for Chirinda Forest 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 GoWhen to go to Chirinda Forest: • April through to August is generally cooler • September through to November is hot and dry • December until early April is hot, rainy and humid
WildlifeChirinda Forest wildlife mostly consists of smaller animals such as baboon, leopard, and occasional antelope and other forest dwelling species, with no large predators or large game species to be found.
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— Anne B (27) from Ireland
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— Michael & Silke from Germany
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— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
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— Juca from Uruguay
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