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Travel Guide: Mana Pools National Park in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe #travel

Mana Pools National Park

Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe

On the banks of the Zambezi, great cliffs overhang the river and the floodplains. The area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs. An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also be found in the area.

Map of Mana Pools National Park

More info about Mashonaland West Province

Coronavirus in Mashonaland West Province

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Mashonaland West Province

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Zimbabwe. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Zimbabwe.

Money in Mashonaland West Province

Currencie(s): Botswana pula, British pound, Chinese yuan, Euro, Indian rupee, Japanese yen, South African rand & United States dollar

Corruption: Zimbabwe has a corruption score of 78 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Zimbabwe, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.

Zimbabwe is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.46 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Mashonaland West Province

Language(s): English, Shona & Northern Ndebele

Food & Drinks in Mashonaland West Province

National dish: Sadza.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Mashonaland West Province is 18.

Religion in Mashonaland West Province

Zimbabwe is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 88% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Mashonaland West Province

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe scores a -8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Mashonaland West Province

Timezone: UTC+02:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 240 V (50 Hz), Plug D / G

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 27.6 and 27.6°C (81.7 and 81.7°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 22.25 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Zimbabwe. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.

Fly to Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe

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