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Scuba diving in Zimbabwe

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Diving in Zimbabwe

Quick facts

  • The hot and dry season is from August to October, and the rainy season from November to March. The best months to visit are April to May and August to September. Night-time temperatures can fall below freezing
  • Travellers coming from infected countries require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • Precautions against Hepatitis A, and rabies are also recommended. Other risks include typhoid, polio and bilharzia; a high prevalence of AIDS/HIV exists.
  • Malaria is a risk all year in most of the country. Mosquitoes are chloroquine resistant. Precautions should be taken. Check for up-to-date advice before travelling.
  • BE AWARE: Lariam (mefloquine) is an anti-malarial drug used in regions of the world where chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria is prevalent. e.g. East Africa, South East Asia. Possible side effects of lariam such as dizziness, blurred vision and a disturbed sense of balance are common and could cause problems for divers. These effects can often imitate or even worsen the symptoms of DCI. There could also be confusion between the side effects of lariam and the symptoms of DCI or nitrogen narcosis resulting in a misleading diagnosis.
  • There is a risk of Bilharzia, which is caused by infestation by a type of flatworm, or fluke (parasite). The fluke larvae are released by freshwater snails which penetrate the human skin and mature into adults. Female flukes may lay eggs that cause inflammation. The symptoms (which can take months to surface) depend on the species of fluke. 'Swimmer's itch' develops where the parasite enters the skin, and is often the only symptom. If you think you've been exposed to it you can get a very cheap pill from the local pharmacists that will kill it before it even shows its face.

When to go

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What to see

Zimbabwean dollar
GMT +2
Tropical; moderated by altitude
Natural hazards:
Recurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare
Diving season:
Year round
Water temperature:
Air temperature:
13°C/55°F (winter) (High Veld)
24°C/75°F (summer) (High Veld)
Temperatures in the Low Veld are about 10 degrees higher


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