Zimbabwe Travel Advice
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Money & Spending
Following the collapse of the Zimbabwe Dollar, Zimbabwe currently uses the US Dollar as its currency. Cash is king in Zimbabwe: make sure you can cover your costs during your visit as withdrawing cash from an ATM or bank is not something you can rely on. Travellers’ cheques and credit/debit cards are not widely accepted and often incur hefty fees.
Bring small denomination notes - small change is rarely available in Zimbabwe - and note that although tipping lodge staff and guides is customary for good service, make sure that a service charge hasn't been added onto your bill beforehand.
For in-depth tipping guidelines, enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts - they'd be happy to share their knowledge with you.
Average summer temperatures: 17°C to 31°C
Average winter temperatures: 7°C to 29°C
Rainy season: November to April
Refer to “best time to visit Zimbabwe” for climate charts and advice on the best times of year for game-viewing.
What to Pack
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable for Zimbabwe throughout the year. For your Zimbabwe safari, pack lightweight clothing in light, neutral colours (but not white as it gets dirty very easily). Include a warm jacket or fleece in your suitcase for evening game drives as well as a pair of comfortable walking shoes. For more on what to pack for a safari, refer to our Africa Safari Guide travel advice section.
Flights & Getting Around
Refer to our Africa flights FAQs for more information on flying into and around Africa.
Harare International Airport: mostly used as a conduit to Victoria Falls, the easiest way to fly into Harare is via Johannesburg as there aren't many direct international flights into the country.
Victoria Falls International Airport: serving Victoria Falls, Hwange and the Zambezi Valley destinations, this airport is a local logistics hub and connects easily with destinations in Botswana and further afield.
Road transfers in Zimbabwe are usually conducted in mini buses and game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles. Light aircraft charters are available for flights to more remote destinations.
Visa & Passport Requirements
Visas are required by most visitors to Zimbabwe and can usually be obtained at your point of entry. Citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, most EU countries, Israel and Japan as well as a number of other countries will receive their visas at the airport or border post upon payment of requisite fees. However, some nationalities will have to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling – for a full list, visit the Zimbabwe Embassy website.