Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country of stunning natural beauty and spectacular scenery. Tourists to Zimbabwe are attracted by the many adventure activities offered as well as the majestic Victoria Falls, abundant wildlife and dramatic and varying landscapes.

Best time to visit

The best game viewing time is between August and October as it is the dry season and many of the animals congregate at the waterholes. If you are an adrenaline junky and enjoy the thrill of riding the mighty rapids of the Zambezi then the best time of the year for whitewater rafting is between September and November.

What to do

  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Game Viewing
  • Mana Pools
  • Adventure activities
  • Visit the granite formations in Matobo National Park

Climate and Weather

Zimbabwe enjoys eight solid months of warm, sub-tropical weather between September and April. The days are hot and sunny with daytime temperatures averaging30ºC. During the winter (June to August) the days are generally warm and the nights are cool with average temperatures of 20ºC. Rainfall occurs mostly between November and March

Essential Travel Information

Passport and Visa Information

Passport Information

  • Passports must be valid for no less than six months beyond the period of intended stay.
  • Visitors must ensure they have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport ( for entry and exit stamps ).
  • Tourists must hold proof of a valid onward ticket. The travel date of this ticket may not exceed three months from the first date of entry.
  • Tourists must be able to prove they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country

Visa Information

Visa fees, where applicable, must be paid in US dollars. These fees vary depending on nationality and type of visa but generally range between USD 30 and USD 100 per person. South African Passport holders do not require a visa to enter Zimbabwe when visiting for touristic purposes.

Health Information

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from infected countries. The following vaccinations are recommended but not compulsory: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid. Malaria is a risk all year particularly in the Zambezi Valley, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and in the Eastern Highlands.
Visitors are advised not to drink the tap water; bottled water is readily available. There is often a shortage of medication in the public hospitals, and tourists are encouraged to bring a supply of personal medication. Medical insurance is essential as medical costs are high

Safety and Security

Tourists are advised to stay within the main tourist areas. Visitors should avoid areas where demonstrations are being held and do not walk the streets alone at night.

Customs and Dress Code

It is illegal to take photographs of public or government buildings, or any roadblocks and doing so could lead to arrest. Do not take photographs of police, military personnel or any demonstrations. Be aware that an open hand is the political symbol of the main opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, and a friendly wave may, therefore, be misinterpreted as a political statement. Homosexuality is illegal. No person is permitted to wear camouflage clothing

Time Zone
GMT +2
Electricity

Three-pin rectangular blade plugs

Getting Around

By air

There are regular scheduled flights from Johannesburg to the main airports of Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.

Driving

There is no public transport system in Zimbabwe so visitors are advised to book a driver or hotel transfer before landing, or you can hail a taxi or hire a car on arrival at the airport.

Currency

US Dollar (USD) is the most widely accepted currency, but the South African Rand (ZAR) and British Pound (GBP) are also sometimes accepted. Major international credit cards, with the exception of Diners Club and American Express, are accepted in most of the larger hotels, restaurants and shops. ATM facilities will dispense USD and are found in the cities. If travelling to smaller towns or rural areas rather carry cash with you.

Communication

The international dialling code for Zimbabwe is +263. The network coverage within most cities, towns, and tourist areas throughout the country is good, and internet facilities are available in most towns and cities.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day – 01 January 2018
Good Friday – 30 March 2018
Holy Saturday – 31 March 2018
Easter Sunday – 01 April 2018
Easter Monday – 02 April 2018
Independence Day – 18 April 2018
Labour Day – 01 May 2018
Africa Day – 25 May 2018
Heroes’ Day – 13 August 2018
Defense Forces Day – 14 August 2018
National Unity Day – 22 December 2018
Christmas Day – 25 December 2018
Boxing Day – 26 December 2018

Important Contact Numbers

Department of Tourism: www.zimbabwetourism.net

Any Emergency: 995 from a landline or 112 from a mobile phone.