zimbabwe Frequently Asked Questions (Faqs)

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Do I need a visa to visit Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has a three tier visa system where many African countries do not require a visa. USA, UK and Canadian passport holders can get a visa at the port of entry after paying the visa fee. The visa fee is in cash so please take US dollars along with you. As of 2020 it is US$ 30 for a single entry visa and USD$ 60 for a multiple entry visa.

 Some EU passport holders and other countries are required to purchase a visa before travel from their nearest Zimbabwean consulate or embassy.

Many tourists travelling to Victoria Falls will want to visit the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls or have Chobe National Park in Botswana as part of their trip. In this case they should purchase the Kasa Visa which allows entry into all these countries.

It is best to obtain the visa in advance through your local embassy, consulate or obtain the e-visa online

Zimbabwe also requires that your passport be valid for no less than 6 months beyond the date of entry. They also require at least two blank pages in your passport.

It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.

 

Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?

If you are travelling from a country which is known for Yellow Fever you need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Zimbabwe. Failure to do so, may result in your being denied entry.

For more information please visit your local travel clinic or the CDC website

 

Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Zimbabwe?

There is a risk of malaria throughout the country especially during the wet season from November to March. Most tourist areas in Zimbabwe are high risk malaria areas. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis’s before travel to Zimbabwe.

 

When is the best time to visit Zimbabwe?

The best time to travel to Zimbabwe depends on what you want to do during your trip. Most visitors travel from May – October during the dry season when game viewing is at its best in Zimbabwe’s national parks. However, this is when the majesty of the Victoria Falls can be at their lowest and in October large sections of the cascade are dry. The best time to see the Victoria Falls in good flow and still see them is February. In March – May they can be in full flood creating so much spray it is hard to see the Victoria Falls. October is the hottest month of the year to visit and November and December can be hot and humid.

 

Can I drink the tap water in Zimbabwe?

Water in Zimbabwe is safe for bathing. In recent years the water quality in cities is not good. We recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.

 

What is the weather like in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe falls within the tropics and has a warm temperate climate. Most of the country lies on a highveld plateau dominated by savannah and average daily temperatures are 28°C/82°F. Lower areas such as around Hwange, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba and Gonarezhou temperatures average 35°C/95°.

During the Wet season, from November to March, rains usually fall in the afternoon or in the evening as tropical thunderstorms which are normally over quickly. The Dry season, from April to October, is colder. Nights and mornings can be as cold as 5°C/41°F, but daytime temperatures are still pleasant and sunny.

 

What is the weather like in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe falls within the tropics and has a warm temperate climate. Most of the country lies on a highveld plateau dominated by savannah and average daily temperatures are 28°C/82°F. Lower areas such as around Hwange, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba and Gonarezhou temperatures average 35°C/95°.

During the Wet season, from November to March, rains usually fall in the afternoon or in the evening as tropical thunderstorms which are normally over quickly. The Dry season, from April to October, is colder. Nights and mornings can be as cold as 5°C/41°F, but daytime temperatures are still pleasant and sunny.

 

Currency and credit cards in Zimbabwe

The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD) which locals refer to as bond notes. US dollars are widely accepted and you will often see prices in both USD and Zimbabwean dollars.  Please note that USD bills printed in and/or prior to 2006 are not accepted! High denomination bills ($100 and $50 mainly) can also be a problem so take a stash of ones and fives and tens just to be on the safe side.

Credit Cards:

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Zimbabwe.

American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.

ATM’s are readily available in major cities but often do not have cash.

 

Languages spoken in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages but most of the population speak English, Shona and Ndebele.

 

Electrical matters

Zimbabwe electrical outlets are 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin shape. Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.

If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.

Many camps are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.

 

Time Zone

Local time in Zimbabwe is GMT +2 which 6 – 7 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.

 

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