Zimbabwe Travel Advice
Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe
Should you be visiting Zimbabwe for a game viewing safari, then the drier months of May to October are the best time to go as the temperatures are not too high and there is virtually no rain, meaning the malaria risk is at its lowest. Towards the end of this period the temperatures can rise drastically, so be aware when planning to visit during September and October.
The Victoria Falls are at their most spectacular during the rainy months of April and May when the water levels are at their highest. Please be aware that although this is the best time to see the Falls, some of the activities available such as white water rafting and swimming in Devils Pool are only done during the low water season between August – December.
Average summer temperatures: 17°C to 31°C
Average winter temperatures: 7°C to 29°C
Rainy season: November to April
Flights & Getting Around to Major Cities
Zimbabwe consists of 2 major airports:
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 can usually be obtained at your point of entry into Zimbabwe, although some nationalities will have to apply for and obtain a visa prior to travelling. Citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan and most EU countries will receive their visas at the airport or border post on arrival.
As a general precaution, all travellers are advised to carry a photocopy of the main photo information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport.
It is recommended that you contact your GP at least 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
We advise that you have sufficient medical cover before travelling to Zimbabwe as private clinics will not admit you until full payment has been made or a large cash deposit has been placed.
As with all medical requirements, your doctor or travel clinic will provide the most up to date information – the above is a guide only.
Although the official currency of Zimbabwe was the Zimbabwe Dollar, the country now uses US Dollar as its currency. Always make sure that you carry enough cash with you during your holiday as ATM’s and banks are often unreliable. Travellers’ cheques and credit/debit cards are not widely accepted and can incur hefty fees.
Tipping lodge staff in Zimbabwe is customary for good service, and the amount depends on the level of service you received. Please note that it may be difficult to obtain small change in Zimbabwe, so if you are going to need change to tip staff, it is advised that you bring smaller denomination notes with you when visiting.
What to Pack
Due to its moderate climate, lightweight, comfortable clothes are suitable for a safari in Zimbabwe throughout the year. Shorts and short sleeved shirts will suffice during the day, as well as a light long sleeved shirt if you are sensitive to the sun. Pack a warm jacket for early morning and evening game drives as the weather can drop. Choose clothing in neutral colours and wear lightweight long-sleeved clothing at night and in the early mornings to protect against mosquitoes. Don’t forget good walking shoes, sunblock and a sun hat.