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Zimbabwe Travel Information

According to nexticle, Zimbabwe is a country in Africa bordering Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare. A number of major cities in Zimbabwe are: Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Gweru and Mutare.

Zimbabwe is known for its beautiful views, pristine rainforests and wildlife parks. Lions, giraffes, moose and zebras can be found in these game parks. The landscape is hilly and has some mountainous areas. A number of other attractions in the country are Lake Kariba, the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls (Victoria Falls) on the border with Zambia. The people of the country are hospitable and friendly. approximately 75% of the population lives in poverty. See healthinclude for Zimbabwe top destinations.

Where is Zimbabwe located?

Travel information of Zimbabwe

Official name: Republic of Zimbabwe
Continent: Africa
Area: 390,757 km²
Capital: Harare
Country code: ZW, ZWE
Population: 14,546,314 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic (Dictatorship)
Highest point: 2,592 m (Inyangani)
Distance (Amsterdam – Harare): 8,174 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Zimbabwe that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Zimbabwe, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Zimbabwe. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Zimbabwe?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Zimbabwe at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Zimbabwe has a temperate climate. During the winter months the temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees and during the summer months around 20 to 25 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Zimbabwe can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Zimbabwe can be found at Climate info.

Best time
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Zimbabwe. In these months the temperatures are most pleasant and you also avoid the rainy season.

Shona, Ndebele and English are the official languages ​​in Zimbabwe. In addition, several other languages ​​are spoken locally.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid for 6 months upon departure from Zimbabwe.
A visa is required. You can purchase this at the Zimbabwean border (valid for 3 months).

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Zimbabwe: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Zimbabwe in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Zimbabwe.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Zimbabwe. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency matters
In Zimbabwe, payment is mainly made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Zimbabwe can be found on our ATMs page.
– It is recommended not to use a credit card or ATM in this country. High transaction costs can be amortized.
– Make sure you have enough cash. This is best done in smaller denominations due to a shortage of change.
– US dollar bills from before 2001 are hardly accepted.

Price level
Prices in Zimbabwe are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -32% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (55% cheaper), food (21% cheaper), imported beer in catering (60% cheaper), cigarettes (70% cheaper) and public transport (84% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Zimbabwe it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.

Time difference
During our summer time there is no time difference.
During our winter time it is 1 hour later in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Zimbabwe can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Zimbabwe you must drive on the left.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Zimbabwe.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Zimbabwe.

Electricity In Zimbabwe you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Zimbabwe can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 995 or 999
– Fire brigade: 993 or 999
– Ambulance: 994 or 999
You can also call the international number 112 with a mobile phone.

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Zimbabwe can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Zimbabwe can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Web sites from Zimbabwe end in.zw.
Zimbabwe official website: zim.gov.zw.

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Zimbabwe is 00263 or +263.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Zimbabwe? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Zimbabwe Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Zimbabwe.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Zimbabwe.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Zimbabwe.

An overview of all public holidays in Zimbabwe can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Zimbabwe, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Zimbabwe?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Zimbabwe. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Zimbabwe can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Zimbabwe can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Zimbabwe? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Zimbabwe.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Zimbabwe, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Zimbabwe, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, current sanctions, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Zimbabwe.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and or smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed for men (imprisonment up to 10 years), allowed for women.
– Clothing: Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited.

Did you know that…
…Zimbabwe used to be called “Rhodesia”?
…Zimbabwe has 16 official languages?
… People in Zimbabwe can pay with 8 official currencies?
…Life expectancy for men and women is around 45 years?

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