Blessed with abundant sunshine, striking scenery and one of the most stunning waterfalls on earth, Zimbabwe's natural beauty is world-famous.

Home to determined locals full of creativity, enthusiasm and hope, expect a warm welcome and generous hospitality. Overlook Zimbabwe and you'll miss an important piece of Africa's ancient heart.

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ZIMBABWE:

Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
Ireland: Yes - visa on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
South Africa: Yes - visa on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival 
USA: Yes - visa on arrival

Zimbabwe visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy for more information. For most nationalities, Zimbabwe visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need US$ cash. The cost is approximately US$30/45.

Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zimbabwe remain available on arrival at point of entries.

Many Zimbabweans are struggling to make ends meet, so being generous by tipping service workers is a good idea. Generally, a minimum of US$1 should be put aside for porters, waiters, local guides and drivers. Rounding up the bill at restaurants and other establishments is common as small change is hard to come by.

Internet cafes can be found in Zimbabwe's larger cities, however smaller towns and rural areas will have little to no access to the internet.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Zimbabwe's cities and urban centres but less so in rural and remote areas. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home.

Visitors can expect to encounter a wide range of toilets while in Zimbabwe. Western-style flushable toilets are available at many high-end hotels, bars, airports and tourist attractions while squat toilets are more common in rural areas and places frequented by locals. Be prepared by carrying your own toilet paper, soap or hand sanitiser, as these may not be provided.

Snack from street vendor = US$1
Espresso coffee in a cafe = US$1
Bottle of beer = US$3
Meal in a mid-range cafe or restaurant = US$10

Tap water isn't safe for tourists to drink in Zimbabwe. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

Zimbabwe's currency and economy is classified as unstable. Credit cards are accepted by some tourist-driven establishments but are generally not a reliable option in Zimbabwe. Be prepared by carrying low denominations of US dollars and South African rand, as the Zimbabwean dollar is no longer an acceptable form of currency.

ATMs can be found in Zimbabwe’s major cities but are less common in rural areas. Be prepared by carrying cash (US dollars and South African rand in small denominations).

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan Public Holiday
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 15 Apr Holy Saturday
  • 16 Apr Easter
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 18 Apr Independence Day
  • 1 May Workers' Day
  • 25 May Africa Day
  • 7 Aug Heroes' Day
  • 8 Aug Defense Forces Day
  • 22 Dec National Unity Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Zimbabwe go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/zimbabwe/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Local leader smiles at camera in Zimbabwe

How we're giving back

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust advances environmental conservation in Southern Africa through hands-on wildlife research, and educating and empowering local people with conservation training and community outreach programs.

Learn more about The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust