Zimbabwe

Map of Zimbabwe

Events in Zimbabwe

National Events

Event Occurs Description
Harare International Festival of Performing Arts April Displays by musicians, actors, artists and dancers performers.
International Film Festival September Zimbabwe International Film Festival in Harare.

Plugs and Electric in Zimbabwe

Electricity

Voltage

240 V

Frequency

50 hz

Plug

Round 3 pin or 3 rectangular pin (as in the UK).

Flights in Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe used to provide regular flights between the main centres and major tourist resorts with the exception of the Lowveld and Eastern Districts, however flights are currently suspended.

Air Charter flights are available to all centers and most game viewing areas.

Flights from the UK to Zimbabwe

Air services into Zimbabwe have been much reduced in recent years through both lack of demand and concerns over standards of airport, runway and general maintenance. Air Zimbabwe operates a direct service from London Gatwick to Harare. Alternatively Harare can be reached on either British Airways, South African Airways or Kenyan Airways on indirect services via Johannesburg or Nairobi.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Zimbabwe

www.ba.com

BA offer daily overnight flights into Johannesburg from London Heathrow with connections onto Harare or Victoria Falls the following morning. Direct flights into Harare were suspended in 2007. Flight time is around 15 1/2 hours.

South African Airways flights from United Kingdom to Zimbabwe

www.flysaa.com

SA also offer daily overnight flights into Johannesburg from London Heathrow with connections onto Harare or Victoria Falls the following morning.

Kenya Airways flights from United Kingdom to Zimbabwe

www.kenya-airways.com

Kenya Airways offer daily overnight flights into Nairobi from London Heathrow with connections onto Harare the following morning.

Zimbabwe Culture and Traditions

There are laws against indecency, which effectively make homosexuality illegal in Zimbabwe. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict and offenders can expect heavy fines or jail sentences. You should not carry any precious or semi-precious stones without the appropriate paperwork. It is against the law for civilians to wear any form of clothing made from camouflage material.

Weather in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe is south of the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere with mid-summer at Christmas and winter lasting from May to August. Temperatures vary considerably depending on altitude, with it being warmer all year round in low-lying areas such as Kariba, Victoria Falls, Hwange and the Zambezi Valley.

In winter the days are generally dry and sunny with temperatures averaging 15 to 20 degrees C. Light to medium weight clothing is generally sufficient with a warm coat or fleece to wear outdoors on overcast or windy days.

In summer temperatures average 25 to 30 degrees C during the day, with the hottest month being October, when temperatures often exceed 32 degrees C. Light clothing is essential at this time of year, as is a hat.  During the rainy season from November to March, a fleece may be needed in the evenings.

Seasonality

Travel during the Christmas or Easter period can be busy. It is wise to book ahead if planning to travel to National Parks and Victoria Falls during this time.

Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Zimbabwe

Local Currency

Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD)

General Advice

On August 1, 2006, the Zimbabwean dollar was revalued and three zeroes were truncated to create a new currency. As at August 21, 2006, only the new banknotes are legal tender. Remain cautious, as counterfeit notes have been found in circulation. The attested new notes have a watermark and a security strip. Most hotel charges for foreigners are based on a U.S. dollar rate and must be paid with credit cards or internationally convertible currency (typically U.S. dollars or British pounds).  Seek advice from local tour operators and travel experts as soon as you arrive in the country.

Money Exchange

Travellers should not attempt to change currency at unregistered currency exchange offices or outlets. It is unlawful to exchange foreign currency for Zimbabwean dollars with anyone other than a legitimate currency dealer affiliated with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Authorized currency dealers include the major banks, such as Standard Chartered and Barclays. Seek advice from local tour operators and travel experts as soon as you arrive in the country.

ATM Availability

ATMs are becoming more widely available. They are  however subject to breakdowns and should not be relied on. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locatorfor the addresses of ATMs around the world

Credit Cards

Credit cards are not widely accepted and can only be used in major hotels, airlines, car hire agencies – always check in advance. Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.  Local advice indicates that travellers should avoid using credit cards as transactions will be converted at the official government bank rate rather than the ‘real’ rate used by local people. Seek advice from local tour operators and travel experts as soon as you arrive in the country.

Other Information

Travellers leaving the country can not take out more than USD $ 1,000 or ZWD $5,000,000 in cash or ZWD $5,000,000 in bearer’s cheques.

Entry Requirements for Zimbabwe

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
Canada Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
Denmark Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
Ireland Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
Netherlands Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
New Zealand A visa is required
South Africa A visa is required.
United States Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.
United Kingdom Currently a visa will be issued on arrival (fee payable), this is subject to change therefore please check with your nearest consulate before travel.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

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