UK/EU citizens need a visa for Zimbabwe, but these things can change. So please click here and check out the current situation. You can also check on that website for any other nationality if a visa is required. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run out of time.
If you need a visa, please contact the embassy unless you choose to use a visa service. Shoestring does not organize your visa. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. You can also obtain the visa through a specialized visa agency like www.travcour.com.
The international dialling code for Zimbabwe is +263. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00 27 for South Africa). International Direct Dialling is available. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)4 for Harare. Telecel, Econet and Net*One operators provide GSM 900 network mobile phone coverage in most cities, towns and tourist areas throughout the country. Internet and Email facilities are available in Harare, where there are about 30 Internet cafes which are generally always crowded.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller (same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room. In case we go camping, you could decide to take a small tent if you want to sleep alone. In case this involves extra camping fees (never very much), your tour leader will tell you and collect the extra fees.
Depending on the tour you choose, our accommodation will be mostly in twin shared tents on campsites and sometimes bungalows or in hotels and lodges.
In Victoria Falls you can choose between so many activities that it’s difficult to list all of them. You can take part in exciting rafting and bungee jumping, canoeing, biking and jungle walking.
The main national holidays in Zimbabwe are: Independence Day (18th of April), Africa Days (25th and 26th of May), and Heroes Days (11th and 12th of August). The Bulawayo Music Festival (mid-June) proposes one week of typical local music, so can be very interesting. The music tradition is very important in country life.
What voltage and plugs are in use in Zimbabwe? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
The official currency is the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWN), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currency, especially US dollars, is hard to come by, but widely accepted and often preferred, and many prices are given in US dollars. Hard currency is required to pay for entry to Victoria Falls and many national parks. Major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATM facilities are available in the cities.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference with your own country.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.