Travel Tips - Zimbabwe
Getting into Zimbabwe
Please check with your nearest Zimbabwe Consulate for up to date information.
All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Passports should have at least three blank pages for entry and departure stamps. Please contact your local Zimbabwean Embassy to establish whether a visa is required.
Traveling with children
The unit of currency is the US$. US$ cash can be withdrawn from local ATM’s.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 – 15:00
Wednesday 08:00 – 13:00
Saturday 08:00 – 11:30
Credit card payments in Zimbabwe are subject to change daily. Currently, as only Visa cards are widely accepted, we recommend that you travel with a small amount of US Dollars or South African Rand in cash, in small denominations, to pay for incidental expenses.
Please note there is currently a shortage of hard currency in Zimbabwe which means tourists using dollars, euros or pounds to pay for activities, meals and curio items may not be issued with change in cash, but given Bond notes instead of dollars. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is introducing Bond notes to mitigate foreign exchange malpractices. Bond notes can only be used again in Zimbabwe. We therefore advise guests travelling to Zimbabwe to carry small denomination notes.
For full details on climate, please see Best Time to Go.
Casual, comfortable wash-and-wear clothing is most useful. All hotels offer extremely quick laundry turnaround, usually within a couple of hours. It is certainly not necessary to bring a separate change of clothing for each day and evening, and it is recommended that you keep luggage to a minimum for your own comfort and ease of transport, especially if you are using light aircraft transfers.
- Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and the mosquitos)
- Cotton t-shirts and tops
- Shorts for the day. Jeans or chinos for evenings and cooler days
- Fleece, sweater or warm jacket for game drives
- Comfortable walking shoes (hiking boots are not necessary)
- Sun block, sunglasses and hat
- Camera, binoculars
- A small alarm clock
If dining at the Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel, the gentlemen are required to wear jacket & tie and the ladies are required to wear smart dress. Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Zimbabwe. It is advisable that your clothing be as neutral as possible in the bush (beige and khaki is ideal). If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, we recommend that you bring an extra pair of glasses or a copy of the prescription.
It is important that you check with a qualified health professional for the most current information concerning your travel itinerary and personal health history. Anti-Malarial precautions are an absolute necessity when visiting the game parks in the region. The sun in the southern hemisphere is extremely strong - do wear an effective sunscreen and hat during the summer.
It is advisable to avoid the noonday sun. Recommended SPF is 30. Throughout Southern Africa it is safe to eat all foods and drink tap water in cities and towns. Purified water in flasks or bottled water is provided at game lodges throughout the region. It is also suggested that you bring a smaller traveler’s kit with remedies for minor stomach ailments or motion sickness.
You should include an adequate supply (in your hand luggage) of any prescribed medication you may require while traveling. Travelers with physical disabilities and those who require frequent or on-going medical attention should advise A&K of their health situation at the time of booking (or at the time such a situation occurs, should this be after the reservation is made). We do recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the event of a medical emergency.
GMT + Two (2) hours
Tipping is not compulsory. You are travelling on an independent itinerary and the cost of your program does not include gratuities. Tipping is a very personal matter and should only be considered when the staff have gone above and beyond for you. Should you feel you would like to acknowledge their service, please consider the following as a rough guide, per person per day.
Tour Director - 15
Driver / Guide (Half day) - 8
Driver / Guide (Full day) - 12
Hotel Porters - 5
Professional Guide - 15
Ranger - 15
Tracker - 8
Lodge staff - 12
Please note: Currency is in USD
The above tipping guidelines are recommendations only and are not compulsory. Please use your own discretion in tipping, based on quality of service.
It is customary to add 10% to the bill in restaurants, if the service has been satisfactory.
Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped but they appreciate the fare being rounded up.
If you are being transferred by an Abercrombie & Kent representative from the airport to a hotel, then porterage and tipping of porters is already included. You are not expected to tip the A&K representative. Porterage and tipping of porters for transfers from one hotel to another is as above.