Unless your budget and time are unlimited, any trip requires a bit of planning. What are the things you need to consider when planning a trip to Zimbabwe? In this article, we’ll talk about what you need to consider; a checklist if you will!
There are two types of flights to consider for your trip; commercial and charter.
Depending on where you’re flying in from, your commercial flights can get quite expensive, so best to get these booked first. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll either fly into Victoria Falls , Harare or Bulawayo. Most international airlines fly into Victoria Falls, so you will possibly get better deals on this route. You can also look into flying into Livingston in Zambia, then crossing over into Zimbabwe. Just be sure to check all visa requirements and arrange transfers with your accommodation.
Going on safari? You might want to consider a charter flight over a long drive, especially if you’re pressed for time. Charter flights are those small planes that usually seat 5 to 6 people, and land inside the park, where your hosts will pick you up. These aren’t cheap, however. So if you’re considering this option, you need to budget accordingly. Depending on your destination, this can start from USD200 one way. But actual rates can be quoted by the camp you intend on visiting.
Are you into backpacking, luxury, or something in-between? Whichever the case, you’re most likely going to need to book in advance to ensure you get the dates you want. Depending on where you book, you might have the option on paying on arrival, giving you time to save. However, safaris require payment in full, usually up to 30 days before you arrive. If you are staying in a hotel or lodge, you can probably pay on arrival, but then, you will need to bring USD cash with you, in case the credit card machine is down or is unable to process your card. You cannot get foreign currency on arrival, so don’t plan to get it there.
3. Getting around
If you’re visiting a city or small town, you can hire a rental at the airport and then get yourself around. Unless you’re going into the bush, any car will do. But the roads aren’t always great, so if you can get a high-clearance vehicle, the better. For trips in Harare and Bulawayo, you can make use of ride-hailing apps such as Vaya or Hwindi. They are flexible on payment methods, because you will struggle to get change with cash. They’re available on both IOS and Android.
It is expected that visitors into the country will be paying in foreign currency, so you can budget to spend USD15-USD20 for a meal in a restaurant of cafe . Take-away will be between USD2 to USD10.
5. Malaria tablets
There are some areas that are high-risk malaria areas. So if you are planning a trip to Zimbabwe, you need to make sure you check if your destination falls into this area. You need to bring your medication in with you. Do not leave it to the last minute. The same goes for repellent as well.
6. Photography gear
We know this might be the perfect opportunity to bring in that big lense you bought, but luggage restrictions might make you think otherwise. You can consider hiring gear if you need to. There are companies like Lens Rent Zimbabwe that can rent out some gear to you.
You can browse our website for flights, accommodation and experiences in Zimbabwe to help you get started!