Home to some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes, journey to Zimbabwe to discover soaring mountains, tumbling waterfalls, and vast plains where lions, elephants, zebra and more roam. Adventures are around every corner. Spend a weekend at Lake Kariba skiing and camping. Hire a car and travel to some of Africa’s most vibrant cities, encountering fascinating local cultures along the way. You'll fall in love and before you leve you'll be planning your next trip back.
Where to stay
It's easy to find affordable and friendly accommodation near Zimbabwe’s big sights. Depending on your budget, local guest houses start from around US$30 per person and hostels from US$15 per person. If you prefer something more homely, you can find self-catering apartments countrywide.
For those wanting luxurious accommodation, there are beautiful, secluded safari lodges in national parks, and hip boutique hotels in all the major cities.
How to get around
For a reliable and cost-effective mode of transportation, book a train ride. There are daily services between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Bulawayo and Harare, and Harare and Mutare. There are also sleeper services with tickets starting at around US$20.
Alternatively hire a tour bus. Many private bus companies run services throughout Zimbabwe and on to neighbouring countries. In the city and regionally you can hire express or local buses. The latter is cheaper, but they tend to be very crowded, and only leave when they’re full, so you could have a wait on your hands.
Minibus taxis are a good, inexpensive option for inter-city transport. We do suggest that you only use licenced ones.
What to eat
When in Zimbabwe, it's worth sampling some local favourites. Start your morning with sadza (cornmeal porridge). It's cheap, nutritious, and can be eaten with your hands – roll it into a ball and use it to scoop up stews and other dishes.
For dinner order dovi (peanut butter stew), butternut squash, corn on the cob or bowara (pumpkin leaves). All are delicious!
If you're feeling a little daring, consider fried mopane worms and flying ants. They can be bought by the pound, but perhaps try a sample first. Their unique buttery and salty taste is not for everyone.
For a basic room, local food and public transport, expect to spend around $30-$40 a day. Mid-range expenses are around $50-$180 a day, and if you’re willing to spend over $200 a day, you can expect a top-end luxury experience.
The currency used in Zimbabwe is US dollars. Credit and debit cards are rarely accepted, but you can withdraw USD from cashpoints across the country.