Political tumult has darkened Zimbabwe's urban centers, yet this country vigorously protects parks and wildlife. Above all else is stunning Victoria Falls on the Zambizi. Learn of the Shona, Zimbabwe's earliest inhabitants and still its largest ethnic group, with their characteristic dry stone architecture at the Great Zimbabwe ruins of Masvingo.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Zimbabwe? See everything you need to know before you go.


Capital: Harare
Population:  15.6 million
Currency: US Dollar
Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele, Tswana, Xhosa, Chewa, Venda, Tsonga, Tonga, Southern Sotho
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: UTC +2


Zimbabwe is a year round destination. April thru October is very hot and dry. The Falls tend to be their least impressive, although game viewing is ideal during this period. The rainy season is November thru March. Botanical enthusiasts will enjoy the lush, green vegetation during this period. Zimbabwe's weather is most comfortable right after the rainy season in May and June. The grass is highest then, making game viewing difficult and Victoria Falls is shrouded in mist.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Zimbabwe. Tourist visas will be issued upon arrival when entering at Harare (HRE) or Victoria Falls (VFA) International Airports, for a fee of $30. Consult the Zimbabwe eVisa website or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.


Credit card use in Zimbabwe is limited. Cash in US Dollars is widely accepted and preferred for your shopping needs while in destination. Credit card acceptance is limited and inconsistent (only available at selected stores and hotels). Per the US State Department only Zimbabwe bank cards are accepted at local bank and ATMs and therefore travelers should not expect to have access to cash from automated teller machines. 

Shop for minerals, jewelry, dolls, woven hats, wood carvings, copper plaques, wooden spoons, safari clothing, baskets, beads, stone sculptures, and snuffboxes. Ivory has been problematic and some countries do not allow its import. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Malaria is present in Zimbabwe. Ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid, polio, and hepatitis as well. Zimbabwe has one of the highest infection rates in the world for HIV/AIDS. Do not swim in any freshwater such as lakes or rivers since they are house to parasites. 


Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plug D & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.


In restaurants, tip 10-15%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Tours & Packages to Zimbabwe


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A Taste of South Africa
Scenic and historic Cape Town then 4 game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy; optional extension to Victoria Falls
9 days  •  from $2599 $2299
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Best of South Africa
Cape Town & Johannesburg, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus an afternoon bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout
13 days  •  from $3899 $3499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train
A Crown Collection Luxury Tour: Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train & Cape Town
13 days  •  from $7899 $7299
per person, double occupancy*
dates luxury tour + flights
Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges
10 days  •  from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights