Zimbabwe is a rather flat country. You can get around with a low capacity engine car e.g. a Honda Fit when driving in most parts of Zimbabwe. Not all parts of the country are flat though. The Eastern Highlands as well as parts in Mashonaland West such as Kariba are rather hilly. In such places it will be a good idea to use a high capacity engine car e.g. a Toyota Hilux.
This is the best option for you to use if you are a family or a group of 4 or less.
Where Can I Rent a Car In Zimbabwe?
Minibuses are a rather popular form of transport in Zimbabwe. If you want to travel around as a group (8 people or more) this is a good option for you. You do need to ensure that you have enough space for you to carry your luggage. It would be best for you to get a local driver as navigating roads on your own could be rather difficult.
Where Can I Rent a Minibus In Zimbabwe?
Have a look at the following links. These are a few companies that offer car rental services: https://nyati-travel.com/vehicle-hire/ , https://www.impala.co.zw/ , http://www.rent-a-minibus.com/Zimbabwe.aspx#/searchcars
If you plan on travelling for short distances (10Km or less), using a taxi may be a very attractive option. When travelling using a taxi, you need to consider the following:
Whether the car has enough fuel (It has happened to me more than once that I got into a taxi and spend scores of minutes in a taxi while the driver drover around looking for fuel), Whether or not the car has enough space for your luggage and make sure that you agree on the amount to be paid before travelling. As a general rule of the thumb, avoid cars with tinted windows (unless if you peep inside to see if there isn’t anything harmful inside).
Where Can I Rent a Taxi In Zimbabwe?
Virtually anywhere in any city. The most popular car brands used for this job are the following: Honda Fit, Toyota Vitz, Madza Demio, Toyota Funcargo etc. If you are at the airport, these guys will chase after you so no worries about finding them. Alternatively, you can visit the following links:https://www.vayaafrica.com , https://www.hwindi.com/
Boat & Ferry
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country. You won’t often use a boat in this country. It is most often that you will use this mode of transport when travelling across the Zambezi river.
To book one, visit the links below:https://www.myguidezimbabwe.com/services/kariba-ferries , https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/kariba-ferry.html , https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293759-Activities-c55-Zimbabwe.html
Air (private & public)
Feel like travelling like a Saudi Prince? Well you can certainly do that in Zimbabwe. You can charter a plane and see the majestic view of the motherland. Alternatively, you can board a domestic flight after booking from a local travel agent.
Here are a few sites for chartering a plane:https://www.execair.co.zw/ , https://www.privatefly.com/private-jet-hire/Zimbabwe-N284.html , https://www.falconair.co.zw/
Can I Use Google Maps For Travelling in Zimbabwe?
Yes you can. Just like anything to do with technology, you may encounter a few challenges. So far, I haven’t had any problems when using that application.
Alternatively, you can try to use the application MAPS.ME available from the google play store. It has worked wonders for me.
What Do I Need to Drive in Zimbabwe?
You need a bit of confidence, the ability to expect the unexpected and the usual: a driver’s license, your passport and make sure your vehicle has number plates.
What Do I Need to Consider When Driving in Zimbabwe?
You need to make sure that you have enough money for toll gates.
Have a look at this link to get a table of all the toll gate fees:https://zimpricecheck.com/price-updates/toll-gate-and-vehicle-licence-fees/
You also need to make sure that you drive rather cautiously. I love Zimbabweans, but I can’t argue with facts – we are rather bad drivers. It is quite often that you see 3 lanes being made in a 2 lane road, and it is quite often that you see cars travelling in the wrong way in a ONE WAY street. My advice – follow the rules and use your brain too!
Our roads also have loads of potholes so try not to drive at high speeds.
Is it Safe to Travel to Zimbabwe?
It is generally safe, but it is a good idea to keep your eyes open as thieves can easily tell if you aren’t familiar with the country (especially if you are a Caucasian). Try to be cautious of pickpockets and avoid crowded spaces.
Is Zimbabwe Safe in 2020?
Yes it is. The corona virus pandemic did impact the country, but the effects were not as devastating as the effects it made in other countries e.g. Italy & Spain.
What Vaccinations Do I Need to Travel to Zimbabwe?
The Center for Disease Control as well as the World Health Organization recommend the following vaccinations: meningitis, polio, measles, shingles, chickenpox, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, mumps and rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and cholera.
Is There Malaria in Zimbabwe?
Yes – in certain parts. It is generally a good idea to sleep under a mosquito net.
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