Zimbabwe / Zambia visa information
South African and Commonwealth Passport Holders (Except Canada, Australia and Britain) do not require a visa. American and EEC Passport Holders do require a visa. Where a visa is required, it is generally issued on arrival at a cost of between US$ 30 and US$ 55 per person.
Please get in touch with us for more information or contact the Zimbabwean Authority in your country of origin.
There are no restrictions on the amount of money that you may take in or out of Zimbabwe or Zambia. The official currency of both countries is the US Dollar although regional currencies are also sometimes accepted. As a guide, we suggest that you travel with some cash, South African Rand or preferably US Dollars in small denominations.
MasterCard and Visa are generally accepted but it is essential to check with each operator for their individual credit card policy.
Let common sense prevail. We recommend that valuables be kept in hotel safety deposit boxes and never left on show in an unattended room or vehicle. We would like to stress that Zimbabwe is an incredibly friendly environment. Incidences involving tourists are rare but temptation should be avoided.
Vouchers are usually issued for each activity and will form the basis of your itinerary. They should be handed to the individual operator at time of activity. Vouchers should be read in conjunction with any accommodation, travel or activity information you have been given by Africa Guide Travel & Tours or our operating partners and will provide details of collection times, pick-up points, kit lists etc. The name of the company providing the service is clearly stated on each voucher.
Luggage should ideally be kept to a minimum especially if undertaking internal transfers by road or air.
Please check weight restrictions with each individual carrier.
Hotel Check-in time
The official check-in time at most hotels is 14:00. Check-out is at 10:00. Should these times not be convenient we recommend checking with your hotel to see if they can make alternative arrangements.
Delays / Changes to Itineraries
From time to time problems do occur with scheduling. All operators and carriers used in your itinerary comply with international agreements with regard to the handling of clients. In the event of any problems during your trip, we recommend that you contact each individual operator who will try to make alternative arrangements for you. You are reminded that should you make your own alternative arrangements without contacting the operator, all such arrangements will be for your own account.
The emphasis should be on informality and comfort. Zimbabwe typically has three “seasons”.
During our “winter” months of May, June and July, temperatures during the day are usually a pleasant mid-twenties with clear skies and no chance of rain. However, temperatures can fall quite considerably during the evening and early morning. We strongly suggest visitors pack a jersey and/or jacket for use on activities at that time of day.
August to October is the “hot, dry season”. Temperatures can be extremely high. The rains should not have started so humidity is typically low. Cool, light, loose clothing is recommended.
During the “rains” from November to March, temperatures remain high but there is a strong possibility of heavy intermittent rainfall. Something water proof is recommended.
It should be noted that each season offers a different experience on activities and in the bush. Each is special in its own way so it is not necessary to discount a trip at any time of the year.
Malarial mosquitoes are mostly prevalent during the rainy season. However, please seek advice from your doctor about Prophylactics should you wish to take them.