If this is your first time travelling to Zimbabwe or you’re now a regular visitor here’s some information that you might need to know before and during your trip! – Thanks us later
Currency – We’re sure you are wondering what we use as currency here. We assure you it’s not goats and chickens. Zimbabwe is a very unique country and this is one of the things you will get to learn. You’ll find some shops selling in South African Rand and some in US Dollars and some using bond notes. What are bond notes is probably the next question you’re going to ask. Bond notes are technically the local currency used in Zimbabwe so you may want to change some of your money to bond notes to pay for some of the smaller transactions you’re going to make during your trip.
Accommodation – You can find cheap guesthouses for as little $80 per night in the city and $50 – $150 per night in the countryside, though in the big cities like Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare, rooms start at about 80 per night. Hotels start at around $140 per night and go up from there. Big resorts around most frequented tourist destinations start at $250 per night for a shared room. Dorm rooms, which are increasingly widespread throughout the country, range from $50 – $60 per night. Airbnb is also growing in Zimbabwe and a good amount of cities have a nice selection. You can get a comfortable house for as low as $20 per night here.
Transportation – Depending on where you want to go, local buses cost as little as $1 per trip, taxis cost about $5 per trip if you are travelling not more than 10km. In Zimbabwe, the majority of the population normally use “kombis” these are un-metered and generally more cheaper, costing $0.75 – $1.50 per ride. Train service around the country is cheap although they are not so popular anymore because of the long hours you’d have to endure during the journey. Coach buses are a great way to get around the country. For example, a bus ride from Harare to Bulawayo costs $15 and a bus ride from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls costs $30. Zimbabwe also has taxi hailing services similar to your usual uber. The most popular ones are Hwindi and Vaya Africa.
Activities – Day tours cost $144.30 with Tiritose depending on the activity. 3 to 5 day trips range from $275 – $600. Keep in mind, you have more bargaining power if you are with a group (thank us later).