Best travel time:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September
Start of Green Season:
January, February, November, December
Tips before your Departure
For a stay up to 90 days, Germans and Austrians need a passport that has to be valid for at least 6 more months after leaving the country. A child ID is only valid with photos and shall have at least two free pages for visas. Visa fees have to be paid when entering the country; we suggest to apply for it in advance at one of the diplomatic representations. The current visa fees for Zimbabwe are 30,- US $ per person.
Inhabitants of other countries should ask for their respective entry requirements at their responsible Embassy.
Besides sunscreen and your personal first-aid kit we recommend medicine for diarrhea due to the climatic change.
When entering Zimbabwe through a country declared as yellow fever endemia area you need the certification of a valid yellow fever inoculation. Beyond that, no immunizations are required, but please ask your doctor or local health authority before departure.
In addition we suggest you invest in a travel health insurance, and will be happy to inform you about it.
Currency is the US Dollar, South African Rand are partly accepted as well.
There is no time shift during the European summer time, during winter time it’s + 1 hour.
The country belongs to the tropical borderlands and offers a pleasant climate due to its height. In the planes it can be hot, the best travel time is from April to October with moderate daily temperatures and cold nights. The rainy season with high temperatures is from November to May.
For safaris please think of clothes in muted colors, long trousers, long sleeves, headgear as well as comfortable shoes. Please also remember to take sunscreen and insect-repellant spray. In some months it can be cold in the mornings and evenings and really warm during the day. Especially when visiting the high plateaus you should take some warmer clothes.
Please note that some high-quality hotels in Victoria Falls require a British dress code with jacket and tie for dinner.
Day of Departure
The most important airports in Zimbabwe are Harare and Victoria Falls. From Germany there are no direct flights, but there are connections to Harare with many well-known airlines like Emirates, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines or Kenya Airways. You can reach Victoria Falls easily and quickly for example with South African Airways via Johannesburg.
We will be glad to advise you on prices for flights in Comfort/Business Class. For a fee of € 30, - we can reserve your preferred seat. We can also reserve a parking place at the airport in advance.
We recommend to call the airline 1-2 days before departure to let them confirm the time of departure. Please keep your passport ready for your return flight.
Please note that you have to be at the check-in counter of your airline at least two hours before your departure. We will be glad to send you some information on your airport. Please remember not to pack any sharp objects into your hand luggage like nail scissors etc.
Your travel destination
After arriving at your airport in Zimbabwe you will be welcomed by your tour guide and accompanied to your hotel or you will directly start your safari.
In Zimbabwe, English, Shona and Ndebele is spoken.
We offer you an interesting choice of safaris and excursions. It is recommended to book before your departure as in the peak season many safari lodges are booked up and you may lose valuable vacation time.
Please deposit your money, jewellery as well as your documents in the hotel safe. Don't take too many things with you and take care of your handbag and camera. After sunset it is recommended to use a taxi instead of public means of transport. Please urgently note that it is prohibited to take pictures of military areas or vehicles, soldiers, policemen and –women or security relevant buildings. Even a landscape picture with the farm house of a member of the government in the background might be punished.
The voltage is 220 Volt 50 Hertz. You need a three-pole adapter.
Calling from Germany: 00263/local area network/subscriber; calling to Germany: 0049/ local area network without 0/subscriber
German Embassy: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, P.O. Box A 1475, Avondale, Harare, Tel.: +263 4 308 655
Austrian Embassy (the one in South Africa is in charge): 454 A Fehrsen Street (entrance William St), Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181, P.O. Box 95572, Waterkloof 0145, Tel.: +27 12 4529 155
Swiss Embassy: 9 Lanark Road, Belgravia, Harare, Tel.: +263 4 703 827
In restaurants, taxis and hotels it is usual to give 10% tip of the invoice amount.