How Safe Is Zimbabwe for Travel?

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Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located Southern Africa, sharing its borders with South Africa to the south, Botswana to the Southwest, Zambia to the Northwest, and Mozambique to the east and north.

What is truly stunning about this country, making it a top tourist destination is the fact that the Zambezi river forms the natural boundary with Zambia and when in full flood (which usually takes place from February to April) the massive Victoria Falls forms the world’s most impressive water curtain.

The Victoria Falls are a major tourist attraction and one of the greatest natural wonders in the entire world, which makes Zimbabwe a country where tourism flourishes.

Apart from the great Victoria Falls, there are other tourist highlights in this country, and it is truly a destination of many wonders.

There are the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the gorgeous Lake Kariba, and two major cities: Harare and Bulawayo.

Move further to the east and you will find the so-called Eastern Highlands, a country ideal for smaller pleasures like fine walking and fishing.

It is actually sometimes so breezy that during certain parts of the year, the grass in the morning is trimmed with frost.

Move away and go to the west, and you will find the Matopos National Park, known for the famous jumble of granite rocks.

Warnings & Dangers in Zimbabwe

Overall Risk


Zimbabwe is, for the most part, a safe country to visit. However, it does have an extremely high rate of both petty and violent crime, though it's mainly ridden with petty street crime. You should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Means of transportation in Zimbabwe are limited and not very reliable. Driving in Zimbabwe is not recommended since the driving conditions are really bad and the country is filled with irresponsible drivers. Taxis are available, but be wary as drivers might jack up prices for tourists. Always negotiate the price before your ride.

Pickpockets Risk


There is an extreme threat to petty crime. Pickpockets are an everyday occurrence, so you should be extremely careful when handling your valuables and never carry your money in a purse or a pocket. Never carry all your money in the same place, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, the greatest risks in Zimbabwe are the floods that are known to kill people and leave large numbers of homeless people, causing irreparable damage.

Mugging Risk


Violent crime is also a common occurrence in Zimbabwe and you have to be very careful. If you are visiting Nyanga, you should avoid Pungwe Falls, Mterazi Falls, and the Honde Falls, as there have been many instances of armed robbery, theft, all kinds of assaults, and attempted rapes reported at these sites.

Terrorism Risk


There haven't been any recent terrorist attacks in Zimbabwe's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Scams are an everyday occurrence in this country. There are a number of scams performed on tourists, and the locals use every situation to try and get money from you. Double-check everything, and negotiate everything in advance. Be careful when taking a taxi and make sure they use the meter or negotiate the ride before getting into the cab.

Women Travelers Risk


Zimbabwe isn't the safest place for a woman to be visiting alone. If you do, be sure to avoid remote streets, both during day and night, and do not flash your belongings or handle money in public. Stay out of the streets at night and be vigilant for any possible dangers at all times.

So... How Safe Is Zimbabwe Really?

Zimbabwe is a somewhat safe country to visit.

Currently and during the past couple of decades it has hit a rough patch and its troubles aren’t over.

Due to bad economic conditions and the fragile government, many have turned to crime so petty theft is very common as is a violent crime, such as muggings, bag snatching, and carjacking, especially in urban centers and tourist areas.

Bear in mind, when exploring the country, that many tourists have encountered trouble precisely in areas frequented by tourists: for example, many tourists have been robbed and even killed while visiting national parks.

You are advised to always move in groups, preferably with an organized tour group.

Avoid being on the streets at night – you may become targeted by criminals.

Another issue to watch out for is bad traveling conditions.

Many crimes happen precisely on the roads.

Theft from vehicles is common and you are recommended to drive with your windows up and your doors locked.

Also, when driving, do it without flashy valuables as criminals are known to target cars that stop at intersections.

Tire slashing is also a common occurrence as are accidents due to irresponsible driving and many local reckless drivers.

At night, they usually avoid stopping at red lights and then just proceed after checking the road is clear.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries do need a visa to enter Zimbabwe. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Zimbabwe. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The Zimbabwean dollar is the official currency in Zimbabwe. Visa is the preferred card for ATM cash withdrawals, though MasterCard is becoming more and more used and accepted.
  • Weather - The climate in Zimbabwe varies from region to region. Generally speaking, there are two seasons: a dry season, including a short cool season lasting from May to September when there's very little precipitation; and a rainy season, with heavy rainfall lasting from November to March.
  • Airports - The Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, formerly known as the Harare International Airport, is the largest and busiest international airport in Zimbabwe. It is the base of Air Zimbabwe and is located in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Zimbabwe, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Zimbabwe Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 22° C
Mar 21° C
Apr 19° C
May 17° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 14° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 20° C
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2 Reviews on Zimbabwe

  1. Zimbabwe

    Y’all , I’m Zimbabwean myself and who visited most tourist places mentioned in this article , the country is for sure safer than this article thoughts. Visit some parts of Joburg South Africa if you wanna see a real Hollywood movie scene in front of your eyes and if see that it be thankful coz you still alive.

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    Tellmore says:

    Don't miss the chance for an Amazing Experience in Zimbabwe

    My review is rather detailed, but more information is what we want, right!
    Firstly, the ‘Mugging Risk’ is quite exaggerated. Violent crimes are low in Zimbabwe and criminals hardly carry guns or any other weapons. Zimbabweans are generally very peaceful and welcoming, not violent. They are also generally very hard working, well educated and intelligent so they use their heads, rather than violence, to cope with the current economic hardships facing the country. That’s why you are more likely to encounter scam artists and pick pockets.
    And come on, reckless and irresponsible driving?… that is found in every country- unless you’re attributing it to some of the roads, which can be bad.
    As for ‘Tourist Killings’, as stated above, please be very clear! The only tourist killings in Zimbabwe are sadly as a result of wild animal attacks, when tourists get too close. This is unfortunately expected of all wild animals in the rest of Africa and the world as a whole.
    For more, go to World Nomads and follow these steps: Home- Travel Safety- Southern Africa- Zimbabwe.
    Thank you.

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