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Local transport

Local Transport

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Most are metered, charging around $2.50 for 1km at the time of writing. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.

Car & Motorcyle

Hire

  • The minimum driving age required by rental companies varies, but it is usually between 23 and 25 years. The maximum age is normally about 65 years.
  • It’s important to note that most collision damage waiver (CDW) insurance policies do not cover 2WD vehicles travelling on rough roads in national parks.
  • Be sure you have all the relevant papers and your car is fitted with the legally required fire extinguisher, warning triangles and reflectors.
  • Due to high costs of car rental in Zimbabwe, many DIY travellers opt to arrange a 4WD in South Africa and drive on through the border.

Driving Licence

Visitors can use their driving licence from their home country for up to 90 days in Zimbabwe as long as it’s written in English. Given the growing possibility of police trying to elicit bribes, however, it’s best to ensure you also have an international driving licence.

Fuel

The cost of petrol was US$1.60 a litre at the time of research.

Road Hazards

Many residents make a rule of not driving outside the major towns after dark. Police roadblocks are another inevitable part of driving in Zim, and you can expect to be waved down multiple times for long journeys. As long as you have all the correct papers and safety equipment, a smile and being courteous should see you waved through without any problems.