Health & Safety
It is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.
Africa Tailormade camps in Zimbabwe are situated in malaria-risk areas; please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarials. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.
Passports & Visas
Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).
Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Those nationalities that require visas to enter Zimbabwe may have to apply for these in advance; however, some nationalities are able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. Costs also vary depending on the nationality of your passport so please contact your travel consultant for exact details relevant to you. Zimbabwe has recently launched an online facility that travellers may use to pre-apply for visas. For further information, refer to the website www.evisa.gov.zw. Alternatively, visit the following website for additional information: www.zimbabwe-embassy.us. Please note, Africa Tailormade is not responsible for the content of any external website.
NOTE for those travelling through South Africa or Botswana: All passengers under 18 years of age will need to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa and Botswana. A sworn translation (certified/authenticated) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English.
For single parents, or those travelling alone with their child/ren, the following must be provided:
– An affidavit (no more than 3 months old on the date of travel) in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, or
– A court order granting full responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or
– The death certificate of the absent parent.
Banks & Foreign Exchange
As the country has adopted a multi-currency system for payments, hard currencies such as US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euros and South African Rand are accepted widely and you are encouraged to carry small denominations for ease of trade. Though credit cards are generally not accepted as a form of payment, there are some hotels that will – Visa is most widely accepted, while MasterCard and American Express are less so. Please check with your travel consultant for specifics prior to travel.
Credit card facilities are not available at the Africa Tailormade Zimbabwe camps – payment can be made in cash only.