Zimbabwe car hire

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Introduction

At the heart of southern Africa, Zimbabwe is, as you might expect, a good place to explore all that’s great about nature. Towards the west of the country where the border with Zambia is, you can see Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. While it’s possible to go on safari here, what else is there to see and do?
The Eastern Highlands region is a great place to be rewarded with spectacular views. This mountainous part of Zimbabwe looks over the rest of the country facing westwards, and to the east, Mozambique is visible. Lake Kariba in the north is another natural beauty spot where you’re sure to see some of the local wildlife.

Driving in Zimbabwe
  • Road Driving Side
    L
  • Urban Speed Limit
    31mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    49mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    74mph

Driving culture in Zimbabwe

What are the roads like in Zimbabwe?
Between Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Mutare, the roads are in good condition. However, as a consequence of recent economic and political developments, some of the minor routes are in poor shape. Sticking to the highways and avoiding dirt roads in the more remote regions is a good idea.
What are Zimbabwean drivers like?
In general, drivers in Zimbabwe can be considerate. Given the cost of motoring there, there aren’t too many car owners in the country, but it’s important to be considerate yourself when on the road. This will reduce the risk of getting caught up in any unfortunate incidents.
What are the best times to drive?
Driving at night is not the best thing to do. Due to a combination of sparse street lighting and the condition of many roads, driving when it’s dark can be filled with potential hazards. In the daytime, it’s worth avoiding evenings and early mornings in Harare and Bulawayo. Mid-morning to early evenings should be fine for driving.
What are the driving laws?
In Zimbabwe, it’s essential for your car to have a red hazard triangle, fire extinguisher, headlamp reflectors and a spare tyre. Everyone in the car must wear a seatbelt at all times, while drivers should have their driving licence and insurance documents with them. Registration documents are necessary too.

Important things to note

In Zimbabwe, road blocks manned by police are a common sight. Mainly, they’re erected to make sure you’re driving legally.
If you come across a toll on a major road, you’re expect to pay a fee between $1 and $5 for the privilege.
Fuel in Zimbabwe is more expensive than in neighbouring countries. Fuel shortages also happen on occasion.

Attractions to drive to

Most popular destinations in Zimbabwe

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