Zimbabwe Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Zimbabwe?

How much money will you need for your trip to Zimbabwe? You should plan to spend around Z$38,630 ($0.00) per day on your vacation in Zimbabwe, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, Z$9,600 ($0.00) on meals for one day and Z$7,874 ($0.00) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Zimbabwe for a couple is Z$42,858 ($0.00). So, a trip to Zimbabwe for two people for one week costs on average Z$540,814 ($0.00). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Zimbabwe for one week usually costs around Z$270,407 for one person. So, a trip to Zimbabwe for two people costs around Z$540,814 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs Z$1,081,628 in Zimbabwe. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Zimbabwe can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Zimbabwe? How much money do I need for Zimbabwe?

How much does a trip to Zimbabwe cost? Is Zimbabwe expensive? The average Zimbabwe trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Zimbabwe prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Zimbabwe
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Zimbabwe is Z$21,429. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Zimbabwe is Z$42,858.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Zimbabwe

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Transportation Budget in Zimbabwe
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Zimbabwe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent Z$7,874 per person, per day, on local transportation in Zimbabwe.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Intercity Transportation Budget in Zimbabwe
Average Daily Costs

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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Zimbabwe costs an average of Z$18,629. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Zimbabwe
How much does it cost to go to Zimbabwe? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Zimbabwe
The price of renting a car in Zimbabwe will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Zimbabwe
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Zimbabwe can vary, the average cost of food in Zimbabwe is Z$9,600 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Zimbabwe should cost around Z$3,840 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Zimbabwe is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Zimbabwe
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Zimbabwe typically cost an average of Z$7,200 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Zimbabwe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about Z$4,857 on alcoholic beverages in Zimbabwe per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2021
Zimbabwe On a Budget
Zimbabwe Acacia Tree, Zimbabwe
A landlocked country in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is best known for its diverse wildlife, striking landscape, and safari opportunities. The country is also known for Victoria Falls which is situated on its northern border - one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and the main way of entrance for visitors flying in internationally. It is also home to many preserved buildings, as there is a strong appreciation for the city's cultural and historical heritage. The National Gallery houses some of the more impressive cultural artifacts, while the National Botanic Gardens and The Mukuvisi Woodlands preserve the native flora and fauna of the city. Flea markets are a great way to purchase some local crafts and goods, most places accepting US dollars. Anything made locally is typically inexpensive. The city is abundant in food and dining as well, from local eats to internationally inspired cuisine (western included). Kariba is a city that sits on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Bulawayo is known for its business and industry, and Masvingo boasts the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. The Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe are more mountainous, while Southeastern Zimbabwe is home to the most wildlife and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Victoria Falls, by far, is probably the best known attraction of the area. One of the largest waterfalls in the world, it is twice as high as and several times longer than Niagara Falls. Different views can be seen from the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the falls. To cross the border from the Zimbabwean side to the Zambian side you will need to pay at least $20 USD for a single day Zambian visa, and at least an extra $15 USD for a multiple entry Zimbabwean visa. From either side the views are impressive, continuously running in a white mist of unbroken rainbows.

Another sight unique to Zimbabwe is the site of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, located in the vicinity of Masvingo. It is what remains of the Kingdom of Great Zimbabwe, one of greatest African civilizations after the Pharaohs. The ruins are a must-see for archaeology and history buffs.

Beyond the falls and ruins, national parks house some of the most stunning sights in the country. Hwange National Park boasts more than 100 different animal species and over 400 species of birds, Matobo Hills National Park is a UNESCO Heritage Site with its distinctive landscape and wildlife, Mana Pools National Park is another UNESCO site in a remote location popular for safari tours, and Nyanga National Park encompasses rolling green hills and rivers that attract many vacationers.

With so many national parks and remote natural areas, Zimbabwe is one of the number one destinations for safaris. Mana Pools National Park is a vast conservation area in northern Zimbabwe that has much opportunity for seeing stunning landscape and diverse wildlife including elephants, hippos, lions, antelopes, and other animals, plus over 350 bird species. Tours can be arranged ahead of time through operators like Safari Bookings. Antelope Park, located near Gweru, is another popular destination for game activities like horseback riding and swimming with elephants.

The Harare International Festival of Arts is a popular event, held annually at the end of April in Harare. Festivities include music, theatre, and other shows sponsored by foreign embassies, featuring top international and local artists. There is also a great art craft market during the festival.

Popular Foods
Local cuisine in Zimbabwe consists of sadza (corn paste) and tsunga (a kind of stew). The stew part is served over a thick ground corn paste, resembling a mix of polenta and mashed potatoes. The dish is inexpensive and very filling, a staple amongst locals for nearly every meal. The common way of eating is to take a portion of the sadza in one hand and knead it into a ball. Then make an indentation with your thumb to scoop a portion of the stew in its center, and pop it into your mouth whole. Be aware that tap water in Zimbabwe is generally not drinkable unless boiled first. Bottled water is mostly available in the city areas, so be sure to stock up before a venture into the wilderness. More dining options are generally available in the city areas. Harare, being the capital and largest city, has westernized restaurants that serve European and American style food, though native dishes are also abundant.


By plane, Harare International Airport has a number of international flights, mainly to other African countries. When coming from Europe you can fly directly with Air Zimbabwe from London. You can also fly with South African Airways or Airlink via Johannesburg in South Africa.

Regular deluxe buses operated by Greyhound travel from Johannesburg to Harare. There are also a few that travel from Johannesburg to Bulawayo.

Be sure to research the visa policy thoroughly before your trip.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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