​Safety & Security – Zimbabwe

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Zimbabwe’s political situation has improved in recent years, and is in our opinion safe to visit. Especially if your visit is primarily an organized safari or tour. However, as the situation remains volatile, contact your tour operator or the travel advisories below for current information.

Below are tips on staying safe in Zimbabwe.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

Your safari guide will ensure your safety at all times. Always listen carefully to your guide’s instructions and follow the rules of the park. When on a self-drive safari, never drive too close to animals and only leave your car where it has been designated as safe to do so. For additional tips:

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

Most crime in Zimbabwe occurs in the cities. Petty theft and pickpocketing is quite common, but visitors on a guided tour are mostly sheltered from that. Walking around the city alone during daytime is fine but we recommend taking note of a few simple safety precautions: seek advice from your hotel on the safety of the area; don’t display any valuables and only take a little money with you. For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Zimbabwe and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Zimbabwe.

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