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How to Get to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a major tourist destination with more than 2.5 million tourists arriving annually

International airports in both Harare and Victoria Falls facilitate this influx and as the economy and stability of Zimbabwe improves more and more international and regional airlines are choosing to fly in directly. The road network is good but some of the the border posts like Beitbridge and Chirundu are horrendous causing long delays. As and when new electronic systems are installed let's hope that things will improve.

Once you have managed to find out How to get to Zimbabwe then read our page on How to get around Zimbabwe which will help you with all the internal networks.

Flights to Zimbabwe

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and there are now many international and regional airlines that have scheduled flights directly into the capital and Victoria Falls. Please check this page for flights Zimbabwe flights.

Johannesburg in South Africa is the most common hub to connect from and there are direct daily flights from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls.

Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe

Harare International Airport - Zimbabwe

Trains to Zimbabwe

The train infrastructure is not good and is only for the seasoned or adventurous traveller, except for the luxurious Rovos Rail which travels from Pretoria to Victoria Falls (highly recommended if you can afford it).

Coaches to Zimbabwe

There are luxury coaches from Johannesburg that connect to both Bulawayo and Harare. Although these buses are reasonably good they are often crowded and they enter Zimbabwe through Beitbridge which is a notoriously bad border post and delays of 6 hours are common. This is a cheaper option than flying but takes a long time and is very testing on your nerves.

How to Get to Zimbabwe by Car

Self-drive is a good option and the internal roads in Zimbabwe are all good. From South Africa the obvious entry point is Beitbridge, which is a terrible border post and I recommend avoiding this by transiting through Botswana and entering through either the Plumtree, Pandamatenga or Kazungula border posts.

From Zambia there are 3 border posts, Livingstone, Kariba and Chirundu. From Mozambique in the east there is the Forbes border post in Mutare and Nyamapanda.

Please read these important guidelines for self drive - Zimbabwe vehicle regulations

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