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Zimbabwe Currency

The information below is intended as a guide to help anyone visiting Zimbabwe understand how to navigate the complexities of Zimbabwe's money situation.

Last Updated: 17 April 2024

Zimbabwe Currency...its History in Brief 

The Zimbabwe Dollar, since its inception at independence in 1980, is in its 6th series. Each new series replacing the last as hyperinflation rendered the currency worthless. Each new series before the current one was redenominated by dropping zeros to make it manageable again. Prior to 1980, there was the Rhodesian Dollar, which was at parity with the pound sterling.

The Zimbabwe Dollar series timeline- 1980 to date

[Series 1 - 1980 to 1994] [Series 2 - 1994 to 2003] [Series 3 - August 1 2006 to July 31 2008] [Series 4 - August 1 to February 2 2009] [ Series 5 - November 2016 - April 2024] [ Series 6 - April 2024 to-date].

Series 4, which was introduced 1st August 2008, went in value from 1 dollar to 100 Trillion dollars in 6 months. The daily inflation rate in mid-November 2008 was 98%, with prices doubling every 24.7 hours.

In February 2009, the government stopped printing these worthless notes, the Zimbabwe currency was scrapped and the US Dollar was introduced as the primary currency in a bid to stabilise the economy. The old trillion dollar notes became worthless except as souvenirs (see below).

Zimbabwe Dollar 100 Trillion Note

Zimbabwe Dollar 100 Trillion Banknote of 2008
(photo: Victoria Falls Guide)

In November 2016, the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe started issuing Zimbabwe bond notes (ZWL) as a local currency. These remained in circulation until Apil 2024. However, by this time, they were so scarce, that the electronic equivalent was the preferred form of payment.

On April 5th, 2024, the ZiG currency was introduced, marking the removal of the ZWL and RTGS. ZiG stands for "Zimbabwe Gold", as the currency is gold-backed. It comes in denominations of between 1 and 200. At the time that it was introduced, it traded at 13.56 per U.S. dollar.

What is the money situation if you are visiting Zimbabwe today?

Please read the update below which will put you in the picture.

Zimbabwe Currency Update as of: 17 April 2024

What Currency does Zimbabwe Use Now?

The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe Gold dollar (ZiG) although it is not an internationally recognized currency. However, the economy of the country is pegged in US Dollars, so essentially the US Dollar is the dominant currency. If you are a visitor to Zimbabwe you want to think in US Dollars only.

What is the Exchange Rate between the Zimbabwe Gold Dollar (ZiG) and the US Dollar?


• The official exchange rate (Bank Rate) on the day of writing is ZiG 13.34 to US$1. As this can change quite quickly, I advise you to get the up-to-date exchange rate. You can do this by Contacting Us.

• There is also a black market or parallel rate, this is caused by high demand for the US Dollars, which is in low supply. The parallel rate on the day of writing is around ZiG 16 to US$1.

How Do I Pay for Things in Zimbabwe?

If you are an international visitor to Zimbabwe and only here for a short while, then you want to think in US Dollars or a foreign currency equivalent. You do not want to get involved with exchanging your forex into the local currency as you can easily get taken for a ride, it is too complicated.

• US Dollar cash is king and paying is easy. However, there is a shortage of small denomination notes so getting change can be difficult. There are no coins so everything is rounded up or down. Be sensible with the amount of cash you carry with you though, Zimbabwe like anywhere in the world has thieves.

• Credit and Debit cards - Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. American Express not so much.

Can I Withdraw Money From Banks or ATMS?

• Some banks' ATMs dispense US dollar cash notes (Standard bank, First Capital bank, CABS and Stanbic bank). The limit is determined by your home bank, up to a maximum of US$1000 per day. However, one should NOT be completely reliant on this as the situation in Zimbabwe can change overnight. Think of it as more of a back-up.

Is it Legal to Carry Foreign Cash on You?

It is completely legal to carry foreign cash that you have brought in with you. Just be mindful of the fact that carrying large sums of cash can be risky. Rather have enough cash for sundry expenses and reserves but any major expenses like accommodation should either be pre-paid or paid for with a credit card.

Can You Use Currencies Other Than the US Dollar in Zimbabwe?

In non-tourist centres such as Harare and Bulawayo, no, you can't pay for things in other currencies. But in Victoria Falls, the SA Rand, the Botswana Pula and the British Pound are accepted as payment in some places like hotels, restaurants and the rainforest. Banks will change your currency into US Dollars.

What To Be Careful Of!

• ATM's running out of cash - so bring US Dollars cash with you.

• Zimbabwe has good internet but for some reason the network when paying with a credit card often goes down. It's advisable to have some cash reserves for these instances.

• Buying pre 2008 Zimbabwe dollar notes from street vendors, who might well spin a story and inflate their value.

• Change not being available - make sure you also bring enough small denominations of US$ with you.

Where Can I Buy or Sell Zimbabwe Dollar Notes From the Pre 2008 Era?

In tourist centers like Victoria Falls, you will find street vendors selling these old notes as souvenirs. The largest note ever printed was 100 Trillion Dollars, this tends to hold the highest value and is quite rare to find these days.

*Please Note* - these Trillion Dollar notes from 2008 are not exchangeable at any bank around the world for real hard currency, they are souvenirs only and have a souvenir value, which you can look up on the internet.

We have clients who buy and sell these old Zimbabwe Dollars notes. If you would like to buy or sell some please contact us.


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N.B. If you have a Million, Billion, Trillion or 100 Trillion Zimbabwe dollar note from the 2008 era or earlier you cannot exchange it into a hard currency anywhere around the world. Their only value is as a souvenir. These trade on the internet at Ebay or Amazon.

Questions From Other Travellers

Please read through questions from other travellers below

Can I buy air tickets from ZWL currency ? 
Can I buy air tickets in airline offices in Zimbabwe using Zimbabian dollars ZWL from local cards or in cash ZWL ? What course will I receive? Black market …

Can I exchange a 20,000,000,000 in Zambia? 
Are Zimbabwean billion dollars still worth it in Zimbabwe? Can I use them? Or exchange them anywhere?

reserve Bank of Zimdabwe and the 50 trillion in the US now? 
Can I cash these one hundred trillion dollars reserved Bank of Zimbabwe and the fifty trillion dollar in the US now?

Has Zimbabwe ever issue any currency at any time as high as 100 Quintillion officialy?  
Has Zimbabwe ever issue any currency at any time as high as 100 Quintillion officialy?

Using SA rands 
Can I use rands via my SA credit card? We are only in Vic Falls for 3 days, to bring my husband's ashes home to rest. We will probably only spend on meals …

Am I likely to get change in ZWL  
If the cost of product is US$6 and I hand over US$10, am I likely to get US in change or the ZWL? I also have a QANTAS Money card in US. Is this likely …

Revolut Credit Cards 
Do they work while in the country ?

US $100 bills  
If change is not needed are US $100 bills widely accepted ?

Where to Zim Dollars in exchange in Canada 
How much is one million Zimbabwe worth in canada

USD series not accepted  
We are in Zim and certain places are not accepting certain date series of USD notes. Do you know why and from what date they won't accept please as were …

Where can I break large US$ bills to smaller bills? Which businesses accept South African Rand? 
I am coming to Zimbabwe from South Africa by bus. I only have 100 US$ denominations and 100 Rand denominations. Where are the best places in Zimbabwe to …

How do I know your not lying to pay a smaller amount  
Your the only site on the internet that claims the 100trillion isn't worth anything so my question is how do I know your not lying so you can pay a lesser …

Zimbabwe dollar Conversion value 
How much is 100 quintillion Zimbabwean Dollar worth in USD?

Withdrawal of USD cash at ATM 
Hi Planning to travel to Zim soon and wondering if using my Wise (former travelwise) card for purchases and getting cash from the ATM would be possible …

Zimbabwean money  
What year money is worth something I know 2008 isn’t worth anything

How do I know if my ZWL is pre or post 2008? 
How do I know if my ZWL is pre or post 2008?

How many US$ dollars is equal to one zimbabwe dollar 
How many US$ dollars is equal to one zimbabwe dollar?

Remaining foreign Zimbabwe currency  
Are there any banks that I can exchange my leftover Zimbabwe bank notes for US dollars in Washington state.? Seattle area.

Zambian Kwacha.  
Is the Zambia kwatcher accepted in kariba/ Zimbabwe.

Where can I buy ZWL currency  
Where can I purchase some ZWL notes? I currently reside in Arizona of the United States of America, And I'm thinking about taking a trip to Zimbabwe in …

Zimbabwe dollar worth in 2020 
I have acquired a Zimbabwe note in the amount of 10,000,000,000,000, how much does this translate into US dollars?

To Buy ZWL 
Dear Sir/ Madam My name is Malusi Mzelemu from south africa and I am 22 years old. I want to visit Zimbabwe and purchase goods in Zimbabwe and import …

Hwange National Park fees - pay with credit card or cash? 
We are entering Hwange in about 2 weeks time and would like to know if we can pay the park entry fees with a foreign credit card at either Robbins or Sinamatella? …

What money ? 
An Australian with tour Group April 2020. What money do I need for incidentals, souvenirs in Zimbabwe & Botswana? Will US dollars cover this?

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Tipping in Victoria Falls and Hwange 
Is it acceptable to tip in USD? In Vic falls and Hwange?

Money/ Helicopter flights 
To buy curios, from the market for example, what do you advise ! small denomination US dollars or Rands ?

Zimbabwean Dollar  
Good day I went on vacation to the Victoria falls and still have some Zimbabwe dollar's with me. I want to exchange it back to South African rand but …

Zambia kwacha to Zimbabwe Dollar 
I am visiting Victoria Falls from Livingstone. Can I exchange my Zambia kwacha for Zimbabwe Dollar in Livingstone? Thank you!

Extended stay in Victoria Falls 
I have been invited to stay with friends in Victoria Falls for an extended stay, maybe 6 months. How do I access money in my USA bank during that time. …

I have been collecting Zimbabwean currency since my visit there many years ago. I do not have the bond notes from 2016 nor the current 2019 issue. Is …

Hotel bills 
Is it in our best interests financially to pay hotel bills in rand or USD. Hotel accepts both

What denominations of US currency are best to bring 
You say to bring US$ cash. What denominations do you see most often and are likely to be most useful? Possibilities are $1, $5, $10, and $20.

Art Purchase 
We purchased $20K of Shona sculpture from a gallery in Victoria Falls. We want to pay with our credit card but the shop owner is saying that he won't get …

Internet bandwidth 
What about internet bandwidth are there any service providers that accept foreign credit/debit card?

Payment for Zimbabwe bus tickets including local buses 
Can I pay for bus tickets with US$ or debit/credit card? How about local buses will they except US$ for trips from Masvingo to Great Zimbabwe?

We have heard that a new local currency is now being used in Zimbabwe. Can we still pay for everything around Victoria Falls with USD, can we pay for our …

How much USD to bring 
Excluding the cost of Visas, hotel, and prearranged excursions, which we are paying for in advance, how much USD should a couple bring to Victoria Falls …

where do you go to get your forign credit/debit card? 
"When you use your foreign credit/debit card which you are allowed to do, your card will be debited with the foreign currency equivalent."

How much US currency am i allowed to bring in to Zimbabwe and leave. 
We are visiting various countries including Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, we will have approximately 6000US Dollars in cash on us, are we allowed to bring …

How can I buy my train ticket from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls  
I am arriving directly by train from Botswana to Zimbabwe. Can I buy my Zimbabwe Visa (Category B) in US $ cash at the border ? And how do I buy my train …

Paying for hotels in local currency. 
Hi, I am returning to Zimbabwe where I have a house and funds in CABS, I was hoping to book a hotel/accommodation in Vic Falls & Kariba but I wish to pay …

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*Please Note* The information below is now outdated and no longer applies it is kept here merely as a record. The information above this line is current.

5th February 2020

This page is as accurate as possible, given the difficult circumstances. We will update it as changes take place.

As of 24th June 2019 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe issued a new monetary policy, which has created some confusion. Although there are still some grey areas and there inevitably will be more changes (hopefully) as the policy is fully implemented, we have slightly better clarity now on how it works.

I have tried below to detail the major points and the ramifications this has on tourists coming to Zimbabwe, from my experience here on the ground. It's quite confusing, haphazard and fluid at the moment.

The Details

• The fundamental change is that Zimbabwe no longer supports a multi-currency system. This means that instead of Zimbabwe's dominant currency being the US$, as it was prior to the 24th, it is now the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWL). It does NOT mean that to possess other currencies is illegal.

• This is exactly the same as almost every other country in the world. The USA uses the US$, Britain uses the Pound, South Africa uses the ZAR etc.

• When you are in one of these countries, prices displayed are in their own currency and if you are buying something you go to a bank or bureau de change and exchange your home currency for the visiting country's currency and pay in cash. Or you use your credit/debit card and then your card provider automatically does the exchange for you at the prevailing exchange rate on the day. Your credit card statement will reflect the debit amount in your home currency.

• Now where Zimbabwe presently differs to the above, is that there are very few Zimbabwe Dollars in physical cash in circulation. So you cannot just go into a bank and exchange as much as you like of your home currency for Zimbabwe dollars. Another big difference is that the exchange rate is not stable and the ZWL is also not yet recognised, by the rest of the world as an official currency, which makes paying for anything with a foreign card unclear.

So what does all this mean to you on the ground and how do you cope.

• This information is directed towards tourists with foreign cards or cash currency. So it is accurate in centers like Victoria Falls where the town is totally geared for foreigners, with tourism being the main industry. Centers like Harare and Bulawayo, are more geared towards local industry so some of these rules won't apply.

• Shops are obliged to display prices in Zimbabwe Dollars (ZWL) countrywide.

• The approximate interbank exchange rate on the day of writing is US$1 to ZWL$17.44.

• Therefore you divide the displayed ZWL prices by the prevailing exchange rate to get the US$ equivalent.

• When you use your foreign credit/debit card which you are allowed to do, your card will be debited with the foreign currency equivalent. In some places you can still pay with US$ cash - I will cover these below.

• Please note that it is completely legal to carry foreign cash that you have brought in with you.

• Small amounts of Zimbabwe Dollars ZWL (Bond Notes) are available from a very few banks, definitely not all. Limited to US$50 equivalent per person per day.

• ZWL (bond notes) and foreign cash are exchanged on the streets. This is NOT advisable, as it is illegal and creates the problems that got the economy into this mess in the first place.

• ATMs and Banks do NOT have US$ or foreign cash. You MUST bring it with you. (an exception recently is Standard Bank, Their ATM seems to be dispensing USD cash at the moment).

Different rules apply to different sectors in the market.

    Entry Visa's and National Park entry fees are still priced in US$ and can only be paid for with foreign Credit/Debit card or US$ cash or equivalent in another foreign currency.

    Supermarkets, and all general trading stores. Priced in ZWL - can be paid for using foreign credit/debit card or ZWL cash or ZWL credit /debit card - NO foreign cash. At the checkout counter, state you are paying with a foreign card and they will tell you what the exchange rate of the day is and how much US$ you will be charged.

    Garages - Priced in ZWL - paid for using ZWL cash or ZWL credit /debit card - NO foreign cash. Theoretically no foreign cards either but I did find one garage that would accept foreign cards. As ZWL cash is not readily available and visitors don't have ZWL cards, I would advise speaking to the management and they should be able to "Make a Plan" (as we say in Zimbabwe) for you.

    Restaurants - In Victoria Falls (not other centres) Prices displayed in US$ and can be paid for using foreign cards and foreign cash. If you are an international tourist the restaurant won't let you pay in anything else except Foreign currency.

    Hotel accommodation and activities - These are still all currently priced in US$ and can be paid for using foreign cards or US$ cash.

    Taxis - Priced in US$ - paid for with US$ cash or ZWL cash equivalent.


A lot to take in - So in brief, as a tourist visiting Zimbabwe:

Bring with you some US$ cash for incidentals (small denominations are best). You will not get any from the ATMs or Banks (with the exception of Standard bank)

Bring with you a foreign credit/debit card (MasterCard and Visa are best, not American Express), with these you can pay for most things.

Book and pay for accommodation and activities in advance, to save any hassles on the ground.

If you do these, you will not have any problems.

End of Update

24 June 2019

As of 24th June the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has issued a new monetary policy. The full details and implications are not yet completely clear, so it is pointless yet for me to update this page. Suffice to say that the information below is outdated and no longer correct.

The immediate implications for a foreign tourist are nil. Nothing has changed. You can still book and pay for your holiday in US$. When you arrive in Zimbabwe you can still use the US$ cash that you have brought with you. You can still use your credit cards. Prices at restaurants are still currently in US$.

Changes as they happen will be reported here.

10 June 2019

The money situation in Zimbabwe has become very confusing, so I thought I would try and explain it as best I can, so foreign tourists visiting centres like Victoria Falls don’t get caught out. The situation is fluid so we will try to keep this page updated as and when changes happen.

Zimbabwe has two main currencies. The US$ and our local currency which is referred to as a RTGS$ which is Bond notes and coins or local currency transfers. Currently the official exchange rate between the two is 1:5.8 but in reality the rate is around US$1 to RTGS$8.50 or more and this is where the big problems and confusion lie.

Eating Out

If you are staying at a Hotel; food, drinks and shop purchases are most likely priced in US$ – no problem, that is quite clear and easy. But if you go out to a restaurant the prices could be in US$ or RTGS$. In Victoria Falls it will mostly be US$, in Harare it will mostly be in RTGS$ - so it’s important that you ask and are clear.

If the menu is priced in RTGS$ it will appear very expensive, but if you are paying with a foreign card or US$ cash you will get a discount. For example a Burger might be on the menu at $30 which is exorbitant but with a 50% discount for forex it is $15 which is a reasonable price.

Main thing is to be aware of these disparities and confirm with the restaurant.

General Shopping

If you are buying curios from shops or the market you need to ask whether it is a US$ or a Bond price. Because Victoria Falls is a tourist town most prices will be in US$, but in the capital Harare most shops still price in local RTGS$ at the inflated amount.

Some shops in Victoria Falls are hybrids where you have prices in both US$ and RTGS$. The US$ prices are for imported products and the RTGS$ for locally produced products. Again rather confusing unless you are aware of it, if in doubt ask.


Most tourists don’t need to go to the supermarket as they have everything they need at their hotel or restaurant but if you are self-catering, then you NEED to READ this. The prices in the large supermarkets are in RTGS$ Bond, so essentially three or more times higher than what they should be in US$.

If you are paying with a foreign card or even US$ cash, the amount does NOT change. There is no discount or two tier pricing system in this instance. For example, a standard bottle of wine on the supermarket shelf is priced at $96. This of course is a ludicrous price in US$ but its value is derived from the parallel market rate of 8 to 1, meaning the bottle really costs US$12.

But if you swipe your foreign card, US$96 is going to be debited from your account, making it a very expensive bottle of wine. The one solution to this currently, is for you to trade your foreign currency with a local Zimbabwean for Bond notes. At present you will get anywhere between 5.5 to 5.8 to 1, then take these notes into the supermarket and buy your goods.

Another solution is to find the smaller shops and liquor stores who price in and accept US$.

Buying Fuel

Petrol prices have increased for a second time this year from RTGS$3.41 to RTGS$5.8. The US$ price has gone up to US$1.48.

So if you are purchasing fuel with a foreign card or cash you MUST ensure that you are charged the US$ price of +/- US$1.48, otherwise you will pay US$5.8, which would make it the most expensive fuel in the world.

Fuel supply is still a bit erratic, so the above only applies when you can get it.


Victoria Falls Activities for internationals are all priced in US$ and have not changed much for several years now.

I hope that makes some sense in this bizarre situation we find ourselves in. It can’t stay like this forever and the sooner the currency situation is resolved the sooner our economy can get back on track, but at the moment it’s complicated.

End of Update

Zimbabwe Money Matters

As a nation Zimbabwe is one of the poorest countries in the world, the economy is in tatters and basically the country is bankrupt but in tourist centres like Victoria Falls, you are not like to be aware of this. It looks like boom town, which in effect it is as tourism is flourishing. However it is critical that you are aware of some important factors detailed below that will ensure that you don't have any problems when visiting.

The Zimbabwe Dollar

The US dollar is now the official currency of Zimbabwe. However there is also a local currency, known as a Bond Note or Zollar, in a local bank account it is called RTGS. Bond notes can be used for some purchases in Zimbabwe but are worthless outside the country. So if you are given a bond note as change make sure you spend it whilst in the country.

Credit Cards

Almost all hotels, shops, restaurants and activity operators now accepts credits cards; MasterCard and Visa only - NOT American Express. However as with everywhere occasionally a card machine won't work so it's always best to have a reserve of cash in these instances.

Best advice is to book and pay for as much as you can in advance so that you don’t have any problems whilst here.

Entry Visas at the ports of entry can be paid for by card but again occasionally the machine or your card won't go through so a reserve is advisable. The exact same applies to entrance fees for the Victoria Falls rainforest.

Cash and ATM machines

All banks have ATM machines however there is a CRITICAL shortage of hard cash within the country. You must bring enough cash with you, as there is none available in the ATM's.

You will need cash for National Park fees if you are doing any activities like helicopter flights, sunset cruises, rafting, game drives etc please check with your booking agent for details. Also for curio purchases, or any purchases of a small amount that don’t warrant a credit card fee transaction.

Plus you must have a cash reserve for when a credit card transaction fails as mentioned in the credit card section above.

Travellers Cheques

Are NOT accepted.

South African Rand, Sterling, Euro and Botswana Pula

You can pay for things in Sterling, Euro, Rand or Pula but some places when converting to US$ will give you shocking exchange rates.  So it is always best to have US$ cash.

Overall Advice:



* Carry mostly small denominations of currency. This makes paying for small purchases like curios easier, as change is not always available.


20th January 2009

Zimbabwe Currency In Brief

Zimbabwe’s economy as you probably already know is rated as the worst in the world, with inflation in the millions of percent. It is extremely difficult for anyone from a stable economy to actually comprehend the scale of this.

So before travelling it is absolutely vital that you have a clear understanding of how things work. My best rule of advice here is **Don't deal in Zimbabwe Money**, that way you avoid the risk of getting conned at the wrong exchange rate.

The rate of exchange changes vastly every day, often doubling in one day. It is impossible to keep up.

Almost everything is now priced in US Dollars, but make sure that you carry enough small denominations. Rand, Pula and Euros are readily accepted at the relevant exchange rate to the USD. There are no US cents so items are priced $1, $2, $3, $10 etc

**Don’t rely on Credit Cards** most places won’t accept them and you cannot access cash via ATM machines or the Banks. Zimbabwe Dollar Credit card transactions will be billed to you at the official rate which will end up making your holiday an extremely expensive one.

** TAKE CASH WITH YOU ** US$-Rand-Pula-Euros are readily accepted


Zimbabwe Currency in Detail.  - *Please Note* The information below is now outdated and no longer applies it is kept here merely as a record.

* Most organisations have now bought a US Dollar Licence from the Zimbabwe government. This allows them to legally trade in US Dollars (not sure that the US government is happy with this) but anyway this is why prices are now allowed to be displayed and charged in USD

* There are two exchange rates in Zimbabwe. The official and the black market rate. The differential between these is sometimes vast. The government controls the official rate. The black market rate is the rate used on the streets and is the more realistic value of the Zimbabwe currency.

* It is illegal to exchange money on the black market and if you get caught you could face criminal charges. We do not condone this exchanging of money but the official rate is so often out of touch that paying in this way would make things too expensive. That is why I suggest avoiding exchanging money and pay for everything in international currency.

* You will be approached many times over by local traders on the streets to exchange into Zimbabwe dollars. Be extremely cautious and only do very small amounts at a time, these guys are very streetwise and the chances are that unless you are completely savvy with the current rate you will get taken for a ride. They also have numerous tricks such as fake notes stuck in the middle of a bundle notes, or asking if they can recount the bundle, then they exchange it for another bundle. Be warned!!!

* If you are ever quoted a price in Zimbabwe currency make sure that they relate that back to you in a currency you can understand. Dealing in billions of dollars is too mind boggling for most people.

* MasterCard does not operate in Zimbabwe and Visa is set to withdraw. Some hotels do have this facility; however it is important to check with them first. As a foreigner you will be billed in international currency so using your card in this instance would be fine. Using a credit card for an item priced in Zimbabwe currency however will be converted back to hard currency at the official rate, which means that this will cost you a lot of money.

* Try a much as you can to pay for your accommodation and activities in advance through your booking agent. If you want to pay on arrival, a good idea is Traveller Cheques these will be accepted by all the major hotels. Drinks and meals at your hotel will be charged in international currency and will need to be settled on departure so again have cash or travellers cheques.

* Paying for everything in advance is not always possible, there might be some activities that you’re not sure whether you want to do at this stage. So make sure you take enough international cash with you. I have seen too many disappointed people who have come all this way and then can’t do what they want because they can’t pay for it. Remember no ATMs and no Banks just yet.

* Carry mostly small denominations of currency. This makes paying for restaurant bills and curios easier. If you only have large denominations your change will often be given to you in Zimbabwe dollars, you don’t want this. Carry larger denominations only for activities and accommodation that are not booked and paid for in advance.

These are only guide lines which we will endeavour to keep up to date as possible, but we cannot be held responsible for any changes. If you have any queries please send us a contact us form for the latest update on the Zimbabwe currency situation. Zimbabwe currency

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