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Field with crops, Harare
 

Practical info Harare, Zimbabwe

Getting around the city

Fuel shortages in Zimbabwe have made travel difficult in the past but this seems to be on the mend and the most effective mode of transport in Harare is still hiring a car. There are rental car companies based throughout the city, and taxi cabs and minibus taxis are also widely available. The minibus taxis favoured by locals are cheap and go everywhere but they are not particularly safe. Road conditions in Zimbabwe have deteriorated dramatically in recent years but the main highways are still functional. Bus services are also available; however, these are more practical for inter-city transport than journeys within Harare itself. Parts of the city can be explored on foot, but walking after dark in the city is advised against.

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin rectangular blade plugs are common.

Currency

The de facto official currency is the US Dollar (USD). The Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD) was effectively abandoned as the official curency in early 2009 after runaway inflation. The South African Rand (ZAR) and British Pound (GBP) are also sometimes accepted. Major international credit cards are accepted in most of the larger hotels, restaurants and shops. Many smaller establishments still do not have credit card facilities. Diners Club and American Express are often not accepted. ATM facilities, dispensing USD, are available in the cities, although in smaller towns and rural areas you'll need to bring cash.

Communication

The international dialling code for Zimbabwe is +263. Local mobile phone operators provide GSM network coverage in most cities, towns and tourist areas throughout the country. Internet facilities are available in most towns and cities, but internet cafes are often crowded.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 995 (112 from a cell phone)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Harare International Airport

www.caaz.co.zw

Getting to the city

Taxis and coaches are available to the city centre.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Europcar, Hertz and Avis.

Airport taxi's

Taxis to central Harare are available.

Facilities

Facilities include a bank, bureau de change, smoking areas, medical services and a pharmacy, restaurants, bars, duty-free, various shops, and post office.

Parking

There is plentiful parking close to the terminal.

Internet

There is wifi available.