Credit and debite cards are accepted in the hotels of Harare, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo but outside of these areas it is not likely. ATMs have a shortage of foreign currency. Use Ecocash https://www.ecocash.co.zw/about for mobile to mobile payments.
The United States dollar is the most used currency under the multi-currency system that was adopted in early 2009. There is now a severe lack of dollars at ATMs, making USD withdraws very difficult.
It is best to take physical money notes into Zimbabwe in your hand luggage and declare them on arrival at the border/airport. Bring numerous small bill notes, e.g. $1, $5 and $10 into the country as notes of small value are not very common and cannot be easily exchanged for large note sizes, e.g. $50 and $100. Do not bring in USD and Euro coins as these are not used. Use the international money exchanger Mukuru to import money at a low cost. Euros and Pounds are not used in most parts of the country.
Zimbabwe is a very safe place to travel in. Violent crimes are rare and cases of petty crime are not common. Keep your personal belongs near as there are pickpocketers.
Criticism of the Zimbabwe government and its president is a punishable crime and avoid using your camera outside of tourist areas, near government buildings and civil servants. Ask your guide for advice on this.
Homosexual acts or displays of affection are illegal. Avoid walking at night in the cities and towns.
Zimbabweans are famous for being friendly. Be polite and you will be shown kindness.
Charter a private plane from Harare or Victoria Falls to the hotel or ask for private transport/taxis to be arranged with the hotel/safari lodge. Private transports can come equipped with small satellites to provide fast internet whilst travelling.
The following EU countries have embassies in Zimbabwe that can be contacted for assistance: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy,Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Contact the hotel for assistance in finding a local lawyer.
Rivers and small lakes near villagers or towns of Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls can have bilharzia and eating unwashed foods does have the risk of being sick with Hepatitis A.
Have malaria and sleeping sickness medication as the low lying places of Victoria Falls, Savi Conservancy and Hwange National Park are high risk areas. Using insect repellent reduces the exposure to either illness. Take a high SPF sun cream to protect against the sun.
Arrange personal private medical insurance suitable for the tourist activity that will do done. Take prescription drugs or OTC requirements with you from your home country.
No vaccinations are legally required for travelling to Zimbabwe. If you have travelled to country that has yellow fever then you will need a yellow fever certificate. It is advisable to get yellow fever vaccinations.
In restaurants and hotels in Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo it is 10% of the final cost of the meal. In a camp a client can give all the tips to the camp operator who will divide the money equally. The professional guide is normally tipped separately. The amount of the tip is to be decided by the client and is not compulsory.