Zimbabwe's local currency used to be called Zimbabwean Dollars however due to hyperinflation in 2009, the Zimbabwean Dollar was ultimately abandoned. The US Dollar (USD) is now the official government currency. Other currencies used in Zimbabwe include the South African Rand (ZAR), Botswana Pula (BWP), Pound Sterling (GBP), Euro (EUR), Australian Dollar (AUD), Indian Rupee (INR), Japanese Yen (JPY) and Chinese Yuan (CN¥).
The US Dollar (USD) and South African Rand is widely accepted by many local businesses and Accommodation Lodges in Zimbabwe, so these would be the best currency to take on your holiday to Zimbabwe.
Travellers to Zimbabwe can quite easily convert the South African Rand, British Pound and Euro currencies at bureaux de change and banks in main towns & cities. Some hotels are authorised to offer currency conversion services but be sure to confirm this service with the hotel prior.
Major credit cards including Diners, American Express and foreign Visa cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets & tour operators, and can be used to draw money out of some ATMs in Zimbabwe's larger towns & cities. If you are travelling to a rural or remote location in Zimbabwe then keep in mind that some shops and fuel stations can only accept cash, and may not have any ATMS to draw money out of - therefore cash in hand is very important. Note: MasterCard is not widely accepted in Zimbabwe.
This may vary depending on the bank but operating hours are generally from:
08:00am → 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
08:00am → 1:00pm on Wednesdays
08:00am → 11:30am on Saturdays.
Most hotels, lodges and tour operators in Zimbabwe quote in US dollars but also keep an eye out for related services quoting in South African Rands because you might find yourself saving a lot of money paying in rands as opposed to the monetary exchange rate loss from ZAR-USD conversions.
When travelling to Zimbabwe via vehicle, make sure you carry a sufficient amount of cash in US Dollars or South African Rands for border fees because not all border posts accept credit cards nor have the facilities to do an electronic transaction as such. Most border posts accept currencies from the country you're entering from however kindly contact the border authorities directly to confirm.
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