Guide to Driving In Zimbabwe - Drive Safe in Zimbabwe

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Zimbabwe and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

urban
More info  

RURAL SPEED LIMIT

120 kph

rural
More info  

motorway speed limit

120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 80mg

drink and drive limit
More info  
urban
You drive in Zimbabwe on the Left side  
urban
The currency in Zimbabwe is ZWD
urban
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 16 years of age
urban
Current fuel price in Zimbabwe 0.51 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Zimbabwe

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Zimbabwe?

Driving in Zimbabwe
Pocket guide to driving in Zimbabwe
Profile:
Zimbabwe
Harare
ZWD
Driving in Zimbabwe
SPEED: (kph)
60
120
120
Speed limit in Zimbabwe
Holiday:
Rush hour in Zimbabwe
Cameras:
NO
YES
Speed cameras in Zimbabwe
FUEL:
2.50
2.37
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Zimbabwe
DRIVE:
LEFT
Drive LEFT in Zimbabwe
MIN AGE:
16
21
Min driving age in Zimbabwe
DRINK:
80mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Zimbabwe
EMERGENCY:
999
Emergency phone number in Zimbabwe
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Zimbabwe
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Zimbabwe
SEATBELTS:
Yes
No
Seat belt in Zimbabwe
Driving in Zimbabwe can be very rewarding but it can also be dangerous. Things have calmed down lately but it's still worth checking FCO advice for the latest information.
The most important sights are the Victoria Falls but the safari attractions of Zimbabwe's tourist industry have been decimated by poachers. Four wheel drive vehicles are essential out of the towns and make sure you carry plenty of fuel, water and a means of communication.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

Notes: for the police is the Harare Central Police Station at 777-777; for fire fighters 783-983; and for ambulance MARS at 771-221

Fuel Prices in Zimbabwe by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
It’s often safest to park in a commercial or hotel parking where it’s usually free. Roadside parking is plentiful and free but you risk theft from your vehicle or yourself when you park or leave. 
 
Paid parking
 
Always use attending parking where possible, it may cost a little more but in the long run it will be safer.
 
Enforcement
 
Very little enforcement of parking is carried out in Zimbabwe as most parking is free. The only time you’ll encounter a problem is if you cause an obstruction.
 
Disabled Parking
 
Zimbabwe has more than its fair share of disabled drivers but gives few, if any, concessions. As a disabled driver you can expect only localised help when you park but this is usually forthcoming.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

The emergency number in Zimbabwe is the UK standard 999 for all emergency services but you can also use 993 for the ambulance, 994 for the fire department and 995 for the police.

What to do in an emergency

If you have a mechanical problem with your hire car, contact the emergency number given to you by the local car hire agent. If driving your own car make sure you have an emergency number with you before you set off. 
 
If you are involved in an accident you needn’t call the police if there is only minor damage and no injuries. If you do need to call the police you should avoid moving the vehicles where possible and take a photograph of the scene. Collect witness details and make sure you get a copy of the police report for your insurers or the car hire company.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

English is the national language of Zimbabwe so you'll have no trouble being understood. 

Zimbabwe Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Zimbabwe by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.50 0.51
May, 2019 1.53 1.60
Apr, 2019 2.84 3.01
Mar, 2019 2.81 2.98
Feb, 2019 2.78 2.95
Jan, 2019 2.37 2.50

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Zimbabwe and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Chloe Demaret
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