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Zimbabwe Car Rental 

​Hiring a car and driving in Zimbabwe can be an option for travelers who want to explore the country. Driving in Zimbabwe can present challenges, but with proper awareness and precautions, many visitors successfully navigate the country by hire car. Here's some information to help you on your journey:
 

General Rules of the Road:

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers.
  • The speed limit in urban areas is usually around 60 km/h (37 mph), while on highways, it may range from 80 km/h (50 mph) to 120 km/h (75 mph).
  • Be cautious of wildlife on the roads, especially in rural and national park areas.

Traffic and Terrain:

  • Traffic in Zimbabwe can vary. In urban areas like Harare, traffic congestion can be common, especially during peak hours.
  • In rural areas and on highways, traffic is generally lighter.
  • The terrain in Zimbabwe is diverse, with flat plains, highlands, and rugged landscapes. Weather conditions can impact road conditions.

Best Type of Vehicle to Hire:

  • The type of vehicle you should hire depends on your travel plans. For general road travel and city exploration, a sedan or compact car is suitable.
  • If you plan to explore national parks, wildlife reserves, or remote areas, consider renting a 4x4 or an SUV, as some roads may be unpaved or in poor condition.
  • Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped for long journeys, as service stations may be limited in rural areas.

Distances from Airports to Main Cities:

Please note that distances can vary depending on your specific destination within Zimbabwe.

1. Safety Concerns:

  • Crime: While carjacking is not as prevalent in Zimbabwe as in some neighboring countries, it's still a possibility, especially in urban centers. Keep doors locked, windows up, and be especially vigilant when driving after dark.

  • Police Stops: It's not uncommon to encounter police roadblocks. Ensure all vehicle and personal documents are on hand and valid. Always remain calm and respectful. Some travelers report having to pay fines for reasons that might seem unclear; carry small denominations to facilitate this if needed.

2. Road Conditions:

  • General: Many major roads are tarred and in decent condition, but secondary roads (and some primary ones) can be in poor shape with potholes and ruts. Traveling after heavy rains can be challenging due to flooding and mud.

  • Animals: Livestock and wildlife crossing roads are common, especially in rural areas and near national parks.

3. Fuel:

  • Fuel Shortages: Zimbabwe has experienced periodic fuel shortages. It's crucial to fill up the tank when possible and carry extra fuel in jerry cans.

  • Payment: Credit card acceptance is not universal at fuel stations. Always carry enough cash, preferably in smaller denominations.

4. Mobile Connectivity:

  • While urban areas have relatively good mobile coverage, it can be patchy or non-existent in remote places. Consider getting a local SIM card for better rates and ensure you inform someone of your travel plans if heading off the main routes.

5. Maps and GPS:

  • While major routes are well-marked, signage can be lacking on secondary roads. A GPS device or smartphone map app can be beneficial.

Emergency Number: In case of emergencies, dial 999.

In summary, while there are challenges to driving in Zimbabwe, many visitors have fulfilling and incident-free experiences by taking necessary precautions and staying informed about local conditions. Always stay updated on the current situation, especially if political instability arises, as conditions can change.

Ensure you have all necessary documentation, including a valid driver's license and insurance, when renting a car. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with local road conditions and safety guidelines, especially if you plan to drive in rural or less-traveled areas.


Cheapest car hire in Zimbabwe

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 89.73 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 628.15 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.47 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 542.29 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.47 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 542.29 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.47 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 542.29 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i20

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 58.09 EUR/day
Hyundai i20

7 Days rental at 406.66 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i20

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 58.09 EUR/day
Hyundai i20

7 Days rental at 406.66 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i20

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 58.09 EUR/day
Hyundai i20

7 Days rental at 406.66 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 267.90 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 1875.35 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan NP300 Double Cab

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 313.31 EUR/day
Nissan NP300 Double Cab

7 Days rental at 2193.21 EUR from 21/11/2022

  0 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Zimbabwe

  • Understand Driving Requirements: Familiarize yourself with Zimbabwe's driving regulations, including licensing requirements, road rules, and any permits needed for specific areas or activities such as driving in national parks. Ensure you have a valid driver's license accepted in Zimbabwe.

  • Select the Appropriate Vehicle: Choose a vehicle suited to your travel plans and the terrain you'll encounter. Whether you're exploring urban areas, touring scenic routes, or embarking on safaris in national parks like Hwange or Mana Pools, Rhino Car Hire offers various options including sedans, SUVs, and 4x4s tailored to different needs.

  • Confirm Insurance Coverage: Verify that your rental agreement includes comprehensive insurance coverage such as liability, collision damage waiver (CDW), and theft protection. Understand any excess fees or deductibles and consider additional coverage if you plan to drive off-road or in remote areas where risks may be higher.

  • Review Rental Terms and Conditions: Thoroughly read and understand the terms and conditions outlined by Rhino Car Hire. Pay attention to details such as mileage limits, fuel policies, and any additional charges for extras like GPS navigation or additional drivers. Seek clarification on any unclear points before finalizing your booking.

  • Conduct a Pre-Rental Inspection: Before taking possession of the vehicle, inspect it carefully for any existing damage both inside and out. Document any scratches, dents, or mechanical issues in writing and take photographs as evidence. This will protect you from being held liable for damages not caused by you when returning the vehicle.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Zimbabwe

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Zimbabwe

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    60kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    120kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    ZWD  647.03/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    ZWD

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    16

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Zimbabwe

ItemPercent
January€ 80
February€ 73
March€ 92
April€ 94
May€ 73
June€ 72
July€ 72
August€ 74
September€ 111
October€ 126
November€ 131
December€ 83
ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 65
March€ 64
April€ 71
May€ 77
June€ 71
July€ 67
August€ 69
September€ 64
October€ 66
November€ 83
December€ 84
ItemPercent
January€ 97
February€ 95
March€ 130
April€ 138
May€ 94
June€ 81
July€ 102
August€ 105
September€ 126
October€ 132
November€ 148
December€ 78
ItemPercent
January€ 53
February€ 45
March€ 48
April€ 50
May€ 46
June€ 45
July€ 46
August€ 46
September€ 50
October€ 54
November€ 52
December€ 46
ItemPercent
January
February
March€ 154
April€ 155
May
June
July
August
September€ 154
October€ 168
November€ 191
December
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Zimbabwe

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 1.42

€ 1.38

Apr , 2023

€ 1.37

€ 1.33

May , 2023

€ 1.62

€ 1.61

Jun , 2023

€ 1.64

€ 1.64

Jul , 2023

€ 1.44

€ 1.43

Aug , 2023

€ 1.44

€ 1.43

Sep , 2023

€ 1.65

€ 1.54

Oct , 2023

€ 1.71

€ 1.58

Nov , 2023

€ 1.58

€ 1.42

Dec , 2023

€ 1.56

€ 1.44

Jan , 2024

€ 1.53

€ 1.42

Feb , 2024

€ 1.54

€ 1.46

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 1.54 1.46
Jan , 2024 1.53 1.42
Dec , 2023 1.56 1.44
Nov , 2023 1.58 1.42
Oct , 2023 1.71 1.58
Sep , 2023 1.65 1.54
Aug , 2023 1.44 1.43
Jul , 2023 1.44 1.43
Jun , 2023 1.64 1.64
May , 2023 1.62 1.61
Apr , 2023 1.37 1.33
Mar , 2023 1.42 1.38

Car rental price statistics in Zimbabwe

  • Average Price Icon
    € 406.63
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 90.92
    Highest daily price:
    Hyundai Accent
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    12
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    6
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai i20
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    4
    Location with most cars:
    Harare - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 58.1 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Bulawayo - Airport
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