Zimbabwe

Is Zimbabwe Safe? 

Zimbabwe was often considered a dangerous cesspool, unfit for man or beast to live, let alone visit! However, be assured that despite a fairly recent history of political turmoil and uprising, the situation has improved in the last few years and visitors are generally quite safe if they follow the usual guidelines for any developing country. Zimbabwe is a beautiful and deeply fascinating country with a rich and complicated history, and of course wonderful, resilient people. It’s well worth the visit, so keep calm, come over and see for yourself!

Khaya Volunteer Projects will help you to plan your journey in the best way possible to minimise your chances of becoming a victim of crime. We will make sure you get picked up and guided upon arrival, get a proper introduction and offer you all the advice you might need for traveling, accommodation and sightseeing.

Stick to these general rules and you should be fine.

  • Travel from A to B and plan it beforehand. Consult your maps etc. indoors before you set off.
  • Don't travel at night.
  • Travel in groups as much as possible.
  • Don't hitchhike.
  • Don't look like an obvious tourist, so no camera's or gold chains around your neck or large backpacks on your belly.
  • Behave confidently and know where you are going.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times – have that ‘radar’ on full!
  • Don’t get caught up in large crowds of people. Large groups can become volatile fairly quickly, so you should avoid them as much as possible.
  • Normal passers-by in the street or market will be naturally curious, friendly and tactile. It is best to be polite but firm and not loiter too long in any one place if you want to go unnoticed!

 What languages are spoken in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, but the most common are EnglishShona and Ndebele. All the languages are acceptable in educationgovernment, etc. but English is traditionally used for official business. It serves as a common language for most Zimbabweans, and from around fourth grade, schooling is conducted almost entirely in English. Volunteers should rest assured that they will be able to get their point across!

If I am in need of medical assistance, will it be available? 

Medical services in Zimbabwe, while not on a par with Europe or the UK, are comparable to those in South Africa on many levels. Khaya Volunteer Projects will ensure that volunteers are informed of their options, and will assist you to get the best care possible. Make sure that your insurance is up to date and that the company is aware of your travel plans. 

 What vaccinations will I need before coming to Zimbabwe?

Hepatitis A

Recommended for all travellers

Typhoid

Recommended for all travellers

Hepatitis B

Recommended for all travellers

Malaria

Recommended for all travellers

Rabies

For travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Two doses recommended for all travellers born after 1956, if not previously given

Tetanus-diphtheria

Revaccination recommended every 10 years

The costs of these vaccinations are, in many cases, covered by your medical insurance. Please check so you can claim back these expenses.

Please note that we are not medical professionals and the above info constitutes guidelines only. Consult your own physician before finalising your travel plans.

What is the Zimbabwe climate like? 

Zimbabwe has a tropical climate – warm and wet! Like any country with this type of climate, it may be worth investigating whether you want to make your travel plans after the rainy season – from about April onwards. Volunteers can afford to pack lightly, but bear in mind it can be chilly at night in the winter months.

Do I need a visa when I am volunteering?

If you are travelling from Europe, the US or the UK, you will be able to purchase a visa on entry at the airport or border post for 50 USD. It is advisable to have this on your person in cash when you enter in case you are unable to use the airport ATM for any reason. 

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Khaya will not be held responsible for volunteers being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visa. All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket as well. Please contact us if you have any questions!

 

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