How to budget for your Africa Excursion
Budgeting is the first place where you will want to start when planning a trip. Here you can determine how, where, and with whom, you want to travel. We recommend to travel: budget, standard, or luxury. From there, choose how you want to do it: fly-in safari, with a private touring company, self-drive, motorbike, or an over-lander. With that all decided, what would you like to do activity wise? Finally, book and pay for as much as you can before you leave, and then—enjoy your trip.
How money works in Zimbabwe
The biggest question we are asked whilst traveling, is how does money work in Zimbabwe? Here is a summary of the most important details.
Always arrive with USD cash on you.
Make as many accommodation bookings online.
Never buy in the shops with USD or your credit card - exchange to the local currency first!
Check what the black market rate is, if not, you will be paying 60% or more than what you are supposed to be paying.
Whenever you can, pay with local currency. For tours, safaris, activities, etc., it is fine to use foreign currency as those prices are stable and are based on the USD.
Traveling to Zimbabwe in the last decade has become a tedious task mainly due to the currency issues. This has not changed today, in the next coming months there may be changes; however, we are just keeping our fingers crossed.
Money in Africa
Using money in Africa is similar to the points above. Always have USD cash when you arrive. Withdraw local currency from the ATMs to use in shops and restaurants. For accommodation and activities, book as much online as possible. If you have to pay with cash, ask what they would prefer: local or foreign currency. Most places in Africa are slowly switching to swipe machines for your credit or debit cards, but they are not always working. On the other hand, if you have a card without a pin you may get stuck, as some machines need a pin for the transaction.