How to get to Zimbabwe
Getting to Zimbabwe is really not a difficult task. Harare Airport receives international flights from all over the globe, and daily flights from Johannesburg. Some of the best airlines to check for flights are Emirates, British Airways, Kenya Airways and South African Airways.
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport in Bulawayo, the country’s second city, also services both local and international destinations, though less regularly. Most people fly to Johannesburg and from there connect to Harare, Victoria Falls or Bulawayo on the same day. Most tourists fly to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), located 18km/11mi south of the town of Victoria Falls, and continue from there by vehicle or charter planes.
From Harare, there is a good network of flights that service Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Southern Zimbabwe. Some of the lodges have their own landing strips and can facilitate charter flights, though it is best to double check this with a consultant. You can reach all these destinations by road, but this is no easy task as most of the game reserves are off the beaten track and only accessible by 4×4 vehicle.
It is possible to drive from South Africa into Zimbabwe, crossing the border at Beitbridge.Unless you are doing a multi-country self-drive we recommend a flight, as it is quicker and more convenient.
Victoria Falls is the country’s main attraction and easily reached with daily flights from Johannesburg. You can easily also access Victoria Falls via Kasane in Botswana or Livingstone in Zambia.
We can assist with planning your multi-country self-drive itinerary including recommending routes and border posts. Contact us for more details. Zimbabwe is easily accessed by road from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Malawi.
Standard trains link Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Harare, and various other centres. Not just a way to get around, they’re an adventure – and a travel bargain too. You can travel between Harare and Bulawayo and Bulawayo and Victoria Falls by train as well as from South Africa and Botswana to Zimbabwe.
For the ultimate in luxurious old worlde charm, the Rovos Rail travels from Johannesburg South Africa to Victoria Falls and back weekly.