Private motor-vehicles, caravans and trailers may be brought temporarily into Zimbabwe, provided they are licensed in their home countries and bear the appropriate registration plates and a nationality plaque. The international Certificate of Motor vehicles is recognized in Zimbabwe. A vehicle toll fee is levied on all vehicles that pass through the Beitbridge border-post.
Vehicles must be insured against third-party risks arising in Zimbabwe: short-term policies are obtainable at border-posts. Visitors driving hired cars from companies registered outside Zimbabwe should check that customs surety arrangements have been made.
DRIVING IN ZIMBABWE
International driving and driving licenses issued in all SADC countries are valid in Zimbabwe. Visitors from other countries not covered by this agreement are able to drive for a period of 90 days using driving licenses issued in their home countries. If not printed in English, it should have a certificate of authority and validity, or a translation of the text with the bearer’s photograph attached. Renewal after expiry of this period is obtained from the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Drive on the left in Zimbabwe and give way to traffic approaching on the road to your right at uncontrolled intersections. At controlled intersections, motorists are required to yield precedence to pedestrians crossing on a green light. At all intersections, a fire engine, ambulance or police vehicle sounding a siren takes precedence over all other traffic: move out of its course and remain stationary until it has passed. The general speed-limit in Zimbabwe is 120km/h on open roads and 60 km/h in urban areas, but watch for the signs.
TRANSPORT AND TOURS
Taxis – can be found at taxi ranks in the main centres or on call from hotels and restaurants.
Car Hire – cars with or without chauffeurs can be hired in most tourist areas from internationally recognizable operators.
Buses/Coaches – Zimbabwe has a variety of both mid-range and luxury intercity coach services.
Trains – A commuter rail link exist between Harare – Mutare, Harare – Bulawayo and Bulawayo – Victoria Falls.
Air Services – Air Zimbabwe, the national airline, operates frequent flights between the main centres and major tourist destinations. Other private scheduled and charter flights are also available on these routes. Feeder services are provided to regional capitals. International flights are also available.
Road tours – A selection of road tours are operated at reasonable cost to Zimbabwe’s main tourist attractions by registered tour operators. In addition, sight-seeing and game-viewing tours are offered with couriers who are fluent in the main European languages.
Boat Hire – At Kariba, Victoria Falls, Mutirikwi and all other water bodies in Zimbabwe, boats are available for hire from registered companies and lake cruises and charters are offered at reasonable cost.
Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism and Travel Fair Africa provides a rare platform for visitors to experience Zimbabwe and tell the country’s real story, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has said.
Addressing delegates at a cocktail hosted for the fair’s buyers and media by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in Harare last night, Prof Moyo said over the past 14 years, the Zimbabwean situation has been headlined abroad by stories that did not depict the correct situation on the ground.
“Sanganai/Hlanganani is a true platform to tell the Zimbabwean story. It is a meeting place. It gives the opportunity to interact. And from an African point of view, if you are able to meet, then you are able to understand each other, you are able to break down barriers and you are able to go out there and tell the story. Whether you are from our country or not, you become the best person to tell the true story about our country.
“I am therefore certain that between now and the next Hlanganani, you will go out and tell the true Zimbabwean story. Why, how Zimbabwe despite the headlines you hear out there, is different from what you hear out there once you are here.
“For us, this event is important for one particular reason, one equally important reason, it gives us, it gives our country an opportunity to tell the true Zimbabwean story. For us this event is about telling the Zimbabwean story. But of course, to tell that story you need to know what it is and what it is not,’’ he said.
Prof Moyo said while Sanganai/Hlanganani might make a good headline story in the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services sector, it is a very important story in terms of telling the real Zimbabwean story.
“Secondly although many here, from the media both local and international, may be tempted to see the Zimbabwean story from headline news point of view, from the point of view of the news of the day about those two witches flying from Gokwe to Harare overnight doing wonders, about sentiments from politicians, so and so on. It is not that story which interests us in the headline in the information, media and broadcasting sector.
“But, in our view, it tells the Zimbabwean story. To us the Zimbabwean story is not about headline news. It’s a not about the news of the day. It is not about events and incidents that we have in our country.
“The Zimbabwean story is about the embodiment of our heritage. It is the total expression of our heritage from a social, economic, cultural and natural point of view. It’s about what God gave us, the people which makes us a wonder of the world, which makes us unique, which makes us different, which makes you come here to interact with us those of you who come to our country.
“The Zimbabwean story is of our heritage and the expression of this heritage which I am sure you have been exposed to since coming to our country. You find it in our food and I am not talking about sweet potatoes or sadza nenyama, I am talking about our historical food.
“One of the most fascinating human endeavours is food in history. It is about our art, it is about our music, it is about nature, our wildlife. It is about our culture, our values our tradition. This is what the Zimbabwean story is about. This is what you find that is unique about Zimbabwe when you come to our country. That is why we occupy a special place in the world. I am happy as a media person that there is a difference between a headline story and a story of heritage, which is about Zimbabwe.
Prof Moyo said Zimbabwe had benefited from negative publicity to the extent that every person in the world now wishes to visit the county.
“We have benefited a lot from headlines, I don’t know if there is any rational living person, serious person in the world who does not know that there is Zimbabwe. The events that have happened in the past 14 years have made us famous and I think everyone. Every visitor around the world is keen to come to Zimbabwe. To come to Zimbabwe as a result of these headlines, we heard on radio, television and online platforms and so on.
“But when they come to Zimbabwe, they are still looking for that headline story, they are looking for our heritage, for an opportunity to experience that heritage. Now if the true Zimbabwean story is about our heritage.
“That question for us especially for you in the local and international media, how can that story be told? There is no better way of telling the story than tourism. Tourism is the only platform to tell the full and true story of our heritage.
“If you want to experience, feel and understand people as a country, then welcome to tourism. That is why tourism is a very important strategic sector. It is the only available sector for us to express our heritage, celebrate our heritage with our visitor.
“To have fun to enjoy ourselves, just like what we are doing.
“And it is for this reason that tourism has been earmarked not only as a strategic sector but a priority sector in our Government policy over the next five years and we are very pleased that this sector is in the hand s of these capable men and women under the leadership of Minister (Walter) Mzembi who is the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and organisation and parastatals under it, such as ZTA and ZCT,’’ he said.
The 6th edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Africa Fair is expected to generate in excess of US$300 million which will be accounted for in tourism receipts, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) says it will use the Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism and Travel Fair as a platform for the industry to market its products to the domestic market as the sector works hard to achieve growth and regain lost markets.
Zimbabwe set to host the first ever MICE Tourism Symposium during Sanganai/Hlanganani. As preparations for the country’s premier tourism and travel exposition, Sanganai/Hlanganani 2013 gather momentum, Zimbabwe is set to host a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) forum on Thursday 10 October 2013. Building on the recent successful co-hosting of the UNWTO General
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Sanganai/Hlanganani – World Travel and Tourism Africa Fair is an annual Tourism Trade Fair organized by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and this year it will be held at Harare international Conference Centre, Harare. It showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world. The Fair is the successor of Shanyai/Vakatshani, the Zimbabwe International Travel Expo (ZITE) that was held annually at the Harare International Conference Centre. ZITE started as a small expo in 1982 and grew over the years to become one of Africa’s leading tourism showcases by 2007. The past four editions of Sanganai/ Hlanganani were a resounding success and attracted the leading African destinations and major world tourism markets such as South Africa, Botswana, Malaysia, China, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Indonesia, Italy and many others. The editions have seen the whole world converging in Zimbabwe in the form of high calibre international buyers as well as exhibitors, hence achieving its main purpose of bringing the world to Africa, “Where the world meets Africa”. The 2013 edition will be held in the Capital city, Harare and is expected to ride on the successes gained by the previous editions and is therefore an opportunity not to be missed.
The Fair will target among other exhibitors the following:
• National Tourism Boards
• International Airlines
• Tourism destinations
• Leading Tour Wholesalers, Tour Operators and Travel Agents
• Leading Hotel Chains of the world
• Car Hire and Transport Operators
• Suppliers of goods and services to the tourism industry
• Government Ministries
One of the most anticipated musical shows of the year. the Tourism night is the climax of Sanganai, where local and international musical talent is showcased. Thousands of people attend the event each year and it is a sight not to be missed. The show is characterized by the Shona saying "Hakudanwi anonzwa" meaning don't be the one to hear about it be there. The Tourism night dates for 2013 are yet to be finalised.