What is the local currency?
Currency can be confusing, but Zimbabwe mainly uses the Zimbabwean dollar ($) and the US dollar ($), whereas Botswana uses the Pula (P).
Should I change money before I go?
Yes. We recommend bringing US dollars with you, ideally in small note denominations and no older than from 2007. Zimbabwean dollars and Botswanan pula are less readily available, but you will be able to withdraw money in Zimbabwe.
There are forex offices in all the big towns and border towns in Botswana, and exchanging is quick and easy.
Will I be able to draw money out when I get there or should I exchange money? If so which currency is best to exchange from?
Physical currency often runs low in Zimbabwe, so let your Pack Leader know if you need to get more cash out. It’s sometimes possible to pay by card in restaurants and hotels in Victoria Falls town, but we suggest taking enough cash for your trip.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
This really depends on your own spending habits, but a budget of around $25 US dollars per day should be sufficient. If you’re planning on buying gifts and souvenirs, remember to budget more for these.
Is it customary to tip? If so, how much?
All tips are at your own discretion and not at all compulsory, however, a tip of around $3-5 per day for the Pack Leader would be very appreciated. As a general guideline, around $2-3 for drivers, $10 for safari guides, $4 for massage therapists would be about average, but again, this is up to you.
For restaurants and bars, it’s normal to tip around 10%, but this is at your own discretion.