Stay Safe in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe, in general, is a highly secure nation with much less crime risk than neighboring South Africa, and Zimbabweans are widely renowned for their unmatched hospitality. Travelers should take precautions to ensure their own security and safety. It’s really simply a question of common sense, which you should use regardless of where you are.
In April 2009, the United States, Japan, and Germany removed their travel advisories for Zimbabwe, indicating that the security risk for tourists is minimal. While many locals may be interested in you and your nation, keep in mind that most Zimbabweans are still extremely sensitive to outsiders’ views of their country and its leaders. As a result, it is usually a good idea to avoid political conversations or talks about political leaders’ views.
Stay Healthy in Zimbabwe
Do your homework on what’s available. Bring any necessary medicines with you. There are a lot of easily accessible private hospitals in large cities.
Zimbabwe has the world’s fourth highest HIV/AIDS infection rate, at approximately 20%, or one in every five people affected. Obviously, you should never have sex without protection. Before moving forward in a committed relationship, consider having an HIV test for both of you.
Malaria is common, therefore anti-malarials are recommended unless you plan to remain completely in Harare or Bulawayo. Drugs decrease the severity of the illness but do not prevent infection, therefore consider other measures such as:
- sleeping with a mosquito netting (lightweight travel nets are comparatively cool to use)
- applying insect repellant to the skin or burning mosquito coils
- wearing long-sleeved clothes and long pants, especially in the evening
Bilharzia may be found in certain lakes. Before going swimming, check with the locals.
Snake bites are frequent in the wilderness, and the majority of bites occur on the foot or lower leg. Wear appropriate boots and either long, loose pants or thick, concertinaed hiking socks while walking, especially in tall grass. In the morning, shake out your boots and shoes in case you have a visitor. These measures also lessen the possibility of scorpion sting. Stay calm if you are bitten or stung. Try to determine the precise cause, but go to medical help as soon as possible without exerting excessive effort. Many bites and stings are not deadly if left untreated, but it is safer to seek treatment, which is now extremely effective.