Licensed motor vehicles may be brought temporarily into Zimbabwe; they must bear appropriate registration plate and nationality plaque. Vehicles must have Third Party risks insurance arising in Zimbabwe; short-term policies may be obtained at the border posts.
Foreign visitors are permitted to drive with their domestic driving permits and International driver licenses (permits) for up to 90 days.
Driver permits issued by Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland are valid in Zimbabwe.
Car hire is available but expensive. To rent a car, a driver must be at least 22 years old and have held your license for one year.
Driving in Zimbabwe is extremely hazardous, especially at night since pedestrians in dark clothing and animals are often walking along and on the roads.

Main road traffic rules:

  • Traffic drives on the left side of the road.
  • At uncontrolled intersections, it is a rule to give way to traffic approaching on the road to car’s right.
  • It is required to have warning triangles, a fire extinguisher, serviceable spare wheel, efficient jack and wheel spanner.
  • Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians crossing on a green light.
  • A fire engine, ambulance or police vehicle sounding a siren takes precedence over all other traffic.
  • Speed limit is 120 km/h on open roads; 60km/h in urban areas.
  • Drivers are required to wear seat belts.
  • It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving.
  • Drivers who are towing a caravan or trailer are required to display a set of T-signs. The white T-sign must be placed on the extreme right of the caravan or trailer whilst. The red T-sign must be placed on the extreme right rear of the same caravan or trailer.
  • Legal blood-alcohol level is 0.08%.
  • The minimum driving age is 16 years.

Zimbabwe Road Traffic Signs

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