Cheap Flights to Zimbabwe
Yearning for cheap flights to Zimbabwe, home to the wondrous Victoria Falls and a key attraction for tourists visiting Africa? Whether you are planning a getaway or simply going home to visit family, look no farther, TravelHouseuk is the African Travel Specialist with competitive deals on offer to help you fly to Zimbabwe on a budget. Browse through our exclusive fares and vast database of airline itineraries possible for Zimbabwe flights. Book cheap bargain deals and discounted offers for flights leaving the UK from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, New castle. You have the freedom to fly from any major airport in UK according to your convenience.
Since the collapse of AirZim, no airline operates direct Zimbabwe flights, instead, there have been multiple additions to the number of indirect flights to Zimbabwe with airlines who have added Zimbabwe to their network of flights including leading airlines such as Emirates, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways etc.
There are plenty of options whether you wish to go to Harare, Bulawayo or Victoria falls with 18 airlines operating flights from Harare and 329 international flights departing weekly and with 7 international flights departing weekly from Bulawayo. Victoria Falls Airport has 3 airlines operating non-stop flights to 3 cities and 28 weekly international flights. Give us a buzz to speak with one of our expert travel advisors and customize your itinerary for your next travel plan.
Want to learn more about Zimbabwe? Our travel guide to Zimbabwe keeps you informed.
When to travel and when not to travel to Zimbabwe
For viewing maximum wildlife for a safari, the season lasts from May to November. The rainy season, which lasts from November to February, has its own advantages, as it is popular for witnessing bird migrations from Guinea, as well as water-sports along the Zambezi River. Visitors of the Victoria Falls should aim to visit in May right after the rain season ends, when the flowing waters are at their peak. September and October are the peak months, with hot and dry days and cold nights causing mosquitos to lessen from the extreme weather. However, it also causes wildlife to crowd on all watering holes, and Rangers even hold safari festivals for tracking wildlife in this season.
What are the destinations being served in Zimbabwe?
Harare International Airport is the main commercial aviation platform serving the country, with flights across the region like Europe, Middle East as well as within Africa landing at its airport. It attends to about 400 flights a week, mostly international. Next flight options are Bulawayo and Victoria Falls Airport, which are minor international airports mostly handing flights arriving from within Africa. Kariba airport completely operates on a domestic scale.
How to manage getting around in Zimbabwe?
A single major train route operates for connecting major cities of the country with routes beyond Zimbabwe’s borders, so train travel is a rare option. Taxi minibuses are the main means of commuting within a destination, as well as nearby destinations. Whether the roads are bad or good, all road connections are serviced generally by buses. Whether you land in Harare, Bulawayo or Victoria Falls, there is hardly any public transport which takes you to these city centres from the Airport. The best and only option you are left with is to contact an authentic rental car company beforehand.
How many Airlines operate daily Zimbabwe flights?
Four major airlines, namely Kenya Airways, Ethiopian airlines, Emirates airlines and SA Airways, operate flights to Zimbabwe from UK on a daily basis. SA Airways and Emirates also provide connections through their Jo’burg route that connects with several daily flights between Jo’burg, Harare and Bulawayo.
What is the average flight time to reach Zimbabwe from UK?
Average flight time from UK to reach Zimbabwe is 11.5 hours for Harare. For Bulawayo, it takes a further 45 minutes from Harare, and a total 12 hours and 50 minutes if you fly via Jo’burg.
Is there any direct flight to Zimbabwe from UK?
Previously, BA and Air Zimbabwe used to operate direct flights from UK to Zimbabwe, BA had to cancel the route and later on Air Zimbabwe went down due to bankruptcy and airline failure. So, for now, there is no direct flight to Zimbabwe from UK.
Are there any peak summer and Christmas flight deals to Zimbabwe?
Yes, TravelHouseUK offers you competitive summer flight deals to Zimbabwe and Christmas flights for Zimbabwe from all major UK airports.
Does TravelhouseUK offer Last Minute Zimbabwe Flights?
As the phrase suggests, Last minute Zimbabwe flights are for such travellers who decide to travel in the nick of time, sometimes deliberately and at times due to an emergency situation. It can be a gamble, in terms of price of tickets, if you wait till the last few days before your preferred travel date. We can certainly produce a seat for you by keeping an eye on last minute flight cancellations or through our specially obtained quota from airlines; however, we recommend (if you are a regular traveller during peak seasons like Easter, summer vacations or Christmas) that you book your flights early instead of waiting.
Which are the most preferred airlines by the Zimbabwean community for travel between UK and Zimbabwe?
The Zimbabwean community mostly prefers Emirates, South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines for travelling between UK and Zimbabwe. There are different reasons for choosing each of these airlines. Emirates, being a 5-star airline, provides the top in-flight entertainment system among all commercial air operators. It operates the first leg of its flights from UK to Dubai with its flagship A380 airliners, while Dubai International Airport is suitable for a stopover to shop from its Duty Free Shopping complex. However, Emirates lags behind others with taking the longest overall flight duration, stretching to approximately 19 hours for reaching Harare from London. When it comes to the shortest flight duration, South African Airways is the most preferred airline, as South Africa is geographically the closest to Zimbabwe, sharing its northern borders with the country. It also has the shortest stopovers, as Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport is a regional hub across Africa. An added plus is that passengers get to avail a stay at Johannesburg, giving them the chance to meet and greet any relatives they have in the country. Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways are recommended for relatively cheaper airfares compared to all the other airlines.
What’s the best time to visit Zimbabwe?
The best time to visit Zimbabwe is during May when the weather is relatively dry, and the prices are not high considering it’s a low season. But if you like to travel in pleasant wintry cold weather, you should travel in October, when rainy season has settled—leaving balmy weather to enjoy and that too with low cost Zimbabwe flights.
What are the visa requirements for UK and non-EU nationals?
For the UK, USA, Australian, Canadian and EU Nationals, the common facility of “visa on arrival” is also available in Zimbabwe against a very reasonable amount of fee. For all other nationalities, visas prior to departure are required by visitors for traveling to Zimbabwe.
What are the hotel and accommodation options in Zimbabwe?
Towards the urban hubs you will be surprised to know that local hotels have boomed to match their standards with international hotel chains, providing multiple luxury facilities and amenities ranging from pools, fountains and spas to bars and cafes. As for the suburbs and safaris, there are clubs, game reserves and parks responsible for providing official accommodation. Resorts, chalets and tent houses are some of the convenient options modernized with standard facilities of electricity, and being attended by dedicated staff for food as well as services. Some of these accommodation services are affiliated with other services related to safari, such as tour and camping organizations.
What’s the general idea of pricing in Zimbabwe?
- Average meal at an international fast food chain: £5.2
- A large bottle of water: £1.7
- An imported pack of cigarettes: £1.3
- An average taxi trip within a city: £8.5
- Bus ticket for main route: £0.65
- An average night-stay at a local brand hotel: £58
- An average night stay at an international hotel: £94
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FAQs about Zimbabwe
Which airline should I select that takes the minimum time to fly to Zimbabwe?
Although there are many airlines offering flights to Harare but if you want to reach Harare with the least flight time then Ethiopian Airlines is the best option for you. The time it takes for the flight to reach Harare is almost 11.35 hours and the flight route is London Heathrow to Harare via Addis Ababa.
Which airline is currently offering direct flights to Zimbabwe from the UK?
Earlier Air Zimbabwe used to provide non-stop flights to Harare from London Gatwick, but currently there aren't any direct flights available as Air Zim is non-operational. However you can avail indirect flights with Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa, South African Airways via Johannesburg, British Airways via Johannesburg, KLM via Amsterdam and many other European airlines are providing cheap airfare deals for Zimbabwe.