Roadblocks are common throughout Zimbabwe, and can appear with little warning. So as a tip keep your identification documents, including car registration and ownership papers, nearby. They must be shown when requested by police.
Roadblocks have also been used to prevent access to ZANU-PF "no go" areas by the opposition. If you are stopped at a roadblock and told not to go further, you are strongly advised to turn back.
The golden rule of African travel: don't ignore good advice.
Drivers are often subjected to bribery demands. This is a common situation, so don't be surprised and don't be aggressive.
African public transport is always an experience, so get prepared for a wild ride.
Zimbabwe has struggled to improve its public transport, which can be unreliable and dangerous, and should be avoided.
Inter-city commuter bus travel, except by luxury coaches, is over-crowded with poorly maintained vehicles and the drivers are often fatigued, don't stick to speed limits, and have little regard for traffic rules or regulations.
Shortage of basic commodities can occur from time to time throughout Zimbabwe.
Fuel shortages, sometimes severe, are common. Power outages and water cuts, sometimes lasting for weeks, are common everywhere, including the cities.
Zimbabwe can also apply vehicle charges (payable in foreign currency) for short-term foreign motorists. These charges include a new carbon tax, road tolls and increased border tolls.
The streets around State House, the official residence of the President, and the Botanical Gardens are particularly sensitive. Stay alert for police vehicles and police motorcycles flashing lights and sirens, and move quickly off the road if overtaken by a motorcade.
When travelling around Zimbabwe, take a pair of latex gloves.
Make that several pairs actually.
These are in case you are involved in, or stop to help, a road accident involving serious injuries or bleeding, as Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in southern Africa.
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