Hostels in Zimbabwe Hostels in Zimbabwe

You are looking for hostels in Zimbabwe? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Zimbabwe hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Zimbabwe.

All Cities in Zimbabwe

We list every single hostel in Zimbabwe and the world. In total, we have 8 cities in Zimbabwe for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Zimbabwe hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Zimbabwe. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Zimbabwe

Located between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers is the sovereign state of Zimbabwe. It is surrounded by land and lies in Southern Africa. The capital of the country is Harare, which is also the largest city. Zimbabwe has a population of about 13 million and as many as 16 official languages. While there are many local variations in the climate of Zimbabwe, it is mainly tropical in nature. Zimbabwe is full of thrilling activities for those who enjoy them and is a great destination for nature lovers, too. The huge national parks and awe-inspiring bodies of water provide many opportunities for adventures. You can enjoy indulging in fun activities like canoeing safaris, bungee jumping, fresh water fishing, trekking, African safaris, and hiking.

Start out your visit with the Victoria Falls, which is a waterfall that serves as a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The height of the Victoria Falls is around 108 meters, which is almost twice the height of the Niagara Falls. It is one of the most spectacular sights that you can ever witness. Take a romantic walk along the Victoria Falls Bridge, which is also a great spot for bungee jumping. Visit Epworth for the famous balancing rocks, which are a mere 20-minute drive from Harare. These rocks are the second most popular tourist destination spot.

Bulawayo is one of the main commercial and tourist centers of Zimbabwe and also houses the world famous Natural History Museum. There are colonial era houses, tree-lined avenues, great shopping opportunities, and the exciting cuisines that will make your mouth water. Important places such as the Khami Ruins and the Rhodes Matopos National Park are near to this place. The largest national park in the country is the Hwange National Park, which houses more than 4,000 elephants. Take advantage of a safari to admire more than 100 other species of mammals such as the leopards, rhinos and lions. You can also choose between day or night drives, and if you are feeling a little adventurous, try out one of the walking safaris. The best time to visit this place is during the months of August and September. To experience the African wildlife, cruise along the Zambezi River. You will find lions, giraffes, elephants, and antelopes here. Also, sign up for the guided tours, fishing expeditions, and game drives in this place.

One of the most beautiful sights of Zimbabwe is the Malindidzimu Hill, which offers you a refreshing 360-degree view of the peaceful surroundings that will put your mind at ease. You may also wish to see the Great Zimbabwe National Monument and the Chinhoyi Caves. Take a river rafting trip along the Zambezi river, shop at the Elephants Walk and the artist village, and also spend some time in the capital city of Harare, which is a very clean and sophisticated modern city with beautiful parks and contemporary architecture. Particularly the nightlife here is to be enjoyed!

There is a great selection of hostels in Zimbabwe, and you can easily find one in the major cities like Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, and near the Victoria falls. The hostels in Zimbabwe are a great place to stay and are located near most interesting tourist places. Do book your hostel accommodations in advance to get the best deals.

expert for Zimbabwe hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Zimbabwe hostels Joy Barboza

Travel Tips for Zimbabwe - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Zimbabwe. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Zimbabwe. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Zimbabwe

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Zimbabwe?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Zimbabwe here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Zimbabwe safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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