Great Zimbabwe Guide is an independent travel blog telling you everything you need to know about Zimbabwe travel. Check out our FAQs, city guides, travel tips, itineraries, advice on where to stay as well as things to do. Plus, read our first-hand travel experiences to get inspiration for your next visit.
“I grew up in Zimbabwe, which is home to the ‘Big Five’ and one of the largest elephant populations on the planet. During my childhood, I went on many trips to national parks where I saw elephants, giraffe, crocodiles, zebras and more. In the local animal orphanages, I had bottle-fed a baby rhino and played […]
Background: In early May 2016 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) announced that it would introduce “bond notes” to circulate alongside the existing currencies in Zimbabwe. Now, the US Dollar has been the primary currency in Zimbabwe since 2009 when the Zimbabwe Dollar crashed. As you can imagine, when the RBZ Governor made the announcement about bond […]
This post is sponsored by Mbizi Game Park. You wouldn’t expect to find a peaceful, natural spot close to Harare Airport – and yet there is such a place. Mbizi Game Park is a small private reserve located within a 10-minute drive from the international terminal, and it’s a relaxing place for a day trip or overnight accommodation. There […]
Hi everyone! So I’m going to Zimbabwe very soon (hooray) and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see what’s changed there, so that I can let you know accordingly! I’ll be on the lookout for practical tips and information to help you plan your visit to Zimbabwe. If there’s anything in particular that you’d […]
Zimbabwe National Anthem Independence Day … A day when the national anthem is on repeat in my head. Some of the anthem’s lyrics are yet to be realized in present-day Zimbabwe; some of the words will ring true throughout the generations. One thing is on the minds of many Zimbabweans today: 36 years after Independence Zimbabwe […]
Photo safari gear: What’s in my camera bag? I’m still a relative newbie when it comes to photography – I got my first DSLR in 2012. I’ve done a few courses and I enjoy planning shots as well as doing the post-processing. This blog probably gives a good visual indication of the evolution of my photography! […]
Do I need a Zimbabwe visa? (Last updated April 2016) For most visitors, the good news is that the visa process is fairly simple and doesn’t require much planning. There are three categories of nationalities, each of which have different visa requirements. You can check what category you fall into by checking the official Zimbabwe visa website: www.evisa.gov.zw. […]
I was going through my old photos and found some from 2008. Life in Zimbabwe was very different during that time: fuel was in extremely short supply and people used to queue outside fuel stations for days, not knowing when the next delivery was coming. The Zimbabwean Dollar spiralled out of control, and the government kept on printing […]
It’s no secret that I think the most authentic safari is one where you can watch animals undisturbed in their natural habitat with hardly any other humans around. Real game viewing is about seeing wild animals living as nature intended. When you go on a real safari, your game-viewing experience doesn’t start when you go […]
Travelettes have kindly published an article I wrote about camping with elephants in Zimbabwe. Here’s an excerpt: I like to think that I know African animals. I grew up in Zimbabwe and I often visited areas that were teeming with elephants, giraffe, zebra and more. I can tell you fifteen ways that leopards differ to cheetahs, […]
Victoria Falls is a must-do Zimbabwean destination. It‘s home to one of the largest waterfalls in the world, it’s the adrenalin capital of Africa, and has hotels to satisfy every taste. Go white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and abseiling – all around the magnificent Zambezi River. If you’re a wildlife lover, you can go on a […]
The Book of Memory is a humorous, insightful tale about a woman on the periphery of two cultures. It is filled with symbolism, metaphor and meaning, uncoiling itself to you like the water spirit that lurks through most of the novel.
Flying to Africa with a baby is not very different to doing any other long-distance flight with a baby. It’s always going to be a big undertaking, but with a little research and planning, and a ‘take-it-as-it-comes’ attitude, you can make the journey a little easier for all of you. Airports in Africa vary greatly, […]
There are around 110 000 Zimbabweans living in the UK according to a 2013 report from the Office of National Statistics, and it’s likely that a some will need to renew their Zimbabwean passport. If that’s you, this article is for you! Although you need to get your passport issued in Zimbabwe, you can do the […]