I’m Beth, and my aim for Great Zimbabwe Guide is to provide useful, practical and honest information for anyone interested in travelling in Zimbabwe – and hopefully to showcase some positive aspects of Zimbabwe in the process. I was brought up in Zimbabwe and now live in Oxford, UK, with my husband and our children. Although I no longer live in Zimbabwe, I still consider it home in some ways, so much so that we had our wedding there rather than in UK. I’ve continued to visit Zimbabwe every year since I moved away.
I have a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, after which I worked in academic publishing for seven years. I currently work with a communications agency in Oxford and I also run an online business, The Impala Collection, selling exclusive Zimbabwean craft. I write this blog in my spare time – when I’m not in the office, sending products to customers, or wiping up baby food.
I want to write about Zimbabwe travel in an up-front way, without the saccharine sweetness of some tour companies, and without focusing only on the challenges. Zimbabwe is an extremely rewarding travel destination, if you have the right knowledge.
I don’t pretend for a second to be the most knowledgeable or most experienced voice on Zimbabwe travel – far from it. However, I’ve spent enough time in Zimbabwe to know it like an old friend, and I’ve spent enough time away from it to have an idea of what a visitor might experience when ‘meeting’ it for the first time. I hope that I can give you some practical information and also inspire you for your next visit to Zimbabwe.
Read more about my aims for the blog on the About Great Zimbabwe Guide page. You can find links to some of my externally published travel writing here. I wrote a more personal article in my seven-year anniversary post and I did a Q&A with Johnny Jet which you can read here. You can also follow Great Zimbabwe Guide Travel Blog on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube.
A labour of love
I do all the writing, photography, web development and illustrative work on this blog myself (except where otherwise stated in the posts). I run this blog as a hobby, fitting it around my job and family. I don’t receive regular investment from tour companies or travel organisations (unlike most other Zimbabwean travel websites), which means that I’m completely independent. It also means that much of my work on this site is unpaid.
To help towards the running of the blog and to give readers a wider variety of content, I do occasionally have sponsored posts and advertisements on the site for brands that I believe in. I always reveal sponsored content to readers and I don’t undertake sponsorships lightly. I am an affiliate for some of the products that I recommend on this site. If you purchase items through my links I may earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my links. I’ll only ever link to a product that I think is right for the readers of Great Zimbabwe Guide. Affiliate links contribute valuable pennies towards the running of this site.
If you enjoyed reading the site and would like to contribute towards the time I put into it, please feel free to make a donation via Paypal.
I enjoy all forms of the written word, be it travel writing, news, or fiction. I’ve written articles for Buzzfeed, Travelettes, BootsNAll and have been featured on Lonely Planet. My fiction writing has been published in African Pens: New Writing from southern Africa. If you’d like me to contribute to your publication, I would love to hear from you. You can find links to some of my externally published Zimbabwe travel writing here.
Most of the photography on Great Zimbabwe Guide is done by myself. Some of the photos are available for purchase on stock image libraries or direct from me. See my wildlife and travel photos on my portfolio on iStock.
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If you’d like to contribute a story, or have a suggestion for Great Zimbabwe Guide Travel Blog, please contact me at the link below – it’s great to have new voices on the site. There is a page about contributing here.