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Snapshots of Zimbabwe: visiting Harare during the cash crisis, August 2017

Why write this article? This website is not just about pretty photos of Zimbabwe’s game reserves; it’s about representing the current experience of travelling in the country and the context in which that travel occurs. If you haven’t read it already, please see the article on Zimbabwe’s “cash crisis” for specific tourist advice on the […]

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TBEX Africa announcement: response from a Zimbabwe travel blogger

The biggest travel blogging conference is coming to Zimbabwe in 2018, but are they making a deal with the devil? TBEX is coming to Africa The “largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers”, called TBEX, is heading to Africa for the first time. Which African nation is lucky enough to win the patronage of hundreds of […]

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Taking stock: Seven years of blogging about Zimbabwe

Life is hectic at the moment (isn’t it always?) but I’ve decided to sit down and take stock of what’s happened on this blog over the past seven years. Writing Great Zimbabwe Guide has been a way for me to feel connected to Zimbabwe despite living so far away from it. Blogging has given me a […]

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My travel style Q&A with Johnny Jet

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been profiled on the fantastic Johnny Jet travel blog! If you’re not familiar with it, Johnny Jet was founded by John DiScala, who once had a fear of flying and now travels to over 20 countries a year. He’s a money-saving travel expert who has written a number of books, and […]

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What noise does a rhino make?

Do you know what noise a rhino makes? We’ve been teaching our toddler son about wild animal noises. Lions roar and elephants trumpet, but what does a rhino say? Watch this short video on Facebook to find out – ignore the sound of my camera! We had the wonderful experience of seeing these wild rhinos in […]

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Reason to celebrate: 13 July 2016 and #ThisFlag

Anyone who cares about Zimbabwe has enormous reason to CELEBRATE today. What a momentous and electrifying time it has been! THIS is what the REAL Zimbabwe is all about. In case you missed any of it, here are some highlights: – 9.30 am: Local church leaders gather at Harare Magistrates’ Court in support of Pastor […]

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Zimbabwe Tourists: Update 12 July 2016

Another week when Zimbabweans at home and abroad checked their phones more often than usual, reading the contents of their screens with steely eyes. For me at Great Zimbabwe Guide’s Facebook Page, it hasn’t seemed right to engage in the usual social media promotion of Zimbabwe’s travel gems when there are others who have risked […]

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For the tourists who “make a statement” by avoiding Zimbabwe

I often see comments from would-be tourists saying that they refuse to visit Zimbabwe because they don’t want to support Mugabe. Although I disagree about the effectiveness of this (and you can read why here), I am touched by the sentiment. There are other ways that non-Zimbabweans can make a statement about their opinions. One […]

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Don’t miss Zimbabwe travel updates!

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 […]

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Independence Day 2016: Zimbabwe National Anthem

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 […]

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Photo safari gear: My camera bag

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! […]

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Zimbabwe visa requirements: Everything you need to know

(Last updated Oct 2017) Do I need a Zimbabwe visa as a tourist? For most tourists, 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. I’ve summarised the categories below, as well as the visa application details for […]

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Life in Zimbabwe, 2008: Snapshots from the archive

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 […]

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How to renew a Zimbabwe passport from the UK: Step by step

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 many will need to renew their Zimbabwean passports. If that’s you, keep reading! Although you need to get your passport issued in Zimbabwe, you can do the majority of the paperwork […]

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