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Best hotels in Harare, Zimbabwe: From boutique to budget

As Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare has accommodation for a variety of needs. There are luxurious hotels, rustic “city safari” lodges, boutique guest houses, homely B&Bs, and a small number of no-frills backpacking hostels. I still think of Harare as my home city, so I want you to have the best possible stay. Here’s my list of the best […]

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best accommodation in victoria falls zimbabwe

Best accommodation in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Top ten

It can be tricky to choose accommodation in Victoria Falls because there’s such a wide range of options available. Before you start, consider what you want from your accommodation: All-inclusive activities and meals, or independence to come and go as you please? Do you want a personal lodge, a resort with a plethora of facilities, or just a bed […]

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Where to stay Great Zimbabwe Masvingo

Where to stay around Great Zimbabwe and Masvingo area: Best accommodation picks

Last updated Nov 2016The ancient city ruins of Great Zimbabwe (Dzimba dza mabwe) are located approx. 25 km (15.5 miles) from the present-day town of Masvingo, in the south-east of Zimbabwe. By car, Great Zimbabwe is around 4 hours from Bulawayo and Harare, and around 8 hours from Victoria Falls. This means that you’ll most […]

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How to find an authentic safari Zimbabwe

BootsnAll: How to find an authentic safari

“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 […]

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Visiting Zimbabwe Cash Crisis

8 tips for visitors to Zimbabwe during the “cash crisis” (2016-2017)

(Last updated Sept 2017) News of Zimbabwe’s “cash crisis” and the introduction of Bond Notes in December 2016 have raised questions from tourists about how the cash situation could affect their holidays to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has a multi-currency regime which means that there are a number of officially accepted currencies in addition to the newly released Zimbabwe Bond […]

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Photo safari gear

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

Zimbabwe visa requirements: Everything you need to know

(Last updated May 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 each. […]

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Victoria Falls waterfall Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls travel guide: Everything you need to know

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 […]

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Flying long distance Africa

Tips for flying to Africa with a baby: Survival guide

(Last updated January 2017) 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 […]

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Crocodile Zimbabwe

A long-awaited Zimbabwe adventure: Part 1

This guest post is written by Deborah Casalin who is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa and now lives in Belgium. She and her husband visited Zimbabwe for the first time in January. Deborah recounts how she planned her trip; and she shares her experiences as a first-time visitor to Victoria Falls and Harare. A long-awaited Zimbabwe […]

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Bulawayo

Bulawayo travel guide: Everything you need to know

(Last updated March 2016) Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, and the capital of Matabeleland province. It is known as “The City of Kings” because of the Ndebele chiefs who ruled in the area after breaking away from their Zulu ancestors in the south. Crucially, Bulawayo is the place where the area’s history was forever changed. […]

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Zimbabwe Coach travel

Intercity coach/bus travel in Zimbabwe: The affordable way to travel

(Last updated April 2017) What if you want to travel around Zimbabwe without the structure of a packaged holiday, and don’t want to fly or hire a car? You can travel by coach to certain destinations around Zimbabwe, as I have done on a number of occasions. Bus travel in Zimbabwe, with the right company, can be easy and […]

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Route Walking Great Zimbabwe Monument Ruins

Walking around Great Zimbabwe Monument: Includes interactive map

Great Zimbabwe Monument covers an area of over 7 square kilometres (nearly 3 square miles) and comprises of a number of historic archaeological sites. If you’re short on time and are a fast walker, you could see the whole site in couple of hours, but it’s best to dedicate about 4 hours to walk around, have some […]

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