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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 us at Great Zimbabwe Guide, it hasn’t seemed right to engage in the usual promotion of Zimbabwe’s many travel gems when there are others who have risked their lives for […]

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

The 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 likely need to […]

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

(Last updated March 2017) News of Zimbabwe’s “cash crisis” and the introduction of Bond Notes (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 Notes. The first […]

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Mbizi Game Park: A relaxing bush location close to Harare Airport

You wouldn’t expect to find a peaceful, natural haven within 10 km of Harare Airport – 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 are a range of activities on offer, […]

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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

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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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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The most authentic safari camps in Zimbabwe: My top picks

It’s no secret that I think the most authentic safari camp 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 […]

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Travelettes: Camping with elephants in Zimbabwe

Travelettes have published an article I wrote about camping with elephants in Zimbabwe. You can read the full article here but 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 […]

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