Kopje Tops Lodge in Mavhuradonha Zimbabwe-1-5

About Beth

I was awarded a degree with distinction in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I was awarded the class medal in my final year for my article written about Robert Mugabe (you can read an adapted version of this here), as well as being on the Dean’s Merit List. After graduating, I worked in academic publishing and medical communications in Oxford for over 10 years. I started this Zimbabwe travel blog in 2010, fitting it into my spare time. Read more about my aims for the blog on the About Great Zimbabwe Guide page. I wrote a more personal article about my relationship with Zimbabwe in my seven-year anniversary post, and if you’d like to get to know me better, I did a profile Q&A with Johnny Jet which you can read here.

Freelance writing

I’ve written Zimbabwe travel and wildlife articles for various publications. Some of the articles from this website have been featured on Lonely Planet and other online platforms. 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.

Here are some examples of my written & photographic pieces that I have freelanced for other publications, or published externally. Please click on an image to read the full article, where available online.

Published travel articles

BootsNall Beth Norton Zimbabwe
‘How to find an authentic safari’, written for BootsnAll. Click image to read full article.
Beth Norton Travel Africa
‘In search of nothing’, about Mavhuradona’s blissful isolation, written for Travel Africa Magazine, Issue 87 [print only].
Beth Norton Zimbabwe Safari Travelettes
‘Camping with elephants in Zimbabwe’, about a raw African camping holiday, written for Travelettes. Click on the image to read the full article.
Cecil Lion Beth Norton Safari
‘Cecil the lion: 8 things you should know’, about this infamous Zimbabwean lion, written for Buzzfeed. Click image to read full article.
JohnnyJet Beth Norton Travel Style
‘My travel style: Q&A’, a personal profile piece on Beth, written with Johnny Jet. Click image to read full article.
Lonely Planet Zimbabwe Beth Norton
My article about Spurwing Island was originally written for Great Zimbabwe Guide, and it was featured on Lonely Planet Kids’ top family travel post. Click to read full article.
Children on safari Beth Great Zimbabwe Guide Africa
‘Taking a toddler to the wild’, about taking young children on an African safari, written for Nzira magazine, Issue 4 [print only].
Zimbabwe Oxford Beth Norton
‘Culture without borders: BZS Research day in Oxford’, reporting on a research event, also published on The South African. Click to see full article.


Most of the photographs on Great Zimbabwe Guide have been captured by myself, usually with my Nikon D5100 and sometimes with my trusty iPhone.

Some of the photos are available for purchase on stock image libraries (see my portfolio on iStock) or by contacting me directly.

See what else is in my camera bag in this article.

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Family
Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba.

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