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Zimbabwe self-drive travel journal: Part 3: Matobo National Park and Harare

This guest post is written by Stuart Webb-Martin who lives in the UK. He went on a self-drive holiday to Zimbabwe with his family in August 2016. Here, he shares his thoughts on activities, road conditions and accommodation. In this third instalment of his travel journal, he recounts his time in the majestic Matobo National […]

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Weekend song 9: Nobuntu – Shosholoza

Did you know that the song “Shosholoza” originated in Zimbabwe? Although it’s now a popular South African song and sports anthem, it was a traditional miners’ song. Zimbabwean (then Rhodesian) miners would sing the call-and-response style refrain whilst on the trains to and from South Africa’s gold and diamond mines. “Shosholoza” means “Moving fast” in Ndebele, playing […]

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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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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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Khami Ruins: Travel journal

The Khami (Kame) Ruins is perhaps the least known of Zimbabwe’s five World Heritage sites. Situated just 22km (14 miles) outside of Bulawayo, Khami was the capital of the Torwa state between 1450 and around 1650, after the capital at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo was abandoned. It was a trading centre, as attested by the […]

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Matopos sunset: Full photo post

After a fantastic few days in Victoria Falls, we drove south to Bulawayo. Our first night in Bulawayo would also be the last night with our friends from Oxford – they were going back to the UK after our two-week Zimbabwean road trip. We wanted to go somewhere memorable for their last night in Zimbabwe, […]

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Matopos sunset preview

Netflights photography competition: We spent a magical few hours watching the sun go down over the Matobo Hills (Matopos) when we were in Bulawayo. I’ve just been told that one of the photos from that night has made it to the final 15 in the Netflights “Best Holiday Moments” competition, as judged by 5 of […]

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Lumene Falls by RedWind Productions

Zimbabwe’s has a handful of rock pools which are fantastic places to go swimming. They’re free from crocodiles (very important!) and are situated in beautiful mountains and forests. Lumene Falls, southern Zimbabwe, is one such place. This video by RedWind Productions shows it off much better than I could. Copyright RedWind Productions. Music by Imagine Dragons. Video […]

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New eateries in Harare and Bulawayo

Two new eateries have recently opened their doors to the public – one in Harare and one in Bulawayo. Sorella’s is a café and take-away pizzeria in Fisher Avenue, Rolf Valley, Harare. Pies and light dishes are available, as well as pizzas and freshly baked sweet treats. ‘Sorella’, means ‘sister’ in Italian, and the café […]

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The roadtrip that roared: #2 Bulawayo

After spending a few days in Harare, we went to Bulawayo to see family. My mum moved from Harare to Bulawayo a few years ago and my extended family have lived there all their lives, so it’s a place I’ve often visited. We left Harare and settled in for the five-hour journey. I love seeing […]

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Flights to Zimbabwe: Which airlines fly to Zimbabwe?

(Last updated Feb 2017) There are a number of options for flights to Zimbabwe. Below, I’ve listed airlines that fly to Zimbabwe, and further down the page, I’ve given some information on major airports in Zimbabwe. In the list below, airlines showing a  symbol are my favourites due to good service. Airlines in bold fly from outside of […]

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Transport within Zimbabwe: What are my options?

There’s so much to see in Zimbabwe that you’ll probably want to visit a number of National Parks and cities to get the most out of your trip. This brings up the tricky question of how to get around. Package holidays usually include transport within Zimbabwe: great if you’re a first-timer, but it can be expensive. I prefer […]

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