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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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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
(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 […]
In my office, when someone returns from holiday in, say, America, they bring back a great big bag of Hershey’s chocolate to share with everyone. If they travel to Australia, they know not to return without Tim-Tams. There are certain brands that go hand-in-hand with their countries of origin, like Guinness and Ireland. There are a […]
I first published this on Buzzfeed here. As someone who was raised in Zimbabwe, I’m amazed that a lion from our little-known African country has captured the sensitivities of people worldwide. Cecil has been the top trending topic on Facebook, and his hashtag #CecilTheLion gained 670K tweets in 24 hours. Here are some extra facts that you […]
Bulawayo is a laid-back place, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Its main attraction – the Matobo National Park – is a short drive away, and closer to the city centre, the Natural History Museum is something special.
Here’s a list of tour operators (that I know of) that offer safaris to Zimbabwe as well as other regions. I can wholeheartedly recommend a Zimbabwe safari: you’ll have a more personal experience than in other countries, because there are fewer tourists and fewer man-made obstructions. You’ll get a closer connection to real African wilderness as a […]
(Last updated April 2017) Information about driving in Zimbabwe Driving yourself around Zimbabwe means you have more independence, which often provides a more authentic experience. Self-driving is one of the best ways to explore the country’s national parks – but bear in mind that if you’re going into the bush, a 4×4 is highly recommended. It’s probably […]
The nature of Zimbabwean hospitality is that staff will go the extra mile to make your stay an unforgettable one. Most of the accommodation options below have on-site swimming pools, wild animals nearby, activity desks and natural surroundings.
Victoria Falls National Park is home to a wide variety of animals – and you can be taken on a guided safari to see elephant, zebra, lions and more.