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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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Matobo National Park Zimbabwe Rock formations

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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Zimbabwe self-drive travel journal: Part 2: Victoria Falls

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. He shares his thoughts on activities, sights and accommodation. In this second instalment of his travel journal, he recounts his time in Victoria Falls, The Adventure Capital of […]

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Shumba Pan Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe self-drive travel journal: Part 1: Hwange National Park

View from the lookout point at Shumba Pan, Hwange National Park 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. He shares his thoughts on self-drive logistics, road conditions and accommodation. In this first instalment of his travel journal, he […]

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Where to stay Great Zimbabwe Masvingo

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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Visiting Zimbabwe Cash Crisis

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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Somalisa Camp African Bush Camps

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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Camping with Elephants in Zimbabwe Africa

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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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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A classic Zimbabwe holiday: Roundup

In August 2013 I went on an epic 23-day trip to Zimbabwe. My group borrowed cars and we self-drove around the country, spending time with family and friends along the way. We went to Zimbabwe with friends who live in Oxford. They hadn’t been to Zimbabwe before, and we loved showing them our much-loved country. – View Classic Zimbabwe Holiday […]

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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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Great Zimbabwe Ruins Monument

Great Zimbabwe Monument & Ruins travel guide: Everything you need to know

These ancient city ruins have intrigued both locals and visitors for centuries. The local name for the area was “Dzimba dza mabwe” (roughly “Houses of Stone”) or simply “Zimbabwe”. When Rhodesia became independent in 1980, the nation was named after this city, and the country itself was called Zimbabwe. The ruins of the ancient city […]

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