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Lake Kariba Zimbabwe ElephantWhat’s the blog about?

Great Zimbabwe Guide is not about a person: it’s about a place.

  • What: It’s an independent travel blog which gives advice, information, tips and inspiration about travel in Zimbabwe, Africa.
  • Why: It reminds us of the great things about Zimbabwe: resilient and strong-hearted people, world-class wildernesses and wildlife, deeply significant history, and one of the best climates on earth.
  • Who: It was created by Beth: an ex-local, regular Zimbabwe visitor, and Zimbabwe travel fan (read more about Beth). There are also some fantastic guest writers who contribute to the site.

Great Zimbabwe Guide travel blog in 5 points:

  1. It was Zimbabwe’s first independent online travel guide, created in 2010
  2. It is not funded by travel companies (unlike many other Zimbabwean travel advice websites)
  3. It is about practical travel information
  4. It is for anyone interested in Zimbabwe travel, both locals and internationals
  5. It places an emphasis on honest, personal travel experiences

Mission statement for Great Zimbabwe Guide travel blog:

  • Bring attention to the great things about Zimbabwe: its people, wildernessand wildlife, history, and one of the best climates on earth
  • Promote discussions and projects that respectfully support Zimbabwean citizens, livelihoods, education, history and culture
  • Encourage conservation-focused, life-affirming travel experiences
  • Equip both locals and internationals with practical tools to experience Zimbabwe’s wonders
  • Promote the universal, incalculable value of wild animals and ecosystems
  • Write with financial & editorial independence

Who is the blog for?

If you have questions about visiting Zimbabwe, or are wondering what to expect on a safari or city visit, this website is for you!

This site is for all things related to Zimbabwe travel, both for locals and international visitors.

Here are are just some articles on the site that might help you: (1) Quick-reference list of travel advice articles, (2) Zimbabwe FAQs, (3) City guides, (4) Travel tips, (5) Itineraries, (6) Advice on where to stay, (7) Things to do in Zimbabwe, and (8) Real-life travel journals to get inspiration – or reassurance – for your next visit.


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Why the blog was created

My aim for the blog is to showcase the positive aspects of Zimbabwe to the world, in balance with useful and honest information for anyone interested in travelling here.

Zimbabwe’s woeful politics and economy have been covered in the media for a number of years but there is so much MORE to this country.

Zimbabwe has an abundance of life-affirming travel opportunities for those who take a closer look: world-class wildlife, vast wildernesses, and friendly people who are proud of Zimbabwe’s treasures. At certain lodges in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, there can be masses of tourists and minibuses on safari activities. To me, that just isn’t an authentically wild African safari experience.

Zimbabwe is about real wildlife viewing. Zimbabwe can often be overlooked, or treated as a downplayed itinerary stop, by tour companies. Some people think that Victoria Falls is in South Africa, for example, when really it’s shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Tourism has become Zimbabwe’s second largest contributor to Gross Domestic Product after mining, and much of tourism revenue supports thousands of ordinary people working within the industry, not just the government. Great Zimbabwe Guide supports the positive aspects of the tourism industry, and hopes that growth in tourism will contribute towards stabilization of the country. See the page Is it ethical to visit Zimbabwe? for more of my thoughts on tourism in Zimbabwe.

Great Zimbabwe Guide is forward-facing and Zimbabwe-focused. You can read more about my aims for the blog, and its history, in my seven-year anniversary post.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins Monument BestWhy is it called ‘Great Zimbabwe Guide’?

The word ‘Guide‘ is used because this site is an online guidebook, or travel guide. It’s not about a particular person or a safari guide; it’s a source of information.

The phrase ‘Great Zimbabwe‘ is a wordplay on the physical place known as Great Zimbabwe Monument and Ruins, which is arguably sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest archaeological site. This stone city, from which modern-day Zimbabwe gets its name, was the centre of a huge Iron Age trading kingdom. Much of it is still standing, which is a testament to those who built it. To me, it’s a symbol of what Zimbabwe can withstand.

So there we have it: an online travel guidebook about the great country of Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe Guide.

On this site, the accounts of Zimbabwean wildernesses, culture and cities will (hopefully) reveal even more of what Zimbabweans can be proud of, and of what they can offer the world.

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Mana Pools CampsiteReader comments on Great Zimbabwe Guide

“My husband and I went on our first trip to Zimbabwe in January, and had an amazing time in both Victoria Falls and Harare. Great Zimbabwe Guide was a fantastic resource for planning our travels – so thank you very much for sharing all your insider knowledge and contagious love for the country!”
– Deborah, Belgium
 “Just to let you know that your website has been extremely valuable in helping me plan a trip to Zim on October. This will be my first visit in 20 years, so my memory of the country is rather fondly outdated… Can’t wait, and your site has made planning easier with your up-to-date info.”
– Howard, UK
I just came across your website while looking for info on how to renew my passport. Thanks for the well detailed step by step, and your site has lots of useful information about Zim. Thank you very much!
– Gloria
“It is possibly the best guide on all things Zimbabwe on the internet.”
– Aman, via Facebook
“Well-written with excellent photographs, loads of practical details and interesting ideas.”
– Imogen Hall, Lonely Planet Pathfinders
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