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Independence Day 2016: Zimbabwe National Anthem

Zimbabwe National Anthem Independence Day … A day when the national anthem is on repeat in my head. Some of the anthem’s lyrics are yet to be realized in present-day Zimbabwe; some of the words will ring true throughout the generations. One thing is on the minds of many Zimbabweans today: 36 years after Independence Zimbabwe […]

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Photo safari gear: My camera bag

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! […]

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Zimbabwe visa requirements: Everything you need to know

(Last updated June 2018) Do I need a Zimbabwe visa as a tourist? For most tourists, the good news is that the Zimbabwe visa process is fairly simple and doesn’t require much planning. There are three categories of nationalities, each of which have different visa requirements. I’ve summarised the categories below, as well as the visa application details […]

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Life in Zimbabwe, 2008: Snapshots from the archive

I was going through my old photos and found some from 2008. Life in Zimbabwe was very different during that time: fuel was in extremely short supply and people used to queue outside fuel stations for days, not knowing when the next delivery was coming. The Zimbabwean Dollar spiralled out of control, and the government kept on printing […]

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How to renew a Zimbabwe passport from the UK: Step by step

There are around 110 000 Zimbabweans living in the UK according to a 2013 report from the Office of National Statistics, and it’s likely that many will need to renew their Zimbabwean passports. If that’s you, keep reading! Although you need to get your passport issued in Zimbabwe, you can do the majority of the paperwork […]

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The Impala Collection: Homeware from Zimbabwe

I have something exciting to share with you all, especially if you live in the UK. In partnership with a Zimbabwean craft company, I’ve launched a line of homeware products, available online in the UK (and further afield soon). The products are all handmade from 100% recycled aluminium in Zimbabwe, and the results are stunning. From […]

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Iconic Zimbabwean food brands

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 […]

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Weekend Song 8: Taps Mugadza’s Beautiful Life – A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

There are few words to express how I feel about the passing of a man who has changed the course of history. Nelson Mandela was a man of stirring words, but his actions were far more powerful. He was no saint: he was merely someone who worked to put peace and equality before his own […]

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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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Video post: Victoria Falls helicopter flight: AMAZING!

Here’s a quick video showing a little bit of our helicopter flight in Victoria Falls – the word “beautiful” is an understatement! We went in August which is the dry, low water season. It was a spectacular sight – but if you want to see the Victoria Falls at its absolute highest water level, visit between […]

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Our Victoria Falls gorge swing and adventure slide

The Gorge Swing and Zipline are part of Victoria Falls’ hard-core adrenalin activities, with a similar fear factor to bungee jumping and white-water rafting. Wild Horizons operates a number of adventure slides, but these two activities in particular are the ultimate lose-your-stomach experiences. If you feel like building up your adrenalin levels, start with the (slightly) less […]

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Our Victoria Falls canopy tour

There’s been a new kid on the Victoria Falls activity block this year. Wild Horizons launched the Canopy Tour in June 2013: a series of cable swings over the Zambezi River gorge. The tour consists of wooden walkways, rope bridges, ziplines and slides that criss-cross across the ravine, above the canopy of a hardwood forest. The […]

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Zimbabwe trip 2013: An introduction

We’ve just returned from a fantastic trip to Zimbabwe and I can’t wait to get it all written down.  We started off in Harare, went to Mana Pools, travelled to Victoria Falls on the Kariba Ferry, went to Bulawayo, Great Zimbabwe and back to Harare. To start, let’s address the big question that’s on many […]

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