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The roadtrip that roared: #6 Adrenalin ravine

D-day Today was the day we were going to soar 425 metres across a deep gorge, where Victoria Falls had stood hundreds of years ago. I’d been in two minds about doing an ‘adrenalin activity’ but when I woke up that morning, I realised I had to do it. The ‘high-wire’ activities over the gorge […]

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Save mana pools

Appeal to preserve Mana Pools National Park

 Mana Pools National Park: One of the last true places to experience wildlife without the barriers of human development. Unfortunately, a building work has started in the park despite warnings from ecologists and conservationists. A new safari lodge is under construction and the developers seem to have little awareness of the needs of the area. […]

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The roadtrip that roared: #1 Arrival in Harare

On a Thursday evening in late May, we flew from London Heathrow and landed at Harare International airport at around 5pm the next day. I may have packed far more clothes than needed – I wasn’t sure how cold Zimbabwe’s autumn would be this year. That, and all the goodies we were taking back for […]

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Just back

Hi everyone. We’re back from Zimbabwe safe and sound (which is definitely something to be thankful for – we did a lot of travelling). We had such a special time with family and friends, and saw some beautiful parts of Zimbabwe. Now it’s back to work, back to cloudy English skies, and back to this […]

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Zimbabwe here I come

We fly to Zimbabwe TONIGHT! I’ve finished up things at work for a long holiday and am getting really excited now. We’re going to Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Mana Pools – will write about all of it as soon as I get back. But for now, here’s what I can look forward to: Sunshine! […]

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To do

My holiday bucket list

I’m going back to Zimbabwe in just over a month – and I can’t wait. When I reach Zimbabwean soil, what’s the first thing I want to do? The problem is that I can’t pick just one thing – there are too many. So … time for a list. I’ve done some of the things […]

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Kariba Sunset

Just booked

We just bought our tickets for our Zimbabwe holiday – I’m so excited! Who knows where exactly in Zim we’ll go to – maybe Kariba where I took this photo a few years ago. Maybe somewhere I haven’t been before! It will be over a year since we’ve been back – it feels like ages. […]

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Zimbabwe’s extreme makeover

These pictures from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge show how Zimbabwe’s landscape completely changes in just a few months. The seasons in Zimbabwe might not feel as pronounced as they do in the Northern hemisphere, but they do bring the joy of seeing ochre ground transform into a green, lush landscape. There is nothing like the smell of the first […]

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Source: Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed. Public Domain.

Tuku: One of the most powerful celebrities in Africa recently compiled a list of the 40 most powerful celebrities in Africa, which ranked Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi (or Tuku) at Number 12. They created the ranking according to “the highest numbers of votes … media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online), number of web references on Google, TV/radio mentions and their general clout […]

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A trumpet call

A Trumpet Call

One Sunday in November, 7 000 people of all ages, races and backgrounds gathered in Harare. 3 000 people met at White City stadium in Bulawayo. Similar meetings took place in Gweru, Masvingo, Hwange and scores of villages around the country. Further afield, from Canada, to Australia, UK, and Mauritius, there were Zimbabweans in the […]

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Photo by Osato Dixon

Music by Prudence wins an Oscar

Prudence Mabhena is the lead singer of the award-winning Zimbabwean band Liyana. She and her seven band members are all disabled. She is also the title character of the documentary Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her voice has been likened to South African music legend Miriam Makeba […]

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