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When visiting Victoria Falls, travellers have the option of flying into the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, or Livingstone in Zambia. But which is better?
The Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area is situated in the north-east of Zimbabwe, roughly 180 km from Harare. The name ‘Mavhuradonha’ roughly translates from chiShona language as ‘dripping water’ which describes the delicate rain that sometimes descends on the slopes of the nearby mountains. ‘Mavhuradonha’ (crudely pronounced ‘Ma-voora-donna’) can be a mouthful to foreigners; some call it […]
Introduction: A lot of readers of this website ask me questions on the topic of self-drive in Zimbabwe. That’s why I’m excited that Ant from ManaPools.com has written this promo post based on his experience. I hope that any aspiring self-drivers to Zimbabwe will find it useful. Written by Ant Bown With established self-drive destinations […]
If you’re flying to an African country south of the equator, there’s a high chance that you’ll transit through Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Airlines like SAA, BA and Virgin all fly through Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (AKA Jo’burg Airport). This article gives info about the international layover, directions within the airport, facilities, and […]
Why write this article? This website is not just about pretty photos of Zimbabwe’s game reserves; it’s about representing the current experience of travelling in the country and the context in which that travel occurs. If you haven’t read it already, please see the article on Zimbabwe’s “cash crisis” for specific tourist advice on the […]
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 […]
It can be tricky to choose accommodation in Victoria Falls because there’s such a wide range of options available. Before you start, consider what you want from your accommodation: All-inclusive activities and meals, or independence to come and go as you please? Do you want a personal lodge, a resort with a plethora of facilities, or just a bed […]
Last updated Nov 2016The 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 […]
I wrote an article for BootsnAll Travel discussing different levels of wildlife experiences, and how to do a safari the right way. You can read the full article on BootsnAll here and an excerpt is below. I grew up in Zimbabwe, which is home to the ‘Big Five’ and one of the largest elephant populations […]
A quick note as of October 2018: So guys, only Zimbabwe Dollars are legal tender in Zimbabwe. I hope to write a longer post all about this, but for now, the golden rule is: Pay for as much of your holiday BEFORE you get to Zimbabwe. Pay for your accommodation, activities, transfers etc before you […]
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! […]
(Last updated November 2019) 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 […]
Last updated Dec 2017 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 […]