Zimbabwe Travel Guide
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- ZimbabweMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure TravelersFirst to ReviewMay 19, 2013
I think it's funny that I can tell people some of the crazy and dangerous places that I've been and get no reaction but when I mention Zimbabwe, they gasp and ask me if I was scared to go there. This makes me giggle. In my experience, the most dangerous thing for a tourist in Zimbabwe (besides the occasional rogue elephant or, in my case, polo-cross horse) was accidentally using a credit card. Do that and you might find that you paid US$ 2500 for a coke at a lodge. It wasn't too long ago that there was such a huge discrepancy between the legal rate of the Zim dollar to the US: Legal would say it was something like z$16,000 to US$1 but black market would give you z$60 million for US$1...not that I'd know anything about that.
I've been back to Zimbabwe since they eliminated the Zim dollar and have started using US notes and Rand. Things really seem to be picking up. The state of the economy was incredibly depressing there for a while.
Zimbabwe has some incredible sights and some of the friendliest people you'll meet anywhere. While the wildlife populations have been in decline due to the economy and an increase in poaching, the animals aren't the only thing to see here. Adrenaline sports and habituated wildlife encounters (i.e. elephant back safaris and lion walks) can be found in Victoria Falls and Gweta. Anglers- prepare for some of the most awesome fights in awesome locales if you go hunting tiger fish.
It is definitely a place worth experiencing.
- ZimbabweMember ofFamily TravelersJul 05, 2012
Zimbabwe is an incredible country to visit. I personally love game viewing (especially birdwatching), natural sights, colonial-era architecture and archeology. Zimbabwe has it in spades.
Check-out the game at Ruchomechi Lodge in Mana Pools conservation area, right on the banks of the Zambezi, and try and keep your nerve while canoeing through a pod of hippos! http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/zimbabwe_mana_pools/ruckomechi_camp/
Or, visit the mighty Victoria Falls and afterwards have a G&T on the lawns of the Victoria Falls Hotel. http://www.africansunhotels.com/victoriafallshotel
Or, make a trip to Masvingo and check-out the most awesome stone ruin in sub-Saharan Africa: Great Zimbabwe, it'll knock your socks off.
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