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    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.

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    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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  • Zimbabwe

    Toured this wonderful country on a playing cricket tour in the 1990s pre Mugabe making a hash of his wonderful country. At long last the country's potential is re-emerging

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    Beautiful country and people. Too bad they are so poor now.

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    Victoria Falls was amazing. Can't saw much more though.

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Zimbabwe, like so many African countries, has been sadly plagued by a long, difficult political history, compounded by dictator Robert Mugabe's unwillingness to give up power as he presides over a troubled country. Yet in stark relief to the human problems sits the majesty of Zimbabwe’s natural abundance. Victoria Falls, arguably the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, are in Zimbabwe, as is the Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is rich in African big game. The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the site of one of the country’s ancient stone cities, while modern capital Harare is a valiant survivor of the country’s political woes. While visitors to Zimbabwe should do their research thoroughly and exercise due caution, the rewards of a country whose people are nothing like its politics and where so much of Africa's beauty is on display are well worth any extra caution.

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