So this post is our light-hearted view of ZimbabweIt has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on the magnificent country of Zimbabwe.
The sections to explore;
- Let's Start with the Truths
- So What's This Trivia Then?
- Local Food & Drinks
- What's to See & Do
- In Popular Culture
- And our thoughts
- Value for Money
- Getting around town
- Our Highlights
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Let’s start with the Truths about ZimbabweThe captivating landlocked country of Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and offers unparalleled wildlife, stunning landscapes and the thundering vision of Victoria Falls.
The LocationThe Three C's
Zimbabwe is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, three cultural and two natural. Evidence of Stone Age rock paintings can be found in Matobo National Park in Matabeleland.
The Republic of Zimbabwe had its independence recognised in April 1980, following controversial British colonisation by Cecil Rhodes. Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia and it's capital city Harare, was previously 'Salisbury'.
Victoria Falls one of Zimbabwe’s natural UNESCO sites, is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya “The Smoke That Thunders”. These breath-taking waterfalls are one of the largest in the world and are a sight to behold.
Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe is a vast manmade lake, it was created by damming the Zambezi River in the late 1950s. Lake Kariba covers around 2,000 square miles (5,200 square km) and, although controversially constructed, is now a hub for the local wildlife.
Zimbabwe’s currency has been tumultuous over the last couple of decades, from hyperinflation to being redenominated three times, in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Prices for essentials were changing day by day.
Thankfully Zimbabwe has seen an increase in its Rhino population after hands-on conservation in the Lowveld region. After horrendous poaching between 2008 and 2019, Zimbabwe is now home to Africa’s fourth-largest population of rhinos.
The rule of the roads in Zimbabwe is that you must drive on the left; this is a throwback from when Zimbabwe was part of the British Empire. Be warned the driving conditions can be extremely mixed, and the highway code is hit-and-miss; however, it’s certainly an experience.
Where's Zimbabwe in the world?
Zimbabwe Up Close
Zimbabwe appeals to many types of travellers, particularly the adventurous type and most definitely one with a love of nature. Discover heart-stopping wildlife, breath-taking landscapes, and eternal night skies.
Venturing off on safari in Zimbabwe is an experience that will remain with you for the rest of your lives; with a little patience and dedication, you’ll be rewarded with a vision of Africa’s majestic beasts.
It’s good to talk
So, what’s this Zimbabwe Trivia then?Zimbabwe is a beautiful country full of serene landscapes, a wealth of awe-inspiring wildlife and characterful, bustling towns and cities.
Did you know?
- During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, UK locomotives were imported to Bulawayo to be used on their railway lines.
- Don’t be afraid of haggling in the local markets; it’s all part of the fun.
- Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe is the largest manmade lake in the world.
- The golden bird on Zimbabwe’s flag is a national symbol known as the “Great Zimbabwe Bird”.
- The magnificent naturally occurring ‘balancing rocks’ can be found in Matobo National Park, where Cecil John Rhodes is buried, known as World’s View.
- During Zimbabwe’s redenomination, you could get your hands on a $100 trillion banknote.
- The Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba) is the national flower of Zimbabwe; it is protected and poisonous.
What is Zimbabwe is famous for?There are mixed dining experiences in Zimbabwe, all of which I feel should be embraced. Although if you’re a vegetarian, this may be tricky at times as they love a braai.
Food and drink
If you're considering an adventure around Zimbabwe, then your in for a holiday of a lifetime. I always find it incredibly useful to plan our trips with the help of a guide book.
Take a look at this informative Bradt guide, it will give you great tips and advice.
What to see & do in Zimbabwe
Art and Culture
Where we stayed in Zimbabwe
Find your accommodation
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
Getting around Zimbabwe
I can’t lie, travelling around Zimbabwe isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap if you are touring independently. However, you can fly from Harare to Victoria Falls. My relatives live in Zimbabwe, so we were able to hire a vehicle and use theirs on occasions.
Personally, I would give the public commuter buses a swerve.
Zimbabwe Tourist information
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
Visiting Zimbabwe is a once in a lifetime and one you’ll never forget, so, if you get the opportunity to go, jump at it. My highlights were hopping aboard a safari truck and travelling across the African countryside, not knowing which extraordinary and stunning wildlife we would encounter.
Also, watching the thundering Victoria Falls cascading into the gorge below, you almost have to pinch yourself to believe it.
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
There is nothing from my visits, just a little frustration.
Zimbabwe is an amazing country, and I wish it would embrace its tourist opportunities to bring wealth and education to all its people, and invest in its infrastructure to become the world-class destination it deserves to be.
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