How much will it have changed in 20 years?And will we still love Zimbabwe?
My relatives have lived in Harare for around four decades now, so they have certainly seen some changes over the years.
Back in 1996 Gary and I, along with my parents visited Zimbabwe and then we returned again in 1998 with my brother, as the two of us loved it so much.
Where are we heading?
While this post is published after our travels, here are just a few of our inspirations that may lure you into a similar African adventure.
So, without further waffle from me, here are the locations we’ve chosen.
Hwange National Park
Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba
Matobo National Park
A helpful guide
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.
The African LandscapeZimbabwe's unique environment
If you’re on foot, then the best view of the falls is from the Zimbabwe side, within the Victoria Falls National Park, rather than crossing the border into Zambia. Watching the falls pouring over the edge and crashing into the Zambezi River below is breath-taking. However, the sound is absolutely incredible.
Back in 1998 we did, cross over the border into Zambia and took to the skies, for an aerial view. As you can imagine this was astounding too but, standing opposite Victoria Falls with the visual display and the mixture of the noise and spray, this really takes some beating.
The wildlife of Zimbabweand not just any wildlife!
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Colonial ArchitectureA reminder of the countries recent past
Africa's Night SkyDoes it get better than this?
Quirky remindersof our love for Zimbabwe & its people
I remember back in 1996 when we drove through parts of Harare, when we were out and about with our relatives, that you see some really quirky things, and you just look at each other and think “only in Africa”.
There was a business on the side of the road selling fridges, and as a nod to the upmarket London store the owner had named his shop “Sell Fridges”. We had to laugh.
A trip back to Zim wouldn't be the same if we didn't pick up some of the local crafts.
It's those little things that you glance at in weeks, months, years to come that hold so many memories and smiles.
What’s there to eat?Are you ready to go local?
Now from my memory of 20 years ago, there was a lot of meat and particularly game dishes. I’m actually quite happy with this as I love a BBQ or Braai as the locals refer to it.
Although, I think I’ll skip the little grubs and insects that my cousins were trying to tempt me with last time. They were trying to convince me that they tasted of peanut butter. I think even if they’d tasted of chocolate brownie, I still don’t think I would have been convinced.
One of Gary’s favourite African snacks is biltong, which is a dried, cured meat. I can see us grabbing some of this for our car journey north to Kariba.
It’s all about the memories
We do have some incredible memories from our two visits of 20 years ago. The exhilaration of whitewater rafting and bouncing through whirling rapids down the Zambezi River is one I’ll never forget. We've now converted the video evidence to DVD.
Oh, I’m so looking forward to creating even more memories, that Gary and I can reminisce about in the future.
That African safari is calling you
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