Experience Zimbabwe Blog

Our blog will let you know about all of the new and exciting tourist developments that are happening in Zimbabwe. We welcome your comments!
Posted on 05th Jul 2013

An amazing video featuring the best of Zimbabwe and Zambia! If you care about Zimbabwe, or you are perhaps inquisitive to see what marvels the country has, please spare a few minutes to watch it and share it with your friends!

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Posted on 29th May 2013

Victoria Falls – One of the Seven Wonders of the World

The Victoria Falls are the most visited attraction in Zimbabwe, thousands of tourists go there every year, to walk in the beautiful rain forest and look at the scenic view points of the falls, during the months of November to April (rainy season), you will get particularly wet and the sound of the falls will be almost deafening.

Other attractions are to bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge (111m high) and dive into the Zambezi River gorge, or white water rafting below the fall in the rapids of the Zambezi River.

For the non-adrenaline junkies, relax on a sun downer cruise above the falls or experience the flight of the angels giving you a stunning view of the falls from above.The majestic Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), are found on the Zambezi river, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and were discovered by David Livingstone in 1855.

The mighty Victoria Falls has seventeen view points, the most impressive ones being the main falls and devil cataract where approx 500 million litres of water per minute flows over there in peak season. The falls are a staggering 1708 metres in width with a maximum height of 108 metres.

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Posted on 08th Feb 2013

There is talk in the tourism industry of a reawakening in Zimbabwe, and rightfully so. We couldn't love Zimbabwe more, so we've put together for you our five top reasons why Zimbabwe is still one of the best safari destinations in Africa, despite the recent 'lost decade' where few people came to visit this spectacular country.

Sunrise on the Kariba
1. A trip to Zimbabwe has never been more convenient. As of 2012, Award winning International Airline Emirates now fly to Zimbabwe's capital Harare 3 times a week from all countries worldwide via Dubai and Lusaka.

Zimbabwe People and Culture

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Posted on 04th Feb 2013

The Zimbabwe government has announced a $238 million plan for construction and improvement of Zimbabwe's road system, in a bid to attract more tourism.

Experience Zimbabwe is delighted at this news, as these upgrades to Zimbabwe's roads will dramatically improve the self-drive safari experience in Zimbabwe, as well as reducing congestion in the more built up areas. Areas such as Kariba, Great Zimbabwe Matopos and Nyanga which are worst affected by badly maintained roads will now hopefully see a boost in tourism.

Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Morgan Komichi, said to local newspaper The Zimbabwean, “Prioritising the road project makes a lot of sense, since a good road network is part of both tourist and investor attraction.”

Sally Wynn, Director Wild Zambezi, says the road networks have suffered badly in recent years from lack of maintenance and upgrading, which has made driving hazardous for tourists and other ordinary road users. “An upgrade of our major road network would definitely be a boost for tourism, largely because it would make our roads safer.”

We wish you good luck Zimbabwe and eagerly await seeing the differences that these improvements will make to your incredible country, which is just so desperately waiting to be explored!

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Posted on 16th Nov 2012

Harare, the “City of Flowering Trees” is an unbelievably vibrant city filled with astonishing tourist attractions. From the National Herbarium to Mukuvisi Woodlands Harare is a city that is surprising filled with a rich variety of nature and wildlife.

Radiant purples and reds decorate the glass tower backdrop of Harare, it is a spectacular sight amongst the hustle and bustle of city life. The blooming “jungle” of Jacaranda trees and other Flamboyants signify the changing of seasons in Zimbabwe; a place that enjoys more heat than the cold Winter just gone.

Harare's Jacarandas descended from just six seedlings bought from Durban in the 1980's. The seedlings were planted in the the early 1900's, by the 1930's the first branches started to meet across the streets creating stunning green tunnels.

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Posted on 29th Oct 2012

I’m tired but happy. I’ve counted 14 different species and there are literally hundreds of animals spread out before me, cropping the fresh emerald grass that is sprouting through the black ash left by a veld fire that tore through here a week ago.

Zebras are braying everywhere and between the jostling herds are rare species – roan, sable, tsessebe and a handful of eland. Last night more than 100 elephants ghosted through to drink at the three springs on the plain.

Where am I? Not in Tanzania, not Botswana, not Kenya; I’m in the middle of nowhere in a country consigned to self-imposed political and economic exile for the past 14 years – Zimbabwe. To be precise, I’m in Hwange National Park, taking part in the annual game census organised by Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, formerly the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.

The game count has become the focal point of the travel calendar for my wife and me. This year’s was our 13th and it’s a wonderful, unique experience that’s accessible to ordinary people.

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Posted on 19th Oct 2012

I recently had a fantastic trip on board the houseboat Return to Eden on Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba.

There are a million reasons to take a trip on a houseboat on Lake Kariba, but here are my top 10:

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Posted on 03rd Aug 2012

In an ancient Bushman’s shelter next to the enormous Unesco World Heritage Site of Matobos National Park, south of Bulawayo, Camp Amalinda will leave an unforgettable impression on every visitor. The area has the most majestic granite scenery in the world, which is found in the Matobo Hills.

The Camp Amalinda estate of 300 hectares is run by general manager Billy Daly, with with his wife, Priscilla and Paul Hubbard, a friendly group guide for all the Amalinda Collection sites, He has a degree in archeology, but he’s now doing a PhD on the Ndebele up to 1897.

It’s here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of San Bushmen are painted in the ancient rock art. Mammal and bird species are abundant and include the highest concentration of leopard and black eagle in the world.

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Posted on 27th Jul 2012

Last year we sent one of our team members to take a tour of Zimbabwe. Here is a diary of their visit to “Sanganai” in Harare, and subsequent tour of Zimbabwe.

Gorges Lodge

Harare
I flew into Harare just in time for breakfast having flown from London  via Johannesburg. At the time it was the only really practical way to access Zimbabwe. However by the time  of writing, Emirates have started daily services from London and Manchester via the Middle East. Flights via other African countries are also becoming more available.   No jet lag of course as flying North to South, and a flight time of around 10/12 hours.

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Posted on 20th Jul 2012

African Bush Camps introduces ‘The Safari Companion'. In an effort to help save the environment, African Bush Camps have introduced ‘The Safari Companion’, a gift for their guests. Every guest at African Bush Camps will be provided with a stainless steel drinking water bottle to be refilled with pure filtered water, in a campaign to stop the use of environmentally unfriendly materials. The campaign aims to minimise the use of toxic plastic bottles which damage Zimbabwe's precious environment. Whilst there will still be bottled water available in our camps, these will be kept to a minimum and they will have cold tripple filtered water systems available to refill your ‘Safari Companion’ and keep yourself re-hydrated on safari.

African Bush Camps are also currently in the process of converting all of their camps to utilising solar heating and lighting systems. The African Bush Camps Foundation is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and ensuring that they preserve the environment, culture and conservation of the areas in which they operate.

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