April 2012

It is very important  to be ethical about our travels, avoiding trips which are likely to have negative impacts. We certainly wouldn't want to prolong the power of an unethical regime. Zimbabwe's problems in the last decade have been largely political, and any question of the morality of visiting Zimbabwe is bound up with its politics.

Hence we make no apology for discussing these issues here.

Zimbabwe's recent history started with the 2008 election, which was won by the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic  Change  (The  MDC). Victory was then stolen by the incumbent  ZANU PF.

Following much difficulty and delay, negotiations with international moderators led to a 'unity government' being formed in February 2009, with the two parties sharing power. Although imperfect  this has given the opposition access to some power, including the posts of Prime Minister (Morgan Tsvangirai) and Minister of Finance.

Since then, the MDC have used their power wisely, and started to reform what they can. They have made big improvements to the economy, which has turned a corner.

The US dollar has replaced the Zimbabwe dollar as Zimbabwe's currency, earning the MDC credit for making life easier for many ordinary Zimbabweans, whilst weakening ZANU PF's grip on the country. Politics in Zimbabwe is changing; progress may be slow and will have stumbles and setbacks, but change is afoot.

Now is the time to consider visiting this beautiful country, to support good people and their small businesses.

If we felt that travellers visiting Zimbabwe would worsen problems for Zimbabwe's people, then we would refuse to organise trips there. However, we don't believe that this is the case.