Travelling In Zimbabwe

Working hard at recovery

Sadly, Zimbabwe is a prime example of corruption destroying not only a country, but making it impossible for its people to thrive.

Zimbabwe has so much to offer the world, however a supremely corrupt leader (complete with many dedicated followers) has brought Zimbabwe to its knees. Zimbabwe is so much more than just Victoria Falls and I’m hoping I can inspire you to visit Zimbabwe, and help to bring back to this very needy country the tourism that will help it to get back on its feet. From amazing UNESCO historic sites to some great remote hiking, Zimbabwe is worth a visit.

3 Must Do’s For Zimbabwe

The view over Great Zimbabwe Ruins

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins

A unesco world heritage site, the Great Ruins of Zimbabwe is in the south east  near Lake Mutirikwe and the small town of Masvingo.  Once the capital of a thriving country, Great Zimbabwe was populated from the early 11th century right through to the late 15th century. Today the ruins are well preserved and it is definitely worth a visit.

Sunset on Lake Kariba on a boat

Sunset Over Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba is crocodile infested so a swim might not be the smartest thing you do, however it is a great place for an afternoon with a few drinks and a sunset cruise. Boats are readily available and it is one of the best over water inland sunsets you will see while in Africa.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side

Victoria Falls

Vic Falls is what Zimbabwe is famous for. The Smoke that Thunders is truely impressive and while you should make use of a Zim Zam visa and see it from both sides, personally I think the Zimbabwean side is better. 

More Things To Do In Zimbabwe

While it is hard to find information online, Zimbabwe is pretty easy to get around (the major towns and cities) and you can always seem to find a hostel or accommodation fairly easily. There is more to see than you imagine so listen to the locals to find out the best activities to suit your budget and style. 

  • Chinhoyi Caves and Blue Grotto
  • Chobe National Park
  • High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Dinner on the Steam Train in Vic Falls (highly recommended)
  • Get a ZimZam Visa before you get there so you can also visit the Zambian side of Vic Falls
  • Khami Ruins and Bulawayo
  • Hiking Chimanimani
  • Go on a canoe safari at Mana Pools National Park
  • The Balancing Rocks about 15km outside Harare. A bit naff but worth a look.
  • The Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Harare
    • National Botanic Gardens
    • Get dentistry done – not kidding – there are great dentists here at very affordable prices.
    • Zimbabwe museum of human sciences
    • Mukuvisi Woodlands

My Fave Photo From Zimbabwe

Me, Do, Julia and Maureen our cooking teacher Chimanimani

Collen our hiking guide for Chimanimani very kindly created a village day for us on our last day in the region. Do and I had been up the mountains for 3 days hiking and Julia and Tom had been having their own adventures. Once we all got back together Julia suggested she would love to do a cooking class and Collen very kindly organised his aunty and Lauraine (in the middle here) to run an impromptu lesson for us the very next day.

We walked up to the village, were introduced around and the Lauraine taught us how to cook Sadza (Pep or any other hundred names they call Maize in Africa) and these beautiful green vegetables. Local women came from everywhere and we sat eating our home cooked lunch and chatting with Collen acting as interpreter. It was such a lovely afternoon and the entire family was so very grateful for our payment that it was actually quite hard to leave.

Collen took us through the village and we were chatting with some gentlemen and having a beer when we spotted Lauraine and her sister all dressed up and packing a chicken, a bag of maize and other goodies from the local shop. Lauraine screamed, ran over, hugged us again, and started telling everyone who would stand still long enough that we were her “cooking ladies”.

It was so great to see a family in town spending their money on food and supplies that they might not have otherwise had and it was at that moment that I realised EXACTLY how fortunate I have been to win the life lottery to have been born in Australia.

Tips for Zimbabwe

You need to travel with cash in Zimbabwe. While you can use a card in Harare at the major supermarkets etc, money is an ongoing challenge in Zimbabwe. USD are used primarily so make sure you have a good number of small denomination bills BEFORE you arrive. ATM’s often don’t work and while Zimbabwe’s new government is working hard toward bringing the stability back, my personal friend Collen (a hiking guide in Chimanimani) tells me things are still very bad with regard to unemployment and finances. I found Zimbabwe to be safe but don’t carry large bills and don’t flash it around. People are struggling so please respect that.