A landlocked country in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe on the outside seems to be in tip-top shape. After all, some 20 years ago, Zimbabwe is deemed as the richest country in Africa. Unbeknownst to many or perhaps only to those who care, Zimbabwe suffered a decade of political instability and economic breakdown since 2000. It was only in recent years that improvement is slowly building the nation again. Topping the list that help boosted the economy would be the majestic Victoria Falls followed by the beautiful Lake Kariba. Its two biggest cities, Harare and Bulawayo, are also worth a visit. Zimbabwe has been known as the “Breadbasket of Africa” and it will continue to do so with its relentless efforts to get back on its feet.
What to see & do
The crème de la crème, Victoria Falls is located just before the border crossing and a mere 1 kilometre away from the town centre. Victoria Falls is Zimbabwe’s pride and tops the list of almost all travelers who travels to Zimbabwe. While in Victoria Falls, visit the Zim side of thefalls; walk along the top of the gorge on a path enables you for breath taking and picturesque views of the world-famous falls. While in here, you should not miss the Cataract View, which is one of the most dramatic spots in Zimbabwe’s westernmost point. For a nerve-wracking experience, you can go to the Danger Point – an unfenced area that offers 100 metres plunge down the falls. To tame your wild-spirited side, go to the side track wherein you can view the Victoria Falls Bridge on the safe side.
Meanwhilein Harare, you can imbibe the cultural and historical heritage of Zimbabwe with the presence of a number of older, preserved buildings. To begin your journey, you can go to the National Gallery, which houses a number of interesting national collection, as well as outstanding Shona soft-stone carvings. For open spaces, you can visit the National Botanic Gardens, which is home to about 900 species of wild trees and shrubs all over the country. To admire great views of the city, simply go to The Kopje, a granite hill that rises above the southwest corner of the Harare.
Deemed as the industrial and business capital of Zimbabwe, you can buy a number of items. You can visit Aphrodisiac, which is a nice shop for local crafts and arts, or simply go to Ivory Kraal, wherein you can choose and buy from an array of beautiful African themed items.
How to get around
You can simply get around Zimbabwe by taking a bus. Minibuses are available for intra-city transport, and relatively inexpensive by European standards. If you want to reach Johannesburg, Lusaka, Lilongwe, among other destinations, you can opt to take the buses coming from the RoadPort in Harare, which offers a convenient ride going to the aforementioned destinations. You can also unleash the inner adventurer within you and try hitchhiking; just bring with you a few money to spare, as drivers expect some sortof fee to be paid.
How to get there
You can get into Zimbabwe by simply booking a flight with Skyscanner, your online source of cheap flights and tickets. You can reach Zimbabwe by flying into Harare International Airport, which offers a number of domestic and international flights. The airport is being served by airlines such as Air Namibia, Air Bostswana, Air Zimbabwe, Airlink, British Airways, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Fastjet, Kenya Airways, LAM Mozambique Airlines, Malawian Airlines, South African Airways, South African Express, TAAG Angola Airlines, and Zimbabwe flyafrica.com. The aforementioned airlines fly to a number of destinations such as Lusaka, Windhoek, Gaborone, Bulawayo, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Victoria Falls, Cairo, Dubai-International, Lusaka, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Maputo, Beira, Lilongwe, Blantre, Tete, Durban, and Luanda. In addition, Air Zimbabwe also operates direct flights going to and fro London, as well as KLM, which offer direct flights to and from Amsterdam and Harare with a stopover in Lusaka/Nairobi.
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