Zimbabwe

by Paul Murray

Zimbabwe

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normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'> 8.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana'>The new,
fourth edition of Bradt's Zimbabwe remains the most authoritative guide
available to one of southern Africa's premier wildlife and cultural
destinations. Zimbabwe-based author, tour guide and archeologist Paul Hubbard
picks up the mantle of this new edition, ensuring that it remains bang up to
date and an ideal companion for everyone from wildlife enthusiasts and
birdwatchers to adventure seekers and hikers. All the most recent developments
in the rejuvenation of Zimbabwe's national parks are covered, with in-depth
information on facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to
select a safari. Also included is a range of clear, comprehensive maps that is
unique to this guide, with many not being featured in other publications. With
increased business confidence in Zimbabwe, scores of new hotels and guest
lodges have opened countrywide. Comprehensive and detailed accommodation
listings cover everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger
travellers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the
Zambezi gorge, plus details of en-route accommodation not found in other
guides.



normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'> 8.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana'>Recent
years have brought significant change to Zimbabwe, notably with the fall of
Robert Mugabe, resulting in increased investment and development in the tourism
sector. Bradt's Zimbabwe is an invaluable aid for independent travellers as
well as those on an organized tour. Many activities and off-the-beaten-track
attractions countrywide are featured, plus historical and cultural sights such
as the World Heritage-listed stone-built cities of Great Zimbabwe and Khami.
Iconic Victoria Falls is also covered, and the development of its major new
'theme park', Santonga, plus the mighty Zambezi River - perfect for adventure
holidays - and the country's impressive range of birdlife which continues to
draw enthusiasts year-round.



 



About the author



normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'> 8.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana'>On a visit
to Zimbabwe soon after the country's independence, Paul Murray quickly
established enduring friendships with some leading players in the Victoria
Falls tourism sector. He developed a keen interest in all aspects of the
country but above all, his love for Zimbabwe has been driven by the locals:
'probably the friendliest people I've met anywhere in the world'. Very frequent
visits to Zimbabwe followed and one last Africa ambition came to fruition 10
years ago when he and his wife bought a house in Victoria Falls which has
allowed unparalleled access to the diverse riches of Zimbabwe. It was during
this time that Paul completed three editions of this book. Now located back in
the UK due to family circumstances, he has handed over authorship to Paul Hubbard,
of whom he says 'Far better that a Zimbo rather than a Pom now writes this
book! My cherished Zim guidebook, couldn't be in better hands'.



normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'> 8.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana'>Born in
Bulawayo, Paul Hubbard has lived in towns and in the wild all over Zimbabwe and
currently works around the country as a professional tour guide. As part of his
business he travels around Zimbabwe leading tours and conducting research, both
of which have given him an intimate knowledge of much of the country while
integrating him with much of Zimbabwe's tourism industry - from hotels and
lodges to tour operators and lodge owners. With degrees in archaeology, he
combines history, nature and culture into a fascinating romp through any area.
Having been involved with the previous three editions of Bradt's Zimbabwe, he
continues to bring to this new edition the same verve and passion with which he
conducts tours in person.



 



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Contents


PART 1GENERAL INFORMATION

Chapter 1 Background Information

Geography, Climate, History, Government & politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture

Chapter 2Natural History and Conservation

Flora, Fauna, National Parks

Chapter 3Practical Information

When to visit, Highlights, Planning your trip, Suggested itineraries, Wildlife activities, Tour operators and agents, Red tape, Embassies, Tourist information, Maps and GPS, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Electricity, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating & drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Arts & entertainment, Media, Communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively



PART 2 THE GUIDE

Chapter 4 Harare

History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Harare, North of Harare, Northwest of Harare, Southeast of Harare, Southwest of Harare

Chapter 5Central Zimbabwe

Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gweru, Masvingo, Great Zimbabwe

Chapter 6Lake Kariba and the Zambezi Valley

Deka Drum to Binga, Chizarira National Park, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park, The Middle and Lower Zambezi, Northern Zimbabwe

Chapter 7Victoria Falls

History, When to visit, Getting there, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Activities, Zambezi National Park

Chapter 8Hwange

Hwange town, Hwange National Park, Kazuma Pan National Park, Towards Bulawayo

Chapter 9Bulawayo

History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Bulawayo, Matobo Hills, Plumtree

Chapter 10Southern Zimbabwe

Beitbridge, The A6 from Beitbridge to Bulawayo, Lowveld towns, Gonarezhou National Park, Around Gonarezhou National Park

Chapter 11The Eastern Highlands

Getting there and around, Southern area, Central area, Northern area



Appendices

Language

Glossary

Further info

Index