This new third edition of Bradt's Zimbabwe remains the most authoritative and trusted guide available, written in an engaging and entertaining style by an expert author who has been visitng Zimbabwe annually for nearly 30 years and now spends six months of each year there. In this new thoroughly revised edition, Paul Murray brings a particular focus for those wanting to travel independently as well as visitors on organised tours. Game viewing in some of Africa's greatest national parks is a rewarding experience and this guide offers in-depth information on the facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to select a safari. Accommodation is covered with up-to-date information on everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travellers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the Zambezi gorge. There are also details of en-route accommodation not found in other guides following a complete countrywide review of all destinations that are key to independent travellers, making this by far the most up-to-date guidebook to Zimbabwe on the market. As political tension relaxes, wildlife enthusiasts and curious tourists are returning to Zimbabwe, a country which not so long ago was southern Africa's premier tourist destination, with some of the finest national parks in Africa, stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. The mighty Zambezi River offers adventure holidays, and Victoria Falls will leave visitors breathless, while the range of birdlife draws enthusiasts year-round.
"Paul Murray has shown real dedication to the country and its people by carrying out research for this guide whilst the political situation was still fragile, and I praise Bradt its continuing commitment to covering destinations that have suffered, and for which tourist revenue is a vital means of recovery. It is my sincere wish that this book will assist in Zimbabwe's regeneration."
– From the Forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Explorer
Should you go to Zimbabwe?
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Natural History and Conservation1
Flora, Fauna, National parks
Chapter 3 Practical information
When to visit, Highlights, Planning your trip, Suggested itineraries, Wildlife activities, Tour operators and agents, Red tape , Tourist information, Maps and GPS, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Electricity, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation , Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media, Communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 4 Harare
History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping , Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Harare, North of Harare,
Northwest of Harare, Northeast of Harare, Southeast of Harare , Southwest of Harare
Chapter 5 Central Zimbabwe
Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gweru, Masvingo and Great Zimbabwe
Chapter 6 Lake Kariba and the Zambezi Valley
Deka to Binga, Chizarira National Park, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park, The Middle Zambezi , Northern Zimbabwe
Chapter 7 Victoria 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 8 Hwange
Hwange town, Hwange National Park, Kazuma Pan National Park, Towards Bulawayo
Chapter 9 Bulawayo
History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Bulawayo, Matobo Hills, Plumtree
Chapter 10 Southern Zimbabwe
Beitbridge, The A6 from Beitbridge to Bulawayo, Lowveld towns, Gonarezhou National Park, Around Gonarezhou National Park
Chapter 11 The Eastern Highlands
Getting there and around, Southern area, Central area, Northern area, To Nyamapanda
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
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Paul Murray has been visiting Zimbabwe annually for nearly 30 years and has been spending six months of each year in the country for the last five years. As author of the Bradt guide he has been shortlisted in the Zimbabwe's Achievers Award for services to Zimbabwean tourism. He has worked on the editorial team of Zambezi Traveller, a 48pp regional broadsheet and is advisor on a web-based safari booking agency. Paul has written for several other publications and tourism-related initiatives as well as being a trustee of a prominent Zimbabwean wildlife charity.