Must Go in Zimbabwe
When you have stood on the edge of the gorge, soaked from the spray, rainbows everywhere you look, feeling the water thunder over the sides, you will know why it is one of the seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Kariba is the largest man-made dam in the world in terms of water capacity. I have so many memories from holidays spent on the dam: The first time I caught a Tiger Fish. The first time I got tipsy. Jumping off the top of houseboats in the middle of the Dam.
New Year’s Eve Parties under the stars. The hush when the generator gets turned off for the night. Sharing my morning cup of tea with a herd of elephants.
You don’t have to go far to feel like you are in ‘the Bush’. The best spots are places like Hwange, Malilangwe, Mana Pools, Matapos, Gonarezhou and Victoria Falls, but there are camps close to Harare like Imire if you don’t want to stray too far from civilisation.
Must Do in Zimbabwe
Watch a sunset over Kariba
Kariba sunsets have to be amongst the best in the whole wide world.
Get stuck into some extreme adventure activities in the Falls
Bungy jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white water rafting in the Zambezi River, swinging across the Batonka Gorge and drinking in a backpacker bar will all get your adrenaline pumping.
Tourists are usually looking to tick The Big 5 (i.e. lion, rhino, African elephant, buffalo & leopard) off their bucket lists, but my favourites are giraffes.
Must Eat in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean cuisine is not world-renowned and tends to very simple. There are a few dishes though that you should try:
Sadza ne nyama ne muriwo
Thick maize meal porridge (sadza), meat (nyama) & leafy green vegetables (muriwo).
Kapenta — freshwater sardine, dried on racks in the sun.
Biltong — dried red meat, similar to jerky.
Any kind of meat looked on the braai (Afrikaans word for a barbeque)
Fresh bream, filleted, rolled in flour, fried & served with lemon. (Extra points if you catch the fish yourself.)
Cultural Tips for traveling in Zimbabwe
Shona and Ndebele are the widest spoken languages, but everyone speaks English. However there are few often-used slang words that tend to confuse people:
Shamwari means friend in Shona and is frequently used in conversation like ‘mate’ is in Australia.
When you hear anyone referring to zesa (pronounced zhe-sah) they are talking about electricity. Parts of Zimbabwe are often without power and people can frequently be overheard saying: We have no zesa today. (ZESA stands for Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority.)
Mushi (pronounced mooh-shee) – Good
Robots – Traffic Lights
Buddy card – Airtime credit for your mobile phone, which can be purchased from guys hanging around at robots.
Monkey’s wedding – The sun shining through the rain
Circle – Roundabout
Muti (pronounced moot-ee) – Medicine
Takkies – Sneakers (Afrikaans)
Bakkie (pronounced buck-ee) – Truck (Afrikaans)
Cheap travel tips for Zimbabwe
Have any of you guys been to Zimbabwe? Have any travel tips to share?