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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way

In general (Smile & Say Hello, Keep in touch, Don’t be afraid, Eat local food, Take many photos)

 

Money

By April 2009, the Zimbabwe dollar was suspended indefinitely.
The government has adopted a multiple currency framework which includes United States Dollar mainly and widely, but also South African rand, Botswana pula, British pound and Euro (seldom).
So make sure that you have US dollars with you in case you are met with problems by using other currency.
Moreover, always have in your wallet one-dollar or two–dollar notes, because if they give you change in local currency, or old and damaged dollar notes you will have to find a way to spend it, before leaving the country…
Credit cards are basically not accepted when it comes to eating or buying things (only in some hotels and touristic resorts).
Visa is generally most widely accepted than Mastercard. 

 

Transports

Driving a rental car in Zimbabwe is not a simple task, so take the matter seriously… You will find all necessary information regarding requirements here

Add at least a couple of hours to the estimated travel time…

Daylight hours are short to all destinations around equator and this turns out to be a big problem.

On the other hand this gives you more time to rest, but when your program is too tight, like ours was, you may end up driving during night.
This is something that I always try to avoid, since it is dangerous and we don’t have the chance to see much of the route. 

 

Sights

During your trip in Zimbabwe, visit definitely Great Zimbabwe National Monument, also Monument of Universal Heritage by UNESCO, the amazing Hwange National Park, the magic, almost mystical Matobo Hills and climb all the way up to the magnificent “view of the world” where Cecil Rhodes is buried. The White Rhino Cave, with its very ancient cave paintings, is also among the many and very interesting sights of this country

In Zambia visit the eastern side of the Victoria Falls in Livingstone and chose as best viewpoint the platform at The Royal Livingstone Hotel, next to Zambezi River.
An activity that you should consider as an absolute must is a Microlight flight, which will give you the opportunity to fly like a bird over the falls and the Mosi-o-Tunia Park and to enjoy a panorama of the dreamy and magical African landscape.

In Botswana, the most beautiful activity that you could probably enjoy is a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta.
The mokoro (a kind of African pirogue) will give you the opportunity to have a glimpse of the unique flora and fauna of the river, the best way possible.

In South Africa and more specifically in Soweto you must walk down the iconic Vilakazi Street, the only known street in the world to boast being the former home of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Visit Mandela’s home, the Museum of Apartheid and also the Monument and Museum Hector Pieterson.
In Mpumalanga visit the amazing Blyde River Canyon and the magnificent viewpoint God’s Window, along with the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the extraordinary Three Rondavels.

 

Food

Don’t hesitate to try African specialties, like Sadza and Bota in Zimbabwe, nshima in Zambia, lamb, goat and river fish in Botswana, tripe, chakalaka and the famous boerewors roll in South Africa.

 

Μentality

The mentality of the peoples who live in Southeastern Africa has been severely influenced by the continuous, cruel and deliberate exploitation during the hard years of colonialism and apartheid and also by the mismanagement of the independence and freedom that came afterwards.
The criminality, the civil wars, the corruption and the stealing of natural resources, along with the totalitarian regimes have created wounds still opened in all the countries of the Southeastern region of the African Continent.  
But, to their credit, the Africans have made also many efforts to develop their living standards in many sectors, mostly in tourism.
In general, they are kind and friendly, when the attitude of the visitors is polite, respectful and composed.
They appreciate a lot the understanding and the admiration of the African culture by travelers and can be very welcoming.
But this doesn’t mean that one should be naïf and frivolous in certain areas, like Soweto, South Africa, for instance, where criminality is still a fact.
In Zimbabwe too, one should be more skeptical when it comes to continuous spot fines for non-existing traffic offences and irrational roadblocks.  
There are quite a few crafty people pretending to be policemen and therefore making a living this way…
Or real policemen who take their role far too seriously…On the above mentioned links, concerning driving rental cars on the roads of Zimbabwe, there is plenty of advice and information on how to handle situations like that.
Knowledge will help you to avoid unpleasant surprises.

 

General

With proper information and understanding of the problems that probably still exist in certain areas and also with a friendly, joyful and discreet attitude, a visit to Southeastern Africa will be safe and amazing too.
After all, we are talking about a once in a lifetime experience. A journey to Africa will always have something mythical about it and deserves to be treasured and remembered forever by real travelers…   

 

 

Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 54.960.000
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