Let me introduce to you one fine and genuine travel writer in the UK. His name is Mark Stratton and we met in the hot and sticky jungle in the Congo Bassin. He writes for renowned travel magazines and newspapers and has been to the most exotic and remote places around the world, mostly before real tourism picked up in those destinations. Mark told us about his love for Zimbabwe and said he would give us some tips if we would ever travel there. If you have to believe one person about what to do and see in Zim, it is Mark. He has been traveling to this country numerous times throughout the years.
So here are his tips.
If you can, I would 100% recommend hiring a vehicle. Itâ€™s a fine country (and safe) to drive around.
Obviously you must do Vic Falls (do try Vic Falls Hotel at least for ‘high tea’) and go Wildwater rafting on the Zambezi River.
Hwange – a must. Seek out Sharon Pincott and her ‘Presidential elephants’.
Bulawayo – nice colonial town. I prefer it to Harare and its gateways to Matopos.
Mana Pools – best national park in Africa: a classic trip is a tented canoe safari: both scary and sublime.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins – the best in Africa.
Eastern Highlands are wonderful â€“ especially for hiking. Chimanimani is simply awe-inspiring.
Gonarezhou: a national park so wild nobody really visits it but it is fabulous… Also not far from uber-luxurious Pamushama Lodge: expensive but fantastic. http://singita.com/pamushana-lodge/
We followed Markâ€™s advice and rented a Toyota Land Cruiser to explore the country and do a real road trip through Zim. Check out this fun time-laps video of us driving from Harare to our first game drive. During the coming two weeks we will visit a couple of the sites that our colleague is advising and I am sure it will result in many, great stories and images. So thanks Mark for convincing us to come to this amazing African country. We will keep you updated!