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Indaba 2013 was magnificent for Zimbabwe Tourism! Indaba 2013 was magnificent for Zimbabwe Tourism! The excitement, vibe and reception of Zimbabwe at Indaba 2013 was incredible this year, Ross Kennedy,...
Agriculture in Southern Africa Dr. Mick Gammon wrote the following in the magazine The Rhosarian (October 2009): “The first white hunters, traders and missionaries who in the 19th century...
Zim conservancies to become national parks? During a recent politburo meeting, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe reportedly criticised senior Zanu PF officials and army commanders for invading and...
Zim routes attract major international airlines Since Air Zimbabwe suspended most of its regional routes due to financial problems, several international airlines have launched flights to Zimbabwe to...
KLM strengthens Africa network with Harare flights KLM strengthens Africa network with Harare flights Effective October 29, KLM will commence services to Harare, Zimbabwe. “KLM sees great growth opportunities...
Zimbabwe receives significant rain in most parts of the country MOST parts of the country received significant rains on Monday, bringing relief to farmers and cooling temperatures after a persistent heat wave. In Harare,...
Zimbabwe the Number 1 Tourist Destination When news filtered that Zimbabwe had won the bid to co-host the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly together with Zambia,...
Air Zimbabwe gets new planes AIR Zimbabwe is ready to soar after finally tying up deals for brand new Airbus A340-500 and A320-200 aircraft which will be put into service as early...
Islands of Excellence My two recent postings – the first on why I would invest in Zimbabwe and the second titled “Marvellous Zimbabwe” caused quite a stir in the Diaspora. Many...
One Air Zim Plane Cleared to Fly AIR Zimbabwe will begin to service local and regional routes after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ) cleared three of the troubled airline’s planes which...
Spectacular Eclipse of the Moon Enthralls Thousands Zimbabwe had one of its best views ever of a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday night with clear skies giving good visibility and entrancing hundreds of...
Oprah Winfrey's Favourite Guest This week’s story of a remarkable Zimbabwean, Tererai Trent (Pictured), gladdens the heart. Coming from a country where there isn’t much to celebrate,...
Regional and Domestic Flights Cancelled by Air Zimbabwe THE country’s troubled flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe has been forced to cancel regional and domestic flights after its aircraft was grounded while one plane...
Zimbabwe Toursist Attractions to be Seen on DSTV Some of Zimbabwe's finest tourist attractions will enjoy international television coverage when they feature in a 13part series on Animal Planet Channel...
ZimParks averts animal crisis as Zambezi River floods With Kariba Dam's floodgates opened unusually early this year, the waters of the Zambezi River downstream are flowing even higher than they did in 2010....
Kariba opens floodgates tomorrow Kariba opens floodgates tomorrow On Saturday 22nd January, the Kariba floodgates will be opened due to heavy rains in the Zambezi catchment area, particularly...
Exhume Cecil Rhodes's Bones THE continuous recognition and respect conferred upon architects of colonisation have once again ignited a chorus of calls for their removal amid demands...
Sir Richard Branson accused of being 'vulture' in Zimbabwe Mr Mugabe's Zanu PF party has suggested that Sir Richard was seeking to capitalise on Zimbabwe's recently discovered diamond wealth when he launched Enterprise...
Richard Branson urges investment in Zimbabwe Billionaire Richard Branson urged people on Monday to invest in Zimbabwe, saying the world was wrong to wait instead of helping the politically volatile,...
Tolerance has failed to work on Mugabe and Zanu PF-It’s now time for a fair go! “Zimbabwe president Mugabe is equal to Zero. Let us now get up for a fair go! It is now time for us to take action against Mugabe and his government in...
Zimbabwe - laughter club to cope with the economy Two women are planning to set up laughter clubs in Zimbabwe, one of the world's most challenging economies. Shilpa Shah and Celina Stockill believe they...
What Independence? We have nothing to celebrate and everything to fight for What better way to open the reflection on our country's 30 years of independence than to quote...
How to Help the Young Super heroes in a Hut In response to Nick Kristof's story Young superheroes in a hut featuring a family of orphans in Zimbabwe, over 100 readers wrote in asking what they...
Zimbabwe and the Causes of African Poverty In my Sunday column, I cite Zimbabwe as evidence that Africa’s basic problem has been bad governance. So here’s your chance to weigh in on the larger...
Young Superheroes in a Hut Why is Africa poor? Is it a legacy of colonial exploitation? Tropical diseases and parasites? Or is it that local mammals, like the zebra and the African...
Tourism in Zimbabwe and the World Cup I read an article recently quoting the CEO of one of Zimbabwe’s largest tourism groups which said Zimbabwe could expect 40 000 visitors as a spin off...
CITES chief arrives in Zimbabwe HARARE – CITES secretary general Willem Wijnstekers (pictured) has arrived in Zimbabwe on four-day working visit which will see him meeting Prime Minister...
Zimbabwe Solar Eclipse January 2010 Zimbabwe will witness solar eclipse on 15th January 2010 as several towns will be partially obscured just after sun rise. The total solar eclipse in 2001...
What if Mugabe were a bull... Before I ruffle feathers and get into trouble with my headline, let me make it clear that, though male, Mugabe cannot be classified as a bull. Yes, he...
Tourists Are Returning to Zimbabwe The Zimbabwe Council of Tourism says the number of tourists has more than tripled, but the sector's full recovery will be linked to the success of the...
Zimbabwe escapes diamond sale ban Zimbabwe has escaped suspension from the Kimberly process - the certification scheme which regulates the sale of so-called blood diamonds. Instead, the...
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28th October 2009
A local Board in Zimbabwe's mining town of Hwange has hired a professional hunter to track down and kill baboons for reportedly causing havoc in residential suburbs, the board’s technical committee chairman, Councillor Andrew Mupande, has said.
Monday 24th August 2009
Tuesday 4th August 2009
Harare — KIRSTY COVENTRY once again cemented her place among the world's swimming immortals when she emerged from the just-ended 13th Final World Championships in Rome, Italy, with two medals - one gold and a silver.
The United States-based Zimbabwean swimming sensation, who turns 26 next month, also consolidated her place as the best female swimmer in the 200m backstroke after setting a new world record time of 2 minutes 04.81 seconds on Saturday night.
This was her third 200m backstroke world title.
Coventry then followed up her record-breaking feat on Saturday by winning a silver medal in the 400m individual medley event on the last day of the championships on Sunday night.
Tuesday 7th July 2009
Holgate Visits Zimbabwe
Monday 8th June 2009
Recently worrying reports have popped up in the press that the Zambezi Seaway Scheme, first mooted in the 1950’s by the Portuguese to reduce freight costs for landlocked countries in Southern Africa, by opening up the Zambezi as a seaway, is back on the cards.
Action needs to be taken to stop this from happening...
Tuesday 26th May 2009-Zimbabwe News
Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe has won the 2009 Comrades Marathon, from Pietermartizburg to Durban on Sunday in a time of 05;23;26.
Leonid Shvetsov, defending champion and record holder of both the up and down runs, was second in 05;33;05 and CHARLES Tjiane, the first South African home, came third in 05;34;18,
"It was a good race, I was focused and reacted very well to moves by my challengers. I did not experience any pain or cramps," said Muzhingi after the race.
Muzhingi, who finished third in the 2008 and seventh the year before that, will pocket prized money of R 220 000 and a gold medal for winning this years event, which was first staged in 1921.
Friday 17th April 2009-Zimbabwe News
by Andrew Moyo Friday 17 April 2009-Zimbabwe News
HARARE - The United States (US) has lifted crippling
travel warnings slapped
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive
Karikoga Kaseke told
Kaseke said the decision to lift the warnings followed
months of months of
"It is the best thing that has happened to us," said
Kaseke, who spoke told
There was no immediate confirmation by the US mission
the claims by Kaseke
In addition to regular travel warnings, the US and its
Western allies also
The sanctions against Mugabe and his top lieutenants
remain in place and
The US and the European Union have said they want a
unity government formed
But the lifting of travel warnings to Zimbabwe will
assist the country's
The US and rich Western countries have been the
traditional source market
Kaseke expressed hope that the lifting of US travel
warnings would influence
"There will be no more warnings against US citizens
travelling to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's new unity government between President Robert
Mugabe and Prime
However, the country faces major challenges in
refurbishing airports, roads,
Thursday 9th April 2009-Zimbabwe News
The opposition newspaper of Zimbabwe held a unique
advertising campaign. All promotional materials were made of money.
These are all Zimbabwean Dollars Notes -which are now useless and have been scraped in favour of a US$ currency. Unique Don't You Think!!!!
Monday 30th March 2009-Zimbabwe News
In April 2009 an intrepid band led by well-known guide Gordon Putterill and including top photographer Chris Weston, will attempt to be the first to walk the full breadth of Hwange National Park from west to east unsupported.
In excess of 100km and over six days, the harsh semi-Kalahari terrain and densely populated elephant population will provide numerous challenges.
The goal is to raise desperately-needed funds and awareness for Hwange, one of Africa's oldest and most legendary parks which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary!
Funds raised will be distributed equally between the Friends of Hwange Trust (www.hwangetrust.com) and impoverished Mambanje Primary School which resides on Hwange's eastern border. Sponsorship and support are requested in the way of cash, per km walked, school books and stationery for the school, solar pump and windmill sponsorship, and fuel for water pumps.
Please contact us if you would like a sponsorship form should you be kind enough to sponsor .
Friends of Hwange is a private trust dedicated to looking after 10 major waterholes in Hwange, and employs a full-time maintenance manager in the Park and has installed five hi-tech windmills as a long-term solution to Hwange’s water supply problems.
Hwange, half the size of Belgium at 14,500 sq. km, is totally reliant in the dry season on diesel driven boreholes, of which there are over 60 in the Park. Although the windmills have helped significantly, they cannot output the volumes of water required for Hwange’s 30,000 elephants.
The trustees of FOH are committed to the long-term prosperity of Hwange and are embarking on using solar power for some waterholes. At its peak Hwange NP supported over 1500 families by way of employment in and around the Park. It is a priceless asset waiting to once more take its place when momentous tourism resumes. Hwange is also an integral part of the new Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park.
Mambanje Primary School hold the next generation who currently receive important conservation education from organizations in Hwange NP. However their major challenges are shortages of school books and stationery, decent salaries for teachers, and other basic infrastructure needs. Funds raised for Mambanje will be carefully distributed to ensure the children receive the most effective conservation education and their highest priority needs are met.
Many thanks for your support!
Zimbabwe News Updates
Thursday, 5th March 2009 11.15-Zimbabwe News
Musina -An emotional Matt Damon listened to a Zimbabwean woman describe how she was raped while pregnant on a perilous journey across the border into South Africa.
The Hollywood actor visited refugee centres in Musina on the South African border with Zimbabwe as part of his work with the human rights organization he started with a number of other celebrities.
An estimated 3 million Zimbabweans have fled the economic collapse and dire humanitarian conditions in their country for South Africa.
Damon, who is in South Africa shooting a movie, said in an exclusive interview with the AP Tuesday that he was "shocked and saddened" by the plight of the people he had spoken to. He said conditions were "untenable" and called on international and regional leaders to take action.
Wednesday, 24th February 2009 12.45 HARARE - The newly sworn-in Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the west and the rest of the international community are encouraged to come to Zimbabwe without any security fears as the nation is a safe tourist destination, ZBC News reported on Tuesday.
Tsvangirai said this during a business meeting in central Zimbabwe city Gweru. He said the government is committed to revitalizing the country's lucrative tourism sector, saying they are already persuading the west to lift travel warnings issued against Zimbabwe.
Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe is not at war, therefore there is no reason for the country to be described as an unsafe destination.
The west, especially Britain and Australia, have described Zimbabwe as an unsafe tourist destination, in some instances banning their cricket teams from touring the country.
Zimbabwe News Updates
Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 11:15 -Zimbabwe News
Tour operators are to return to Zimbabwe this March after a revision of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice.
From April 2008 routes were diverted into neighbouring Zambia while the FCO advised against all but essential travel to the troubled country. The closure of campsites and other facilities also hindered any plans to re-instate overland routes.
Facilities are now available and so, along with the amended FCO advice, operators are beginning to return to Zimbabwe.
Chris Wrede, one of tour operator Oasis Overland’s directors, travelled to Zimbabwe last month, and commented: "The slow erosion of facilities and the poverty is very saddening when compared to the thriving Zimbabwe of seven years ago.
"However, the welcome from local people was warmer than ever and I was surprised at the openness and honesty in which they discuss their country’s economic and political problems.
"Many people feel rather abandoned by the west and in particular those who work in tourism are desperate for income. Victoria Falls was like a ghost town as far as tourists were concerned, but security was never an issue."
Oasis Overland’s trips starting in Kenya this month will travel south through Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique to Zimbabwe, continuing to Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Whilst in Zimbabwe, the itinerary includes the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a private game ranch, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls.
The FCO advice remains against travel to high density – low income suburban areas.
4th December 2008-Zimbabwe News
As reported in the latest news reports, the Cholera outbreak as been declared a national emergency in Zimbabwe. Aid organizations from around the world are once again coming to our assistance to get control of the situation.
From the map below you will see that there have been no reported cases in the Victoria Falls region to date.
Many of the tour operators and the private sector in Victoria Falls are involved in supporting and supplying funds for the maintenance and infrastructure of the water treatment system – this ensures the health and safety of all visitors and local residents.
However we do recommend that standard precautions should be taken
• Washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom
• Cleaning and washing all vegetables and fruit before eating them – try to avoid buying fruit from local vendors – rather buy from shops or hotels.
• Buy bottled water from reliable sources.
• Travellers visiting villages and out of town places are highly recommend not to drink the water from any rivers or streams – and we also would advise not to eat any meat that has not be brought from a shop or hotel.
Look at these links for a more detailed information.
World Health Organisation Report
Yahoo Health cholera
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