Zimbabwe began life after independence in 1980, with one 
of the best transport and communication infrastructures in 
Africa, a solid industrial base, a thriving tourism industry, and 
with towns and cities that were ordered, safe and well maintained.
While this is manifestly no longer the case as a result of the 
country’s troubled political and economic woes in the last decade 
or so, Zimbabwe still has well-protected national parks, which are 
home to a full range of African animals, and a network of lodges 
and hotels that, even in the midst of the crisis, offer world-class 
standards of accommodation and service. 

There are also a number 
of museum sites and monuments, such as the ruins of Great 
Zimbabwe, which showcase the fractured history of the local 
society, while the urban arts, music and restaurant scenes have 
proved surprisingly resilient. 
Zimbabwe’s modern difficulties have never affected tourists, 
and now that the country’s reputation for stability is improving in
 leaps and bounds, tourism in Zimbabwe is flourishing once 
again. Wherever you go in Zimbabwe, ordinary people very 
much welcome travellers – and their tourist dollars – to 
the country.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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