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Tockalosh Apr 7th 2018 3:13 pm

Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
Coming to the end of our time in the Gulf and I want to take the wife back to the country of her birth and show the boys some animals and an experience of Africa. Flights are booked so we are definitely going, yay

Most of the trip is semi sorted already (few days in Vic falls, houseboat on Kariba, few days in Bullies and a decent lodge around the Matopos but we will be landing in Harare and spending a few days there for the wife to reminisce. Can anyone confirm if car hire is a sensible option from Harare International or is it easier to find a reliable driver, with a reliable car to run us around?
Looks like we will book the Monomotapa for those few days unless anyone has any good recommendations.. If anyone there or who has recently been there has any comments, they would be gladly received
Thanks Tock

Thairetired2016 Apr 8th 2018 10:01 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by Tockalosh (Post 12477361)
Coming to the end of our time in the Gulf and I want to take the wife back to the country of her birth and show the boys some animals and an experience of Africa. Flights are booked so we are definitely going, yay

Most of the trip is semi sorted already (few days in Vic falls, houseboat on Kariba, few days in Bullies and a decent lodge around the Matopos but we will be landing in Harare and spending a few days there for the wife to reminisce. Can anyone confirm if car hire is a sensible option from Harare International or is it easier to find a reliable driver, with a reliable car to run us around?
Looks like we will book the Monomotapa for those few days unless anyone has any good recommendations.. If anyone there or who has recently been there has any comments, they would be gladly received
Thanks Tock

Can't help with your question. May I ask you to post your experience? I have memories of "Salisbury", Meikles Hotel etc., travelling in armed convoys. My last trip was during Lancaster House agreement. Enjoy your trip.

Tockalosh Apr 9th 2018 5:35 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
Ja no worries at all. It appears we have chosen the worse weeks of the year to visit as stacks of places are full particularly down in the matopos. Fortunately my wife used to be a travel writer in Zim so that appears to be opening a few doors, thankfully. Will post a full report upon completion but one thing I can say now is that Zim is appearing fiercely expensive especially in wankie which is probably out of reach now at a 1000 gbp per night !!

Tockalosh Apr 9th 2018 5:37 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
House boats on Kariba are still very reasonable so looks like lots of fishing and checking out flat dogs

MsLes Jun 8th 2018 7:16 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
Hi Tock,

Do you still need any advice or is everything pretty much booked and paid for at this point? I'm in Harare so I could try answering some questions. Roads in Harare (most of Zimbabwe actually) are horrific atm. So maybe getting a reliable driver might be easier (if budget allows). I personally now know where potholes are on my regular routes and there's nothing worse than running into a new one or driving slow on a new route you're not familiar with. Even on familiar routes, it's still pretty exhausting trying to manoeuvre through. However, if it's a true Zimbabwean experience you're looking for...:thumbsup:

Tockalosh Jun 8th 2018 7:23 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
Hi and thanks for coming back. Absolutely everything is sorted, booked, and paid for in advance bar hire car for the first 2 days in Harare. Everyone in the family is very excited. Can’t believe how the prices have gone through the roof

Alfresco Dec 22nd 2018 7:20 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
Hi All,

Just jumping on this thread. We have booked tickets from mid Jan to early Feb and will be on a house boat on Lake Kariba for five days.

I haven't been there for many, many years, and can't remember what safety precautions we need to take.

Can anyone advise please?

dfjordan Dec 23rd 2018 6:38 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by Alfresco (Post 12611862)
Hi All,

Just jumping on this thread. We have booked tickets from mid Jan to early Feb and will be on a house boat on Lake Kariba for five days.

I haven't been there for many, many years, and can't remember what safety precautions we need to take.

Can anyone advise please?


Yes; dont go !

Kim67 Dec 23rd 2018 10:03 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by dfjordan (Post 12612312)



Yes; dont go !

Thanks for such a detailed and insightful response. It's been very helpful. πŸ˜•

Thairetired2016 Dec 24th 2018 9:39 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by Alfresco (Post 12611862)
Hi All,

Just jumping on this thread. We have booked tickets from mid Jan to early Feb and will be on a house boat on Lake Kariba for five days.

I haven't been there for many, many years, and can't remember what safety precautions we need to take.

Can anyone advise please?

A few days ago I spoke to a friend who visited Zim in May. All she said was that they enjoyed their stay (Vic Falls). Overall I heard nothing negative. It was not a group tour but self-organized to various Central and Southern African countries.

Tockalosh Dec 25th 2018 11:05 am

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 
our holiday was superb and we felt safe and comfortable at all times, unlike SA which I visit 4 or 5 times a year. Harare and Bulawayo and the falls were totally drama free and walking around at night was safe
however that was the weeks before the election, the shops were full and there was never a line up for fuel.
Hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did
the place we stayed at in the falls was spectacular so get in touch if you haven’t finalized

dfjordan Dec 25th 2018 1:06 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by Kim67 (Post 12612367)
Thanks for such a detailed and insightful response. It's been very helpful. πŸ˜•

I dont recall you having asked the question? Someimes a few words are enough, particularly if talking about a totally failed country.

Pollyana Dec 25th 2018 1:44 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by dfjordan (Post 12612784)


I dont recall you having asked the question? Someimes a few words are enough, particularly if talking about a totally failed country.

Do you have much personal experience of visiting Zimbabwe?

Kim67 Dec 25th 2018 8:16 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by dfjordan (Post 12612784)


I dont recall you having asked the question? Someimes a few words are enough, particularly if talking about a totally failed country.

​​​​​​
I didn't ask, Alfresco asked on our behalf. He said we'd already booked so not going isn't really an option. The trip is to visit an elderly family member so not just a chilling holiday.

Kim67 Dec 25th 2018 9:35 pm

Re: Holiday in Zim this July - some advice welcomed
 

Originally Posted by Tockalosh (Post 12612768)
our holiday was superb and we felt safe and comfortable at all times, unlike SA which I visit 4 or 5 times a year. Harare and Bulawayo and the falls were totally drama free and walking around at night was safe
however that was the weeks before the election, the shops were full and there was never a line up for fuel.
Hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did
the place we stayed at in the falls was spectacular so get in touch if you haven’t finalized

Thanks ​​​​​​for the feedback. At this stage we are staying in Harare with five nights booked on the houseboat at Lake Kariba. As long as I get to see a hippo, I'll be a happy bunny.


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