I’m sorry that you had to wait so long for a little piece about Zimbabwe. I was there over Christmas and New Year. Didn’t travel that much. Just spend some time in Harare and then moved on to the Nyanga National Park which was beautiful. Zimbabwe is trying to get back onto the tourism map and I hope it will become a destination again in 2011 and 2012. It is SO beautiful and the people are incredible. You can spend lots of time watching animals, go see the Victoria Falls, spend time relaxing on Lake Karib in a house boat, go hiking in Nyanga (like we did), visit the lovely city of Bulawayo and so much more. Tour organizers are slowly moving back into Zim which is great.
To say a little bit mor about Nyanga. We rented a private cottage for a few days that was quite far away from the rest of the world. Don’t expect any luxury but do expect relaxation, nature and thunder storms. We had one about every day! We stayed one night in the Rhodes Hotel which I would not really recommend unfortunately… But if nothing else is availabe.. The gardens and surroundings are beautiful but our room was grudgy and we had no hot water. Service lacked a bit as well. The Troutbeck Hotel on the other hand is wonderful! We stayed 1 night in both places before moving on to the cottage. Staying in a self-catering cottage always has my preference when going on a holiday in nature. We found some food supplies at the local markets and off we went. Perfect!
In Nyanga there are a few waterfalls you can walk to and hiking up World View is another activity. You’ll have to be a little bit fit to hike all the way to the top but it’s worth it. Otherwise you can just go bundu bashing in the area like we did on the other days. Would have loved to stay a few more days..