|Vic Falls, (image of bridge
over the Falls - which marks border between Zim and Zambia. Alas, at the
moment, rail-travel for passengers over the bridge is not an option).
The Falls, Great Zimbabwe, and (what were) some of the
best game reserves in Africa. It should make for the holiday of a
Currently travel in Zimbabwe
cannot be recommended.
|This is NOT for safety reasons. Beyond the
usual problems of petty crime, violence since the 1999 elections has
only been directed against tourists on isolated occasions when they
have been unlucky enough to be caught up in political protests. As a
tourist you are likely to remain safe so long as you avoid going into
rural areas or the high density housing
settlements and squatter camps at the major cities.
Zimbabwe should be avoided
Your visiting Zimbabwe at this time
succeeds only in giving credibility to the current regime.
with the politically naive decision to go ahead with England's Cricket
World Cup matches in Zimbabwe in 2004, the regime, quite rightly, gained the
impression of international gullibility. I hope that you went to watch matches in
South Africa instead. And as a brief update, John Howard, the
then Australian P.M., just ordered that a future, planned cricket tour
should not take place in Zim. Good for him.
For a better Beyer garret pic, check my railways
may at last now be the final months (let us hope not years) of the Mugabe
regime. What the Rhodesians failed to achieve militarily, it now seems
that the MDC may well be able do democratically. After all, one man, one
vote - it is what the people want. Assuming that the MDC are able to
withstand the growing, desperate onslaught of a regime on its last legs it is possible
that Zimbabwe will again become one
of the greatest countries in the world, balancing only with Norway and
Bulawayo railway station - main purpose for pic is Morris Minor
ZANU(PF) would have thrown the kitchen-sink into the
coming elections, but unfortunately they sold it (not withstanding the recent, ridiculous appointment to the UN of a
Zimbabwean as chair of the Commission on Sustainable Development. Why?
The cynical answer is that the complete destruction of the industrial
base, dreadful inflation, and appallingly low life-expectancy, have all
done their bit), a country being fed on lies rather than food.
The news now coming out
is that the MDC has decided (due to the ridiculous degree of violence
being perpetrated - even if, going by what the Herald
says, most of it is being perpetrated by the MDC "neo-colonialists")
not to stand for the second round. Unsurprisingly, Mugabe won the second
round by a landslide, despite a large number of apparently highly
abusive voting slips. The standard conclusion is that
Mugabe lost in the first round by too great a margin to be fixed, as has
been done before. And, ironically, in January 2008 Muzorewa
took over one of the few remaining white-owned farms (a farm which the
owner had already, voluntarily, given up over half of his land
for redistribution) - full article here.
That Mugabe is now content for Muzorewa to do this
- when, presumably, in 1979 he would have had him shot on sight -
reflects well on Mugabe's desire not to rely on previous struggles
to keep himself in power. An
item in NEWS
24 reports that a number of Zimbabwean farmers have now moved to
Nigeria, to continue farming.
for some amusement value, click on the following link
to see some remnants of the Rhodesian war - still performing, even if
not quite as intended.
Otherwise, this photo (Bulawayo 1997) of a
Zimbabwean police car blatantly parked on an expired meter effectively
sums up one of the more minor discretions the police get up to.
information - up to date information from the British Foreign
and Commonwealth Office
||As the Zimbabwean currency
disintegrated - until it became legal and necessary to use foreign
currency, one US dollar was worth four million Zimbabwe dollars at the official exchange rate and
many billion Zimbabwe dollars on the black market, the
"unofficial" market that anyone with money who is not one of Mugabe's
associates or Gideon
Gono (Central bank chief) - click here
for a link to his own personal site, which proudly claims "Failure
is not an option" ?!!!? Zimbabwe is now spiralling out of control.
Cholera, state-sponsored violence against anyone perceived as a threat -
Zim is in such a mess that hopefully South Africa will at last exert its
power to try to bring the country back to some form of normality.
(picture taken on the South Africa side Beitbridge border post)
It now seems that Britons have been involved in the slaughter of much
of what is left of Zimbabwe's once incredible elephant population - click
link for more (opens in new window). And if that is not depressing
enough, more HERE
- the people cannot be blamed, but the conditions - and leaders
CAUSING this - can be.