ZIM­BABWE

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This land-locked coun­try has en­dured sanc­tions, an un­sta­ble cur­rency and on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion about its fu­ture. But don’t count Zim­babwe out.

The econ­omy of Zim­babwe is slowly im­prov­ing, mostly de­pen­dent on agri­cul­ture and min­eral re­sources, with the min­ing in­dus­try the largest driver. That said, tourism, led by the stun­ning Vic­to­ria Falls area, is see­ing a re­vival. The big ques­tion is, who will suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, Zim­babwe’s only ruler since 1987 and now in his 90s. CITIES: The cap­i­tal city, Harare, is the most pop­u­lous city in Zim­babwe. Set in the Zim­babwe Highveld, 5,000 feet above sea level, Harare is a friendly city of flow­er­ing trees and gar­dens and a tem­per­ate cli­mate.

Zim­babwe’s most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion is Vic­to­ria Falls. In ad­di­tion, the Great Zim­babwe Ru­ins in Masvingo and the Khami Ru­ins in Bu­l­awayo are among the world’s most well-pre­served an­cient cities and the Hwange Game Re­serve is the coun­try’s largest wildlife sanc­tu­ary.

There are three in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Zim­babwe: Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port; Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Bu­l­awayo, and the Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Harare’s air­port is the largest in the coun­try, si­t­u­ated 6 miles from the cen­ter of town. The $150 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port is ex­pected to wrap up in late 2015. It in­cludes a sec­ond run­way, ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing run­way, and a new ter­mi­nal. HO­TELS: The Meik­les Ho­tel is a 5-star prop­erty in the cen­ter of Harare. The Bronte Ho­tel is renowned for its col­lec­tion of Shona sculp­tures. The Crowne Plaza of­fers newly re­fur­bished rooms, Cresta Ho­tels has three ho­tels in the city and the Hol­i­day Inn Harare is near the CBD.

The de facto of­fi­cial cur­rency is the US dol­lar and it is very much a cash econ­omy. Most larger es­tab­lish­ments ac­cept MasterCard and Visa.

Visit zim­bab­wetourism.net or go­tovic­to­ri­afalls.co.za.

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