A Personal Reflection
Wandering beside Victoria Falls lent time for reflection. From a distance, it can be difficult to see the beauty in a place that has homophobic, racist or sexist laws. However, as with most places, going beyond “the political” to see and appreciate a country, and its people, will show its true nature. Zimbabwe is truly a beautiful land with much to offer the world — and has risen to the top of the mental lists for this inquisitive traveler. I would love to go back in the first weeks of spring to see the color of the landscape jump to the other side of the spectrum. In a perfect world, I would leave tomorrow to go back on Safari in Hwange.
If I had simply chosen to not visit Zimbabwe in protest of its anti-LGBT laws, the world would not have noticed, and I would still be bitter. Having gone, I saw the stunning landscapes, met many kindhearted people, and I now consider myself greatly enriched from the experience. In reality, there will be aspects or laws in most countries that I disagree with in some way. However, I realize now that we should all travel to celebrate what is good, and what is beautiful in a country. In Zimbabwe, there is a bountiful supply of both.
Zimbabwe Tourism: www.zimbabwetourism.net
Zimbabwe Parks: www.zimparks.org
Bronte Hotel: www.brontehotel.com
Victoria Falls Hotel: www.pureafricaexperiences.com
Victoria Falls Rest Camp & Lodges: www.vicfallsrestcamp.com