Traveler's Warning: Security in Zimbabwe is highly unstable in the moment. For the latest Zimbabwe situation, be sure to check your home country's government warnings and make sure you use common sense if you do go: avoid obvious danger zones and listen to local advice on places and people to avoid.
It is hoped that this beautiful country's political situation will continue to improve, as reports say it is doing, and regain its former glory. At the moment, the power-hungry Robert Mugabe has refused to give up his position as head of the country despite his overwhelming loss in the recent election. Although the country's economy is gradually improving, millions of Zimbabwe citizens are dependent on food aid, while disease outbreak (such as cholera) make the situation worse.
Behind this sad back story lies a gorgeous country full of highly good-natured, fun-loving people. With so few tourists these days, you can expect to be treated like royalty. While the media gives us the grim picture, travelers see something else, a deep beauty in the grace of the people, and Zimbabwe wildlife and scenery truly spectacular.
If you go to the capital city of Harare, you'll notice there are actually three cities in one: the 'town' with its high rises and regular city life full of cafes, restaurants, cinemas and shops; the suburban low-density city complete with tennis courts, swimming pools, shopping malls, gated communities, tree-lined streets, sharply-dress school children and businessmen on bicycles; and finally, the outer city full of slums.
People of Zimbabwe (Zimbabweans) love to drink mozoe, which is a fruity drink made from orange squash. They also regularly eat sadza and stew, which is a delicious stew served over sadza—a common staple made of thick ground corn paste. Locals eat sadza at every meal. It's cheap and extremely filling. Try eating it the way the locals do. They take a golf ball size portion of sadza, kneed it into a uniform ball, push a hole into it with their thumb and then use it as a scoop for the stew. Easy! Whenever you're served food or drink, it's polite to clap your hands together quietly twice and say thank you. The locals will be highly impressed! If you're in a restaurant, remember to tip generously. Restaurant jobs pay very little and tips are enormously appreciated in these tough times. Whenever you're in a situation where you're taking something from someone, always use your right hand. This also applies to passing something. Finally, it's crucial you don't speak out against the government in public as this is a serious crime.
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