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ISBN-13: 9781841627717
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Limited
Publication date: 08/27/2013
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About the Author

Paul Murray has been visiting Zimbabwe annually for nearly 30 years and has been spending six months of each year in the country for the last five years. As author of the Bradt guide he has been shortlisted in the Zimbabwe’s Achievers Award for services to Zimbabwean tourism. He has worked on the editorial team of Zambezi Traveller, a 48pp regional broadsheet and is advisor on a web-based safari booking agency. Paul has written for several other publications and tourism-related initiatives as well as being a trustee of a prominent Zimbabwean wildlife charity.

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By Murray, Paul

Bradt Travel Guides

Copyright © 2010 Murray, Paul
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781841622958

Great Zimbabwe, 25km southeast of Masvingo

This magnificent ruined city, the largest stone structure to be built south of the Sahara, was the base for a succession of kings and rulers spanning four centuries and has subsequently had the whole country named after it. The name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona words dzimba dza mabwe  translated as ‘houses of stone’, referring not just to this prime site but also to the hundreds, if not thousands of similar but much smaller dzimbahwes or  zimbabwes to be found in this area and further afield. The rather strange carved soapstone birds found here have provided the country with its national symbol.

Although this region had almost certainly been already settled for a number of centuries it is believed the first stone structures were erected around 1100 AD and there followed continual building development probably into the 15th century.  Despite what we now know, the provenance of Great Zimbabwe has up until relatively recently been the subject of heated, often bitter debate stemming from the early European belief that Africans could not possibly have built a structure of such complexity. Indeed, since its discovery by the Portuguese it had been popularly believed that this was the lost kingdom of Ophir with all its fabled treasures and was linked with biblical figures such as Sheba and King Solomon. Much later, others, including Cecil Rhodes continued to attribute the ruins to the Phoenicians. Instead, this was clearly a massively important religious and political centre, not a military fort but a continually developing tribute to a long succession of rulers who had wide reaching influence. It is believed that in its heyday the city complex housed a society of up to 20,000 people. Today it is one of Zimbabwe’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites



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Table of Contents


Should you go to Zimbabwe?


Chapter 1 Background Information

Geography, Climate, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture

Chapter 2 Natural History and Conservation1

Flora, Fauna, National parks

Chapter 3 Practical information

When to visit, Highlights, Planning your trip, Suggested itineraries, Wildlife activities, Tour operators and agents, Red tape , Tourist information, Maps and GPS, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Electricity, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation , Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media, Communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively


Chapter 4 Harare

History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping , Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Harare, North of Harare,

Northwest of Harare, Northeast of Harare, Southeast of Harare , Southwest of Harare

Chapter 5 Central Zimbabwe

Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gweru, Masvingo and Great Zimbabwe

Chapter 6 Lake Kariba and the Zambezi Valley

Deka to Binga, Chizarira National Park, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park, The Middle Zambezi , Northern Zimbabwe

Chapter 7 Victoria Falls

History, When to visit, Getting there, Orientation, Getting around , Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat,

Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping , Other practicalities, What to see and do, Activities, Zambezi National Park

Chapter 8 Hwange

Hwange town, Hwange National Park, Kazuma Pan National Park, Towards Bulawayo

Chapter 9 Bulawayo

History, Getting there, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Bulawayo, Matobo Hills, Plumtree

Chapter 10 Southern Zimbabwe

Beitbridge, The A6 from Beitbridge to Bulawayo, Lowveld towns, Gonarezhou National Park, Around Gonarezhou National Park

Chapter 11 The Eastern Highlands

Getting there and around, Southern area, Central area, Northern area, To Nyamapanda

Appendix 1 Language

Appendix 2 Glossary

Appendix 3 Further Information


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