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Zimbabwe Through The Looking Glass: native travelling experiences while exploring Zimbabwe

On May 16, 2017 0 comments

Tourism is flourishing in Zimbabwe; with the introduction of a new currency and some changes in the policies, the country has garnered attention globally. Tourism has emerged as an accelerating industry. Some of the tourist hotspots include the Victoria Falls, Kariba, Gonarezhou National Park, Hwange National Park and Nyanga.

Apart from all these, Zimbabwe has a lot to offer in terms of native travelling experience.

Live in a Houseboat on Lake Kariba

One of the definite must haves while travelling to Zimbabwe is spending a few nights inside of a houseboat on Lake Kariba. Park in a different spot every night and witness wildlife in Matusadona National Park. You can also go fishing off the boats provided during the day and enjoy the sunset and natural beauty.

Go White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River

White water rafting down the Zambezi River is a popular adventure sport here. Rafting just below the majestic Victoria Falls is a pure adventure. You can hire an experienced guide who will help you scale the streams, while you reach towards the Bakota Gorge towards the end of the day.

Admire the Architectural Wonders of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

The stone buildings built in the area date back to the 11th century and are part of some of the oldest South African ruins. In fact, Zimbabwe draws its name from the stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The ruins were added as a World Heritage Site in 1986. The site is located in close proximity to the town of Masvingo, the central area of Zimbabwe.

Go hiking in the Chimanimani Mountains

The Chimanimani Mountains form the border with Mozambique on the eastern highlands of the country. The landscape is ideal for hiking trips towards the Chirundu Tropical Rain Forest. The bonus part, the mountains offer a majestic view of the Bridal Veil Falls. The rain forests house a number of rare species of trees including cicada and wild orchid species. One of the biggest attractions of the forest is the Big Tree which is ages over a millennium.

Flight of the Angels above Victoria Falls

This is another popular adventure activity while visiting Zimbabwe. Known as Flight of the Angels, you fly over the Victoria Falls in a helicopter for approximately 15 minutes. The helicopter flies lower than the other planes, thus, giving the best panoramic, breathtaking and scenic view of the gorgeous Victoria Falls.

Tiger Fishing over Zambezi River

If you are a fishing aficionado, then the Lower Zambezi River is heaven for you for catching the Tiger Fish. The best time of the year is from September to November. You can choose from a number of well-equipped camps located along the bank of Zambezi.

Explore Safari and View the Game on Horseback in Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe has some of the most unique natural flora and fauna. The Hwange National Park has a number of different animal trails to follow and observe wildlife in the wilderness. You can either watch games including the Big Five or relax under the big, shady trees. Either way, the experience will be a memorable one!

Bungee Jump over the Victoria Falls

Nothing fills the soul of the adventurer with adrenaline like bungee jumping. From the Victoria Falls Bridge, you dive head first from the 111m high bridge toward the enormous Zambezi River below. You can also get a photograph of your adrenalin-filled achievement.

Go golfing at the Eastern Highlands

For a more relaxed, sophisticated and suave traveler, Zimbabwe has some stunning golf courses to offer on its Eastern Highlands. The Nyanga area has a good challenge for the more competitive ones while the Vumba course offers some breathtaking views of the Leopard Rock Hotel.

With so much to offer, your stay for ‘India in the Sunshine City Festival’ will be time well-spent. The festival takes place in Harare, which is the capital city of the country. The city itself has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. Some of the notable landmarks include Chapungu Sculpture Park, National Heroes Acre and The Zimbabwe Museum. Harare is also a commercial hotspot, popular for cotton, tobacco, maize and citrus fruits trading. The festival is a unique fiesta to celebrate India in Zimbabwe. Jointly being organized by the Embassy of India, Harare and Teamwork Arts, the festival aims to bring together the culture of both the countries, sharing a common history. The gala event will recapture the spirit of commerce, ideas and people that lead to close political, social and economic ties between the two countries.

India in the Sunshine City: Zimbabwe through our eyes

On May 16, 2017 0 comments

Even as the Indian artists, diplomats and representatives of all kinds prepare to step onto Zimbabwean soil to consummate years of cultural exchange between the two countries, this blog is going to give you a brief picture of Zimbabwe, through the Indian perspective.

To begin with, the country has one of the most prominent Indian overseas population around the globe, generations of Indian immigrants who crossed over into the country around the nineteenth century, found home on its land. With a firm foot on

The land, they have spawned generations, and claimed some place in the nation’s culture.

This blog does not intend to obliterate the syncretic Zimbabwean culture by highlighting the Indian culture: On the contrary, this blog will be a celebration of Indian cultural identity in Zimbabwe. It is only fair to acknowledge one’s own point of view, the historical, political, and social perspective that one is steeped in, even as one encounters new, exciting experiences and events. By affirming the Indian perspective, this blog will emphasize the significance of cultural rootedness, particularly meaningful on the eve of the cultural union that will be further strengthened as a result of this cultural exchange. We seek an affirmation of identity, and solidarity through acceptance of differences, and not simply a unity despite our differences.

Zimbabwe too is a cricket playing country that loves the game, although not with as much passion and zealousness as our countrymen, one may argue (perhaps they do like their football as much as cricket). However, cricket holds such a status in the country that the sport has often functioned as a platform for political mobilization. Imagine that.

Zimbabwe, like its post-colonial cousin India, uses English as the official language. The historical colonial ties that connect the two nations are strong. The colonial past, was in fact, the corridor through which Indian presence in Zimbabwe was established. Now, the immigrant community lives on peacefully, in good standing with the rest of the country’s ethnic communities.

Goa already keeps thick ties with the country (Goa’s world famous trance dance is catching up in Zimbabwe), a bond it had formed ages ago, through trade. It only remains to be seen what the future will bring through the cultural union of the two nations.