My tips/warnings to anyone visiting Zimbabwe would be:
1. Take US dollars in cash (sterling, euros and rand are also popular but the US dollar is king). Take 10 and 20 dollar notes. They do not like 100 dollar notes due to counterfeiting problems. Travellers cheques will be accepted at the bureau de change but you may not get such a good rate.
2. Never put anything on your credit card. You will be charged the official rate. This includes withdrawing cash from a cash point.
3. Do not charge anything to your hotel bill unless you can settle it in foreign currency. The currency will be converted at the official rate, therefore it is not a good idea anyway. You will not be able to obtain foreign currency from the hotel. We heard of people being unable to pay their hotel bills because of this. Pay all hotel expenses in Zimbabwe dollars.
4. Change money at a bureau de change and get a receipt from the bureau.
these arn't in any particular order
1. street touts who won't take no for an answer
2. the phrase 'hello my friend', at this rate after 2 weeks in africa i would have accumulated about a zillion more friends
3. NOOOOOOO - i don't want a taxi.............. at every street corner i'm asked if i want a taxi. Even infront of the place i am staying at. It gets so annoying i am running out of stories to say to them.
4. footpaths that make dirt roads look good. You need to see it to believe it but put simply the moon is probably smoother then some of the pavements here. (I'm sure some of you know what i mean)
5. the constant feeling of eyes upon me and safety/security concerns i need to be aware of.
Ok, don't get me wrong, i love what i've seen about Africa and there is little doubt there are some wonderful people here and scenery that even makes my jaw drop, but the street touts make it hard to see the nice people and as such i've madeup a fake identity to feed to the street touts to kinda keep them off knowing to much about me. You need to experience it to see what i mean but it does get annoying when the same person says hello to you every day atleast once and is constantly hassling you for a safari, tour, trip, taxi, etc.
I have to say I think that nowhere in Africa is a tourist trap. Every place that is worthwile seeing is good value.
But some brothers and sisters who look like me
Alot of mosquitos and a whole lot of flys
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