Zimbabwe Local Customs

  • Traditional Dancing
    Traditional Dancing
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  • Bargain for local crafts
    Bargain for local crafts
    by PierreZA
  • Golden Pilsner
    Golden Pilsner
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Zimbabwe Local Customs

  • A Helping Hand

    Whether you like it or not, it was customary in southern Africa to employ local people to help with household chores, both inside and outside. Even when I was a poorly paid volunteer in Zambia (relative to other whites or 'mzungus' as we were called), I was constantly faced with entreaties at the door asking for employment. Eventually, I gave in...

  • Lots ot tribes!

    There are many different groups of people living in Zimbabwe, and even though they do have their problems, most people do actually want to live peacefully. About 75% of Zimbabweans belong to the Shona Tribe, 15% to the Ndebele Tribe, 2% of European origin and the remainder from elsewhere in the world. People are always happy to answer any questions...

  • Coke and Culture

    Naturally a touristy area doesn't give you the chance to really experience a country, its people and the culture! But still there is plenty to see that is typical for the area and that you will be able to enjoy!!!

  • It was a good experience to...

    It was a good experience to belong to a minority of people. Now I know how black people (in Europe for example) feel under the majority of whites.....But I think that it's even harder here than there, cause I hadn't any difficulties! It was only a strange feeling for me as a white!!!Zimbabwian people seem to love cameras. They always agree to get...

  • Time seams to run slower in...

    Time seams to run slower in Zimbabwe. In can take a while for getting money in a bank for example.....You get used to that very soon. It's very relaxing!

  • Nyaminyami

    Nyaminyamy is the spirit of Zambesi river. The white men built a dam on the river and the spirit destroyed it for vengeance!


    I found in Zimbabwe, as well in Kenya. Togive the camp hands $5.00- $10.00 a day.Thats not per-camp hand. Thats per-traveler. The money gets collected, then they divided up later. Now, your main guide. He gets his own tip. Again, the same as above. But give what you can. It's very important they feelthey have a reason to keep doing safaris!!In turn...

  • I don't remember who said...

    I don't remember who said 'You've got the watches, we've got the time' but it could well have been a Zimbabwian. The rush-rush of the modern western countries is something uncommon in Zimbabwe which I believe we should learn from!

  • After a long day of white...

    After a long day of white water rafting, head to the few pubs and bars in town to enjoy a refreshingly cold bottle of beer and mix with the locals and visitors and exchange stories about the great river. In the picture you see all members of our team where accounted for and enjoying cold beers.Like most places around the world people in and around...

  • Variety of stamps, used for...

    Variety of stamps, used for one letter separatedly, indicating high rate of inflation. The value of zim dollar falls. The powerty of once almost developed country (for Africa) is rising. Beware of March 2002 elections, you can expect violence!

  • Before rafting or canooing on...

    Before rafting or canooing on Zambezi, buy yourself one of these. Its called Nyami Nyami and represents a river spirit that will protect you from anything bad. River spirit is very important in African culture, since water is fundamental and waluable resourse. Also, wearing it you can expect wealth. Since nyami nyamis are not heavy, I recommend...

  • Do you like my hairdress? I...

    Do you like my hairdress? I had it done when I got over my cultural shock experience and asimilation took place in my soul. But before getting too excited (I know, it looks great!) you must be aware: for this kind of hairdress (the breads are made from my own hair, not artifical) you must sit still for 7 hours. A lot of hairstylist would try to...

  • Listen to mbira, a special...

    Listen to mbira, a special musical instrument. Dont buy cheap mbira at the market, they are useless for playing. The real mbira sounds very nice. But you probably wont resist buying a drum or two. I can tell you - its difficult to bring it on the plain (dont send it by post! - it will get mouldy), but my friend has made it. She is taking drumming...

  • Buying African batik is...

    Buying African batik is definitely a must. I made friends with one woman and we became pen pals. I send her parcels of my used clothes and shoes. She has two daughters and she is a widow now. Her husband died of TBC. She is trying to make the ends meet. I believe in personal help, thats why I am doing this. I know who she is and we can share our...

  • When buying, negotiate. I was...

    When buying, negotiate. I was a bit embarassed to negotiate because price was already very low. Zimbabwean handcrafts are amazing. You will get the lowest price around lunch time. But if you are white, the price is higher... it comes with your skin. Dont be upset.

  • Be friendly and respectful....

    Be friendly and respectful. When ending your journey, dont throw away your things - like toothpaste or half of your shower liquid soap. Those things - even sun tanning cream! - are very very valuable. Even old T shirts and worn out sneakers. You should exchange those at the market, when buying other things - like statues and batik. Dont buy statues...

  • Try and see a village and/or...

    Try and see a village and/or school. We visited a school near Vic Falls. The picture is of some of the kids. At the village, we saw how far the villagers had to go to get water. We were very charmed by their house, which is actually a collection of separate huts enclosed in a fence

  • DIARY OF THE TRIPI made an...

    DIARY OF THE TRIPI made an 'on the road' diary, with watercolor drawings and some personal impressions. It's written in spanish, of course, but you can take a look at the drawings at my travelogue

  • Be polite to everyone and...

    Be polite to everyone and they'll be polite to you. If your a woman respect their view of women when it comes to appropraite dress. Wearing a dress instead of shorts at certain times and in certain places is a good idea.

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