Zimbabwe Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Juyish
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Juyish
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Juyish

Zimbabwe Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware in Zimbabwe

    Before visiting Zimbabwe you need to know what to expect. It can be very costly not to.And before you think I am one poor disillusioned neophyte let me mention that I have spent a lifetime travelling, and have more than 110 countries behind me. There are only two I would not go back to, and Zimbabwe is one of them, (Nigeria is the other.)Recently I...

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  • Facilitators at the Beit Bridge Border...

    This postcard picture I'm using here shows a picture of Beit Bridge border post which is quite unlike any of my ten memories of going through it (I flew into Harare twice, a much easier border crossing than Beit Bridge). The first time we arrived at the border post we arrived just before it opened at 06:00 and we were already quite far behind the...

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  • THE SHAME OF ROBERT MUGABE

    Zimbabwe is a dictatorship and a badly run one at that. Over the last couple of years the economy has been run into absolute ruin. Zimbabwe used to be a major EXPORTER of food. Now it relies on outside food aid to feed its people – when the government lets the aid in. What does this mean to you as a traveller? You cannot get petrol. Plan on that...

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  • DO NOT EXCHANGE MONEY AT THE BANK !

    Or in the street either. You are looking at 1 MILLION DOLLARS! Unfortunately its Zimbabwe Dollars. Yep, 5 notes shouldn’t make up 1 Million of any currency. So here is the trick – and it is a trick. At the time I was there I got between 750,000 and 800,000 Zim dollars for $1 US or a cool 1.6 Million for every £1 (UK). If I had gone to the bank and...

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  • One of the Worlds Most Repressive...

    Freedom House publishes some great facts on "freedom" and Zimbabwe is on the list of the"Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007"Other "Winners": Belarus, Burma, Chechnya, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Haiti, Laos, Libya, N Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Morocco From...

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  • Animalpoachers and headhunters

    Although the Matetsi is a national park which means the animals aren't meant for hunting or game, but on the other side of the river, on the zambian side there is no national park or reserve, which means that hunters from villages and pochers illegale cross the river and kill animals in the national park. They then drag them over the river by small...

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  • Only Go if You Know a Local

    Usually I’m the kind of person to shrug off peoples “warnings” about traveling here and there, but Zim is different! This is a very dangerous place to explore on your own. I’ve driven myself through several African countries, and I won’t go here again unless accompanied by someone who knows exactly how to deal with the conditions there. Zimbabwe is...

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  • AIDS!

    Zimbabwe has got one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with estimation that one in three black Zimbabweans have the virus today. Hence use prevention; else you probably play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun.

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  • Air Zimbabwe

    Due to isolation of the current regime, and a general shortage of foreign currency this airline is as cash strapped as the rest of the country. Also Robert Mugabe seems to be using "his" national airline at good will whenever he chooses to go on a trip. If the aircraft are flying it is dangerous enough, but at times you may arrive at the airport to...

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  • We got no gas...

    As people might know, there have been shortages of petrol in Zimbabwe for some time. Whereas it is not as bad as it was a few years ago, there is still the possibilty of shortages. Each gas station will have a sign along the road that will tell you yes or no to the types of fuel they have.

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  • Keep an open eye while on the road.

    If you are driving at night, be careful when your vehicle is stopped. People have been known to run up to cars and smash the window in order to try and grab something of value. Someone we know was driving and someone tossed a brick at their window. It bounced off. How does a brick bounce off glass anyways?

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  • Be careful of the exchange rates.

    Do NOT exchange your money anywhere the government has set up. The best place for you to change money is on the black market. If you aren't getting $100,000 Zim for $1 US, you are getting ripped off. The charge for a half hour of parking at the airport was $350,000 Zim. Of course...you have to find the black market to exchange your money...

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  • Patience required when entering

    Be prepared to wait a long time in line when entering Zimbabwe! Be sure you have your visas if required, and some cash (US dollars work well). And btw: When they charge you something in dollars, be aware that their own currency is called dollar, too! Don't make the mistake of paying them in US dollars!!!

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  • Beware of crowds of people!

    Particularly in markets people will crowd around you wanting you to buy things, whilst someone else slips there hand in you pocket. Be gracious but firm, and tell them to go away before they actually swarm you.

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  • Care at ATM's!

    Be very careful when leaving an ATM machine, especially in Vic Falls and Harare, I have heard of people being mugged as they have just left. Also I have heard from locals, that the area near the Railway line in Vic. Falls is particularly dangerous to wander round on your own after dark, so it is best to go in a group, particularly if it is very...

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  • Risks in Traveling to Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe continues to be in the midst of political, economic and humanitarian crises with serious implications for the security situation in the country. All U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are urged to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being. The Zimbabwean economy is in precipitous decline, with extremely high rates of...

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  • Four-legged Campers

    When camping, watch the four-legged guests!!! They are all around and they might mess up your tent and belongings while searching for something eatable.

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  • I guess Zim is pretty...

    I guess Zim is pretty dangerous these days (2003) but if they do get the land ownership sorted out the only danger I'd make clear is the bus station in Harare at night. Even during the day youll want to keep your hand on your wallet - the totsis (thieves) are very clever. The crafts available at the bus station are varied and reasonably priced,...

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  • POACHERS MUST DIE!!!!!

    In CHIZARIRA PARK. Very wild, very remote.This is my first pile of ELEPHANT BONES.Not knowing what I would see in KENYA in 2002. The POACHING destroyed the RHINOSalmost destroyed the ELEPHANTS! Most places they have. Killed me then, Kills me now!! Go and visit, spend the money in the PARKS.

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  • Zambezi, CROCS & HIPPOS

    This was a nice part of the SAFARI. But, at times it did get a little crazy. Hippos can tip or split this thing in TWO! CROCS can also tip it over. Your guide will know where to keep the canoe going. Just listen to him and pay attention. It's very important you do that.Like I said before, this can get boring, but also risky!!10/1999

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  • Beggers and money

    At Matopos, Zimbabwe, on the top of this rock formation at the grave of Cecil Rhodes, there was a group of schoolchildren. A young couple was laying below a very big rock. (The grave there, is surrounded with big rocks.) The guy spook to me, said hello. I answered and said also hello. Then he asked me to give him something. I did if I didn’t...

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  • WIRE-SNARES!!

    There are POACHERS! I know that!! If you find KILLS or WIRE-SNARES! The POACHERS could be in the area or maybe not!! In any-event, we found these SNARES!I'll will talk about these more in the t-log!All you can do is be ready, your services may be needed. But, we saved some animalsthat day!!

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  • SMELLS & INSECTS!

    Either in Zimbabwe or Kenya, you will findcarcasses! Just make sure the wind is atyour BACK!! As you could guess, it's nota BED-OF ROSES!! But interesting to lookat, and discuss. We have here a dead HIPPO.Lake Kariba. Also, a Buffalo carcass! I wasimpressed, the 3 girls on the safari, didn'tbother them at all!Watch out for SPIDERS! A pretty one in...

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  • Always carry your valuables...

    Always carry your valuables and passport etcetera on you. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe is an easy place to get your stuff stolen. According to Bulawayo police, things have become worse over the past years, cars are broken into and bags are stolen within a glance.

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  • HEALTH REQUIREMENTSYou will...

    HEALTH REQUIREMENTSYou will have to get malaria prophylactics before entering Zimbabwe. When purchasing these, tell your doctor or pharmacist which areas in Zimbabwe you intend visiting. Start your course at least 24 hours before entering Zimbabwe and continue taking the pills for six weeks after leaving the country. If you suffer from side...

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  • Swimming in the Zambezi may...

    Swimming in the Zambezi may appear dangerous when you see the size of the local bathers! Actually while doing the water rafting, between each white water section, there is a large portion of calm water where crocos swim! If you fall down, in the rapid, chances are you will be able to go back up on the raft only when the rapid comes down, hence...

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  • Canadian citizens now need a...

    Canadian citizens now need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe (from February 2002)! I am really worried about what is happening. I am getting letters reporting violence there. Canadian government also advises citizens not to travel there if its not necessary. I cant imagine this beautiful country suffering. All those kind, kind and happy people! Will...

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  • Be aware of possibility of...

    Be aware of possibility of catching shistosomiasis. This parasite is absolutely disquisting. You can read more information here:http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~parasite/schistosoma.htmlOn the picture I think its S. japonicum, but in Zimbabwe you will find more likely Shistosoma mansoni.

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  • My friend was robbed in...

    My friend was robbed in Botanical Gardens in Harare. A man approached, who looked like he was working there. She spoked to him and I was watching from the distance (I was more suspicious). Soon he grabbed her bag and run. There are guards everywhere on public places, but he was too fast. She didnt loose a lot, because she wasnt carying a lot of...

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  • Our guide warned us about the...

    Our guide warned us about the peddlers that were selling things at the falls. They crowded around you and he said sometimes while one person is selling you something in front of you, someone else may be trying to lift something from your backpack. Pay in cash if possible. Credit card charges will get you ripped off because of the way they convert...

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  • While driving on the main...

    While driving on the main roads, I was stopped several times by Military Police checkpoints. First time I was quite afraid due to the fact that they are pointing their gun straight to you. I finally found out that it seems to be 'common' that Military staff make such things. They stop you, shake your hand, and.....EXPECT some cash money from you in...

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  • Travelling by public bus is...

    Travelling by public bus is always a hazard in Africa. Firstly keep your eyes on where your luggage is going to be placed. Don't let them put it on the roof! When the bus stops to let people off, make sure you watch they don't take YOUR luggage.Buses break down constantly. Make sure you take drinks with you - but don't drink too much - no toilets...

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  • A warning of note is the...

    A warning of note is the economy, money plays a big part of that. If you can take cash as it will get you alot further than with a credit card! Trading money with the locals could be a better idea than the bank exchange rate! Be carefull of false money!

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  • Malaria is endemic. Take...

    Malaria is endemic. Take anti-malarial pills, as prescribed by a doctor. Take care not to getbitten in the evening when the mosquitoes that transmit this disease are active; use a mosquito netwhile sleeping and use bug repellant that is at least 30% DEET. If you develop a fever while inthe country, or within three months of departing, get a blood...

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  • Like every country in...

    Like every country in Subsaharan Africa, Zimbabwe has a dangerously high proportion of HIVinfection. If you engage in sexual activity with anyone at all (including backpackers...or maybeespecially backpackers!), be VERY VERY CAREFUL! Of course, this goes for a sexualencounter in any country including your own, but Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa...

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  • The only problem we...

    The only problem we encountered in Zimbabwe was lost luggage. Of course when it arrived the next day from J'burg all the locks were broken and each of the three bags had things stolen from them. The airline (South African Air) did not bring the bags to the hotel either. We had to take a taxi and pick them up ourselves. We were told by many people...

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  • Don't cross the border like...

    Don't cross the border like these people are- illegally. They're waiting for a signal when they'll rush into Mozambique to live and look for jobs. Five years ago the Zims were making fun of the Mozzies for their povertry and stupidity, but now it's coming back to haunt them. Mozzy is on it's way up and Zim is spiraling downward into a drak abyss.

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  • DON'T LEAVE ANY FOOD OR SHINY...

    DON'T LEAVE ANY FOOD OR SHINY OBJECTS UNATTENDED AS THESE CREATURES ARE MISCHEVIOUS!

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  • Be careful when on safari. Not...

    Be careful when on safari. Not the crocodiles are the problem, rather the minefields that have been located a bit everywhere. Unfortunately the government seems to have lost track of a few mines, so from time to time an Impala (no, this is not the African word for Tourist) get's blown up every now ant then.

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  • Heat: We visited the Falls...

    Heat: We visited the Falls during the beginning of August 2001 and it was already warm then (upper 20 Celsius). A local lady, that was wearing a short jersey, told us that it really gets hot from November. Bring enough sun burn protection/ointment along.

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  • Departure tax: Everybody that...

    Departure tax: Everybody that leaves the country must pay a USD20 departure tax. This is payable in cash(!) - no other method of payment or currency is accepted! (Photo of some entertainment on the street in the town of Victoria Falls.)

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  • Malaria: The Victoria Falls is...

    Malaria: The Victoria Falls is a malaria area. November to May is regarded as high risk season but DO NOT ignore the other months. (The photo was taken inside the Livingstone museum in Livingstone, Zambia.)

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  • We visited the Falls in August...

    We visited the Falls in August 2001 and it was already warm then (upper 20 Celsius). The locals tell us that from November it gets really hot - I am glad that we decided to go when we did. On the day that we visited the Falls they did not have any water for sale at the little shop (that only(!) sold Fanta and Coke!) and you can not get to the...

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  • Visas: Being from South...

    Visas: Being from South Africa, we did not need any visas but I know other countries do need visas. We also went to Livingstone (Zambia) for a day and again no visas needed.

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  • Fuel shortages and robbery....

    Fuel shortages and robbery. Malaria. Be nice to the corrupt officials or it gets sticky. Avoid ex-'independence fighters' where possible, especially if they are approaching you in a group with guns whilst chanting war themes. Try not to look like a white farmer.

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