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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF ZIMBABWE
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IMAGE: Chris Mbanga
It’s been a tragedy for the people of Zimbabwe that the country has garnered so much unfavorable publicity over the last ten years, with headlines ranging from its controversial land redistribution program to the ensure collapsed economy.
In the last few years, however, it has made a steady recovery following a new currency, a fairer power-sharing government, international airlines returning to its capital and the EU having long lifted its travel warnings. This upturn has helped sow the seeds of a tourist renaissance, with travelers now returning in increasing numbers to this reborn destination, rejuvenating Zimbabwe’s tourism industry. Here are four reasons why you should join them.
Take a wildlife safari
One feature of the country less affected by any of the previous strife is, thankfully, its vast expanses of pristine remote wilderness, which remain some of the greatest game-viewing locations in Southern Africa. Following the paucity of tourist development throughout the noughties, they’re as untouched and secluded as you could hope for – you won’t see an entire convoy of jeeps following animals as you might in other African parks.
Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve (roughly 15,000 square kilometers), is home to more than 400 bird species and a hundred species of mammal, including thousands of elephants who trudge a migratory route from here to neighboring Botswana every year. Meanwhile, the second-largest reserve Gonarezhou (meaning “elephant’s tusk” in the local Shona language) forms part of the even bigger Greater Limpopo ecosystem incorporating Kruger in South Africa and Mozambique’s Limpopo, between which animals can move freely.
Between the two reserves you are virtually guaranteed intimate game-drive encounters with zebra, giraffe, buffalo, baboons and elephants by the hundred. Only the sneakier big cats may elude your camera lens if you’re unlucky.
Chill out in Bulawayo
The city of Bulawayo is to Zimbabwe what Melbourne is to Australia: a second city with a more laid-back and elegant pace of life, with culture and history pervading it.
Its wide tree-lined avenues are skirted by numerous examples of early Victorian buildings which the city council maintains as heritage sites. Their faded colonial facades lend Bulawayo the feel of a frontier town, while the interior of the largely unchanged Exchange Bar – Zimbabwe’s oldest licensed pub – completes the effect. It’s where Rhodes conducted his business deals, inside its paneled walls still lined with taxidermy animal heads and sepia photographs – perfect for an evocative beer stop.
Get active at Victoria Falls
At twice the height of Canada’s Niagara, Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of Africa’s, if not the Earth’s, most spectacular natural wonders as the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Called “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (“the Smoke that Thunders”) by local people, its epic rumbling and iridescent mist clouds can be seen from 50km away, and are truly awe-inspiring in closer quarters.
If you want to get properly involved, its waters and steep gorge are a perennial playground for thrill-seekers, with activities encompassing abseiling, white-water rafting, bungee jumping or soaring over it all in a chopper or microlight.
Mana Polo literally means Four Pools. Normally tourists prefer to hire a private canoe to watch hippo’s giraffes, tigers, elephants, lions and other wild animals. You can get a permit to go fishing for vundu, bram and tiger fish.
Traditional Dish from Zimbabwe Maguru
Maguru (Tripe) is one of the favorite dishes from Zimbabwe’s people due to the fond childhood of memories this traditional recipe brings to them
Peruvian Cuisine from Cañete
There are a variety of dishes such as poultry, chifas, etc., which, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, maintain good taste for food and attentive customer service in the province of Cañete.
Recognized by the rich food offered, having to its credit various tasty and spicy stews. You can taste delicious dishes prepared in clay pots and wood burner, such as: Shrimp (many styles), Chola soup, Pachamanca stone, shrimp, ceviche, duck rice, tamales, chicharrones, pork adobo , carapulcra, Pachamanca, guinea pigs, rabbits, beans with tuca (purely cañetano plate), etc.
Among the desserts you can taste the grape mush, purple porridge, crushed, sweet loquat, picarones, fresh figs, quince, etc. Special mention deserves the "Turrón de Doña Pepa" traditional Peruvian sweet it is customary to prepare during the procession of the Lord of Miracles, creating Josefa Marmanillo (slave Cañete Valley) in gratitude to Christ Moreno for having cured Body and soul he first made over 300 years ago. "
Dance & Music
Traditional music of Cañete is Creole – Afro-Peruvian. The residents of the districts of San Luis and San Vicente de Cañete practicing dances of their ancestors as Peruvian creole waltz, celebration or tapping into their family celebrations. The typical use of guitar and percussion instruments such as the “Cajón” and the “Jawbone of a donkey”. Cañete is famous for hosting the Black Arts Festival, the oldest festival of Afro-Peruvian dances held in August in the city of San Vicente de Canete, the capital of the Province of Cañete; also in the celebrations of Carnival or Christmas in San Luis.