Things not to do in Zimbabwe
Don’t bother with the towns. You don’t go to Zimbabwe to check out the commerce, you go to escape into its untouched wilderness. Zimbabwe’s towns have deteriorated from the country’s tourism heyday during which time they were kept clean and neat. These days there really isn’t a lot of money, the streets, parks and museums have deteriorated.
Don’t avoid it because of worrying news reports. Luckily for us, vast and untouched areas of wilderness are a wonderful feature of Zimbabwe unaffected any social strife, yet it's often hard to imagine what lies beyond the ubiquitous news reports about the ‘harsh’ actions of the police and the government. Once you’re on the ground, however, you’ll soon see how much Zimbabweans understand the value of tourism – they're a friendly bunch. Even the police roadblocks are pleasant and polite; they’re just doing what they have to do. It’s a welcoming country and one that is keen to see more visitors.
A key piece of advice is not to try and "do" all of Zimbabwe in one go. Specialist tailor made vacation companies are fantastic when it comes to planning the logistics. The roads around Lake Kariba, for example, are now so deteriorated roads that a journey along its banks will take you two days instead of half a day, and unless you have the luxury of a very long break, it’s unrealistic to think you can cram the Falls, Hwange and Gonarezhou into one trip too – a journey that by road takes at least 20 hours. Spend quality time exploring one part of Zimbabwe properly and save the rest for next time.