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The new, fourth edition of Bradt's Zimbabwe remains the most authoritative guide available to one of southern Africa's premier wildlife and cultural destinations. Zimbabwe-based author, tour guide and archaeologist Paul Hubbard picks up the mantle of this new edition, ensuring that it remains bang up to date and an ideal companion for everyone from wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers to adventure seekers and hikers. All the most recent developments in the rejuvenation of Zimbabwe's national parks are covered, with in-depth information on facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to select a safari. Also included is a range of clear, comprehensive maps that is unique to this guide, with many not being featured in other publications. With increased business confidence in Zimbabwe, scores of new hotels and guest lodges have opened countrywide. Comprehensive and detailed accommodation listings cover everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travellers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the Zambezi gorge, plus details of en-route accommodation not found in other guides.Recent years have brought significant change to Zimbabwe, notably with the fall of Robert Mugabe, resulting in increased investment and development in the tourism sector. Bradt's Zimbabwe is an invaluable aid for independent travellers as well as those on an organised tour. Many activities and off-the-beaten-track attractions countrywide are featured, plus historical and cultural sights such as the World Heritage-listed stone-built cities of Great Zimbabwe and Khami. Iconic Victoria Falls is also covered, and the mighty Zambezi River - perfect for adventure holidays - and the country's impressive range of birdlife which continues to draw enthusiasts year-round.
About the Author
On a visit to Zimbabwe soon after the country's independence, Paul Murray quickly established enduring friendships with some leading players in the Victoria Falls tourism sector. He developed a keen interest in all aspects of the country but above all, his love for Zimbabwe has been driven by the locals: 'probably the friendliest people I've met anywhere in the world'. Very frequent visits to Zimbabwe followed and one last Africa ambition came to fruition 10 years ago when he and his wife bought a house in Victoria Falls which has allowed unparalleled access to the diverse riches of Zimbabwe. It was during this time that Paul completed three editions of this book. Now located back in the UK due to family circumstances, he has handed over authorship to Paul Hubbard, of whom he says 'Far better that a Zimbo rather than a Pom now writes this book! My cherished Zim guidebook, couldn't be in better hands'.Born in Bulawayo, Paul Hubbard has lived in towns and in the wild all over Zimbabwe and currently works around the country as a professional tour guide. As part of his business he travels around Zimbabwe leading tours and conducting research, both of which have given him an intimate knowledge of much of the country while integrating him with much of Zimbabwe's tourism industry - from hotels and lodges to tour operators and lodge owners. With degrees in archaeology, he combines history, nature and culture into a fascinating romp through any area. Having been involved with the previous three editions of Bradt's Zimbabwe, he continues to bring to this new edition the same verve and passion with which he conducts tours in person.