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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Who will you be supporting if you travel to Zimbabwe? What are the roads like? Will the hotels have food and how will I draw money.

If you have questions you'd like to ask which are not listed on this page contact us. We have offices in Victoria Falls and Kariba and our information is updated on a regular basis.

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Questions and answers

1. Is it safe to go to Mana Pools National Park?  Completely safe, we have never had any incidents of any kind in any of our camps in Zimbabwe

2. Is it safe to go to Hwange?  As per above

3. Is it safe to do road transfers to Hwange National Park?   We do regular road transfers to and from Hwange and have never had any incidents of any kind.

4. What is the road like between Victoria Falls & Hwange?  It is a perfectly good road tarred road – there are sometimes police check points en route but we have never had any negative incidents

5. Have the animals been heavily poached in the National Parks?
There are areas within Zimbabwe where there has been poaching, i.e. Chizarira and parts of Gona Re Zhou but these are areas not frequented by tourists – our Hwange and Mana Pools camps report game numbers that have increased over the last 10 years, not declined.  

6. By going to Zimbabwe I will be supporting the Mugabe regime - I don't want to do this.  
I think one has to get past the idea that you are supporting the Mugabe regime and rather focus on the fact that without tourists to Zimbabwe it is the man on the street and the animals that will suffer the most – the reason that the areas frequented by tourists have not suffered from poaching is because people are still travelling and maintaining a presence. Tourism provides jobs for the local people who are then in a position to feed and educate their children. A breakdown of our camps income statements shows that the majority of revenue (clients bill) is spent on staff salaries, fuel, R&M, Food and drinks for the clients. About 10% is labeled government fees – but even this is for park fees which are used to to pay salaries for maintaining the National Parks. So in essence little to no tourist $ are actually going to the Government Treasury.

7. How can I be sure that the money I pay on a Zimbabwe trip will get to the people who really need it?
The money that is paid for a Zimbabwe trip is used to pay staff salaries, supplies and maintaining wilderness areas for the future generations. In addition Conservation (both human and biodiversity) is a component spend in many companises, designed to ensure funding of projects like Children in the Wilderness, Community Projects, HIV programs, research, resource protection, etc etc.

8. Is there any danger from mugging? robbery etc either on transfers or in the National Parks?  Zimbabwe has an amazing safety record despite its bad publicity and whilst there is always a chance of mugging/robbery in the towns and cities, as there is in any part of the world, the likelihood of that here is way, way less than it is in some of our neighbouring countries.  On the transfers and in the National Parks we have no recorded mugging incidents and very few reports of missing articles.

9. Is there a chance that as a British person I will be disliked by the Zimbabweans?  This is not likely. The overwhelming majority of Zimbabweans have just come out of a very tough 10 years and are in full support of Tourism and the jobs it is capable of creating. Nobody dislikes tourism revenue.

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