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wisconsin_fan81
post Jun 28 2009, 12:31 PM
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Does anyone know how safe it is these days to travel to Zimbabwe? My parents are planning an African trip, which my Wife and I are considering, and I would love to travel through Zimbabwe. But the political and economic strife are a little foreboding. How's it looking these days people? Not the "on the news" stuff, the on the ground stuff...anyone from there or been there in the last few days or weeks?


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post Jun 29 2009, 11:00 AM
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Well, I see a bunch of tips on safety at Virtual Tourist: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Afric...mbabwe-R-1.html

See if it helps you.


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post Jun 29 2009, 05:05 PM
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Thanks for the help! Maybe I'll hold off. See, that is my same dilemma with wanting to go to Myanmar(Burma), I know they are dangerous areas, but if our travel funds can go towards helping rebuild their devastated countries, then how awesome!


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post Jun 29 2009, 07:15 PM
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QUOTE(wisconsin_fan81 @ Jun 29 2009, 06:05 PM) *

Thanks for the help! Maybe I'll hold off. See, that is my same dilemma with wanting to go to Myanmar(Burma), I know they are dangerous areas, but if our travel funds can go towards helping rebuild their devastated countries, then how awesome!


I would note that the most recent tip is dated June 2008 which, given that conditions can change so quickly in these countries, may or may not be that relevant.

I am looking to visit Myanmar in October and if I can be sure that I can get a visa fairly easily in Bangkok, I may well book a flight soon. I tend to take many of the warnings with a grain of salt and I am sure I will get more up-to-date information once I am in Thailand. Then, if things sound a bit too risky, I always have an alternative to fall back on (in my case, it will probably be Laos).

I agree that any of my money that I can spread to the local people in such desperate conditions is a definite bonus.
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post Jun 30 2009, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE(wisconsin_fan81 @ Jun 29 2009, 06:05 PM) *
I know they are dangerous areas, but if our travel funds can go towards helping rebuild their devastated countries, then how awesome!


Yeah, that's always the tough decision. These places definitely need tourism dollars, but you have to protect yourself too... and so the cycle is perpetuated.

QUOTE(aopaq @ Jun 29 2009, 08:15 PM) *
I tend to take many of the warnings with a grain of salt and I am sure I will get more up-to-date information once I am in Thailand. Then, if things sound a bit too risky, I always have an alternative to fall back on (in my case, it will probably be Laos).


Really great way to think, Brian. Remember that you are never "forced" to spend time somewhere where you feel uncomfortable. If you think your life is in danger, by all means, get out!


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post Sep 12 2012, 01:29 AM
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Zimbabwe reminded me of the majestic Victoria falls visit when i took a trip to Zambabwe. Its the longest waterfall in the world, a sight one must especially go out to see once in a lifetime
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