Zimbabwe Safety

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Oct 26th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Zimbabwe Safety

Any other information you can provide, other than that listed on the U.S. Travel Warning (which makes one not want to go). Will be in Vic Falls for two days next week before going to Botswana.
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Oct 26th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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Type Zimbabwe into the search box for info.
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Oct 26th, 2004, 05:33 PM
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I was in Zimbabwe in September, albeit only in the Kariba area, but I sensed no danger. Mostly, people are lying low and saying nothing. It's a grim place now, but a beautiful country awaiting liberation and I feel badly for the population, both white and black, who have had more than 1000 % inflation in the last four years. Go, spend some money, and help them a little. ZZ
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Oct 27th, 2004, 04:33 AM
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Victoria Falls will be safe. Once outside your hotel complex, and if not with a guide, you will find people trying to convert your USD, Euros, or Pounds to Zim Dollars on the Black Market - don't do it. Whatever exchange you get thru your hotel is more then you'll need. People will be begging on the street and it is difficult to see, but it's not unlike other countries where similar situations exist. Be firm with a no and go on your way, no one will bother you - these are gentle people.

Agree with Zambezi that Zim is a beautiful country and only waiting for release or "someone" to die soon, so both blacks and whites can get back to living (rather then just existing) life. Spend some money and enjoy yourself.
 
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Oct 27th, 2004, 06:22 PM
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We also had the same concern before we visite Zim for 3 daysin May. We did not feel unsafe at any time.
The only annoyance were the hawkers peddling their goods.
We stayed at Illala Lodge. They treated us like royatly. Would love to visit again.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 04:21 AM
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I have to agree with Jackie/Sandi. Wife and I stayed at Ilala lodge as well in April of 2004. We too were treated wonderfully and the lodge, the falls (and if you can walk over to the Victoria Falls Hotel do so..if you are not staying there wonderful hotel). Hawkers everywhere but they wanted to trade their wares for our shirts/shoes. Bring extra if you can spare it. Never felt threatened at all here. Good luck on your travels and enjoy!
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Oct 28th, 2004, 09:20 AM
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Great thread..I too am debating Zim or Zam. We are traveling in May 2005 (post elections) and are interested in staying at the Ilala Lodge or the VFSL.
Since we will have been in Botswana for 9 nights I was thinking a VF's hotel (real room with heat) would be a nice way to end the trip.

JackieSun & Wulfstan...can you tell me more about the Ilala Lodge, location, is it quiet, secure, food, etc.

Thanks and Safe Travels,
Brenda
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Oct 28th, 2004, 02:03 PM
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Wallynbrenda......
Sure be glad to. I can send you some pics I took while we are there if you want. Let me know. Ilala Lodge is so close to the Falls you can hear them roar while you are in your room. We only had breakfast and dinner there. Breakfast was included and very good with as much as you could eat. Dinner, which we paid for, came to 26 USD. I ordered the chicken, she got the pork marsaille, included was bread, drinks (soft) and salad. Excellent. Also a man came in to play piano during the dinner time.

Never felt threatened here. The Falls is a 15 minute walk from here, or you can hire a car. Pay for entrance to the Falls. You will be accosted by the locals tho...they wanted to trade carvings for our shirts/shoes...they would take money but it is of little use here, not much to buy.

The hotel was very well run and clean and quiet. We did a bit of walking around ...after a while you get used to saying no......there is tourist police here as well. We walked to the Victorian Falls Hotel, a gambling casino (didnt look like it was open) and back into the 40 stalls where the locals sold their carvings. The Zimbabweans we met and talked to were warm and friendly...they do try to get you to buy something and if we had more of then a 15 kilo limit we sure would have traded/bought more then we did. Hope this helps, let me know if you want pics sent and to where.
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Oct 28th, 2004, 03:03 PM
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We had the luxury of staying in their suite. It was absolutely beautiful.
The hotel was very quite. There have been previous strings stating the contrary - they were people who only drove by the hotel - they did not actually stay there.

It is the picture on their web site. We emailed the hotel before we went and asked what needs the people had. We able to bring clothes, candy, sun glasses, pens, shoes, etc. We gave them to people who provided services to us - house keeping, rest mgr, etc.

They were a very gracious group of people. We also ate in the hotel. It has a beautiful veranda that over looks a manicured lawn were you can see the spray from the falls. Got to watch the cute wart hogs from our balcony. Beautiful sun rises...
The casino is right across the street from the hotel. We went over there for serveral meals. We got a pizza and coke and tip for $9 US.


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