Most of us in North America will be enjoying a long weekend this weekend, the last hurrah of summer! As we start heading into our Fall, the Zimbabweans are welcoming Spring. Yesterday was Spring Day, the first day of Spring in Zim and our partners on the ground there were excited to start a new chapter, always looking forward, heads raised high. Sharon Stead of Camp Amalinda said she was anticipating a good season with some impressive growth already recorded in many areas of Zimbabwe this year. Victoria Falls has seen substantial growth - upwards of 30% - and occupancy numbers are high at our favorite hotels from Elephant Camp and Ilala Lodge to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the grand dame, the Victoria Falls Hotel.
A recent article published in the Huffington Post gives excellent insight into what a travel experience nowadays in Zimbabwe means and why the Zimbabweans implore travelers to go. The Kusini Collection traveled to Zimbabwe this year with New Frontiers Tours, and is happy to report that the destination is making a marked improvement in terms of infrastructure, lodging (some of our top spots in Africa are in Zim - Camp Amalinda and Singita Pamushana).
What is it about Zimbabwe that pulls travelers in? Start with true wilderness areas, add top guiding (Zimbabwe has the most difficult guiding certification program in Africa), excellent lodges and, the magic ingredient that's bound to change sooner than later, only a handful of travelers exploring this rebounding destination.
Spend a few nights at Camp Amalinda tracking rhino on foot and watching the sunset turn the surrounding kopjes into glowing golden orbs and travelers will see why Zim is different. At Singita Pamushana walk to 2,000-year-old San rock paintings, drive through the ever-changing reserve on the lookout for wild dog, or simply enjoy a gin and tonic overlooking the lake as hippos bellow below and let Zim work its magic.
Happy Spring to our pals on that side of the world! Here's to the teams at Camp Amalinda, Singita Pamushana and all those doing their best to bring this corner of Africa back into the forefront of African safari experiences!