Travelling back home is always a huge mix of emotions, mostly excitement to experience the beauty that is Zimbabwe from visiting Victoria falls and fulfilling my roadside roasted corn cravings. Then of course some fear creeps in, as you will witness the nations shortcomings.
Being a child of diaspora you often feel stuck in the middle. Do I belong in Zimbabwe or in the UK? Where do you fit? For me it’s a mix of both, I feel a sense of overwhelming peace of being immersed in my culture, family and scrumptious food. However you are often reminded that your are not quite “fully Zimbabwean” when you slip up on words, cultural practises and of course your appearance.
In 2018 I travelled to Zimbabwe twice. The first leg, was a trip in August which was much more of an emotional journey , as I witnessed my grandfather slowly loose his battle to Cancer. During this trip, I also drove in Zim for the first time! Bet you are thinking ''girl you are crazy?'', haha it's actually not as bad as people exaggrate. I actually learnt to drive in Zimbabwe before obtaining my license in the UK, as it's cheaper. So you can say I am familiar with the technics, my only advice is to keep a safe driving distance from the Kombi drivers and be aware of pot holes.
Following that I returned in December with my diaspora friends and family. With both trips I managed to keep myself occupied by exploring the beauty in Zimbabwe, experience fine dinning and the country’s best festivals.
As for money, with the constant change of currency. When you do read this, this might be invalid haha. But during the time I visited I opened up an account with Steward Bank, it took less than 5minutes and all I needed was any form of identification. After I managed to get my fathers friend who is a banker to convert my ££ into $$. The rate at the time was £1:4, so the pound still had a huge purchasing power.
places to visit
Zimbabwe is filled with loads of fun activities which can be easily tailored to your preferences.
places to eat & stay
Struggling with where to dine and stay? Well look no further...