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Victoria Falls Hotels Serve Fried Rice as China Rescues Resort

While Livingstone came across the falls in 1855 it was already known locally as Mosi-ou Tunya (The Smoke that thunders). At the Kingdom Hotel in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, waiters lay out Chinese stir-fried rice and Mongolian-style pork for breakfast and management has plans to introduce Kobe Beef to the menu.


Chimanimani is the gateway to the wildest, most rugged National Park in Zimbabwe. Known for its peace and tranquility, it's also the ideal location for the truly adventurous. Explore spectacular hiking trails, crystal waterfalls, an untouched eco-system, breathtaking landscapes and the deepest quartzite caves in Africa.

Chimanimani was founded by the brothers Thomas Moodie and Dunbar Moodie in 1892. In 1895 it was moved to its current site and was officially called Melsetter after Moodie's family home in Orkney in Scotland. Following Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, the name of the town was changed to Mandidzudzure, in 1982. However, after consultation with the indigenous population, the name was changed to Chimanimani. An African music and arts festival, known as the Chimanimani Arts Festival is organised each year. The dates for the next Festival can be sourced through the Chimanimani Tourist Association.

Chimanimani is divided into 23 wards. Chimanimani west has 11 wards and its east counterpart has 12 wards. MAJOR places in chimanimani are Nyanyadzi, Gudyanga, Shinja, Mhakwe, Bechnough Bridge, Nhedziwa, Mutambara, Chikukwa, Chikwakwa, sky line, Outward bound, Copper, Ndima, Mutswangwa, Vhimba wilderness, Hode. Prominent people come from chimanimani include, Samuel Undenge, Munacho Mutezo, Arthur Mutambara, and Dr. Tafataona Mahoso.

Most of the inhabitants of Chimanimani are of Ndau origin. Ndau language is mostly spoken by the people at Chimanimani village, Rusitu valley. People dwelling on Biriri, Mhakwe, Shinja, Chayamiti, Nyanyadzi use a mixed language but closely related to Manyika dialects. The people dwelling under Chief Mutambara land commonly call themselves Vagarwe. They use indirect words to communicate commonly known as Chibende by the locals. Chimanimani district and Chipinge is commonly known as the Gazaland. The Ndau people living in these two provinces describe themselves as VaGaza. The current population of the area is not known but the population is above 35,000.


Excellent hikes lie within the Chimanimani National Park. It costs approximately $8/day for non-Zimbabweans (2013), and you will have the park nearly to yourself, as most people exclude this area from their tourist route. It is recommended that you hire a local guide, as the paths can get a little confusing. They know all the ins and outs. One of the best guides in all of Africa is a local man named Morgan. If you ask the locals about him, they will be able to put you in touch. He will give you a very affordable rate, below $10/day. He is extremely knowledgeable on the trails, has excellent stories from the area, and speaks perfect English.


National Heroes Acre

National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 57-acre (230,000 m2) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometres from Harare, towards Norton. Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War, and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine. The actual monument itself is modeled after an AK-47.

Work was initiated on the National Heroes' Acre in September 1981, a year after Zimbabwean independence. Ten Zimbabwean and seven North Korean architects and artists were recruited to map the site's layout. 250 local workers were involved in the project at the height of its construction. Black granite used for the main structures was quarried from Mutoko, about 140 kilometres northeast of the capital, then known as Salisbury.

National Heroes
“Those heroes subordinated their personal interests to the collective interest of Zimbabwe. They accepted and endured pain, suffering and brutality with fortitude even unto death.” National Hero Status is the highest honour that can be conferred to an individual by Zimbabwe and the recipient is entitled to be buried at the National Heroes' Acre. As of 7 August 2001, 47 persons had been interred on site.


The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier recognises unidentified insurgents who lost their lives during the bush war. Included is a bronze statue of three guerrillas - one female, two male - a flagpole, and an ornate artifice.[3]

The Eternal Flame
The Eternal Flame rests atop a tower measuring some forty metres. It was lit at independence celebrations in 1982 and embodies the spirit of Zimbabwean independence. The tower is the highest point at Heroes' Acre; it can readily viewed from Harare.

Wall Murals
Two walls on either side of the monument carry murals depicting the history of Zimbabwe, from pre-colonial times through the Chimurenga, the Rhodesian Bush War, and independence under national hero Robert Mugabe.

Near the entrance of Heroes' Acre is a museum dedicated to the rise of African nationalism in Zimbabwe and the anti-colonial struggle, showcasing artifacts, photographs, documents and other paraphernalia from the war and the period shortly after independence.

Zimbabwe National heroes buried at the shrine

Edgar Tekere
Samuel "Mayor Urimbo" Mamutse
Lameck Makanda
Daniel Nyamayaro Madzimbamuto
Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo
Simon C. Mazorodze
Josiah Magama Tongogara
Sally Hayfron Mugabe
Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo
Alfred Nikita Mangena
Herbert Wiltshire Chitepo
Leopold Takawira
Masotsha Ndlovu
T. M. George Silundika
Mama Mafuyana
Edson Jonasi Mudadirwa Zvobgo
Julia Tukai Zvobgo
Simon Vengai Muzenda
Lookout Masuku
Herbert Sylvester Masiyiwa Ushewokunze
Moven Mahachi
Ernest R. Kadungure
Sydney Donald Malunga
Joseph Culverwell
Brig General John Zingoni
Josiah Tungamirai
Brigadier General Gumbo
Zororo Duri
Christopher Machingura Ushewokunze
Sikwili Kohli Moyo
Vitalis Zvinavashe
Chenjerai Hunzvi
Border Gezi
Robson Manyika
Josiah Mushore Chinamano
Swithun Mombeshora
Sabina Mugabe
Maurice Nyagumbo
Bernard Chidzero
Elliot Manyika
David Ishemunyoro Karimanzira
Livingstone Mernard Negidi Muzariri
Brig. Gen. Armstrong Gunda
Misheck "Makasha" Chando
Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru
Guy Clutton-Brock
John Landa Nkomo
Herbert Mahlaba
Lt. Gen.(Rtd) Amoth Chingombe
Edson Ncube
Elias Kanengoni
John Zingoni(Brig.Gen)
Nathan Shamuyarira
Kantibhai Gordanbhai
George Lifa(Maj.Gen)
Cornelius Nhloko
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Chirenda
Mike Karakadzai
Kumbirayi Kangai
Enos Nkala
Solomon Chirume Tawengwa
Edison Zvobgo
George Bodzo Nyandoro

Zimbabwe-Zambia univisa being finalised

With Zambia and Zimbabwe having agreed to launch a univisa by August, tour operators have appealed for reasonable costs and a bureaucracy-free application process. The project is a forerunner to a more extensive univisa, in which all countries

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