'New Dawn for Zimbabwe' says UK newspaper

On Friday the 3rd August 2012, The Independent newspaper in United Kingdom featured an article on Zimbabwe, following Journalist Sue Watt’s recent trip to the country.

Organised by Cox and Kings in collaboration with African Bush Camps and the African Bush Camps Foundation, Sue accompanied Beks and Sophia to witness the Annual Jane Bubear Fun Run held in Dete, Hwange. Organised by the African Bush Camps Foundation and the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation, a UK charity providing sports kit and equipment to disadvantaged communities, this annual race follows the main road towards nearby Hwange National Park. The focus was to see the impact that organisation’s such as African Bush Camps are making on the communities surrounding wildlife areas and National Parks.

The article highlights the work of the African Bush Camps Foundation, whilst addressing the importance of Tourism for the communities in the country. As an organisation focused on contributing to responsible tourism, African Bush Camps are dedicated to ensuring that the ‘Tourism Dollar’ benefits the local communities through employment, education, community development and conservation.

In a moving piece, Sue’s final paragraph sums up why travelers from all walks of life should consider Zimbabwe as destination to visit:

In fact, there’s a lot that’s special about Zimbabwe. Back in Dete, enjoying a beer in a bar, a young man thanks us for coming. “We just want to get on with our lives,” he says. “We want tourists like you to come back.” Choose the right company and coming back can have far-reaching, positive effects: when you’re ready to return, Zimbabwe will be waiting with open arms.

 

To read the full article visit:

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/africa/trail-of-the-unexpected-new-dawn-for-zimbabwe-8002404.html

Sue Watt was nominated for a travel writing award by SATOA, a UK non-profit organisation promoting travel to Africa.

http://www.satoa.com/travel-awards