Chimanimani Gold Rush

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The Chimanimani beauty


I have yet to make a reservation over 24 hours in advance for anything in Africa. Most of Nicaragua and China was the same, granting me the flexibility to go where I want, when I want. This flexibility, I quickly learned, is one of the top benefits of traveling solo- hostels usually have at least one dorm bed left, and other companies tend to be able to squeeze in one more customer.

The reason I left so much time for Africa is that I felt I didn’t have enough time to visit the first two countries this year. I wanted to be able to include destinations recommended by other backpackers, yet hop off the tourist trail whenever possible. Therefore, in late September, I found myself trekking through Chimanimani National Park, located in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.

The night before departing for Zimbabwe, with the plan to bolt straight…

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