42 days in Africa Itinerary

42 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Serowe, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Manzini
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 day
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly to Victoria Falls, Drive to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive to Victoria Falls International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Gaborone, Botswana

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) and Christ the King Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at ISKCON Gaborone and Jamia Mosque. Make the 5th (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Khutse Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gaborone Game Reserve, see the interesting displays at National Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Mogonye Gorge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Balaji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gaborone online road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Gaborone is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Gaborone. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Serowe.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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Serowe, Botswana

Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. On the 8th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, and then get engrossed in the history at Khama III Memorial Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Serowe trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Gaborone to Serowe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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On the 10th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Makgadikgadi Pans National Park road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Serowe to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with Pangolin Photo Safaris. On your second day here, stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and then stroll through Serondela Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park journey site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Chobe National Park. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Okavango Delta trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manzini.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Swaziland's largest town, Manzini bustles with financial and industrial activity, its inner center dominated by malls and offices.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Sheba's Breast Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at Mantenga Nature Reserve, take a spin around town with Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Manzini Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sibebe Rock, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum, and finally hike along Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manzini road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Okavango Delta to Manzini takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, Manzini is slightly colder than Okavango Delta - with highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Simunye.

Things to do in Manzini

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lebombo Mountains, examine the collection at The Sugarcane Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mlawula Nature Reserve. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Simunye online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manzini to Simunye takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Simunye

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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Maseru, Lesotho

Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): try your luck at Lesotho Sun Casino, browse the exhibits of National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts, then admire the engineering at Katse Dam, and finally steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: see human ingenuity at work at Mohale Dam and then make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Maseru tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Simunye to Maseru in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Maseru are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Sesriem.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

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Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sesriem trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Sesriem takes 17 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

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Damaraland, Namibia

On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Damara Living Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Messum Crater.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Damaraland online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sesriem to Damaraland in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Windhoek.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

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Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Christuskirche and Trans-Namib Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek trip planner.

Drive from Damaraland to Windhoek in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Windhoek are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

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Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 28th (Thu), examine the collection at Railway Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Livingstone route planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Livingstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Livingstone. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect nights in Livingstone to be somewhat warmer, around 70°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

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Lusaka, Zambia

Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): shop like a local with 37D Gallery, then get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, then contemplate the long history of Chilenje House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Southern Africa Freedom Trail, then see the interesting displays at Zambia National Museum, then get advice or help at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Pakati Sunday Market.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lusaka tour builder website.

Getting from Livingstone to Lusaka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Lusaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
On the 1st (Mon), take the plunge with Skydive Tandem Company. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lusaka to Victoria Falls by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Chiredzi.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

Chiredzi is a small town in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gonarezhou National Park.

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Traveling by car from Victoria Falls to Chiredzi takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a bus. In February in Chiredzi, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Chiredzi

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at African Wanderer Safaris and then explore and take pictures at Matobo Hills.

Make your Matobo National Park - The Matopos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Chiredzi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, Matobo National Park - The Matopos is little chillier than Chiredzi - with highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Bulawayo, and then take an exotic tour of Ride Zimbabwe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Bulawayo Railway Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral, and then delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins.

Plan my day in Bulawayo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Bulawayo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Escape the urban bustle at Hwange National Park and Safaris. Change things up with a short trip to Painted Dog Conservation in Hwange (about 58 minutes away).

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Hwange National Park can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Botswana travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.

Lesotho travel guide

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Ski Areas · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.

Namibia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Zimbabwe travel guide

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National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.