Country Profiles
Tanzania Safari Planner
Tanzania undoubtably offers the most diverse attractions on the continent. It has more World Heritage Sites than any other, a vast coastline, the highest peak, the deepest lake, sweeping savannahs and forested mountains. And it is vast. So if you’re planning a visit, you have a lot to consider.
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Essential Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s highlands have been home to civilisations of wealth and power over the past three millennia, and the riches they’ve left behind are still here for you to see. Matt Phillips, who has a long affinity with the country, is here to help you experience the best of it.
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Essential Ethiopia - get planning!
Whether travelling for 10 days or 5 weeks, Ethiopia’s historical circuit will keep you enthralled.
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Primate safaris
Edition 57 (Winter 2011/12)
Although often overlooked as a reason for a safari in their own right, primates have the power to captivate a human audience more than any other mammal order. Here Philip Briggs shows you how to include them in your next safari.
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Primate safaris - get planning
Whether you want to dedicate your entire safari to primates, or just bolt on an incredible ape experience to a traditional savannah experience, there is an itinerary for you.
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Kenya's Rift Valley Lakes
Edition 56 (Autumn 2011)
From the baked shores of the Jade Sea to the flamingo-lined fringes of Lake Nakuru, Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes offer a diverse array of attractions to visitors. Philip Briggs, author of Bradt’s Kenya Highlights and East African Wildlife and co-author of the DK Eyewitness Travel’s guide Kenya, is here to help you get your toes wet on your next safari.
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Kenya's Rift Valley Lakes - Get Planning!
No matter your time or budget, a trip to Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes can be in the cards with some careful planning.
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Africa for beginners - get planning!
Edition 54: Spring 2011
You could spend many weeks exploring Africa’s rich landscapes, cultures and wildlife by following the long-distance routes below. If you only have time for a short trip, simply choose the chunk that appeals the most.
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Africa for beginners
Edition 54: Spring 2011
Is there any other continent as charged with emotion and excitement as Africa? This dazzling quilt of more than 50 countries is spread across a landmass that could swallow South America and Europe. Emma Gregg and Richard Trillo, authors of the new Rough Guide First-Time Africa, offer their expertise.
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Essential Botswana

Edition 52: Autumn 2010

With many of the continent’s most exclusive safari destinations, Botswana has become known for catering above all for visitors with ample cash to burn. But there are still many delights for those on much tighter budgets, and Lonely Planet author Matthew D Firestone is here to show you where to look.

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Tunisia - get planning!

Edition 51: Summer 2010

Don’t be deceived by Tunisia’s size – it crams a lot into a relatively small space and making the most of your time here requires careful planning.

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Essential Africa - Tunisia

Edition 51 Summer 2010

Dwarfed by its neighbours, Tunisia is North Africa in a nutshell, with a healthy dose of European sophistication thrown in. Here, Lonely Planet author Anthony Ham shows you how to experience all of North Africa’s charms in one small country.

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Essential Zimbabwe

Published in Travel Zimbabwe magazine, issue 1, November 2009

 

Our quick overview of this diverse country, currently enjoying fresh interest from travellers around the world. From the World Natural Heritage site of Victoria Falls to the wildlife havens of Hwange and Mana Pools, to the Great Zimbabwe ruins, and so much more. We highlight the country's key attractions and practical travel tips...

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Essential Africa - Malawi

Edition 47: Summer 2009

There is no denying the importance or allure of Lake Malawi. It is one of southern Africa’s greatest biological treasures, and its bounty of beaches and crystal clear bays make it a superb place to unwind. However, to appreciate the country fully, you have to dig a little deeper. Philip Briggs, author of Bradt’s Malawi guidebook, is here to help you do just that.

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Malawi - get planning!

Edition 47: Summer 2009

Although Malawi is one of Africa’s smaller nations, it has plenty to hold you captive. Here are three possible itineraries.

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Essential Africa: Ethiopia

Edition 46: Spring 2009

Few countries in Africa are as rewarding to travel in as Ethiopia. Spread across its lavish landscapes, which range from fog-shrouded 4000m peaks to baking depressions well below sea level, is a long list of enthralling attractions, both natural and man-made. Philip Briggs, author of Bradt’s Ethiopia guidebook, is here to help you plan your first trip.
 

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Ethiopia - get planning!

Edition 46: Spring 2009

With Ethiopia’s tourist attractions as diverse as its landscape, the country can capture (and hold) anyone’s attention, whether they are history buffs or outdoor adventurers.

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Essential Africa: Lesotho

Edition 45: Winter 2008/9

Escape the South African tourist trail with a quick visit to Lesotho, where you can swap acacia-dotted savannahs and jeep safaris for alpine woodlands and pony treks. Lonely Planet author Matthew D Firestone tells you why this mountain kingdom is truly one of the continent’s hidden gems.

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Lesotho - get planning!

Edition 45: Winter 2008/9

Whether you explore the national parks on foot or by pony, or discover the riches of the country’s cultural heritage, Lesotho packs quite a bit within its modest borders.

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Essential Africa - Madagascar

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

Experience a place where the word ‘unique’ doesn’t begin to describe the strange mix of plants and animals, the truly stunning and fragile environment or the varied landscapes of this 165-million-year-old paradise. Aaron Anderson and Becca Blond, authors of Lonely Planet’s Madagascar guide, tell you why it’s worth the pricey trek just to get here.

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Madagascar - get planning!

Edition 44: Autumn 2008

Whether you are thrilled by trekking the great unknown to look for lemurs, lounging on a beach or discovering the mysteries of Malagasy culture, Madagascar has enough to keep you interested for months.

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Essential Africa - Mali

Edition 43: Summer 2008

Since the first words of Mali’s riches trickled into Europe centuries ago, the country and its enigmatic Saharan stronghold Timbuktu have had a place in the imagination of almost every explorer. While Mali has as much to offer as ever, visiting now is thankfully much easier than in the days of legendary Leo Africanus. Anthony Ham, desert lover and Lonely Planet author, explores the nation’s treasures and provides you with tips and itineraries for your own adventure.

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Mali - Get Planning

Edition 43: Summer 2008

Clamorous cities overlaid with traces of the region’s stirring history, forays on foot into the Dogon Country, camel safaris deep into the Sahara or river journeys that allow you to slow down to an African rhythm – just about any kind of trip is possible in Mali.

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Essential Africa - Mozambique

Edition 42: Spring 2008

Although one of Africa’s new ‘it’ destinations, few visitors still realise the full extent of the country’s tourism potential – most are blinded by its beaches and see little else.  Considering the beauty of its coast, this oversight is understandable. Here, Lonely Planet author Mary Fitzpatrick explores the wealth of options, both inland and along shore, in the nation she used to call home.

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Mozambique - Get Planning!

Edition 42: Spring 2008

From its vibrant capital of today to its crumbling capital of yesterday, Mozambique’s cities ooze culture and history. Its beautiful beaches beckon and now its parks and reserves are once again becoming serious safari options. Here are some potential itineraries.

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National Parks of southern Africa - An Introduction
Travel Africa takes you on a safari around nine southern African countries, to witness the diversity of wildlife and scenery that makes this one of the most exciting destinations in the
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Surfing in Senegal
Edition 33: Winter 2005/6

Forget California, forget Bondi Beach, forget Hawaii. The hot new surfing destination Senegal’s Cap Vert peninsula. Just outside Dakar, Senegal’s cosmopolitan capital city, this stretch of Atlantic has a year-round swell and a variety of waves unrivalled in West Africa. Locals have been waxing their boards and riding the breakers for some time and the word is now reaching enthusiasts from arond the world ‐ but the ocean is far from crowded, with none of the ‘wave rage’ that blights the world’s most popular surfing spots.

The best time of year to go on ‘surfari’ in Senegal is during the middle of the dry season from November to March. You’ll need a wetsuit but the swells are typically in the 2-6ft range, and can rise to 10 feet. Exciting stuff.
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Namibia: Country Profile
Edition 2: Winter 2007/8

An in-depth look at Namibia
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Tanzania- Katavi National Park
In Tanzania's little-known Katavi National Park Philip Briggs is bowled over by abundant big game.
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Zambia: Lochinvar National Park
Edition 22: Winter 2002/3

Once an ailing national park with more potential than appeal, the opening of a new quality tourist lodge is breathing fresh life into Lochinvar.
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Botswana: A Country Profile
Edition 18: Winter 2001/2

Welcome to Botswana. As a peaceful, economically thriving democracy, Botswana breaks the mould of how the West sees Africa.
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Zambia: South Luangwa National Park
Edition 18: Winter 2001/2

A few days on foot in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park give Guy Marks the chance to watch the unfolding story of the bush.
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Malawi: Country Profile
Edition 12: Summer 2000

Many visitors comment on the friendliness of Malawi's people and are surprised by the range of attractions the country boasts. But what is it that makes Malawi "the warm heart of Africa", as it is often called? Story by Richard Newton. Pictures by Frank Johnston.
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Reunion: Country Profile
Edition 9: Autumn 1999

The little-known island of Réunion, 700kms east of Madagascar, boasts the highest mountain in the Indian Ocean, as well as one of the world's most active volcanoes. Scenic it may be, but is it really worth a visit? Philip Briggs went to find out.
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Kenya: Meru National Park
Edition 16: Summer 2001

Kenya's Meru National Park, once home to Elsa, the Born Free lioness, has been through an extraordinary cycle of obscurity, fame, notoriety and rehabilitation. Story by Philip Briggs.
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Mali: Country Profile
Edition 9: Autumn 1999

A Country Profile, by Emma Gregg

The celebrated Malian writer Amadou Hampate Ba was once asked what, in his opinion, his homeland had to offer the western world. He answered: "Laughter, which you have lost; and a certain human dimension, which modern technological civilisation is steadily eradicating".


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Zambia: Sumbu National Park
Edition16: Summer 2001

Zambia's Sumbu National Park provides echoes of a classic childhood tale, combined with some serious relaxation on the shores of the world's longest lake. Carrie Hampton is enchanted.
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Zambia: Kasanka National Park
Edition 14: Winter 2000/1

Chris McIntyre reveals a hidden gem of a national park in Zambia - small, remote and captivating.
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Senegal: Country Profile
Edition 5 : Autumn 1998

Senegal is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Africa and yet remains relatively little known.
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The Seycelles: Country Profile
Edition 4: Summer 1998

The Seychelles are commonly regarded as an exotic paradise lost amid the waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Tanzania: Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Edition14: Winter 2000/1

Graham Mercer takes you through dense forests and a rich array of birds and animals into one of Africa's least visited national parks - Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains.
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The Ivory Coast: Country Profile
Edition 4: Summer 1998

The Ivory Coast offers a wealth of attractions and cultural heritage.
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Botswana: Chobe National Park
Edition 13: Autumn 2000

Chobe National Park in north-east Botswana is renowned for hosting Africa's highest concentration of elephant. But it is not only this that has made the reserve one of southern Africa's leading wildlife destinations. Story by Nick Greaves.
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Tanzania: Country Profile
Edition 4: Summer 1998

Tanzania boasts some of the finest attrations in Africa, but its promise as a leading destination has been restricted by a crumbling infrastructure.
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Uganda: Kidepo National Park
Edition12 : Summer 2000

Kidepo National Park has been little visited in recent years, due to insecurity in the remote Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. But James Bowyer discovered a stable, picturesque park - a natural gem, worth a visit.
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Mozambique: Country Profile
Edition 2 : Winter 1997/8

An in-depth look at one of Africa's most exciting destinations.
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South Africa: Addo Elephant National Park
Edition 12: Summer 2000

From a somewhat tumultuous beginning, Addo has grown to become one of South Africa's favourite National Parks. It is home to the continent's southern-most elephants and a diversity of scenery and birdlife that has prompted moves to develop it to create the Greater Addo National Park.
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Namibia
My Namibia

Peter Sawyer of Namibia Travel connection in Windhoek gives us the lowdown on the country he calls come. 
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Ghana: Mole National Park
Edition 11: Spring 2000

In the north of Ghana lies a wilderness seemingly untouched by civilisation. Difficult to reach, it has a charm and beauty which is infectious. Alan Graham visits Mole National Park.
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Tanzania: Ruaha National Park
Edition 10: Winter 1999/2000

Ruaha may be the second largest national park in Tanzania, but it is also one of the least visited. This and its abundant wildlife are amongst the reasons why it is widely regarded to be one of the wildest and best wilderness reserves in Africa.
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Cape Town
The very best of Cape Town

To find out how Cape Town can keep you entertained for a week or more click here.
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Ghana: Kakum National Park
Edition 9 : Autumn 1999

Ghana has many National Parks of which she can be proud, but none more so than Kakum. Home to the only forest canopy walkway in Africa, it boasts original growth forest and an unusal variety of flora and fauna. Story and pictures by Bob Burch.

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Botswana
Straddling Capricorn, Botswana is in Africa's summer rainfall area. Almost all the rain occurs from late October to the end of March. Rarely, there may be
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Egypt
Temperatures increase the further south one travels. In the winter months the daytime temperature can be around 15oC in Cairo and around 24oC further south. In the summer, the
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Uganda: Muchison Falls National Park
Edition 6: Winter 1998

Murchison Falls National Park is emerging as a flagship for Uganda's tourism industry.
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Zimbabwe: Hwange National Game Park
Edition 4: Summer 1998

Hwange boasts one of the largest populations of elephants in Africa, but is that the only reason to visit?
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Madagascar
The Madagascan Factfile
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Malawi
Weather

· Malawi's climate has three seasons: wet; warm and dry; and hot and dry. This masks some subtle variations
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Zimbabwe: Chizarira National Park
Chizarira is one of Zimbabwe's wildest and remotest regions. Superb walking country, it boasts good wildlife and excellent birding. Story by Keith Meadows.
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Mozambique
Mozambique has a wide coastal plain from which the land rises to mountains and plateaux on the Zimbabwean, Zambian and Malawian borders. Two major rivers, the Zambezi and the
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Kenya: Tsavo National Park
Edition 2:  Winter 1997/8

Brian Jackman relates stories old and new from Tsavo, Kenya's largest national park.
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The Gambia
Over the last decade package seaside holidays to Gambia have been promoted all year round. Such tours are generally cheaper than for many European resorts. Most visitors arrive on charter
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National Parks of Botswana
Botswana is without doubt one of Africa's great game destinations. More than 17% of this country the size of Texas is devoted to National Parks or Game Reserves
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National Parks of Lesotho
Lesotho's only national park, Sehlabathebe, embraces 6500 hectares in the south-eastern corner of this mountain kingdom. The park, which is under the auspices of
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Ethiopia: A Country Profile
Edition 3: Spring 1998

Many of us associate Ethiopia with famine and drought. But today's visitor will find a country rich in religious, historical and cultural heritage.
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National Parks of Malawi
Despite having the region's highest population density, Malawi is well endowed with protected areas. Over ten percent of its land surface is allocated into nine National Parks (
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The Ivory Coast
All Year Round
· Daily temperatures vary little, except during the rainy season.
· Because of its proximity to the equator, sunset
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Tunisia
If you're not into packed seaside resorts, it's probably best to give Tunisia's coast a miss in July and August. Hammamet, Sousse,
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National Parks of Mozambique
During Mozambique's civil upheaval, large-scale organized poaching systematically removed almost all big game from the bush. I've driven the length and breadth of Mozambique
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South Africa: Kruger National
Edition 3: Spring 1998

Angus Begg visits the Kruger National Park and its neighbouring private reserves, to see why the area offers some of the best game-viewing in Africa.
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Zambia
January - April
· The rainy season: hot and wet. Rivers swell, lagoons fill and plains flood. Vegetation runs riot, making animals elusive
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Namibia: Etosha National Park
Edition 10: Winter 1999/2000

Mid-April at Ongava in northern Namibia. The rains have ended and already the grasses have ripened to a pale bleached blond, although the mopane trees are still fresh and green.
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Zimbabwe
January - March
· The peak rainy season.
· Most showers occur in the afternoon for about one hour. Mornings tend to have
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National Parks of Namibia
Untarnished wilderness, horizons that expand to infinity, abundant wildlife and the inimitable Namib - a moist coastal desert hosting a range of hauntingly beautiful landscapes and spectacular geological phenomena:
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National Parks of South Africa
In the early 1890s, President Paul Kruger became increasingly alarmed by the dwindling herds of buffalo in South Africa's Lowveld and declared his intention for a game reserve for
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National Parks of Swaziland
As the smallest country in the southern hemisphere (about the same size as Wales), Swaziland can't be expected to compare with bigger African countries when it comes to
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National Parks of Zambia
Zambia's system of wildlife administration is currently in upheaval thanks to a protracted changeover in its administration, from a division of the Ministry of Tourism to a semi-
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Kenya: Abedare National Park
Edition 3: Spring 1998

Abundant wildlife can be seen amoung the mountains of Kenya's Aberdare National Park. But it is the area's spectacular scenery, more than anything, that is the big attraction.
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Kenya: Amboseli National Park
Edition 10: Winter 1999/2000

Amboseli National Park is renowned for its scenes of majestic elephant herds slowly moving through the vast, dusty plains or feeding in its verdant swampy retreats in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. Its great popularity has brought problems, but the park survives and remains as appealing as ever. Story by Rupert Watson.
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National Parks of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's Game Reserves were initially founded as a means of using unproductive land. Little regard was given to modern conservation values, but once these evolved, the country
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