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Zimbabwe - Africa’s Cricketing Dream

Some say Zimbabwe lies at the heart and soul of Africa.  Like many nations it has had a turbulent past.  Much is the same with the national sport of cricket and it has certainly had its ups and downs.  Granted Test status 1992 they played their first Test match in October that year against India at the Harare Sports Club.  They became the ninth Test nation.  After a lean period and internal problems the Zimbabwean team was voluntarily suspended from Test cricket in late 2005.  However, in 2011, after regaining their test status, Zimbabwe played their first test match against Bangladesh at the Harare Sports Club.  Zimbabwe won the test on day five by 130 runs which sent the nation into raptures

Names such as Andy Flower, Heath Streak and Henry Olonga are etched into cricket folk lore.  Giants of men who struggled against all manner of adversity to carve out careers in an unsupported and unstable cricketing culture.  Their legacy remains and there is genuine hope that they may inspire the younger generation coming through.  World cricket would benefit greatly from a competitive and committed team from the heartland of Africa.  There is true beauty in the landscape and surrounds as we enjoy two Tests in the cities and taste the culture and stunningly picturesque countryside with visits to the world renowned Victoria Falls and the bountiful Hwange National Park

14 Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Harare
Arrival day (no activities planned). We will meet this evening and discuss all aspects of our tour before enjoying dinner together
Days 2 - 6 - Harare - ***FIRST TEST***
We transfer to the Harare Sports Club which is a multi-purpose stadium mostly used for cricket. It was originally known as Salisbury Sports Club and has been the primary cricket venue in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe since its opening. Zimbabwe played its first ever Test here in 1992 against India and in 1994 it was the site of Zimbabwe's first ever Test win. The ground is encompassed by Jacaranda trees and has a beautiful gabled pavilion which has a popular bar. At the other end of the ground is Castle Corner, the livelier gathering place of the venue
Day 7 - Harare to Victoria Falls
We travel to one of the world’s most impressive natural sites today. Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River situated at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known locally as “the smoke that thunders” because of the immense sound day and night they are a site to behold
Day 8 - Victoria Falls
The Falls today are a world heritage site and have the largest curtain of falling water on the planet. We enjoy a day visit and plan to get on to the Zambezi River which is Africa's fourth longest river which flows all the way from Zambia through Zimbabwe and finally into the Indian Ocean. We also plan a visit to Hwange National Park which is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe
Day 9 - Victoria Falls to Bulawayo
A travel day today we journey to Bulawayo the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Known locally as the 'City of Kings' the majority of the population here belongs to the Ndebele ethnic group. Our base is in the city centre not far from the cricket ground
Days 10-13 - Bulawayo - ***SECOND TEST***
Today we transfer to the Queens Sports Club for the Second Test. This ground is also a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 13,000. It is situated close to the city centre and is one of international cricket's loveliest venues. The old pavilion is surrounded by trees and much of the ground consists of grass banks. Plenty of excellent spots to enjoy the action
Day 14 - depart Bulawayo
We are able to enjoy day 5 of the Second Test before making our way to the airport for our connecting flights
- ***Extra day’s accommodation can be arranged by Global Drift as required*** -

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*The tour offered will include time at 2 test venues (Harare and Bulawayo).  Extra day’s accommodation can be arranged by us as required

**Global Drift will provide a “Code of Conduct” document to be attached to your tour schedule.  Representing Australia abroad we are committed to a fun and enjoyable tour not at the expense of common courtesy and mutual respect

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