The ruins of Great Zimbabwe are rarely visited by tourists. If the evening light covers the place with a soft filter, you have the vastness of the bush land all to yourself. That's emotionally geared for a visit to the capital, Harare. A terrible juggernaut.
The wildlife of Africa can be admired, especially in relatively expensive national parks. Things are different at Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. A boat tour with locals leads to elephants, hippos, zebras, buffalos and crocodiles.
Victorian houses, restaurants and markets, busy streets. In Bulawayo, the traveler gets nothing from the autocratic regime of Robert Mugabe, the aged despot of Zimbabwe. Cafés serve fine Swiss pastries, clubs play Lil Wayne, in the cinema Ashton Kutcher beams on the screen. A walk through a scenic city.