I always try and immerse myself in the local food culture. In many parts of Asia and South America, I have found that street food is very much part of the culture. As the diligent
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas.
United States Dollar
15.3 million (2020)
Shona, Ndebele, English, Venda, Tonga
Greet people as you enter a room
Wear clothing that is neither too revealing nor short. Don’t shake someone’s hand with your left hand
Three foods you need to try in this country:
- Gango (several types of meat fried in a wok with leafy green vegetables)
- Mabhonzo (beef bone stew)
- Sadza (thick mealie meal porridge)
- Nhopi (pumpkin porridge with peanut butter)
- Mazondo (cow stilettos)
What the country is known for :
- Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Victoria Falls
- Last African state to achieve independence from British colonial rule
- Home to the Big 5 (the lion, water buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros)
- Wonderful landscapes
More About Zimbabwe
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Growing up, I went on various trips around the country, but it is not until I left the country that I gained an appreciation of how amazing Zimbabwe is – I guess we tend to always look elsewhere for beauty when it could be staring directly at us. I may sound biased but this view is shared by various people I have met across my travels. This is what led me to revisit and explore my home-country with a different lens. Zimbabweans are generally friendly and helpful people. They like to have a good time and therefore, if you are open to it, a visit is an adventure that will be etched in your memory forever.
The staple food of the country is a thick mealie meal porridge called sadza in Shona and isitshwala in Ndebele. It is enjoyed with a number of relishes such as green vegetables or any type meat stew or grilled meat. I highly recommend a home braai, if you have the opportunity or a visit to one of the open air bbq spots dotted around the country. Consider this as you would ‘street food’, in your assessment of where to eat. Another interesting aspect of Zimbabwean food is that when it comes to animals – traditionally nothing goes to waste, from the head to the hooves. There are various established ways to cook different parts of the animal and various ways to use the inedible parts of the animal.
Do you speak English?
Munotaura chirungu here?
Where is the toilet?
Chimbuzi chiri kupi?
May I please have some water?
Ndokumbirawo mvura yekumwa?
May I please have some food please
Where can I get a taxi?
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