CULTURAL & HISTORICAL TOUR

This programme takes groups to sites of historical, political and cultural importance in Zimbabwe. These have played a major role in the history, and politics of the country. Most importantly, these highlight the social context of life in Southern Africa. For groups that want to deepen & sharpen their intellectual and cultural understanding of Africa, Zimbabwe offers the best possible opportunity. Unique migration patterns, native customs, natural landscapes, and pristine wildlife make the experience surpass any other.

There will be lectures at leading universities, cultural immersion homestay with local families, excursions, and field experiences that you cannot get in any other place. You will also get an opportunity to visit Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions, as they are all a part of the country’s history.

The tour may be designed according to the learning objectives and customised as such. The length of stay may be anything from 7 days to eight (8) weeks, and there is an opportunity to extend your stay after the group tour and choose a placement site for a further 2-6 weeks. Below is an example of an educational tour in Zimbabwe!

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe
Day 3-5: Honde Valley
  • Scramble for Africa: mechanics of annexation and occupation
  • Defining boundaries: battle between the British and Portuguese
Day 9-11: Bulawayo and Matopos
  • First Chimurenga: Ndebele and Shona rebellions
  • Land, and land rights
  • Rhodesia and Industrialization
Day 15-17: Kariba
  • Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • Unilateral Declaration of Independence
Day 2: Harare
  • In-country orientation
  • Zimbabwe: a country of many contrasts
  • Local area tour
  • Health and safety workshop
  • Culture shock seminar
  • Welcome dinner
Day 6-8: Great Zimbabwe
  • The rise and fall of early dynasties
  • The great conflagration of the Zulu expansion
  • Arrival of the early European explorers
Day 12-14: Victoria Falls
  • The rise of black nationalism
  • White Rhodesian radicalism and native reserves
Day 18-20: Mana Pools
  • Zimbabwe liberation struggle
  • Post-independence Zimbabwe

Day 21: Departure

Highlights Of The Tour
  • Multi-destination tour – see the country while learning about its rich historical past and culture
  • Live the history through exploration of historical and cultural sites
  • Enjoy a different way to learn about heritage and African studies
  • Watch a screening of Operation Noah: an original Pathe News footage of the famous operation to rescue stranded wildlife as the rising waters of Kariba created islands in the Zambezi Valley
  • Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime

The above is a provisional 3-week itinerary, which Tiritose will customise to match your collective interests. We are flexible in how we put together educational tours, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. Please download the client needs analysis form, complete it, and send it back to us, and one of our worker bees will respond with a draft itinerary for your review. Do not despair if you cannot find an ideal placement site, the list below is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programmes, and not an exhaustive list.

DESTINATIONS

The capital city, and commercial hub of Zimbabwe, dubbed to have the best sunshine in the world. You will arrive at Robert G. Mugabe International Airport, where our friendly staff will be waving a big “Tiritose” sign welcoming you to the adventure of a lifetime! We will take you on a comprehensive orientation programme, providing background information on Zimbabwe, which will all help put the upcoming tour in perspective. You will be able to appreciate the many contrasts that exist in present day Zimbabwe, and the legacy of colonialism.

Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare.

Located in eastern Zimbabwe, and the best place to watch the sunrise while the birds sing to you. It is flanked by hills and mountains, and the home of tea, coffee and fruit agricultural production. It belongs to the Eastern Highlands region, a section of the country that together is arguably the most beautiful in Zimbabwe. A fiercely contested area during the war of liberation, hence has bred a politically conscious population. We will discuss the scramble for Africa by the early colonists, and juxtapose these with tours of the tea, coffee estates, and mountain walks.

Accommodation: Aberfoyle Lodge: shared rooms, with two single beds in each room.

The most important and enigmatic, historic monument in Zimbabwe. The site provides an opportunity to delve deep into the pre-colonial history of Zimbabwe, and early African civilisation. Great Zimbabwe is the largest stone structure south of the Sahara. It is so grand that early colonists, archeologists were forced to revise their beliefs about the native inhabitants, whom they could not conceive as possessing such aptitude to construct a fine piece of architecture.

The location of Great Zimbabwe presents a unique opportunity to see and live through the greatest and most accomplished in African pre-colonial history. While at Great Zimbabwe, there will be an opportunity to visit the nearby Kyle Recreational Park, where you will have an introduction to Zimbabwe’s wildlife, visits to local  bushman rock art as well as fishing and boating on Lake Mutirikwi.

You can also look forward to our campfire discussions and reflections under the African stars!

Accommodation: Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort: shared rooms, with two single beds in each room

Bulawayo is the second largest city, cultural and until recently also the industrial/manufacturing capital of Zimbabwe. It is the place where the first organised black resistance movement stemmed from. The city provides a unique contrast to Harare, with its mixture of low and high-rise buildings, fading colonial houses with wide verandahs, all adding to the relaxed and attractive atmosphere.

About 40 minutes, southwest of Bulawayo lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Matobo Hills. Here, you will find the expanse of granite hills and caves, hiding the rich legacy of parietal art left by San or Bushmen.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms

A place that needs no introduction to the world, one of the 7 Natural Wonders on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. There is, however, more to this town than the largest falling curtain of water on offer at this central hub of African tourism. Archeological findings from the area has yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have occupied the Victoria Falls area since the 12th Century, and have largely remained inhabitants of the area. In addition to the rich history from David Livingstone in 1855, to the beginnings of infrastructure development and rail network, to present day tourism for sustainable development, and the impending forced removals of over 20,000 inhabitants to pave way for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Project.

Accommodation: Shoestrings backpackers: male and female dormitories

A resort town, built on the steep hills, 370 kilometres above the Lake. Home to the Legend of the Nyaminyami ‘The River God’, which locals believe to have lived in the depths of the Lake, and was separated from the female Nyaminyami when the bridge was constructed in order to facilitate for the hydro-electric power plant that remains today. Approximately fifty thousand people were displaced on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides in order to make way for the construction of the project. Paradoxically, the construction of the power station is said to be the World Bank’s most successful project in the world.

There are several islands and wildlife parks surrounding Kariba, including the Chewore Safari Area where Dinosaur footprints were found and are reserved to this day.

Accommodation: overnight ferry for one night + a night in the safari tented rooms on the island.

One of the world’s widest and naturally preserved ecological areas, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance. Remote wilderness, without mass tourism, it is mostly untouched and undisturbed wilderness area. Deriving its name Mana from the number four ‘4’, in the Zimbabwean Shona language – taken from the four pools, remnant ox-bow lakes left by the Zambezi River over a thousand years ago as its course moved north.

Accommodation: Chalets overlooking the pools, four people in each chalet

they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!

Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.

 

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TALES FROM THE ZIMBABWE EXPERIENCE

NEW YEARS’ EVE IN KARIBA

My last trip to Kariba was during the festive season, a prime time for exploring a small town as it will have slightly more people than usual, and so chances of standing out too much are very slim. I'm a proud domestic tourist, and my goal remains to travel to, and...

INYAURI RIVER HIKE

As has become customary on a Saturday afternoon, I take nature walks and hikes mostly to clear my head while the birds sing to me. It’s a great escape from the busy streets in the City of Harare. I am definitely a city boy, and I don’t think I could stomach small...

10 THINGS TO APPRECIATE ABOUT ZIMBABWE

For someone born and raised in Zimbabwe, it is easy to take some things for granted. I am sure it is the same for a Parisian and the Eiffel Tower! There are certainly some things that you only begin to appreciate once visitors to your country comment or in my case,...

DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED

The educational tours are open to both high school and university students, who may either be led by a teacher or faculty member, or on their own. The tour is an immersive programme for those interested in acquainting themselves with the African healthcare system. Students and faculty who enjoy unconventional and handson learning are well suited for this adventure tour to uncover a different way of patient care and treatment in Africa, and relating it to their home countries.

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Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up and will take you to your first night accommodation, sort out refreshments and meals. After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done at a pace that suits your needs and we will make sure to show the group some amazing places at the same time. Once the in-country orientation is complete, we will provide a shuttle service that will go between your accommodation and activity centre for each of the days.

WHAT DOES THE COST INCLUDE
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Webinars on cultural sensitivity and culture shock
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities (each group will have an option to choose a suitable accommodation)
  • All meals according to the chosen meal plans
  • In-country transportation
  • Adventure travel to areas that are part of the tour
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Mobile phone, and local sim-card
THE PROGRAMME COST EXCLUDES
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Meals and drinks other than those specified above
  • Recreational activities other than those specified above
  • Any other items of a personal nature

Click here! To Download the Educational Tours Needs Analysis Form

Contact Tiritose for further information about the innovation, entrepreneurship and development educational tour. If you have your own educational tour or preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about!

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