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    Default Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Seasoned bush family (Moz/Bots/Nam) doing N-Zim circuit in July.

    Sinamatella-Binga-Tashinga-Mana-Kariba-then into Zambia.

    Parents + 2 young teenage girls.

    Safety question:

    Does NOT relate to animals, malaria, road conditions etc. Just relates to people.

    Any reason to avoid Zim and go elsewhere, given political situation, drought, recent Mana Pools incident?

    Not interested in any tense situations/roadblocks/desperate people when traveling with kids.

    Have any of you gone on those routes recently?

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    No reason to avoid Zim for any of the above reasons. It is certainly an easier journey than might be the case in Mozambique.
    Just make sure you comply with the rules and regulations. Have a look at the AA advice at www.aasa.co.za also the threads and stickies on this forum in the Zimbabwe section regarding their regulations. Yes they have plenty of roadblocks, would be that we had more here in SA. If you are compliant your chances of picking up problems are very low.
    The Zimbabwians are inherently good natured and friendly, probably why they have put up with Uncle Bob for so long!
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    Default Re: Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Hi Kalahari9999

    We travelled last year with our teenage girls for 2 weeks in Zim, had a wonderful time. And the girls want to go back one day. Very friendly people, no problems with road patrols. Just keep in mind, if there is a sign to reduce speed to 60 km/h do so; otherwise they give you a ticket for sure ;-)

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    Default Re: Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari9999 View Post
    Seasoned bush family (Moz/Bots/Nam) doing N-Zim circuit in July.

    Sinamatella-Binga-Tashinga-Mana-Kariba-then into Zambia.

    Parents + 2 young teenage girls.

    Safety question:

    Does NOT relate to animals, malaria, road conditions etc. Just relates to people.

    Any reason to avoid Zim and go elsewhere, given political situation, drought, recent Mana Pools incident?

    Not interested in any tense situations/roadblocks/desperate people when traveling with kids.

    Have any of you gone on those routes recently?
    Hi, No reason not to go to Zimbabwe- beautiful country and people. Just a word of advice-- keep items required for roadblocks accessible (there will be roadblocks). Police are strict, but as long as you meet all the requirements you will be fine (as Stan mentioned look at the AA website for the latest requirements).

    I suggest- depending on your planned route up- traveling through Botswana and then entering Zimbabwe at the Pandamatenga border post. This puts you almost straight away into the park and no worries about roadblocks. This would then be a game drive all the way from Pandamatenga to Sinamatella.

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    Default Re: Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Hi we travelled Mana Pools - Binga - Sinamatella last year October on that south Kariba road with our Comfortvans. No problems (and not one road block on that remote route). If we did it again we would avoid Beit Bridge chaos (we started down south at Gonarezhou on that trip) and go via Pandamatenga. Roadblocks on the main routes are many but just be friendly, and have your stuff readily available and have all the requisite stickers on your vehicles etc as has been suggested and obey the speed limits. Some others on the forum have had issues at road blocks and one bit of advice was if they check your lights etc someone walk with them so they don't manufacture a "fine" for a light problem or whatever. But again we had no problems - but as a seasoned traveler I think you know to have the right attitude.

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    Default Re: Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Wrong link in Stan's post. Should be www.aa.co.za
    I guess
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    Default Re: Hwange/Matusa/Mana: Safety question re kids re roadblocks, poachers etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Mabe View Post
    Wrong link in Stan's post. Should be www.aa.co.za
    I guess
    Thanks, my wrong. Have now edited.
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    My opinion is that some regulations with AA are wrong like the ZA sticker is not needed for Zimbabwe but they say it's compulsory.

    Here is the fine list for Zim if you comply with that you are on the right track.

    Traffic Fines of ZIMBABWE (2015)
    Fail to:
    Signal – slow down, stop turn left or right: $10 Stop – minor accident: $20
    Stop – serious accident: court
    Fail to produce Drivers licence: $20
    Fail to produce Insurance: $5
    Fail to display current vehicle licence: $5
    Fail to produce documents within 7 days to Police: $5
    Fail to produce documents within 7 days to VID: $10
    Fail to display registration mark and Number Plate OR its illegible: $10 Fail to notify change of ownership within 14 days:$10
    Fail to give way to right-uncontrolled intersection: $15
    Fail to stop at flash lights – Railway crossing: $20
    No Number plate: $10
    No rear Number plate light: $5
    No Drivers licence: $20
    No Insurance: $10
    No white front reflectors: $5
    No red rear reflectors: $5
    No red ‘T’ on rear trailer: $10
    No amber side reflectors @ 4mt – each: $5
    No red triangles: $15
    No horn, fail to use or abuse horn: $10
    No Stopping, No parking, no left or right turn: $5 No headlights, one headlight or no side lights: $5 No headlights or side lights: $10
    No dip switch: $10
    No windscreen wiper: $5
    No exhaust silencer: $10
    No Safety belt: $5
    Motor vehicle + Trailer longer than 8 Mt: $5 Proceed against red robot: $20
    Proceed against amber robot: $10
    Encroach over white line at a robot: $10 Overtaking over solid white line: $20
    Double parking: $5
    Stop or park within 7.5 mt. of intersection: $15 Cut corner when turning right: $10
    Headlights causing dazzle: $15
    Foot brakes not working: $20
    Hand brakes not working at all – max: $15
    Unable to keep vehicle static when brake applied: $15 Windscreen not providing clear undistorted vision: $10
    Inefficient exhaust silencer: $5
    Causing excessive smoke: $10
    Leaks of oil and fuel onto road: $5
    Dangerous tyre – canvas showing – per tyre: $5
    Axles Loading: 1-50: $10; 51-200: $15; 201-400: $20; + 400: court Spit in or from vehicle: $5
    Discard rubbish froM vehicle: $5
    Abusive behaviour: $10
    Speeding - extra kilometres per hour:
    6-15: $5; 16-25: $10; 26-35: $15; 36-50: $20; 50+: court
    Note that Police Officers must give rank, name and number. Spot fines – Form Z69(j) Admission of Guilt.
    Form 265 to pay fine at police station within 7 days.
    For assistance you may call the following lines (please do not abuse them)
    Senior Inspector PHIRI: Public Relations. Nat. Complaints Line: +263 4 703631 (24 hr service) The ZRPolice National Whatsapp hotline number: +263 782 475000.
    Senior Inspector NCUBE: +263 772 719730 or +263 712 769768
    Senior Inspector KANGWARE: +263 712 415491
    Spokesperson Traffi c Inspector CHIGOME: +263 772 965030

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