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Date published 20.11.2017

ZIMBABWE’S major tourist areas, Harare and Victoria Falls, continued undisrupted over the weekend, despite the ongoing political standoff and military take-over in the country’s capital. Tour operators and other suppliers are monitoring the situation said updates would be issued as developments occur..

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned visitors to keep in regular contact with their embassy and avoid public gatherings, until the situation stabilised.

Desmond O’Connor, Head of kulula holidays and MT Beds, said the operator had expected a few calls, “but nothing came of it… fortunately, we have had no comeback whatsoever from any of our guests”.

Mr. O’Connor continued: “We are working closely with our staff in Zimbabwe as well as our suppliers and ground handlers but confirm that it definitely is business as usual. Flights are arriving and departing on time and there have been no issues at any of the border crossings either. It does seem as though everything is centered around Harare but no issues or abnormalities have been reported in Victoria Falls, where most of our guests are,” he added.

South African Airways recommended travellers allow additional time for check-in and security screening at airports in Harare and Victoria Falls, while Thompsons Holidays’ spokesperson John Ridler commented: “Travel to Harare is mainly a corporate function and the airport appears to have remained open throughout the events. Travellers to the capital should obtain updates from their travel agents and also need to ascertain whether businesses in the city are operational.“We have been in contact with our office in Vic Falls and they have advised that it is quiet and business as normal. The GM of one of our top selling properties at the falls advised that things are calm and normal.”

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