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Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options Mar 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Astronomers are calling 2013 "the year of the comet" as the first of two comets set to swing by Earth comes within view of the naked eye. Some avid sky watchers may be viewing with binoculars. Others may get an even closer view, thanks to a German travel agency. On March 16, Eclipse Travel of Bonn, Germany, will have Air Berlin's flight 1000 full of stargazers, giving them two hours closer...

Zimbabwe Government Bank Account Had Balance Of $217 Last Week

Zimbabwe Government Bank Account Had Balance Of $217 Last Week Jan 31st, 2013 at 8:00AM: We've all been through lean times during which we've lived paycheck to paycheck, just hoping our meager salary would be enough to see us through to the next payday. In these tough economic times, everyone has had to cut back, tighten their belts and learn to go without on occasion. That includes the country of Zimbabwe where a government official announced yesterday that the country had only $217...

Zimbabwe's last resort- an interview with bestselling author Douglas Rogers

Zimbabwe's last resort- an interview with bestselling author Douglas Rogers Feb 19th, 2012 at 10:00AM: After a decade of political unrest, seizures of white-owned farms and record hyperinflation that forced the government to print 100 billion dollar banknotes, Zimbabwe is finally starting to inch back onto the tourism radar, thanks to a power sharing agreement and a move to use U.S. dollars as the de-facto currency of the country. But Zimbabwe's long-dormant tourism sector has also received a...

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012 Jan 6th, 2012 at 8:30AM: Update: Check out the World's Worst Places of 2013 here What comes to mind when you think of the world's worst place? While it is easy to complain about rural Wal-marts, La Guardia, Applebee's, and any government office with motor vehicle in its title, none of those places escalate the game from nuisance to immediate danger. All of them can be horrible, yes, but a threatened...

Zimbabwe has mixed success stopping rhino poaching

Zimbabwe has mixed success stopping rhino poaching Dec 6th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Zimbabwe has seen an increase in rhino poaching this year, the government newspaper The Herald reports. At least 23 of the 700 or so black and white rhinos in the country were poached this year, but authorities managed to arrest 37 poachers and horn dealers. Rhino horns are popular for folk medicine, especially in Asia where they fetch high prices. One tactic of the poachers is to poison...

Zimbabwe safari parks, resorts seized by land invaders

Zimbabwe safari parks, resorts seized by land invaders Jan 28th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Tourist sites are the latest targets for land seizures in Zimbabwe, reports SW Radio Africa. A mob of about 150 people took over Lake Chivero Recreational Park, the Kumba Shiri resort, and several other sites around the lake, forbidding guests and employees from leaving. This is one of a string of land grabs across the country committed by semi-legal mobs taking advantage of the...

Another plane mishap in Africa. This time lava is the problem

Another plane mishap in Africa. This time lava is the problem Nov 19th, 2009 at 5:00PM: If you've ever seen a lava flow, you know that once the stuff cools and hardens, it's hard to move. In the Congo, this has created a big problem at the airport in Goma. Back in 2002, when the Nyiragongo Volcano erupted, lava flowed onto the runway, thus shortening it. A shorter runway does not sound good. It's not. Today, this was proved true once more when an airplane flying from Kinshasa to...

Plane hits pig on runway and passengers panic

Plane hits pig on runway and passengers panic Nov 11th, 2009 at 9:30AM: It wasn't a wolf's huffing and puffing that led to the demise of a pig on the runway at the Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe last Tuesday. Nope, it was a MA60 60-seater attempting to take off. The wild bush pig may or may not have seen the Air Zimbabwe plane coming. But, come it did. Poor pig. Poor plane. Poor passengers--and poor flight attendant who had to yell, "'Evacuate!'" after the...

The scariest swimming pool EVER

The scariest swimming pool EVER Nov 13th, 2008 at 8:30AM: Acrophobia is described as an uncontrollable, irrational, and often crippling fear of heights. I'm not sure if this concept has an opposite -- acrophilia, maybe? Love of heights? -- but that's how I'd describe anyone brave (crazy?) enough to go for a dip at the Devil's Pool. The Devil's Pool is a natural swimming hole surrounded by just-below-the-surface rocks at the top of Africa's Victoria...

Bad idea bear: Roadtrippin' through Zimbabwe

Bad idea bear: Roadtrippin' through Zimbabwe Oct 17th, 2008 at 10:30AM: Would you give up Christmas, New Year's, and three weeks of your winter vacation to travel to a country wracked by every malady you can think of--economic collapse, political turmoil, widespread starvation, etc? Yep, I'm talking about Zimbabwe, which has paradoxically been skyrocketing towards the top of my must-visit list. What'll be particularly jarring is that I'm flying in from a 12-hr layover...

What is going ON in Zimbabwe?

What is going ON in Zimbabwe? Mar 30th, 2008 at 3:00PM: This weekend, Zimbabwe is slated to hold democratic elections to elect the new leader of the country. The defending candidate of 28 years, Robert Mugabe, is facing some fierce opposition, but many are worried about the validity and fairness of the election. Despite the appearance of a free Democracy, you see, Zimbabwe is wrangling some serious problems. We've distilled the issues and events of...

Rafting the Zambezi

Rafting the Zambezi Sep 28th, 2006 at 5:58PM: One of the items of my must-do list is rafting the Zambezi. Not that I am particularly into adrenaline sports, but this African adventure sounds amazing. I hear that Zambia is trying to market itself as the adrenaline-sports center of Africa, with rafting, bungee-jumping, climbing and such and it has become quite touristy. I wonder how Hemingway would feel about this "new Africa". Since hunting...

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