ZIMBABWEis blessed with both enthralling man-made and unending natural wonders that can leave tourists amazed and at the same time charmed to the extent of wanting to come back and see more.
While people mostly give fame to Great Zimbabwe monument, a man-made unique artistic historical symbol of craftsmanship, built around 1100AD or the mighty Victoria Falls, there are still many mesmerising places that are unheralded as much in the country.
In fact to put it correctly there are still some fascinating waterfalls, curves, balancing rocks and mountains that are yet to be discovered just as is the case with minerals in the country.
Some places though fascinating, they are however being let down by lack of development and proper 21st century marketing.
One such place in is the Chiremba Balancing Rocks which houses not only the iconic balancing rocks that characterise most of Zimbabwe’s paper money (notes) but also the hilarious and spectacular Flying Boat Formation.
Chiremba Balancing Rocks are located about 13 kilometres southeast of Harare, off Chiremba Road and the place is being run by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ).
While gate entrance is relatively affordable for both locals and foreigners, the place is under-marketed and is in a bit of neglect judging by the way trees have over-grown some of the rocks making it a bit difficult in some instances for tourists to get clear views.
The other thing is that besides the rocks there is no development within the facility, not even a café to sell water or tea and light snacks to tourists on a hot or cold day, there is not even a shop to sell souvenirs or artefacts as the only building that is there is a guardroom.
With Zimbabwe beginning to attract international attention as can be evidenced by Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Visit in 2019, and other travel reviews for 2019, there is need to urgently develop and market Chiremba Balancing Rocks in order to attract visitors both locals and internationals.
There have been complaints that visitors are not staying long-enough in the country and this has been attributed to lack of activities and the development of Chiremba Balancing Rocks could add to those activities that will ensure tourists stay a day longer in Zimbabwe by introducing day and evening events around the mesmerising facility. Alternatively the NMMZ could go into partnership or better still allow private players to come in and develop Chiremba Balancing Rocks so that it can be attractive and draw attention.