My name is Cephas Shonhiwa, I am born and bred in Zimbabwe. I am the Managing Director and one of the founder members of Malachite Travel and Tours. I am also the founder member of Travel Africa Association. I qualified and have vast experience in Conservation and Wildlife Management, Tourism, Community Development.
Tourism has always been my passion since childhood. I tried to do other things but never materialized until I devoted all my time to tourism.
According to Lonely Planet, a journey to Zimbabwe will take you through an attractive patchwork of landscapes, from Highveld, balancing boulders and flaming msasa trees, to laidback towns, lush mountains and lifeblood rivers. Here you can spot the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in its national parks, discover World Heritage–listed archaeological sites and stand in awe of one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.
- Victoria Falls
- Hwange National Park
- Mana Pools National Park
- Natural History Museum
- Great Zimbabwe Ruins
- Gonarezhou National Park
- Matobo National Park
- National Heroes Acre
- Lake Kariba
Authorities need to continue marketing destinations internationally. They need to support the smaller companies as collectively we bring in a vast amount of revenue. More conservation programmes should be advocated in order to safe guard the dwindling wildlife.
Kariba is situated on of the largest bodies of water in Southern Africa, Kariba Dam. It has an enormous wealth of natural resources and has the potential to become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the region. The major industries of Kariba include the Zimbabwe Power Corporation’s power station at the Dam wall which oversees the generation of the majority of Zimbabwe’s electricity requirements, the fishing industry, which includes both kapenta fishing and fish farming, crocodile farming and of course, tourism, and tourism related industries.
Kariba is undoubtedly a ‘jewel’ in Zimbabwe’s tourism crown. The Lake and its facilities of Houseboats, Hotels, Lodges, Game and Birdlife on the shore, combined with fishing, make it a unique destination.
MALACHITE TRAVEL & TOURS
Malachite Travel and Tours is a Destination Management Company (DMC), which renders its services in 7 countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and we expect to extend our services to Malawi and Rwanda in the near future.
The name “Malachite” was derived from a Bird called ‘Malachite Kingfisher. This kingfisher has blue upperparts but has black banding with pale blue or greenish-blue on its forehead. The green colour on the forehead resembles that with Malachite Travel and Tours there is always a green light.
Our Vision is to be The Africa’s best tourism destination management company. As a Destination Management Company, apart from crafting itineraries we strongly believe in partnerships with other tour operators in destinations out-side our parameters, to ensure the best service to our clients.
The Travel Africa (TA) is a tourism networking body responsible for the development and connections of African Tourism, Buyers Worldwide, Travel writers and destination marketers across all African countries. Travel Africa is an association and the hub for all Africa tourism players. The network is very well connected and stretches across the entire African continent. It is comprised of member specialised in leisure tourism, MICE tourism, Transporters (Airliners, Ground and water), tourism agencies and Authorities, Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Travel Agents, Tour operators, Accommodation Facility Providers, Travel Writers and other tourism related organizations.
I am yet to identify one since I haven’t visited other destinations to compare. But as of now my best destination is Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.
FAMILY & SOCIAL LIFE
I am happily married and have one child.
When I am away, as long as communication networks is available, I am constantly in touch with my family. With this technology one can have a video calling with the family and that way they and I feel like I am physically available.
I enjoy body building, watching TV and reading traveling magazines.