At Great Zimbabwe there's cheaper camping available down the road. Can't remember the name of the place, but it's next to the lake. They also have rooms. I agree about the guides at the ruins though, very knowledgable and great value for money.
At Hwange the best campsite imho is a small one next to a dam. Think it's called Masuma. There's a large shelter where you can sit and watch the resident crocs and hippos, and we also saw elephants, various antelope and baboons in the area. Godfrey, the ranger who looks after the place, is also a great guy full of information and stories and as he's on his own a lot of the time he's keen to chat. Facilities are basic but clean and tidy.
Also heard a story that crazy Bob is sending an 'ark' with 2 of every animal found in the park to his buddies in N Korea. Not sure how true this is, but would also explain the animals nervousness if people are out there rounding them up.
I agree that paying in US$ is the way to go, but don't waste time and money organising this in advance. Barclay's bank has branches in all major towns and cities and you can get US$ direct from the atm with your visa debit card. That's right, direct from the atm, so no commissions to pay and no dodgy exchange rates. All atms seemed to be reliable when I was there in April this year.
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