I applaud your efforts and keeping an open mind that you are helping the fine people, wildlilfe; Zim's conservation efforts as always continue, and if the operators want to stay open even with the political situation, I am there for them.
So happy you are as well.
My feeling was they did not want to be associated with the politicians and their defiance is not to be bullied by the actions; and would do anything they could to continue their livelihoods.
Game Warden has an excellent interview with two of Zimbabwe's top guides.....Julian Brookstein and Craig van Zyl, having been guided by Craig and meeting Julian at Camp Hwange you could not find two finer examples of Zimbabwe guides, their passion for the wildlife and their country...I encourage you to read the two interviews.
(I tried to follow how to link the interviews, but maybe my brain doesnt work this early!!)
Will work on that after receiving some excellent advice from a St'r - I messed up along the way..
Anyway those interviews and of course recent trip reports should help you understand how the two are not related. I do not condone anything the Zim gov't is capable of inflicting, yet I fiercely feel the country itself should not be punished.
It was one of my most incredible safaris, and I know there are others here who repeat often.
I am sure everyone here would love to hear of your plans, the itinerary etc. and if you have any other experiences to share, all things Africa.
And the "low country" of course. Its' own special paradise has been endangered as well by overdevelopment; I hope that does not keep people away. Even though I since moved, I still stay involved with the efforts to keep the land and waters around Kiawah free of yet more " mcmansions." Need to save the birds and fish as well.
Have a great safari!