I was last in Zimbabwe as a child, on a 4x4 overland trip with my parents through Southern Africa. We went with another family, with two 4x4s in convoy, from Johannaesburg to various game reserves and attractions (in southern Botswana, all over Zimbabwe and southern tip of Zambia) over the course of a few weeks. I've done little travelling in the region since then (that was back in about 1998-1999). Obviously Zimbabwe's economy has declined since then, but I was wondering if it is still safe to do that sort of trip through the region? In particular, is Zimbabwe safe to travel through alone in a 4x4 - especially with elections coming up this year?