Jeremy Clarkson, a British TV host, loves the country of Zimbabwe but not its potholes.
Jeremy Clarkson, a popular British presenter, has spoken highly of Zimbabwe but less so of the country's potholes.

Jeremy Clarkson, a popular British presenter, has spoken highly of Zimbabwe but less so of the country's potholes. Recently, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond visited Zimbabwe. They did a shoot for the Amazon series The Grand Tour. Clarkson claimed the country was great, but the roads were terrible.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, three British travelers, had a wonderful time in Zimbabwe, although they wished the country had better infrastructure.
The hosts of the Amazon series The Grand Tour were recently in Zimbabwe filming a new episode.

Everywhere they visited, they spread "banter or slander," even on the last stop of their cross-country tour, when Clarkson gushed about how great of a nation Zimbabwe was—with one little catch.

“I want to express my deep appreciation to the people and government of Zimbabwe for making this grand tour one of a kind. Everything about your nation was fantastic, and we loved it very much. Except for the holes, maybe," he said on Twitter.

Clarkson's X-Factor audience is eight million strong, and the United Kingdom is a key market for most of southern Africa's tourism industry.

He has a history of making provocative remarks that have gotten him into trouble.

This pothole thing isn't just a laughing matter, either.
Even though the Gauteng pothole app has helped, the province's roads remain far from perfect.

In 2021, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa complained to his Cabinet about how "pained" he was by the state of the country's roads.

Over on X, he said, "Zimbabweans, our roads are in a state of emergency. Seeing so many holes in our once wonderful roads makes me sad.

The time for action is now. My government has now pledged ZW$33.6 billion (about US$32 million) to repair 10,000 kilometers of roads in Zimbabwe immediately. Do not worry; I will not fail you.

The roadway connecting the capital city of Bulawayo with the country's most popular tourist attraction was among the worst impacted.

The road has some of the saddest potholes in the world.
Before the presidential election, Mnangagwa put money into repairing the almost 400-kilometer road.

Potholes have been a problem on American roadways for years, contributing to some of the worst crashes of the last decade.

Vision Africa, a youth group, planted banana trees in the middle of the road in 2018 to draw attention to the poor condition of the country's urban highways.