Discovering AfricaAnytime is a good time for a safari drive
We were staying at the Tree Lodge at Sikumi on the edge of Hwange National Park, this was going to be our first-morning game drive since we arrived in Zimbabwe.
We were eager to get going, even at 6 am. The thrill of a safari drive never fails to put a smile on my face, it’s the unknown that I love.
Some days you’re lucky, and see some incredible wildlife passing through the bush, and other days the animals are deep in the undergrowth watching us instead, having the last laugh.
Off into the sunriseZimbabwe at its best
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The best time to Explore ZimbabweThe tranquillity of the morning
Every so often, Danny stops the truck and cuts the engine to preserve our presence to a minimum. Danny quietly chats to us about the surrounding environment and how the incredible landscape has evolved over thousands of years.
As we slowly progress bouncing over the mixed terrain and through the woodland, I have my expectations set too high, and my fingers are crossed for spotting elephants and lions.
Our first spot of the morning was a lone giraffe, well, I say lone, it had a couple of little feathered friends pecking at his neck for some breakfast.
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A herd of buffaloWill we, or won’t we?
We’d been weaving our way through the bush for a couple of hours, and we really felt that our luck wasn’t in on this occasion. Although we had seen some beautiful birds.
We were on our return journey back to lodge, and as we crossed the vlei, Gary spotted a herd of buffalo. Danny headed over into the direction of the herd, and we cut the engine once again and stopped and sat watching peacefully from a distance.
Once the walking group had moved away, Danny manoeuvred the truck closer to the herd, still at a distance not to startle them.
They are very cautious animals, so they were quite wary of us, and the group didn’t come too close but looking at their horns I wasn’t too bothered. They apparently have a perfect sense of smell, so knew exactly where we were.
Is Zimbabwe for you?
The morning is not over yet
A helpful guide
If you're considering an adventure around Zimbabwe, then your in for a holiday of a lifetime. I always find it incredibly useful to plan our trips with the help of a guide book.
Take a look at this informative Bradt guide, it will give you great tips and advice.
Getting to Hwange
Prior to arriving at Hwange, we’d visited Victoria Falls town for a couple of nights, after flying in from Harare. It goes without saying that a visit to the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls is a must; however, I urge you to venture further afield. Hwange National Park is only around a 2-hour drive from Victoria Falls town, and there’s such incredible wildlife at your fingertips. Another location I highly recommend is Lake Kariba, this is truly an experience you’ll treasure for life.
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