An African country with incredible prospects
When a family wedding invitation to Zimbabwe winged its way through to my mailbox, there wasn’t any hesitation of whether we would accept the invite.
There were two major decisions to make, firstly what was I going to wear and then how long we should go for?
It had been 20 years since we’d last visited Zimbabwe, and the wonderful memories were still so vivid. So, after some deliberation of the locations to visit and the logistics of getting to and from these places, we’d hatched a plan.
Gary and I just love reminiscing about our trips and jogging each other’s memories. That’s what we adore about travelling, it’s creating these valuable moments that will always remain with you.
Personally, the experience of jumping in the back of a safari truck, with the anticipation of the African wilderness ahead, will always be my nirvana.
The warm Zimbabwean breeze brushing across my face, bouncing across the undulating terrain, I wish I could bottle this feeling.
Matobo Hills National Park
Lake Kariba in the north of Zimbabwe is the world’s largest manmade lake, it was created in the late 1950s after Kariba Dam was built.
The area was then flooded, and the trees that once formed part of a dry landscape, now protrude like lightning bolts from the lake.
Sundowner cruise with Hippos
We headed out with our experienced guides, Tettindra and Mark, following their strict instructions on the do’s and don’ts when you’re faced with a wild animal.
Keeping our expectations low as this is often the way with wildlife, we head off in single file.
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.
Mixing with the locals
Herd of Elephants
We ventured off on an afternoon safari not knowing what lies ahead.
Danny our guide pulls into an area surrounded by Acacia trees, we sat there after spotting a couple of elephants emerge from the bush.
Then gradually a whole herd appears from the very young to the very old.
Driving the roads of Zimbabwe
A day around Harare
Arriving at Rhino Safari Camp
As night descends
Although this is when Africa comes into its own. Not only does the volume of the wilderness appear to be ramped up, but also, the night sky truly blossoms. In the remote parts of Zimbabwe where the light pollution is almost non-existent, galaxies just emerge like a blanket above you.
In the time we stood taking some photographs, three shooting stars rocketed in front of us.
I really struggled to resist purchasing a piece of art. However, when I returned to the UK, it played on my mind. My excuse was that I had a significant birthday this year. I did a bit more investigating and found out that they had a sister gallery in the UK.
How lucky was I and they had one I loved, it was named ‘Revising’, although I have since renamed her to ‘Hope’.
Tour the country, you won’t regret it
Visit Mana Pools National Park
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Nearly headed east
Times they are a-changing
I cannot speak highly enough of the people and our whole incredible experience in Zimbabwe. It is truly sad to see that they are currently experiencing some economic problems with money and fuel.
If you don’t mind an adventure, just go for it.
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