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TRIP 2 – Preparation

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TRIP 2 – Preparation
Well well well… I am dying to start the second trip of my motorbike overland travel. First things first, I have not decided yet the route to take and I am rethinking the overall route planning.
The new master plan should be:

South Africa (Cape Town), Namibia, Botswana (Gaborone)- (August 2013, three weeks)
Botswana (Gaborone), Zimbabwe…

The Bvumba Mountains: Still Zimbabwe, Now Cold and Gloomy

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Oct. 23-25, 2013
Daphne Du Maurier is best known for ‘Rebecca’, which is often required reading in English courses that cover the Gothic novel. I recently finished ‘The King’s General’, which was written eight years later, but shares many of the genre’s hallmarks: damp stone mansions; high cliffs abutting stormy seas; insane relatives locked in secret rooms; dark, brooding landscapes;…

Mana Pools -> Harare -> Masvingo

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Mana Pools is in northeast Zimbabwe. From there we travelled south, cutting slightly east of the country’s vertical meridian.
We spent one night between Mana Pools and Harare at a place called Chinhoyi Caves, where you can follow some rough stone steps down to the Sleeping Pool. The pool is not very wide, but is well over a hundred metres…

Mana Pools

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Oct. 12-Oct. 15, 2013

Mana Pools, as mentioned previously, is a game reserve with no fences. We spent four days there. It was pretty enjoyable despite the 40-degree heat, apart from my ongoing concern that I would at some point be strolling over to the ablutions, gazing happily at some antelope in the distance, when a pack of hyenas would…

Along Lake Kariba

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October 7-12, 2013
Our next major stop was Mana Pools, another of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The most common descriptors applied to Mana are ‘wild’ and ‘the real bush’, which means that campsites are not fenced and common sense is not enforced. You can leap out of the car and try your luck at petting a lion should you be so…

26th September, Livingstone.

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A sunny hello from Zambia once again! (We’re actually now in Namibia almost a month later… sorry for the delay…)
This post picks up from Lusaka, crosses into Zimbabwe at Chirundu, saunters around Mana Pools National Park before conquering the Binga road to Vic Falls and bringing you back over the border into Zambia. Some of the activities in Zimbabwe…

Victoria Falls

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Oct. 5-Oct 8

The Zambezi River meanders from Western Zambia to the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. Where it approaches the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, a series of islets forks it into a multitude of smaller channels, each of which forms a spectacular waterfall as it cascades into the Batoka Gorge.

The Batoka Gorge, as seen from above.
At the…

Hwange National Park

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Sept. 28-Oct.5
Photos and italics pending a decent internet connection.
Hwange National Park, when entered through the Sinamatella Gate, is perhaps five hours north of Bulawayo. Most of the trip was along the A8, one of Zimbabwe’s major roads. It was paved, free of potholes, and – save for the inevitable police blockades – fast. The last forty kilometres took…

The Elephant of Surprise

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(grammatical note: It is considered poor form in the veld, to pronounce the ‘s’ when referring to any plural of game. For example a herd of elephant not elephants. The reason for this practice has been lost but it is thought to be aesthetic rather than practical).
Hwange national Park is the Zimbabwean slice of a much larger wilderness that…

Into Botswana

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Sept. 22-28
Our last two days at Kruger coincided with the beginning of South African school holidays. Our campsite, which had been dominated by early retirees, was speedily taken over by small children pedalling bikes between the trees and imitating the low-to-high whoop of the jackals. Two particularly industrious boys spent many hours hacking at the dirt road with a…

Hurrah! Eh?

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Top 12 Manica Post (Mutare) Headlines
To kick this chapter of with some light relief from the worlds most sensationalist newspaper (outside the UK)
Police flee as Rapist turns into Baboon
Prostitutes Demand payment in diesel
Bank teller arrested for de-flowering girlfriend
Sex drive lands Chipinge man in soup
Police overpowered by schoolgirls
Man vows to marry mentally challenged woman…

Zimbabwe

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Day: 154
KLMS : 23,712
It’s fair to say that Zimbabwe has proved to be the first completely unexpected surprise on this trip. After all the bad press over the years describing the unbelievable levels of corruption, violence and poverty we really didn’t know what to expect, but as a last minute addition to the itinerary, Zimbabwe has completely captivated…

ZIMBABWE

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ZIMBABWE
We komen Zimbabwe weer binnen via de Kariba-grensovergang zonder veel problemen. We moeten alleen weer road-taks??? Betalen zonder dat de reden daarvan duidelijk is. Het Karibameer is prachtig en lijkt ons een prima overnachtingsplek. Onderweg naar de supermarkt komen we langs een garage, waar we een bekende auto zien staan. En inderdaad deze mensen hebben we in Nairobi al…

Entering Zimbabwe

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Wild camping in the North (Photo: RWH)

Across Mozambique, we had shifted back into a feral state. Almost every night had been spent hidden in the dense woodland or on deserted beaches. Both our cookers had simultaneously expired meaning wood fires were how we now prepared our meals. When our head-torch batteries failed, we were surprised by how we could…

BOTSWANA-ZIMBABWE EN TERUG

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PLANS CHANGE
You may sometimes want something, but you never know what the future will bring. In this case: a broken dial … The plan was Chobe Riverfront Nat. Park.
In Kasane we camp at the Safari Lodge, where the most beautiful camping spot is number 14 on the river. They want to put us on a small spot. But we get it done to…

Zimbo

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Hwange N.P.
Just before entering the park, we stumbled upon a herd of Sable and a great big herd of Buffalo that ran right across the road in front of our car. We started off on a great note, and were further treated to a male Lion, Ele (far away in the distance) and Kudu. We spent three nights in…

Vic Falls

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he ever beautiful VIC FALLS. We went at the end of the dry season so unfortunately the falls were at there lowest point!!!!!
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Zimbabwe: Finally the real Africa!

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We decided to see the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side since we were more interested in getting a frontal view.  From Zambia, you are getting a view right on top.  We got a bit late crossing into Zimbabwe, but along the way we saw tons of wild elephants taking shade under trees near the road.  It was getting a…

More Border Balderdash

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Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th September 2012.

Tete, Zobue.
Getting past the border post took a little longer on the Mozambique side. We had to fill in an entry form as well as a visa application form. It was all straightforward, but extortionately expensive. They issue just one type of visa; a thirty day single-entry tourist visa for US$80. Our…

Solitude in the Mountains

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Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd September 2012.

Chimanimani National Park, Mutare.
We got an early start so we could spend as much time as possible in the mountains. The first leg of our walk took us straight up, between msasa trees and boulders. The view from the top was a spectacular mass of green and red foliage trimming dramatic mountains.…

Is that a crocodile in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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Thursday 29th to Friday 30th August 2012.

Masvingo, Chimanimani.
The next morning it was time for us to say goodbye to Harare. Udiah had scrambled eggs waiting for us all at 7am, so we sat down for our last breakfast with Mark and Nats. Over the past five days they thoroughly spoilt us and made us feel incredibly welcome. We…

Back to School

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Thursday 23rd to Wednesday 28th August 2012.

Harare.
Thursday morning we set off for Harare. It promised to be a long drive and we hoped to make it before sunset. We joined the main road and at Lupane we turned towards Kwe Kwe. As well as being shorter than the main road via Bulawayo, we think it’s always much nicer…

Splish Splash

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Sunday 19th to Wednesday 22nd August 2012.

Plumtree, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls.
The Zimbabwean border post of Plumtree would have been an impressive building in its day. Now it seemed wanting in the way of maintenance and repair, with its peeling paintwork and scuffed surfaces. Posters dotted the interior, encouraging people to check their HIV/AIDS status and practice protected sex. Several…

Chimanimani en Bvumba

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Chimanimani en de Bvumba mountains liggen in het oosten van Zimbabwe in de Eastern Highlands. De natuur is er prachtig. We hebben er gewandeld naar watervallen en een berg beklommen. We waren de enigste bezoekers in het nationaal park sinds enkele dagen. Het was er prachtig.

Maar zoals je op de  foto`s kan zien was het ook erg koud… De…

Great but expensive Zimbabwe

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Eerst bezochten we Matobe NP. Volgens onze reisgids “het drukst bezochtste park na Vic Falls”. Dat viel allemaal nogal mee. De prijzen daarentegen vielen minder mee. We betaalden in totaal 56USD voor de entree en camping fees. Belachelijk veel als je weet dat alle dieren daar gestroopt zijn, ondanks de waarschuwing dat je ter plekke wordt neergeschoten als je betrapt…

Definitely not elephant whisperers

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Alweer een hele tijd geleden dat we geblogd hebben… Internet in Zimbabwe is dan ook niet zo evident. We hebben ons Zimbabwaans avontuur gestart in Hwange NP. De Big5 zijn er vertegenwoordigd en dat hebben we geweten. Er zijn 3 camps in het park waar we overnacht hebben. In Robins camp brulden de leeuwen `s nachts rond de campsite en…

Victoria Falls

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When you start travelling you make a plan for your trip and I do not know how many times the plan change along the way. Our original plan was to drive north from Cape Town then through Namibia, Botswana, and then spend about two weeks driving through Zimbabwe. Then we spent one week longer in South Africa than planned and…

Botswana to Zimbabwe and back again at Kazanane

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We decided we wanted to have a look at the Victoria Falls, and from Kazangula in Botswana it is not far. First we thought about parking the car in Kazangula and catch a bus across the border, but this turned out to be more expensive than actually paying for our own vehicle at the border. And we like to drive…

Er was eens lang geleden…

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Het is al een beetje lang geleden dat we nog eens iets op onze blog geschreven hebben, en dit vooral omdat we van 26/05 – 21/06 heel wat bezoek hebben gehad:
Eerst kwamen Mama en Barbara, die met ons reisden van Lusaka via Kafue NP (very remote and wild) naar Livingstone (Vic Falls, tijdens volle maan een lunar rainbow gezien…