The baobabs are the most intriguing trees in Africa for me. I like their forms with their thick trunks and roots-like branches.
There are a lot of myths about the baobabs.
One story tells how the creator, angry with the baobab, pulled it out and flung it back in the earth headfirst.
The baobab is one of the great symbols of Africa. When I see baobabs I'm back in Africa.
If you like to go to the mountains it is nice to visit the Eastern Highlands with heights between the 1200 and 1500 M
The Chimanimani NP in the southern part of the eastern Highlands near the border with Mozambique has peaks of more than 2.000 M and is a paradise for hiking. You can make a day trip or even 5 days wilderness treks.
One of the things you have to do, when you are in Zimbabwe, is visiting the National Parks.
Some are good for game viewing like the Hwange NP and parts of the Matobo National NP.
Others are worth to visit because of the natural beauty of the landscape, like Chimanimani NP for the mountains and Victoria Falls NP for the falls.
Final destination of our Namibia-Botswana crossing: the majestic view of the Victoria Falls. Elicopter trip over the landscape and afternoon thea in the Victoria Hotel, the preferred of Queen Elisabeth.
Exciting rafting in the river Zambesi with 21 terrific rapids and most of them 5° degree. Try the rapid Three hugly sisters and the mother and never you'll forget it!
Chizarira Park, as empty as can be. No a soul for 50miles here. We did have a hard time finding WILDLIFE here. That will change
later. It was a great hike.
Those are Weaver Birds Nest there.
Fondest memory: Being able to track & hike through the BUSH.
Never know what will POP-OUT at you!
Chizarira Park 10/1999
Being you can get out on foot in ZIMBABWE.
We parked and rested for the afternoon in
some far off corner of HWANGE PARK.
I like SKULLS ECT. Had a SABLE SKULL here. Craig our guide wantd to take a couple of pics.
Fondest memory: Seem we are all alone most of the time.
Getting out on FOOT.
You do get a different look while on your
PROP-PLANE! I heard about LAKE KARIBA.
Man made lake. Need to look into it more.
But, A great pic to have in between our stay at:
CHIZARIRA & MATUSADONA PARKS!!
Fondest memory: There are many. I am sorry I didn't take more
Looking over the falls, a magnificent experience. Try and see it from the Zambian side, not only does it cost less than from the Zimbabwian side, the view is also much better.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Zim would have to be Chipangali animal orphanage. I saw the smallest black Rhino EVER! didn't know they came so small. It was so cute!
On our 7 mile hike in the CHIZARIRA BUSH.
We had a hard time finding wildlife. Craig,
our guide took us to this huge pit! Just a month before it was almost full of water!
As you can see, nothing! But, we had a water
and beer brake!! Thats CARLEE, from CAL.
looking like and ant!!
Fondest memory: Just to keep LOOKING!!
It may be a little more money. But if you can
do your safaris by taking a plane from park
to park. From VIC FALLS, it was only a 2 hour
ride to HWANGE PARK. That we did. But,
from there to CHIZARIRA PARK we took a plane. The place was so dry. We had a good
shot at some ELEPHANTS already!!
Fondest memory: It's elephants in the WILD!!
VICTROIA FALLS as everyone knows is a
must. When you go there have something to protect your camera. There is water spraying
all around. Just a thought, what I did. I took
with me some plastic-baggies. I cut a hole
in the bottom for the lens. If needed to I cut a hole near the zip-lock for the view finder. It
worked out find. It's easy and quick.
Fondest memory: VIC-FALLS is one of the best things. People
ask all the time if I seen it. There so many things in these countries!!
When in Zimbabwe visit Matusadona Park.
You may get lucky and see SWIMMING
ELEPHANTS! On the shore of Lake Kariba.
We were watching two huge Elephants on
a mound sticking above the water. One of the
Elephants decided to go swimming. So, hey
this is great!! I walked away from the group
about 100 yards ahead of the Elephant.
Hoping he would come out right in front of me. He was coming my way when our guide
waved me back! Never thought about Rhino,
or Lion!! I just wanted my Elephant!!
Fondest memory: Being good friends with my guide. Also, all
the Elephants!! Just trying to get close!
As in many other countries visiting a local market is always interesting. This market place, under the beautiful Jacaranda trees, is nothing else.
People are selling vegetables, fruit and other useful things.
Walk around, watch how the sellers sell and how the buyers buy.
Favorite thing: During a game drive in Rhodes Matopos National Park you can see some rocks stacked on each other. The 'nick name' of these rocks are mother and child. This name is given to the rocks because from a distance they have the shape of a mother who is looking after her child.
When I left the airport of Harare the first thing of Zimbabwe I saw was a beautiful purple tree: the Jacaranda.
The flowering time of this tree is October and you could see that. In Harare and all over Zimbabwe you can see the purple glow of these trees.
A very beautiful view.
Zambezi River, 80 km from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Good for: Solo
Corner 3rd Street/Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
service was allright rooms are very basic, clean but a little used the restaurant was a posivtive...more