Once upon a time, a group of us chartered a Dakota DC-3 to spend a long weekend in Victoria Falls,
wish I had photos, but........
Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite has from highe up an amazing detailed phots, for those who have beent there, one is able to pick up the many landmarks, the amazing technology of space etc etc
One of the seven ýNatural Wonders of the World.'
Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders),
the Falls originate from the mile (1.61 kilometer)-wide Zambezi River in western Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is considered the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, plunging more than 30 stories to the rapids below.
The outskirts of Victoria Falls is not densely populated. The taxi driver took a shortcut before Victoria Falls and ended up in a small gravel road behind the backyards of a village, and almost drove into some allotment gardens.
The route from Mana to Mutare is as follows:
- Route A1 (from Lusaka Zambia) takes you to Harare.
- From Harare there is a direct route A3 that takes you directly to Mutare.
I would recommend using public transport (busses) in Zimbabwe.
Once you have crossed into Moz at Mutare, ask for advice at any of the fuel stations at Machipanda. There are loads of traffic travelling towards Beira (Beira corridor) so you will easily find a taxi to Inchope. The driver will assist you with transport north on route 215 to Gorongoza.
Gorongoza is just a national park. The transfrontier (across border) park in Mozambique is the Parque Nacional do limpopo i.e. adjacent and extention to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Gorongosa is in the process of being re-established, but a very nice park to visit. (see http://www.gorongosa.net/ for more info)
I hope this was helpful...let me know if I can assist you with any more information.
If you're the type who casts aside fears of too-worn ropes on jumps offered by people for whom safety is not necessarily a primary concern, take a leap off the Victoria Falls bridge. All the people we saw jump survived. To be fair, I know nothing of the quality of ropes or the outfit(s) that offer the experience. I assume they're of good quality with good safety records, but this isn't a given.
Anyway, I'm sure it's quite the experience.
There's a place in Zambia that does the jumps... here's some information from their website:
(This is the same place as mentioned on my Zambia page.)
They boast a 100% safety record!
Minimum age 14 years
Minimum weight of 40 kg, maximum weight of 140 kg
Passports are required by clients to access the bridge
Jumps operate from 09h00 to 17h00 every day
Available daily on request, all year round from Victoria Falls and Livingstone;
US$90 per jump, US$130 per tandem jump
Serima Mission - founded by Father Groeber in 1948, a Swiss priest. The locals were taught the skills of woodcarving without being shown examples of European carving. They, thus, developed their own uniquely African style that is organic and approachable.
Every available piece of wood at the mission is carved - pillars, lintels, candlesticks, etc. There are also some wonderful paintings depicting biblical scenes.
Near Masvingo, Serima Mission does take some dedication to visit. It is located 25 km off the road to Masvingo. Going from Harare to Masvingo, pass through Chatsworth, turn left at the small dam, and continue straight until you reach the mission.
There are several interesting books about Serima Mission. Several I've recently discovered:
1. Morton, Elizabeth A. Missions and modern art in southern Africa. PhD dissertation, Emory University, 2003. Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Services, 2003. 378pp. illus., bibliog. (pp. 222-234). N7391.7.M67 2003a AFA. OCLC 57238134. Taking four art schools as her focus of study, Morton investigates the pedagogical philosophy, tutorial methods, limits on artistic freedom, commercial (or non-commercial) nature of the mission art enterprises, and subsequent careers of leading artists.
2. Serima by Marcel Diethelm Albert B. Plangger (Hardcover - 1974; ISBN: B000ITKBAW). In German and English, has the history of the Mission as well as information about the architecture and art. An excellent resource.
Rozwi ruins are a great selection of archaeological sites about 20km outside of Bulawayo at Khami. They are very worth a look if you are in the area, but they are not a substitute for the Great Zimbabwe Ruins near Masvingo.
Hwange National Park is very close to Victoria falls, is probably one of the least visited parks in the area, we hardly saw anyone whilst we were there. This is a great place to see elephants, and it really is a great place in its own right...
Chimanimani National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s premier hiking venues. The mountain floral is primarily sub-Alpine plants such as heather, lobelia, orchid, aloe. Big game is not here but there are klipspringer, chacma baboon, blue duiker, and leopard. The range is on the boarder with Mozambique to the east and has a maximum altitude of 2,440m at Mount Binga.
Stay on all pathways as unexploded mines may still linger, especially along the boarder with Mozambique.
Near the Village Chimanimani located in the eastern part of the country near the Mozambique boarder.
Stop at one of the rural villages! You will find the most friendly people on earth ! It's so interesting how they live! They always have a smile for you! This picture is taken at a gas station in Juliasdale/Nyanga! It's one of my favourite pics from Zimbabwe!
I bought some delicious Biltong here. Biltong is dried meat! It tastes quite good!
Before we went to ''our'' house we visited the house of an aunt of Shyiet, but she was not home. The little cousins who were home, were shy and curious at the same time to see us.
We sat for a while in the centre of the village on a wall to look what's going on. There was a local bar at the other side of the street. Only three visitors at that moment, two playing a game and the third was watching
I forgot my camera, I left it behind at the wall.
Fifteen minutes later a boy of the village brought my camera back to ''our'' house !
Otherwise I couldn't have showed these pictures of Rukweza.
After showing a lot of the village with its daily life and its beautiful surroundings, Shyiet brought us to the house of famlily of hers.
In this house we could have a look in the kitchen at cooking time.
In the late afternoon round dusk, it was getting colder, so the family warmed theirselves at the fire.
Shyiet, the girl, who joined us the whole afternoon, liked it to introduce us to her brother and family and brought us to her house. She invited us to have a look at her house and asked us to make a picture of her and her brother in front of the house.
In Rukweza we saw round huts with walls not made of mud, but built with bricks. The huts had thatched roofs. There were also a lot of square concrete buildings in all kind of sizes.
Maybe a pity we didn't sleep in the huts, but in a large square shaped house in the centre of the village, where we had electricity, running water, a toilet and a shower.
After a short walk from the village Shyiet showed us some rocks behind some bushes.
Big surpirse, at these rocks were very interesting rockpaintings. We saw a lot of animals and some hunters too.
Shyiet and other villagers accompanying us couldn't tell us, how old the paintings were.
The village Rukweza is very small, so everywhere we had a nice view at the peaceful landscape. We also really enjoyed to walk outside the village, to have a look at the fields. The people coming from their fields or other villages greeted us very friendly.
Zambezi River, 80 km from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Corner 3rd Street/Jason Moyo Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
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service was allright rooms are very basic, clean but a little used the restaurant was a posivtive...more
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