Zimbabwe Off The Beaten Path

  • Matobo cave paintings
    Matobo cave paintings
    by K.Knight
  • The outskirts of Victoria Falls
    The outskirts of Victoria Falls
    by georeiser
  • The outskirts of Victoria Falls
    The outskirts of Victoria Falls
    by georeiser

Zimbabwe Off The Beaten Path

  • from the satellite down

    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........fortunatelySpace 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 etcOne of the seven...

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  • The outskirts of Victoria Falls

    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.

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  • Mana Pools to Mutare and Gorongosa

    Hi AuzzieThe 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...

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  • Bungy Jumping

    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...

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  • Birthplace of Modern Zimbabwean...

    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....

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  • Alternative ruins!

    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.

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  • Elephant paradise!

    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...

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  • Hiking in Chimanimani National Park

    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...

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  • Crossing the Bridge

    If you have the chance, cross the bridge over the Zambesi river and visit Zambia. Even if it is only for a few hours, it's worth it. If you like, have a look at my Zambia page, too!

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  • Stop at one of the rural...

    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!

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  • Rukweza, wonderful people

    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...

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  • Rukweza, interior hut

    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.

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  • Rukweza, welcome in our house

    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.

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  • Rukweza, housing

    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...

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  • Rukweza, rockpaintings

    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.

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  • Rukweza, landscape

    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.

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  • Rukweza, kids

    As everywhere in Africa and Zimbabwe the kids in the village were very curious. They stopped their playing or came out of the huts to have a look at us, new visitors.But at the same time they were very shy in the beginning to say something.

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  • Rukweza, mill

    After the visit to the waterpump, Shyiet showed us the school and brought us to a building, where a lot of women were gathering.The girl introduced us to the women and they demonstrated us the collective grain mill.The women had a lot to laugh and to chat. It looked like an important meeting point for them.Everywhere we came the inhabitants were...

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  • Rukweza, waterpump

    After arriving in the village Rukweza, we walked into the village. Shyiet, the girl who guided us, showed us the collective water pump of the village. This pump was normally a meetingpoint in the village, but at the time we visited, there was nobody around.We drunk the fresh water. It was safe to drink.

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  • Rukweza, village stay

    During our trip in Zimbabwe we stayed for two days in a village, Rukweza.We could sleep on the ground in a big house in the centre.It was not easy to find the village. We had to turn off from the highway, 10 KM after Nyazuru. Two times we choosed the wrong track. The unpaved roads became very narrow and we saw a lot of tiny villages with round...

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  • Will He Come Crashing!

    Thats the great thing about ZIMBABWE, walking in the BUSH. Maybe come up on ELEPHANTS, LION, SNAKES who knows, who cares! It's GREAT STUFF!

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  • Stanley met Livingstone

    Stanley, after hard and very long researchs, met Livingstone at Victoria falls saying:"Sir Livinstone, I presume..."

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  • Elephant Ride

    I happen to see a sign near the ,odge I was staying at for that 1nt. ELEPHANTS RIDES.I as my friend PETE who worked at the lodge about this. He took me to the office there. Where they set up all these options. Was so easy. Almost didn't make because of time.Got lucky though. More on these ELEPHANTS LATER. But I will say. Since then the ELEPHANT...

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  • IMPALA FAMILY

    Out of nowhere these IMPALA ran right in frontof us. Craig was going slow anyway. We werewatching the sun go down. Getting ready tostop and have our gin n tonics!

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  • Sleeping Giant!

    Our last full day in HWANGE PARK. Howcould anyone guess we would find a loneHIPPO sleeping in this water hole.Craig had parked the truck hardly 10ft away.He took a bottle, and lightly tapped it under the water. Craig must have know he was in a DEEP-SLEEP! The HIPPO never moved.

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  • Lonely Boy!

    Big Old Chubby BUFFALO! All alone, andthats not a good thing. If he doesn't hookup with a few buddies. The LIONS will havea good meal.

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  • White water rafting on the mighty...

    We did a half day rafting trip with a company called Shearwater.It was amazing, extraordinary, it's impossible to catch it in words on paper. An experience like this has to be done and not written about or read. I try to catch some of those moment here with you. What does names like "Morning Glory", "Stairway to Heaven" or "Midnight dinner" tell...

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  • "WALKING IN THE SAND!"

    This BIG-GUY needs his own T-LOG! HE WILL GET IT! This exciting chapter on this safari and our first game walk in MATUSADONA PARK. We had this!! I was theonly one of 5 who took any pics of this BULL!GOOD STUFF!!!!!10/1999

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  • Stalk BUFFALO While Waiting For Your...

    Not many places where you can try to get close to CAPE-BUFFALO and wait for yourplane at the same time!! Just park your ROVER, and GET IN THAT BUSH!!!!!Our plane just went over. Time to go to:MATUSADONA PARK!!

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  • YOU MAY RUN INTO SOMETHING!

    It's great hiking in the CHIZARIRA BUSH! Thegrass is tall, thick bush. Never know what willshow up! You may follow a path or make one!At last some ELEPHANTS! But, one we sawlooked like he was heading right at us! But,because most of the elephants here remember the POACHING, did had to!! He just turned slowly and walked off! We have this park all to...

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  • SOMETIMES IT TAKES AWHILE!!

    That 7 mile hike, it was hot. Having a hard time finding wildlife! We went to another watersource! As you can see again. Not much there. There was suposed to be a CROC,but no luck. Everything is so dry now. Just keep walking and BEATING THAT PATH!Thats the fun of it. You never know!!

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  • WALK SOFTLY!!

    Zimbabwe, HWANGE-PARK! In the bush there are no paths!! You make your own.Get stuck by a THORN-BUSH along the way!Run into Elephant! Great to get close on foot!!One of my favorite animals: SABLE!! Just beautiful! The horns, some reached thebacks they are so long!

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  • "CHECK THE WIND!"

    Zimbabwe with a guide named:CRAIG VAN ZYL. He will get you close and safe. We went off the beaten path alright!! We 're gettingready to swing around a huge elephant!! Theelephant with trunk up the tree. He mockedcharged us 2x's!! Craig stood in front of himboth times. We all stood our ground:Reallyfroze in fear!! But Craig did his thing and the...

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  • The road to nowhere

    Is this the road to nowhere? Is this the road to a destination?The only way to find out is taking a bus of rent a car and go your way.When driving aroud you can see beautiful scenery or the nice villages.

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  • A less common destination for...

    A less common destination for tourists is Hwange National Park (delighfully pronounced Wankie) where it is possible to go on foot safari with the rangers.

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  • Going fishing on the Zambezi...

    Going fishing on the Zambezi river was one of the most exilirating expereiences of my Life. We had a boat , a expereienced river guide , and WOW. Its so awsome to travel on a river that has real crocodiles , hippo's and loads of other wild animals. Was great to find some hot water springs that were so hot we couldn't put our feet into the...

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  • We decided to go to Chiredzi...

    We decided to go to Chiredzi on the south of Zimbabwe. Definitely off the beaten path for two girls without a car. We found a hotel there - one with four or five stars and one cheaper. Although the first one was still affordable to us, we decided NOT to take it. It just wasnt Zimbabwe we wanted to experience. Chiredzi is malaria area so you must...

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  • Seeing real rural life in...

    Seeing real rural life in Zimbabwe is not that easy. There are many cultural shows in best luxury hotels, but this is not it. I am not sure if I can recommend you to experience some rural life now, since the political situation is more uncertain. But Zimbabweans I met there were extremely nice, very modest and respectful (almost too respectful,...

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  • 5 O'CLOCK TEAMy last day in...

    5 O'CLOCK TEAMy last day in Vic Falls I spent the afternoon in the gardens of the marvellous colonial Victoria Falls Hotel (just by the Railway Station). The 5 o'clock tea is a real institution there (British heritage!) and is a great experience. By the way, I didn´t have dinner that day!!

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  • Ask a tour operator if they...

    Ask a tour operator if they offer a visit to a local village. We visited some local villagers, who were happy to show us around their homes. We were taken to the local well to see how far they traveled for water. We also visited a school were the local children were very excited to receive our small gifts of pens and candy. Our own children gained...

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  • This little guy was right ON...

    This little guy was right ON the path--I almost stepped on him as we were returning from a hike to our campsite next to the Zambezi River. I don't think I've ever run across a chameleon before, and I've certainly never gotten a close-up shot of one.

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  • The most interesting thing I...

    The most interesting thing I saw in the Vumba (Eastern Zim near the Mozzy border) was this clothing camp. Donated clothes from around the world weren't for free. NOPE- they sell them in huge boat crates which are then sold in smaller pack to markets like this one in the photo where the clothes are again sold- but onepiece at a time.

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  • THE HIGH POINT OF ZIMBABWE IS...

    THE HIGH POINT OF ZIMBABWE IS MT. INYANGANI, AT 8514 FEET (2595 METERS). IT IS LOCATED NEAR THE BORDER WITH MOZAMBIQUE, SOUTHEAST OF HARARE. HERE IS A VIEW OF THE CLIMB BY A YOUNG ADULT, TAKEN FROM THE WEB: Mt Inyangani is a lot smaller than many of the Drakensberg peaks but still is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe. An experienced mountain climber...

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  • Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage...

    Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is a great place to visit if you are in Bulawayo. It is only about 24 km out of town. This is a centre originally built to rear orphaned and injured animals especially victims of poachers. It has grown to be a breeding centre as well.Check out Chipangali for opening times, admission etc.

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  • We went to Livingstone,...

    We went to Livingstone, Zambia, just to say we were there. It is about 20 km from the Vic Falls. Our taxi(?) had to be pushed to get started but we got there. Make sure that you agree on the price of the taxi fare before you leave. We passed the motorcade of the Zambian president on his way to lunch at one of the hotels on the Zambian side of the...

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