Mopane (Mopani) es un árbol con hojas en forma de mariposa, que son de color verde brillante cuando nacen , pero se convierten en un caleidoscopio de colores de otoño más adelante .
Se encuentran en la parte sur de África y puede alcanzar hasta 25 metros de altura , pero en las zonas donde viven los elefantes no crecen demasiado, ya que es la base de su alimentación en estas áreas y se comen las hojas de las ramas , lo que evita que el árbol crezca más alto
Los Gusanos de Mopane son la etapa de oruga de la polilla Emperador que se alimentan casi exclusivamente de estos árboles.
Son una fuente importante de proteínas y de ingresos para muchas personas
Puedes probarlos en algunos restaurantes y si los comes en el restaurante Boma, obtendrás un certificado como: "Comedor de gusanos de Mopane "
Mopane ( Mopani ) tree is the butterfly-shaped leaves, which are bright green when they emerge but turn into a kaleidoscope of autumn colours later in the season
They are in the southern part of Africa and they may reach up to 25 meters , but in the areas where elephants live they do not grow too much as this is one of their basic alimentation on these areas and they eat the leaves of the branches avoiding that the tree grows higher
Mopane worms are the caterpillar stage of the Emperor Moth , and they feed almost exclusively on these trees . They are an important source of protein and income to many people
You may try them in some restaurants and if you eat them in the Boma Restaurant , you will get a certification as : "Mopane worm eater"
You will most probably have your first experience of traditional song and dance at the airport when you arrive.
We were also entertained before we went on our sunset cruise, as part of the package.
Traditional music usually consists of percussion instruments and thumb piano, accompanied by singing very harmoniously.
Zimbabwe does produce their own beer. Where ever I travel I usually try the local beers. I had two local beers, Golden Pilsner and Zambezi Lager.
Both were very nice, smooth beers and very enjoyable.
You will have to bargain quite hard to get to the price you are prepared to pay. It does take some time, so don’t be in a hurry when you are shopping for local craft etc. My friend bought an item of which the initial price was 85 US $, and he eventually paid 20 US $.
The best is to have an idea what the item is worth to you when bargaining.
It seems that many locals are prepared to swop their crafts for T-shirts, shoes etc.
Youd better brush up on your negotiating skills before heading to any of the tourist markets. A little bartering can see prices come down as much as 75%.
Second hand clothing is also a popular means of payment.
Africans are very much into trading for western stuff. Had I known they are into that, I've brought old clothes and small things to trade for local arts and crafts instead of buying. So definitely a few old things you can ditch along the way for souvenirs.
Waiting for us down by the jetty when we board the Sundowner Cruise, is a small group of traditionally clad singers and dancers with a jungle drum and a strange musical string instrument. One of the musicians comes on board with us, acting as scout on the front of the boat as well as playing for us.
The ethnic huts in the Falls Craft Village canalso be visited inside.
Inside you can see traditional objects and nice decorated walls.
In one of the huts you can consult a nanga or witchdoctor, if you wish.
Also you can see craftsmen at work.
The Falls Craft Village in Victoria Falls town is a nice place to visit.
In this village you can see different traditional ethnic huts, originally decorated in natural colours. The huts are prefabricated in the area of origin and moved to this craft village.
The village is open from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm and on sundays from 9 am till 1 pm.
Thomas Baines was born in l820. He was an explorer, cartographer, diarist and scientific observer of fauna and flora and member of David Livingstone's Zambezi Expedition from 1857 to 1859. There he made some phantastic drawings of the waterfalls that you can see at:
David Livingstone (1813-1873) is probably the most famous explorer of the african continent. Among his many discoveries, he followed the mighty Zambezi in search of a means to access the interior of Africa. Accross his way came the great cataract.
There's a statue of him in the Zimbabwean side of the Cataracts Park.