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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Johannesburg
Polokwane
Musina
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Livingstone
Kwekwe
Mutare
Lydenburg
Vryburg
Kang
Maun
Zeerust
Johannesburg
Beitbridge
Victoria Falls
Binga
Gokwe
Great Zimbabwe
Komatipoort
Graskop
Blyde River Canyon
Ohrigstad
Pilgrimsrest
Kimberley
Mahikeng
Letlhakane
Gaborone
Soweto

Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe)


24rth of April 2017 
At Cecil Rhodes’ grave

When we woke up next morning, it was still raining. We went for breakfast and we had the pleasure to meet a young Indian who was living in Zimbabwe and his aunt, who had travelled all the way from Canada to visit her nephew.

We enjoyed together our English breakfast and then went to prepare for leaving.  

During check out, the very friendly receptionist introduced us to her manager, to Mr. Nkululeko Ncube, who kindly asked us if we could give him a lift till Bulawayo.

We stopped along the way, so as to visit the main sightseeing of the area, the famous World’s View, where Cecil Rhodes’ grave is to be found.



The remains of Rhodes lie under a slab of stone atop a granite hill surrounded by gigantic granite rocks formed by the ground’s erosion.
Mr. Nkululeko Ncube came along and gave us useful information as far as the sightseeing. 
We left him in Bulawayo and continued towards Hwange National Park.


Traffic offence...

Too many roadblocks again and policemen everywhere…
They stopped us at some point and asked to see the fire extinguisher and the warning triangles.
They felt rather disappointed when they realised that we had everything, until they had a better look on the fire extinguisher.

Bingo! Mischievous smiles immediately! 

They had discovered a traffic offence. The fire extinguisher was of 0,6 lt foam. Fair enough, but we had to go by the book and the book held by one of the officers was mentioning quite clearly that the fire extinguisher ought to be of 0,7lt foam.

   “It is too small”, they decided unanimously! “20$ fine”.

  “We were told it was ok. That’s why we bought it. Please, let us leave.
   We have a long route ahead and many things to do”.

The policemen were adamant about the fine.

  “There is a traffic offence here! You have to pay the traffic fine”.

 Fair enough!

  “At least let’s make it fast. Let us pay you and continue our journey”
  “Oh, no! We have to fill the form properly!” 

Can anyone explain to me how on earth a Zimbabwean, who had never seen in his life even a single word written in Greek , could understand and write properly Christos first name and surname by just looking at the damn driving license? I had no other option that filling the form for the darn fine myself…
This is what I call self service to its finest! It can’t get better than that…


Game drive... at Hwange National Park!!!

We arrived, finally, at Hwange National Park.

We had decided to do “game drive”, by driving around with our own car. 

At the main camp they gave us a map of the park along with instructions for going to places that we were interested in. 



After being registered, we started our tour and by following the marked routes, we arrived at the Nyama Ndhlovu viewing platform. We had a lovely picnic there, while enjoying the company of some pretty blue, little birds with red eyes, which we shared our meal with. To our joy, we watched them in surprise taking the food from our hands and mouths.

We saw ibala, zebras and elephants, of course, since the Hwange National Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world.  



The clouds and the sun were painting magical pictures in the African sky, while a really threatening dark cloud over our heads was a constant reminder that the raining period had not yet finished formally…

We left the park, at some point, and while searching for our hotel, we ended up at the Hwange Safari Lodge.

We informed the people at our Lodge, the Sable Sands, that we were there and they sent someone to come and help us return to our own place. 

Driving in parallel with a dry river bed, we followed our lodge’s driver and we arrived eventually. Meanwhile, night had fallen and it was already dark. 


Lodge Sable Sands... The atmosphere was magical!!!

While they were leading us to our hut (thatched “rondavel”), we could see many wood fire boilers around.



I must add that there were insects everywhere. Strange, exotic, huge and amazing!
A bit scary, though, and I was wondering if the smoke of those boilers could keep them away…

I suppose the trick worked, because we were not bitten by anything, after all. I must say, though, that I took some extra safety measures myself. I had tried the insect repellent cream which I had found in our room…

When dinner time arrived we were brought to the main hut which was used as a dinning room, escorted by a guard.

When I asked why they were taking extra safety measures, I received an answer which made me to understand…
 The elephants come very often to drink water in the nearby waterhole and sometimes, on the way to it, they may wonder through…



It was one of the most amazing nights in my life, since I could hear the sound of the wind and the growls of the elephants that felt like an exotic lullaby to me. 
I didn’t mind the cold or the fact that the hut didn’t have a very good insulation. The atmosphere was magical!!

Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 54.960.000
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