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Aug 27, 2019 - Day 10. Friday 23/8/19. Beitbridge to near Bulawayo

Day 10. Friday. 23/8/19. Beitbridge to near Bulawayo This morning we crossed the Limpopo River into Zimbabwe and sat at Beitbridge station for a couple of hours while 46 Visas were being issued. There were a couple of performers on the platform and 2 small children, so checked with John our Guide, who said it was ok to give them money. They have so little. We saw lots of baby baboons climbing over the goods wagons which looked like grain carriers. Have seen goats, donkeys and cattle. Stopped where there were a dozen stalls for tourists on...

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May 23, 2017 - Great Zimbabwe

Up at 6:00 and pack up the Red Elephant and drive off to the Great Zimbabwe Monument Park. Stop near a pavilion to make breakfast. A pack of Verdant Monkeys showed up begging for food. They were quite interesting but the guides didn’t like them much - a bother to everybody who comes there. We got Ernest, our monument guide. A cup of coffee. I chatted with him a bit about politics and he said he had given the tour to Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Charles. We finished breakfast and started walking to the monument. A long and winding...

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Oct 13, 2014 - 7 October - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

After leaving Maun we had a fairly short drive to our next stop on the edge of the Makhadikhadi Pans for a one night stop at a camp site called Planet Baobab, so named for the huge baobab trees surrounding it. It also has a big swimming pool and a nice bar, so we are set for the afternoon. We are having a lazy day after our action packed few weeks. Tomorrow we leave to drive into Zimbabwe eventually arriving at Victoria Falls next weekend. It's now tomorrow and we crossed the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe with no problems and arrived...

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Oct 7, 2013 - SLR Africa 2013

Game drive today in an open land rover 12 seater, the guide explained about he animals and how he had been a guide for people wanting to shoot an animal! He had very strong views on the way of survival in the country, and the tribes survival. He told us of how he poachers operate and of the shoot to kill policy in Zimbabwe of suspected poachers, which stirred up our English lawyer real quick!! He told us of how he poachers operate and how the Anti Poaching Commission works, Asians are the main ones who employ the poachers to obtain the...

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Oct 6, 2013 - SLR Africa 2013

Left Waterfront camp ground at 07:00. first stop Zambia immigration at the bridge, there for about 45 minutes to get our passports stamped, headed across the bridge to Zimbabwe immigration that was another 45 minutes, a few of the group wanted to see the falls from the zim side,after devils pool it was a non event for me! They rest of us walked into town auto withdraw US dollars and get water etc for the days drive to The Big Cave, campsite about 45km n of Buliwayo, we were stopped six times by police, once when they gave TJ our guide a...

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Jan 9, 2012 - Hwange to Bulawayo and Matopos Hills National Park

Guys - we are not travelling with our SLR - just our point and shoot Nikon S9100 so we hope the photos come out pretty well at your end - they are taken at close range mostly. 7th January 2012 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park The day started with the new 11 people being shown the truck and how to put up the tents etc. We then set off from Victoria Falls – it was quite a warm day. After a 3 hour drive we arrived at the Painted Dog Conservatory but it was closed and we planned to go again the next day when it would be open. Arrived at...

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Dec 15, 2011 - Day 8

Day 8: December 15, 2011 Today I was the first to wake up. I took my shower, and brushed my teeth. Then I went to eat breakfast. When I got done eating I got on the computer for a while. Then when everyone else got done eating we went to the hospital. The reason we went to the hospital was because my auntie was there had been in there all night in labor, and we thought she would have already had her baby by now. But, when we got there we were disappointed because he still hadn’t been born yet. So we left, went to my grandmother’s house and...

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Dec 13, 2011 - Day 7

[1Day 7: December 13, 2011 (Tuesday) When I woke up we had stopped for a break. (So that people could get some food and use the bathroom.) After that everyone got back on the bus and we headed to the border. When we got to the border we had to get our bags checked, our passports stamped, and then we were free to head into Zimbabwe. It took about 5 hours to get to Bulawayo. When we got to the place I was really surprised. It looked so different compared to South Africa. There were street vendors everywhere. We stood there and waited for a...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Day 6

Day 7: December 13, 2011 (Tuesday) When I woke up we had stopped for a break. (So that people could get some food and use the bathroom.) After that everyone got back on the bus and we headed to the border. When we got to the border we had to get our bags checked, our passports stamped, and then we were free to head into Zimbabwe. It took about 5 hours to get to Bulawayo. When we got to the place I was really surprised. It looked so different compared to South Africa. There were street vendors everywhere. We stood there and waited for a...

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Sep 6, 2011 - Bulawayo - Matopos Nat.Park

Ik vertrek vandaag van Vic.Falls naar Bulawayo (+- 6 u). Het eerste wat we doen, na het bidden, is stoppen aan de Chicken Take away om onze lunch te halen ( kippenboutje met chips om half 8 's morgens). Tegen de lunch is het al lang koud en heeft iedereen het al lang opgegeten natuurlijk. Om half 10 staan we aan de rand van de weg met motorpech. Het is nochtans een luxurybus. Ik heb me op een steen gezet na het bushtoilet, net zoals de lokale bevolking.We moeten 2 u wachten tot er een andere bus ons komt oppikken. Ondertussen hebben we dan...

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Apr 3, 2010 - Loving Zim!

March 29- April 2 We stayed at Antelope Park for 4 nights and it was a very relaxing few days. The site is beautifully designed with a huge riverfront and plenty of comfortable chairs to sit back in and soak up the scenery. We camped right on the waterfront and it was so nice waking up to a cool dew on the tent and grass and seeing a mist off the river. The common area/ restaurant had self serve coffee, tea, and juice around the clock- it may not seem like much but when you have to boil water on the fire for 20 minutes and use powdered milk...

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May 5, 2008 - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Most amazingly, the train in Zim runs quite well. It's more or less intact(overlooking the no water in toilet and no lights in our compartment). Still, the train stations look maintained etc and the interior of the coaches was in reasonably goo shape for 50+ years old. Compared to Tanzania(the only other RR running that we've seen), it is definitely a step up especially considering Tanz RR should be head & shoulders above Zims but contrarily is sadly lacking. In the morning we find out the train is running late - the stop was to deliver a...

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