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Zimbabwe Oct'01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaz & some Hunting Cruisers
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The Hide

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2001.10 - Safari: Zimbabwe

Thoko, Jasmine and myself travelled out to Zimbabwe in October of 2001. We stayed for 2 weeks in Harare at "The Bronte". An excellent hotel in the old colonial style, situated in the northern suburbs of Harare. One thing I was surprised about was the dire state of the economy, since I left in '98 prices have gone ballistic! With that and a government hell-bent on destroying the soul of the country, I was pleased to still find many familiar faces and businesses surviving if not thriving. Of course life is harsh for the majority, but you (as a visitor with foriegn exchange - forex) can still have a wonderfull visit. With the black market rate for the pound being anything from 350 dollars to the pound and up, now is the time to visit some of Zimbabwe's more exclusive safari camps.

The first weeks of this holiday were a bit quiet for me as Thoko was working in ITDG's Harare office, Jasmine was with her grandparents in Ntabazinduna and I was just loafing around. I did manage to check out an excellent hunting, camping & fishing outfitters called "FEREDAYS" on Robert Mugabe Road. It offers good, basic camping kit and it's own brand of bags and packs. I also found "HARRISONS", on Nelson Mandela Way, which had a good selection of rifles but at prohibitive prices.

Harare was busy, as usual, and there appeared to be no shortages of fuel or food, but there did seem to be a shortage of honest taxi drivers and good restaurants!!

Once Thoko had finished her work, we went back to Bulawayo and then on to Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. After living large at "The Bronte" we found something much simpler in Bulawayo: "BERKERLY PLACE" on Josiah Tongongara. BP's is a simpler establishment offering cheap (Around US$3 per night for a single). clean & secure rooms and a rather basic breakfast. There is a craft shop in BPs and the owner can advise on where to get the best rates for your forex (or you can email me). It's close to the center of town and so you can just jump in a taxi and have your breakfast at the rather excellent "HEAFFELI'S COFFEE SHOP" on Fife St.

If you like steak, you'll love Bulawayo! After sampling the peppered steak at about half a dozen different restaurants I can assure you that the steaks at "LA GONDOLA" on Robert Mugabe beat all others hands down! I also ate at "CHINOS", a new development on the Hillside Road, that has the brilliant "BRASS MONKEY" bar alongside. OLAV'S in Bulawayo town wasn't bad, and "THE CATTLEMAN" provided a larger than usual, but rather less tasty, peppered steak.

After stuffing ourselves with steaks we decided to take advantage of the Forex rate and book (via GEMSBOK SAFARIS in Bulawayo) into one of Zimbabwe's premiere safari camps: "THE HIDE". This excellent camp is right on the border of Hwange National Park and on our first evening we saw Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog! Jesus we were chuffed! But the Elephants! We saw groups of over 100 at water holes and pans EVERY afternoon and evening! Family groups, old males, batchelor herds and lots of youngsters to make you laugh.

We met Greg Rasmussen, the Painted Hunting Dog researcher, and had an "up close and personal" with one of the park's resident dog packs and all in all had a blissfull time in the company of The Hide's resident guides, Daffy and Ryan.

OK, October is usually the hottest month in Zimbabwe, but Vic Falls was UNSUFFERABLY hot when we drove up there - 40 degrees in the shade! We stayed at "THE SPRAYVIEW HOTEL", another cheap (US$15 for family room), clean and basic hotel on Vic Falls' main drag. Anyway the other memorable thing in the Falls (apart from the Falls themselves) are all the aggressive sales people and con-artists about the town. A good place to eat is "ON THE HOOF" in the Landela Shopping Complex. Part of "THE BOMA", On The Hoof offers: Croc tails, Warthog steaks and Ostrich burgers as an alternative to the dubious meat in fast food burgers.

Coming back to Bulawayo I found a great place that makes number plates, I'll get a pic up as soon as possible, but these plates are stamped steel not plastic like UK plates, and you can have them made up to say whatever you want. I had BUNDU 1 and GB 2 ZW made up. They also are stamped with the Zimbabwean bird as part of the country's security system.

Anyroad, I'll add more info, tel. no.s and photos etc in the near future.

Stay well,

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Bulawayo's excellent public pool
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