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AFRICA 4X4 OVERLAND EXPEDITION PREPARATION and modifications for a self-drive trans-african 4x4 safari in a Toyota 4Runner.
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2002 Safari: Zimbabwe

I met Thoko in Harare at The Jameson Hotel and after spending a day in H-town we got an ET to Bulawayo. An ET is an Emergency Taxi here in Zimbabwe - generally a combi or mini bus type vehicle - and it was the only option available to us as both coach and flight to Bulawayo were booked up. Built for a driver plus 13 passengers, their entrepreneurial drivers squeeze in at least 18 passengers and then drive like the clappers to their destination. Instead of sharing our seats with other passengers we "bought" the back two rows of four seats - one for all our luggage and one for ourselves. To say that the driving scared us shitless would be an understatement! We were traveling at night, having set off at dusk, and were reminded of the Zimbabwean habit of indicating with the offside turn indicator as we approached another vehicle coming towards us from the other direction. This is to let the other guy know were the outside edge of your vehicle is! This isn't as obvious as it seems as 1: There are no lights on Zimbabwean roads outside of the towns, 2. African nights can be very dark, 3. Half of the cars that you meet at night only have one headlight and invariably it is the nearside one, and finally, 4. Alot of the big trucks, and I mean the really big one's that can squash you like a bug, have their headlights "inset" by about 8 inches from the outside edge of the vehicle.

We pulled into Bulawayo at around 10 pm and checked into The Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel. Now this used to be a 4 star joint but I tell you straight that it might just scrape 2 stars now. The rooms were a bit grim and the place now seems to get most of it's business from The Silver Fox NightClub opposite and most of that by the hour it seems!

Escaping this jumped up knocking shop we then went to ZAK'S PLACE. Now I can't really fault Zak's Place as it was half the price of The Rainbow, ZW$ 12,000, plus we took a family room which gave us two rooms with an ensuite bathroom, plus Satellite TV, coffee/tea making facillities and a good cooked breakfast every morning. ZAK's is on Robert Mugabe Way between 13th and 14th Avenues. Tel: (263 - 9) 881129/30, 881330. The only small complaint I might have is that we had a room that faced the main road and therefore was a bit noisier than I expected or wanted.

We made ZAK'S PLACE our main base of operations in Bulawayo - we pointedly did not return to BERKELY PLACE (J. Tongongara and Harare Road) as they were now insisting on charging US$5 per person per night even for residents.

Talking of money: the Zim dollar changes at 80:1 at the bank, BUT, we got 2100:1 on the black market! The US$ is similar, 55:1 at the bank and 1800:1 on the black, or parallel, market. So basically our accomodation cost GBP 6 per night, what a pleasure! And remember, NEVER USE YOUR CREDIT CARD! You'll get billed at the bank rate and your ZW $15 000 meal will end up costing GBP 270 rather than GBP 7.5!

We couldn't get out to Hwange due to fuel shortages - no fuel, no transfers - so we went to a safari camp close to Bulawayo (60 km). This one was called CAMP AMALINDA, and it was, again, excellent! Here we enjoyed sumptuous accomodations; a beautifull granite, open air, swimming pool; Elephant rides and tracking White Rhino on foot in the Rhodes Matopos National Park.

 

Anyroad, I'll add more info, tel. no.s and photos etc soon, soon.

Stay well,

 

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