Chikwenya Safari Lodge
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... experience walking with them, patting them and holding their tails but it did seem quite commercial and all a little fake, as though the lions have been trained not to attack us. Oh well I guess our money is contributing to their program, which aims to release captive bred lions back into the wild. I hope they are able to achieve this goal one day but I think it's a long day away. After all those activities in the hot sun, definitely time for sleep ...
... and some participated in some fishing. Wow, did they catch a lot! Except our 'experienced' fisherman Nathan who was getting annoyed at not catching any fish so decided to go for something bigger and better and was soon reeling in a turtle. So funny when the Hong Kong guy jumped off the boat and decided to put the turtle on its back and twirl it around. The rest of the day was just relaxing, and then it was an early night to sleep ...
Drove the 130 kms to the park itself, the first 40 kms were quite horrid with very badly
corrugated roads and we could only manage 15 kph, after that it was
OK though. This park is a bit special in that you are allowed to walk
on your own anywhere with the animals, at your own risk of course.
During the dry season as it is now all the animals have to live next
to the Zambezi river to get water and ...
We drove back over to Zimbabwa , took a while at the customs as usual, but all went fairly
smoothlyas we had already paid for a months road use etc. On leaving
we drove to Mana Pools National Park, at the gate we were told that
we had to buy a permit and would have to go ...
... and made some fantastic memories. I am now writing this from Kariba, on the banks of the huge expansive Lake Kariba, a man made lake. Again, a simply beautiful spot! The town has developed a lot in the past few years, I read a magazine article calling it the riviera of Africa ( not sure the boats compare to those of the south of France but still!) We are staying at a spot right on the river, so again the hippos say hello and apparently are the reason there is no need for ...