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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 ...
... this time being put
back on the roof, we were off. However, every cloud. Because we took
so long, the park warden left, who was collecting park fees for the
lake, so we saved 20$ :-) On the boat we discussed with Nicky about
actually grabbing a lift with her to Hwange National Park. We had
originally planned to head to Vic Falls but because she wasn't going
there we figured it would save hassle and more hitching if we just
went with her. So off we went.