Travel Blogs from Hwange National Park
We have arrived in Cape Town and are now enjoying some perks of being out of the bush (shower time longer than one bucket). I wanted to post some pictures from our final safari destination in Zim, so that is the purpose of this post. We have taken in excess of 1200 pictures so obviously we have some sorting to do when we get home.
... lie down on the floor until dawn. You might have thought that stone would make a comfortable mattress, but I can tell you now that you'd be sadly mistaken. All part of the travelling experience though, right? And it's things like this that really make me appreciate what I have, turning me into a humbler, kinder, more accepting person.I sadly leave my comfortable nest at dawn, and couple of hitch-hikes get me into the park by about 10am. Main camp is in the middle ...
... This trip has achieved the impossible. We hoped to see a leopard; we see six. We hoped to see wild dog; we see five on a fresh kill. We hoped to see the rare Roan and Sable antelope; we see both.
We arrive at a village and stop at the Moyo Investment General Store. The sign says "Shoppers' Paradise" but there are few items on the shelves. Abbe assigns our vehicle the task of buying tea, sugar and soap. These are presents for our home visit later ...
... the elephant as well as the people. I speak to him later and he confirms his next step was to shoot.
Several weeks earlier, his vehicle was attacked by an elephant. A woman riding shotgun next to him froze during the attack. He pulled her out of the way just as the elephant drove his tusk through the front seat in which she was sitting. That elephant backed off and charged again. That time he hooked his tusk between the vehicle chassis ...
... There is considerable construction going on at the airport. It is all being supervised and paid for by the Chinese.
Abbe asks for volunteers to fly to Hwange in the small Cessna. Beth, Esther and I volunteer. We walk across the tarmac to where our plane and pilot await us. The first surprise is that our pilot is an African woman who looks too young to be a pilot. The second surprise is to be told it will be a rough flight. Until now, all our flights have been smooth. ...
How has this ranch rated in the past?
- Free parking