Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Woke up to roosters crowing before the 5:30 alarm.  Breakfast was pancakes, pineapple, and cereal.  Got everything picked up quickly and were on the road by 6:35.  Miles wrapped himself up in his sleeping bag and looked like a cute little coccoon.  It was a little chilly but nothing like what we had heard from groups that were coming from the south and heading north.  When they passed through the area, it must have been a cold front.  It was cold enough to see your breath but it didn't really feel like it.  I slept until 7:45 when someone in the cab needed a bush stop.  Then I slept some more until Victor yelled, "yellow babboons" even though we had seen a hundred by this point.  For some reason, since last night Victor has decided to sit three wide in the front cab even thoughwe have 18 empty seats.  Oh well!  Perhaps our talk with him did not go that well.  Then I layed down some more but it was starting to warm up. We came across a semi wreck, which spilled its entire contents of bars of beauty soap.  The scenery out the window is all about the same it Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  One village we past did have round brick huts whch was a little different.  The bricks are, of course, homemade, but these establishments were much nicer than the grass and mud ones of the last several hundred miles.  It really depends on what the soil is made out of as to the materials that the locals can make.  
    We made it to Masvingo around 11:00 and were given an hour to look around.  At 11:40 we found the local market and took a very quick look.  Again, we were given no instructions as to where a local market might be, but managed to fine one despite our crew.  We got three sarong wraps, and a Kenya stocking cap.  At the grocery store called OK we got some new types of candy bars to try and some ginger nut biscuits which are quite tasty.  At 12:00 everyone was back and we made our way to the campground.  We got there at 12:40, ate lunch of lunchmeat, peanut butter, alvacados, and oranges.  We left for the Great Zimbabew ruins at 2:00.  We paid with entry fee with the kittle at $15 each and $3 each for a tip.  There was a cool gift shop where we bought a couple of Zimbabwe birds and a mortar and pestal. 
     First, we climbed the ancient path to the hilltop complex.  There was a great view of the structure called the Great Enclosure.  The complex was about 100 meters to the top, going straight up.  They made the passages narrow so that only one intruder at a time could advance.  Then someone from up above could drop a boulder down on top of the bad guys head.  Sounds like a pretty good plan to me. The stone passages were very narrow with walls on both sides.  The rock was granite and they think from heating the rock then pouring water on it, it made the rock break into square flat sheets.  Very scientific for the time period if you ask me.  There was a royal chamber and a cave and an area where there is a tunnel.  The royal cave actually had gold found on its surface but there has never been any excavations done. Ernest wanted to sneek back in with a pick and I have to say that I would be right with him.  I think that we should make someone aware of this place and a mission should be sent to learn more about it. Supposedly three guys went down to check to see what was instide and never came out so no one has ever gone down there.  Many people think that the explores found gold and found a different exit and ran away with all of the money.  Other people thought there was a cave-in, and others like me would like to go in there and see what is down there.  There was an area where they found iron so they think there was a furnace a long time in the past.  They have never found any human bones, so there is speculation as to what happened to a body when someone died.  There is so much not known about this site considering it is the second largest pre-historic site in Africa. 
     There is a village set up with huts how things used to be and they played music and sang/danced.  Their instruments were very cool and hand-made.  Then they had things for sale.  Ernie and Marlene bought hippo book ends which they had to carry for a long way.  Luckily we bought something lighter weight in giraffes that had their necks crossed.  Next, we went to the great enclosure.  There were Vervet monkeys running around and we got some nice pictures .  We left and on our way out of the park there was a guy carving wood.  He told a story that went on and on.  It is hard to tell with some of these people if they are just great story tellers or if they are a little off their rocker.  The carving was pretty amazing though.  We headed back to camp and Kioko almost had dinner ready.  Mushroom soup, french fries, steak, and cooked vegetables were a welcome sight compared to some of the things that we have been eating.  Then we did some dishes and sat by the fire.  Victor let us use his computer to get Wifi.  I had 4 days of logs to catch up on and tons of emails to look at.  When I got back Miles said that he got lost and the lady who helped him said, "Don't worry, the lions are on the other side of the lake". Oh thanks, that is so reassuring, as if there is an invisible fence on the edge of the lake that the lions don't go past.  Apparently, sometimes you can hear the lions roaring around 4:00 in the morning.  When I got back to camp there was a man and woman from South Africa using our campfire to make their dinner.  As it turns out, they are cops who travel around on various missions.  We weren't allowed to ask specific questions but it became apparent that they were drug cops.  Then made their pork chops over the fire, Miles and I showered after another long, yet very good day. 

Budget $40    Food $7
Spent $38      Tip $2       Souvenirs- $29

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sounds like great time, great food, glad you are having a great time. We made it to Florida last night, all is well. miss you guys.

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