Joy of the OK Hypermarket on Robert Mugabe Avenue!
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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Stopping in Gweru, Donna and James went off to the hospital to have some lovely hydrocortisone injections to sort Donna's poorly ankle out. How painful we all thought - however, she had it easy. Our cook group shopping experience made a six inch needle injected directly into your joints seem like a pleasurable and relaxing experience. Imagine, if you will, a shop crammed with screaming children, people standing motionless across the full width of aisles, nothing on the shelves remotely resembling anything you would want to buy, people staring, people begging, people literally pushing you out of the way to get past, queues within queues, children pushing in followed by their extended family of seventeen people each with a trolley full of stuff, ignorant assistants, drunk locals, flies, tills not working properly, spillages, beeping, screeching, no change given when you hand over money, incorrect change or sweets given when you do actually get something in return, indignant faces, full on stares, heat, dust, more flies....Needless to say, we were happy to leave the OK Hypermarket on Robert Mugabe Avenue - 'Full of Christmas Cheer'
All those negative thoughts were forgotten when we arrived at the tranquil haven that is Antelope Park. We were given a tour and an introduction to the Lion Breeding Programme that the park is famous for. Everyone was pretty excited as the activities looked amazing and have the onus of supporting the ambition of the project. The talk went on a little too much for Vikki, who has the attention span of a fruit bat at the best of times, so she went off to pitch our tent in a lovely spot by the river. We signed up to the 'Lioness' package of activities including a walk with lions, elephant interaction, horse-riding and lion feeding and settled in to a relaxing evening at the camp.
Whilst some of the group went of on a Night Encounter adventure with the lions we enjoyed seafood paella and a couple of drinks and games around the campfire. Ging-gang-goolie...
Only two things had a disruptive impact on the day; the multitude of bugs swarming around our camp pagoda intent on kamikazeeing into our lovely paella and an old couple in their jeep/tent who wanted all of us to move our tents from the campsite because it ruined their view. They were politely told that this request would not be accommodated - 24 people pitched in a designated campsite to their mobile home - no brainer!
When the others returned we chatted for a while and then settled down to sleep. At around 4am the third disruptive incident occurred...