Chimanimani up in the mountains

The lodge was gorgeous. Clare and I had spent all day travelling eastwards into the mountains, to the village of Chimanimani, and then made our way to the lodge that had been recommended to us by Anne Bruce the day previous in Mutare. We arrived and Michael the member of staff showed us around and […]

Harare and Mutare

After leaving Bulawayo, Claire and I jumped on another sleeper train. This one was almost identical to the one we used a few days previous, and got us into Harare by midday the next day. Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe and is rather hectic and dirty, especially when you compare it to Lusaka, […]

The Rhino Man

There were eighteen of them. Mostly young, almost entirely Australian and all a few days into their trip. The group were on an overland tour. Overland tour operators take care of literally everything for their customers. The group get driven around in a gigantic bus, sitting higher than anyone else on the road; they get […]

Walking among the rhinos

Throughout this trip Claire and I had been lucky enough to see a real range of beautiful wildlife. We’d seen lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, a range of antelope and birds of prey and even the magnificent mountain gorillas in Uganda. However, there was one other big animal that we had yet […]

Entering Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country that has gone through its fair share of hardships over the last century and beyond. And as Claire and I were preparing to cross over into the country formerly known as Rhodesia, from Zambia, things were yet again rather unstable. Zimbabwe’s national currency is the US Dollar and due to a […]

Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”

David Livingstone is a name that is known all over the region of Africa that Claire and I had covered so far. One of the first westerners to explore Africa to the extent that he did, he was a missionary who had a bigger influence on the continent of Africa than almost anyone before or […]

Home comforts in Lusaka

South Luangwa National Park is, it turns out, a fair distance from the other parts of Zambia that Claire and I wanted to visit. That’s why we awoke at 2am to catch a 3am coach down to the capital city Lusaka. We got up and crept through the campsite with our little flashlights, hoping not […]

South Luangwa National Park Game Drives – Part Two

Claire and I were extremely excited about the second round of game drives at South Luangwa National Park. The previous day had started off slowly, but after spotting the leopard in the evening, anything felt possible. As with the day before, we set off around 6am with David as our guide for another four hour […]

Oh When The Saints Go Marching In

Hippos are huge and their short legs and pink underbellies make them look rather cute and a bit clumsy. However, regardless of their appearance, these animals are incredibly dangerous. During our second night at Marula Lodge, we had one right outside our tent munching away on the grass. I was asleep so didn’t hear it […]

South Luangwa National Park Game Drives – Part One

Claire and I had been in Zambia for just one night before we jumped on a bus that took us right to the door of Marula Lodge on the edge of South Luangwa National Park. When we arrived we were taken aback. Not only were we handed a lovely glass of iced tea on arrival, […]

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