Back from the Digital Void

Apologies to all for the hiatus in the GTCB posts.

My last attempted post was from the Chimanimani Mountains in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. I spent three hours trying to upload a post using my cell as a mobile hotspot, a solution that I managed to use successfully in Zambia. A combination of poor reception and the bandwidth speed in Zim lead to increasing levels of frustration…

This I viewed as an educational experience since I discovered a large range of new and interesting combinations for four letter words – all of which I had to do under my breathe so as not to wake my sonorously snoring roommate, although it would have taken hand grenades and heavy arms fire to impact the barrage coming from the far corner of the room… but, I digress.

When my frustration levels reached the point where I was contemplating using my cellphone as a Frisbee through the glass doors and over the  room’s balcony, I decided it was better to admit that I had truly entered outer reaches of the digital wilderness and it would be best to step back from the void before I lost my marbles. The three that I had left, that is.

The next 5 days were spent deep in the bush (updates to follow), where we did not even have cell reception, followed by 2 days on the road home. After arriving last night and spending my morning cleaning and packing away, I have finally settled in to reacquaint myself with the digital highway, as opposed to the binary pathway up north, and begin the long task of sorting through pictures and updating the blog.

So, expect posts over the next two weeks to catch up on the past two weeks. In the meantime, below is a quick update of the trip home by the 4 who came home after Mana Pools (thanks go to KVet for the info).

PS I don’t know what happened to Day 9 – I assume it was lost in an ethanol induced haze normally found in the middle of Lake Kariba 🙂

Normal programming to resume soon …

The Boys Trip Home

Day 8

Early to rise to break camp.
The men split from the boys once back at the tar.
After cautiously removing all of our refuse, a parks official proceeded to dump this non chantry in a big hole!
The Mana boys (MB) had a relaxing and obviously  quiet trip to Kariba…no Sharpie!
Caribbea bay was like an oasis after our dry and dusty experience.
The MB took no time settling in around the bar at the waterfront  and tucking into a good lunch.
After exploring what is left of Kariba, we visited Warthogs to settle in for sundowners. A basic spot on the banks of Kariba,teaming with game and birds. Consensus was we should go to look  for more action….we visited the Kariba country club. Alas, the last vestiges of colonialism,clawing onto the new life in Zimbabwe. Depressing to say the least….we settled on supper at the hotel and an early night…

Day 10

We were sad to disembark.
It was to be a long day with road blocks and border crossings.
We were hit with $ 40 within the first min of disembarking- river usage tax !
Gwanda was to be our second speeding fine ! Another $ 20….
On the whole, no real hassles and a smooth border crossing.
Back to the oasis at Tshipse.
A wallow in the warm spring pool to remove the deep seated dust and rehydrate .
A good hearty meal and off to bed.

Day 11

We set off at 6.15 am in order to get BT to OR Thambo on time.
We dropped BT at Hatfield where he caught the Gautrain to the airport.
Then, the start of family time….Coffee at Moyas’ house in Pretoria and off to watch Josh’s hockey where Angus popped in to visit.
Thanks to Rich and John , we watched some excellent school boy rugby and headed home with Josh.
An exciting Sharks victory ! We were tuned to RSG and this was all we ordered to the end of a fantastic time away in the bush!

Why Mana ?

Because its so far.
Because its dusty
Because its the mighty Zambezi
Many pools-oases
Un-interrupted scenery with sweeping views
Because we can go there and come back.
The time is right to go back to Zimbabwe – been a long time!
The attitude of the animals-approachable and curious.
Human tolerant.
Free to roam with the animals
Part of their neighborhood
A unique wilderness experience.
Bio-diverse
Unique species

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