The Smoke That Thunders

Trip Start Jun 12, 2004
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Trip End Jan 01, 2005


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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe we visited Matobo National Park. Here we were able to walk in the park and get quite close to a Rhino. We saw leopard tracks & poo, but have yet to see a leopard in our 45 days of safari so far. Matobo Park is also home to some ancient rock paintings - some are up to 5000 years old. These were painted by the bush men and depicted wild animals and slave trading.

We took the night sleeper train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls. It was rather posh and comfortable. Four of us stayed up late swapping stories.

Now I am at Victoria Falls for 4 days. Yesterday I spent over 8 hours at the waterfall itself - walking around, viewing the falls, watching an elephant roam around above the falls, watching bungy jumpers off the Zim/Zambia bridge, and reading "To Kill a Mockingbird." The falls were fantastic. They stretch over 1 kilometer with multiple points of cascades. Since it was a sunny day (as 95% of the days in Africa have been), you could see rainbows everywhere. As the sun set, the falls glowed yellow.

On my walk back from the falls, I tried to help the tourist police catch one of the street touts. They are trying to make this village safer by capturing people who are trying to illegally exchange money or sell curios and pot.
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