(unexpexted) Last stop in Zimbabwe

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I would like to go to Chirundu since I have read that the canoe safari's over the Zambezi river also start from there. There were no buses going from Karoi so I hopped on a very big truck transporting mining raw materials. They dropped me at the border town of Chirundu together with Edson who was also hitchhiking. After some searching I came to the conclusion that there was nothing there and I had to go to Kariba to arrange anything. Ok, hitchhiking on a big truck again,
dropped at the T-junction, got on a minibus there to Kariba. I actually had my first bus break-down experience as we had a flat tire on the way. But10 minutes later we were already continuing our journey so it wasn't so bad at all.
 
Arrived at Warthogs campsite which was a very nice place and where I met my first white fellow tourists after 2 weeks Zimbabwe named Dorith and Christian, a German couple traveling by car all the way from Germany to here in about 6 months. Had a nice chat and a meal with them
before going to bed.
 
The nice thing about this part of Zimbabwe is that there are many animals just walking around. On my way to Chirundu and also in Kariba I bumped in to some elephants on the main road. After that some curious baboons and other monkeys crossed the road and on the way back I saw some zebra's grazing around. During the night I heard elephants and hippo's walking around the campsite so it's very cool to be in a free national park.
 
Next day was an 'arranging day' since I had to swop my reading book, check for the ferry over the lake, check out the Kariba Dam and check for Canoe safari over the Zambezi. All went right and I even made some friends on the way and had a squash appointment at 6 pm. But then the
most surprising event of this trip occurred: I had to leave the country!....................................................................................................................................................................Not Not because I am a criminal but because I could get on a Canoe trip for a very good price but it meant we had to go in about 30-45 minutes and we go canoeing from the ZAMBIAN side. Mmmmm...I was counting on canoeing on the Zim side so after a quick analysis of the situation I decided to do it, pack all my stuff and call my Zimbabwean friends to tell them I am leaving the country and also cancel my squash appointment haha... The beauty of being flexible!
         
Evaluation of ZimbabweZimbabwe looks like the wealthiest country I have been to in Africa and it's probably of it's rich history with a lot of natural resources. The roads and houses are really good, there are regulations about street food and all kinds of other things. The people are really friendly and I even got invited to a few houses and had a lot of great experiences by doing so. The country's environment is really beautiful in some places and here you have the possibility of bumping into wild animals on the road in some places. There are almost no tourists but it is a shame and I would definitely recommend people going here. 
Practical stuff
  • If you would like to go for canoeing DON'T go to Chirundu but go to Kariba. Chirundu is not more than a few houses and only one place to stay ($32 per night).
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