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Harare

and a day of shopping

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We have driven right the way across Mozambique in a day and a bit and now travel onwards to Harare the capitol of Zimbabwe. Things are looking considerably more westernised and locals have more of a big city vibe to them (IE not surprised to see tourists). I spent the day looking around Harare in particular I'm looking for cap to cover my head from the sun! Its a nice city, not as hectic as many of the capitols I've seen but with enough hustle and bustle to keep you interested. Its a delight to eat cheap ass fast food again after the fare we've been cooking for ourselves. Not really a great deal for the tourist to do here. Its more a jumping off point for Vic falls and anyone going on Safari in the area. For myself at least I enjoyed walking the streets of a city again peering into shops and generally having the kind of normal day you might spend in a city at home. A day here is probably enough for anyone.

Moving on from Harare we visit Gweru and stay for 2 nights at Antelope park. Antelope park is heading up a lion rehabilitation program focusing on both raising awareness of the decrease in lion numbers across Africa (rumoured to be at 80%!!!!) and also in breeding lions for re introduction to the wild. We were given the opportunity to walk with semi wild lions (what exactly is a semi wild lion, well lets just say there not tame lions and if you upset them by making the wrong kind of sudden moves you will know all about it). Great photo opportunity and an even greater opportunity to take close up snaps of adult male lions being fed in an enclosure. These guys you certainly don't want to walk with......

During the night I was awoken by a nudging sensation against my foot, In horror I see the ground sheet of my tent start to take on snake like properties, holy shit am I dreaming here? No there is definatley something moving under my tent. By torch light I notice that its around the width of my wrist ! and curling up into a very typical snake like shape under the warmth of where I was just lying down. Using a boot I start to make walking sounds hoping to scare it off, nothing......I try harder smacking the floor (being careful not to actually hit the snake) with both boots. Still it won't leave! what do you do when you have an unknown snake relaxing under your ground sheet right by the door you will need to get out off in the morning? I decided to make a break for it and spent the night sleeping on the truck. In the morning a very gentle moving of my tent proved that my night tine visitor had left but I was intrigued as to what kind of tent is not at all concerned to have large boot sized impacts that close to its head. I questioned one of the park rangers and the resident experts on snakes "that will be a puff adder" he said, adding "they won't move away from interruptions there fear less" bloody hell. "are they dangerous?" I asked, "deadly" he replies. Ye gods!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by cd108 05:23 Archived in Zimbabwe

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