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Mtshabezi Dam…

We visited Mtshabezi (pronounced mmm cha bezi) Dam a while ago, and I noticed aloes on the road through the gorge. Since there are lovely aloes out all over Matabeleland, I thought it would be an idea to take pics there. None were out!!! But I couldn’t have picked a better day for a visit.
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This first photo was taken on the (very bumpy) road over the gorge.
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We  had the place to ourselves, other than a few civilised fishermen – instead of noisy motorboats! The weather was kind – bright sunlight at midday, and then the wind tailed off until the water was like glass in the evening.
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A recent addition to Bulawayo’s water supply, Mtshabezi is a picturesque dam built in the 1990’s. It’s on the southern end of the Matopos about 40km from the Gwanda/Bulawayo rd.
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I love the rocks sitting in the water.
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Mtshabezi is almost full still, which is pretty good considering the rainy season was middling.
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I’m thinking of carrying the canoe on top of the car so I can paddle further upstream – Ill get some lovely pics, I’m sure. Im reliably informed that there are no crocs or hippos in this dam. Hippo make quick work of canoes!
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10 Comments

JohnRH - 03. Jun, 2018 - Reply

Great pictures. I almost missed that aloe in the first shot, until I zoomed in. I like the light and the rocks in the last 3 photos too.

frankiekay - 04. Jun, 2018 - Reply

The aloes here are bright bright orange, red…so I wanted to have that orange and red in the photo. Its a lovely dam – very isolated and the water was smooth as glass.

Suki Viljoen - 04. Jun, 2018 - Reply

How super. Just like travel postcards!!

frankiekay - 04. Jun, 2018 - Reply

Yes it is!

matobosoul - 06. Jun, 2018 - Reply

New places to visit when, one day, I get back…what a beautiful, tranquil spot!

frankiekay - 06. Jun, 2018 - Reply

It is a truly beautiful dam – bit difficult to get to it – but once you are there, you can really “get away.” So…when are you coming!

matobosoul - 06. Jun, 2018 - Reply

Soon, I hope!

frankiekay - 06. Jun, 2018 - Reply

Awesome

Anne - 19. Jul, 2018 - Reply

Your photographs are lovely!

frankiekay - 25. Jul, 2018 - Reply

Thank you – its a very photogenic dam!