Honde Valley…

I made an early departure (from Juliasdale,) for a scenic drive through the Honde Valley, but couldn’t resist one last shot at the Msasa, and I’m glad I did.
The first rays of the sun were just peaking over the hills, lighting up a few leaves.

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I intended to travel via the Mutarazi Falls in the Nyanga National Park….BUT, being obstinate, against better advice, I decided to get there via a road that is shown on the map. And that is all it is, a line on the map! It was a terrible road, and I only got these two, half decent pics for my efforts!
This one above, is Mount Nyangane – where the Pungwe River which I would be to follow for for several hours, in the Honde Valley, originates.
The National Parks man, was horrified to see me burst out of the forest along a road he said hadn’t been used for years!

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The above slide show is of the Pungwe River look-out. Not sure if the road was ‘more of the same’ I’d been on for hours, I gave going to the Mutarazi Falls a skip, and decided to head off to Aberfoyle Lodge.
The Honde Valley is in the Eastern Highland border with Mozambique. Back during the bush war, it was very much the ‘sharp end’ and many lives were lost there. It’s also very beautiful…

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And the trees! I drooled over them!

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The Pungwe river that originated on Mt Nyangane, plunges over an escarpment and immediately dog-legs and heads towards Mozambique.  It then runs alongside the road, through the communal area.

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And then the tea estates – and something I’m very familiar with: commercial agriculture….which means, tractors, packing sheds, workers houses, soccer fields and schools! And tea of course – gown in orderly fields!

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I love the way the tea is grown along hillsides, but with the natural forest in pockets (obviously where the tea doesnt like to grow.) These photos were taken on a Sunday, so there are no workers in the fields.
In this photo above, you can see how tall the trees are. The arboreal atmosphere is very strong here. Once again, I was in tree heaven.

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Almora - 04. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing – are the msasa trees still in full colour right now! Stunning!

frankiekay - 04. Nov, 2018 - Reply

They were awesome

dendymactoodle - 04. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Such glorious scenes. You might be interested to know that we lived in a house on the Pungue River, nearby the Mafambisi sugar estate. the telephone was a wind up version but with no dial, and no tone, and no telephone number. , and that is what people had to ask for when they When we picked up the receiver, we would hear nothing, so there was no way of knowing if anyone was using the line. Eventually the operator would say Sta (not sure of spelling) and I would give the number I needed in very halting Portuguese. If the operator replied in any way I would have no idea of what she was saying! We were known as The English on the Pungue, and and that is what people had to ask for when they wanted to telephone us. Needless to say, the operators through whom you had to book the call were incredulous.

frankiekay - 04. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Fascinating – we had a wind up phone, but we did have a number. We’ve gone quite a way, that now most people who live in the Honde Valley have mobiles. I hope you enjoyed this series of pics – I have a few more posts of that area coming up soon

Mary van Heerden - 05. Nov, 2018 - Reply

what beautiful photos Frankie. They evoke so many memories. You are truly talented. xx

frankiekay - 05. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them

Graeme Mclean - 06. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Love the photos.

frankiekay - 07. Nov, 2018 - Reply

Thanks very much, and thank you for your visit and comment