Tag : Eastern Highlands

Trees in the Tea Estates…

Whoever developed the tea estates in the Eastern Highlands must have been a fellow tree lover. This lone tree, at the very top of the rise can be seen for miles.
This one, below, is HUGE – left all on its own, in the middle of a field. It would have been so much easier to just cut it down and make way for mechanisation.
This thorn tree, below, just coming into leaf caught my eye. (I’m afraid the photo isn’t that good.)
Although not all of the trees are indigenous, they are HUGE! I’m told it rains a lot in the area, and the tea bushes don’t need to be irrigated.
The road goes right through this grove of trees (below) over a little bridge and then bursts out onto the brilliant green tea fields again.

Tea Estates…

Zimbabwe’s famous, Tanganda Tea is grown in the Eastern Highlands where conditions are ideal – enough rain and early morning mists from the Mozambican coast.
Many ex-Zimboes go out of their way to buy Tanganda Tea when they visit here.
I stopped under this tree – tea smells fresh! It’s the only word I can come up with. I always wondered why some varieties of roses were called “tea roses,” and now I know!
I left Aberfoyle Lodge in the early morning, hoping to catch good light. The estate was already awake, with workers going about their daily schedules. Coming from a commercial farming background myself, this activity made me very nostalgic.
Workers housing and packing sheds – above.
Bucketing around the steep corners, I came across this gang, fixing the roads.
This photo (above) inspired local artist, Talent Kapadza to paint the scene:42157410_2192364314138610_1741592737263648768_n.jpg
He is selling this painting for $2800.00 – if you are interested, please get hold of him – he is on Facebook Talent Kapadza


Juliasdale is a granite area, with the characteristic boulders (such as the above pic) and massive ones:
This huge rock is called Dumbu, and can be seen for miles around.
I love the way the roads wind around the rocks, and diminutive msasa trees.

Juliasdale Msasa…

A couple of years ago, we were working in the Eastern Highlands in the middle of winter, often with cloudy skies and slight ‘guti.’ I got some lovely photos (I’ve posted them here,) especially of the aloes and the cold winter colours.
Our host, who has the good fortune to live with the view in my first photo from his porch, told me to come back when the Msasa were out for even better photos. I heeded his advice and let me tell you, Juliasdale in Msasa season, is tree heaven! I took rather a lot of photos, and in the next few posts, I will share the best with you.
I took my dog, Lizzy with me, and she is now quite an intrepid mountain climber!
Juliasdale is a granite area, similar to the Matopos, but with exotic varieties of trees growing on many of the hillsides. Yes, they do mess up my Msasa photos, but they also provide much needed pine for our building industry. You can see them in the photo below, providing some dark green colour as a backdrop.
I drove down this logging track, hoping for some clearer views…
And I found them! The two photos following were taken when I found a clearing overlooking this valley:
I LOVE the lone tree against the granite mound in this photo:

Nyamuziwa Falls, Nyanga…

This water was cold!!!


And the day was rather misty…



I’m a little scared of heights, and the cliffs are pretty steep.


The wild-flowers are lovely near the falls…


These (below) were like a dried arrangement.


Some pretty odd ones too!






splash artEvery now and again a photo “happens,” usually when the light is not good. Most of them are not worth keeping, but every now and again…

I’m not sure what caused the image above – I know it was taken in the lounge ¬†with curtains of a mustard yellow colour…

The next one was taken by Terry Dawson in Juliasdale in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.

Terry Dawson

The following were taken in Tashinga Camp in Matusadona..


We didn’t really know how to use our camera when we took these…I like the eerie atmosphere the above creates.

I would like to mess about with the image below – add colour or some of those cool tools available for manipulating images. If I do, I’ll post!Art The following was my¬†favourite (until I saw Terry’s above) It’s taken at Tashinga Camp Matusadona National Park very, very early in the morning. The sun hadn’t come up at all. It was that early morning glow only.

Tashinga Camp, Matusadona


What can you see…?

What can you see…?

ChimanimaniI often lie looking up at the clouds- I like the way they form and re-form. I’m sure it’s the light, but sometimes I can see things in rocks – take the photo above, taken in Chimanimani. I can see an owl, an old man. A king!

This photo (below) was taken at Khami Dam in Bulawayo…

Khami Dam

And how about his one? I think it looks like a mummy with acne..

Orbicular GraniteOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShona art…



Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Bridal Veil FallsI see water -I must get into it and the glory of the Chimanimani is that no one is moaning about bilharzia. My problem was, it was cold when we went and I didn’t have any spare clothes with me, nor a towel

Bridal Veil FallsI jumped in anyway – hubby took the photos…and I can tell you, the naked woman you imagine you are and the freezing goosebumped realty are not even close…I won’t post them!

Bridal Veil Falls

The picnic site near the falls were deserted the day were there. National Parks have re-thatched and the road in was graded. We stopped along the road out, sat on the little bench listening to the water running out of the rocks. Not a sound a Matabele is used to!

Bridal Veil Falls