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Rain, glorious rain

There is always something very special about the rain here in dry Matabeleland…Storm clouds-002

I love it when the clouds build up, sometimes hang so low you can touch them! Rain clouds

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This photograph is taken standing on our front lawn in Fort Rixon, although when a storm like this one moves over us and the lightening starts, its better to be inside than running about on the lawn!

Chimanimani…

Chimanimani…

 

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We woke up to this view…it slowly brightened to this:

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Then this…

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All these photos were taken from the verhanda of the place where we stayed…I can’t recommend this guest-lodge enough – wonderful staff, a huge fire and this morning  view.

http://www.chimanifarmhouse.com

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I was totally unprepared for what I found in Chimanimani. The size, the colours (It’s green in Chimanimani, although they had recently had frost.) There is water everywhere and coming from Matabeleland, particularly in the winter, it’s totally out of my experience.

ChimanimaniWe had heard the National Parks camping site was not functional. From the above its clear that is not true…all the taps had water in them and as usual everything was clean and National Parks-like! The guy was very friendly. He asked where we came from… “Mmm,” he said rubbing his chin, and thinking hard. “Matabeleland…I’ve heard of that place!” As if it were in South East Asia!

Again, the road had been recently graded. I would not have been happy driving on the result in a sedan! It was slippery and the precipices were… well, precipices!  Try avoiding a dirty great rock with a huge drop on one side.

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I didn’t climb to the top…(I’m a lazy fat cow) but someone did thank goodness!

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ChimanimaniThe image below shows the “hut” everyone talks about. I still wonder how all the building materials got up there! Apparently, back in the day, it had hot water and a gas stove!

The "hut" ChimanimaniWe went (note that word, “went”) to the top of Pork Pie. I really wanted to test out the four wheel drive! I also walked around like a Lipizzaner horse – bloody Viv Wilson and his “Gaboon Vipers” has stuck in my mind since childhood! We saw nothing alive there other than a little kitten I frightened when I went to the edge of a pile of rocks to get a better view northwards.

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In the following  are pics taken from the top of Pork Pie

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Bulawayo’s best kept secret – Lumeni Falls

Bulawayo’s best kept secret – Lumeni Falls

Lumeni Falls -006Lumeni Falls are in the Matopos – in the communal land south of the National Park. They don’t run all year round, and the view from there is spectacular. There are no signposts and the road is pretty horrendous…

The climb to the falls is fun – the last time we went, it was a lovely day: it rained and for a Matabele, rain is everything. Our (New Zealand) guest was impressed that it rained at all!

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The rocks are massive…the water disappearing for a time, before roaring out from under rounded boulders.

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I swear this rock should fall off with a gentle shove…mmm look at the next photo – it’s the same rock on the left. Maybe a little more than a shove!

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From the falls, you can see hills around Gwanda…far, far in the distance
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I climbed down along a goat path. This is the view looking back up…see the tiny people?

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I took two pictures of trees at Lumeni…

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Same view, different days…

Same view, different days…

I never tire of this view. It’s ever changing, always the same

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This view is of the Mulungwane Range from our front door…