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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:11 am

We had a fantastic week in Zimbabwe staying at Safari Lodges. Some of the breakdowns on prices were:
Money used is the US dollar:
The local currency is sold to tourists as interest value. i.e. a 1 trillion dollar note was available as a curio off street vendors. You can't get change from the banks or from shops so make sure you have plenty of low denomination notes for tips. The tipping culture is alive and well. We paid guides about $20.00 a day for activities.
Accommodation: was high end and booked via ATI Holidays. The walk in price for some of the places we stayed was about $1100.00 a couple per night. We paid about a quarter of that.
Transport: This was subcontracted to wild horizons, good safe vehicles and safe drivers. We were the only passengers so no problems. We rode in the back of a game vehicle from the end of a 2 day Zambezi River canoe trip but was safe.
Victoria Falls Airport: Funded by our friends from China, efficient in terms of processing arrivals, Visa was $30.00 US each. No change so have correct money. Departure was simple and no problems. If you are going to go in and out of Zimbabwe then get a multiple entry visa as is stops border grief if you go to Zambia or Botswana for a day trip.
Security: Never felt threatened but was in safe secure compounds with night watchmen and depending on location high fences with some 'hot wires' Never asked for a bribe by police or in fact stopped by them even though we went through a few roadblocks.
Animal Interaction: Saw everything except the Lion. 2 Day canoe trip saw us getting off the river and portage around them (Hippos kill more people than crocs) At our further-est point we were 90 k up river from Victoria Falls. We went out spot lighting and we were on the border of Chobi national park, lots of elephant, giraffe, leopards hippo's.
Health: No illness other than a man cold, standards of hygiene that we could see were pretty good.
Annoyances: None really hardly any interaction with other tourists due to the nature of the camps so that was fantastic.

Summary: Fantastic start to our trip. We were early in the 'season' with the Zambezi pumping so it was good with less people. Unemployment is extremely high so we were happy to tip for good service. The bigger lodges had a communal box so that it was divided amongst the staff (I hope) From what we could discover still a high level of STD's so 'enter at your own risk'
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Re: Zimbabwe

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:33 pm

madmonday wrote:The walk in price for some of the places we stayed was about $1100.00 a couple per night


That's Aussie dollars? I traveled half way across Africa for that on my first trip.

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Pics?
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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:01 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
madmonday wrote:The walk in price for some of the places we stayed was about $1100.00 a couple per night


That's Aussie dollars? I traveled half way across Africa for that on my first trip.




Yes very true Steve but this was high end in a country screaming for hard currency.
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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:02 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:Pics?



will try and up load some in the next day or two they are still on the camera. I am hopeless at using the stew upload system.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:04 pm

madmonday wrote:
Bill Barilko wrote:Pics?

will try and up load some in the next day or two they are still on the camera. I am hopeless at using the stew upload system.

Thanks-why not set up an account on Photobucket and link from there- much easier to do and for people to view.
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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:46 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:
madmonday wrote:
Bill Barilko wrote:Pics?

will try and up load some in the next day or two they are still on the camera. I am hopeless at using the stew upload system.

Thanks-why not set up an account on Photobucket and link from there- much easier to do and for people to view.




will give that a try.
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Post by Shavenhead » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:27 am

Did you do ant tiger fishing in Zim?
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Post by madmonday » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:03 am

Shavenhead wrote:Did you do ant tiger fishing in Zim?



Mate fuck the river it was choc o block full of hippos. The river was fairly pumping as was vic falls. Mrs monday said the first night camping on the canoe trip we had fish but I cannot recall what it was. The guides were fishing off the bank but caught bugger all. A few local boats from the Zambesi side were fishing.
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Post by Shavenhead » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:14 pm

Next time, leave the wife at home and do a proper fishing trip - Lake Kariba or lower Zambezi.

Apparently the best place for tiger these days is at Kanyemba just before the Zambezi flows in to Cabora Bassa in Mozambique. Upper Zambezi around the Caprivi strip is also good for Tiger and Nembwe.

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Post by Bastet » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:50 am

We're going there as a part of a 4 week trip in 3 years time. Can't wait !

Did you go somewhere else? It seems a long way to go for 1 week.

When was this? What was the weather like if it was very recent because today is exactly when we'd be there.

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Post by madmonday » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:29 am

Bastet wrote:We're going there as a part of a 4 week trip in 3 years time. Can't wait !

Did you go somewhere else? It seems a long way to go for 1 week.

When was this? What was the weather like if it was very recent because today is exactly when we'd be there.


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Post by Bill Barilko » Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:19 pm

madmonday wrote:http://s1253.photobucket.com/user/madmonday1/library/?view=recent&page=1

This is what you have to do now-with witty informative captions as much as possible

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Post by madmonday » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:32 pm

Thanks bill..........I am a fuckwit (techno)
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Post by Shavenhead » Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:12 pm

Nice Cheetah. That's not something you see a lot of these days.
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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:17 am

It was in a conservancy but did see some more wild ones. It was fascinating to learn about the leopards and the cheetahs and the relationships between the two.
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Post by Scrubb » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:26 pm

Are those eland? I never saw more than 1 at a time - very cool to see a herd.
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Post by madmonday » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:43 pm

I don't think they are, I will ask mrs monday on the weekend. Eland have different shaped antlers..
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Post by Bill Barilko » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:36 am

Scrubb wrote:Are those eland? I never saw more than 1 at a time - very cool to see a herd.

I believe those to be Gemsbok.
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Post by Scrubb » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:45 am

I think you're right, Bill. Not eland, anyway - eland have a weird hump thing, now that I think about it.
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Post by Shavenhead » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:58 am

Bill Barilko wrote:
Scrubb wrote:Are those eland? I never saw more than 1 at a time - very cool to see a herd.

I believe those to be Gemsbok.


Yes. Also known as Oryx. You only get them in desert and semi desert regions like Namib and Kalahari. There's also the Arabian Oryx - a different species.

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It's the biggest antelope. Also makes for the best biltong.
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Post by Electrolyte » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:13 pm

Was just in Zimbabwe, but only briefly to see Victoria Falls. The river was so swelled that it was hard to see the falls because of the spray. Best time to go is when it is neither the peak of the wet season (too much water) nor the peak of the dry season (too little water), but rather the third little bear in-between season.

Everyone had only good things to say about Zimbabwe. Zambia is also nice, though mostly very high end.

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Post by Stan In Maryland » Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:16 pm

Thanks, sounds like a great trip.
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Post by polardude1 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:03 pm

If you are going to go in and out of Zimbabwe then get a multiple entry visa as is stops border grief if you go to Zambia or Botswana for a day trip.


I'll be in Zambia most to the time, although I plan to cross into Botswana for a day trip to Chobe

We rode in the back of a game vehicle from the end of a 2 day Zambezi River canoe trip but was safe.

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Post by Total Reject » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:37 pm

Nice photos.

Years ago someone brought Oryx into the US and I've seen them in the deserts of New Mexico. Big animals, hoof prints like a horse.

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Post by Electrolyte » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:11 am

If you go to Victoria Falls and want to splurge you can stay at the Avani hotel. This picture is no exaggeration.

If you do go make sure they bill you in the currency in which your rate was quoted, otherwise they will try to cheat you big time on the exchange rate.

Also be careful around the Zebra. They can be very mean.

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Post by polardude1 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:30 pm

Seems like quite a few lodges have resident animals.
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Post by Electrolyte » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:19 am

I didn't see that much, but on the Zambian side most of the resorts are in town so not so many animals. On the Zimbabwe side there are some with animals, but far from the falls. This one is walking distance to the falls and you get animals.

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Postby Electrolyte » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:19 am

I didn't see that much, but on the Zambian side most of the resorts are in town so not so many animals. On the Zimbabwe side there are some with animals, but far from the falls. This one is walking distance to the falls and you get animals


There is a nearby park, but I took a day trip from Livingstone top Chobe NP in Botswana. I did a river and land safari there. It was all very rewarding, especially the river trip, and was a preview of what I later saw on the Lower Zambezi, Kafue and South Luangwa NP's
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