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February 6 - Day 20

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We had breakfast in the hotel and got our gear together. Ruby, our next hostess, came and picked us up around 10. Her place is in a suburb (township) of Victoria Falls. Mkhosana. After getting settled in, we went for a walk around the neighbourhood. Mostly nice little cement block houses with lots of garden plots. We saw some community garden areas and some people have corn and/or kale growing right out by the street. Little kids calling to us, which we couldn’t understand, but found out later was “white man”. Very friendly people and lots of kids wanting to speak English to us. We browsed in some of the shops - mostly basic food supplies and not much variety from shop to shop. We found a little restaurant where we had some fried fish for lunch (whole fish with skin, head, and bones). It was good but lots of work to get the bones out. We returned to our place (without getting lost!).
One of the neighbourhood streets

One of the neighbourhood streets

A community garden area

A community garden area

Having a traditional drink - OK, but kind of chalky

Having a traditional drink - OK, but kind of chalky

Some of the friendly school kids

Some of the friendly school kids

Preparing lunch for the school kids

Preparing lunch for the school kids


Ruby had called someone she knew to be our driver and guide for the afternoon. Ishmael showed up and we discussed the options. He took us to the oldest market in VF and we bought some food he suggested to take to the tribal village. Then we drove 12 km out of town to the village and spent an hour or so there with one of their men explaining their lives to us. This was primarily a Ndebele village, but he said there were other tribes that were joining them. Very subsistence living, mostly vegetarian, eating only what they grow and store. The lateness of the rainy season is a big concern for them. In his homestead, there are about 3 families, with 18 people of various ages living there. They do have some young people who have gone to school in the city and have jobs, which help support the village. Apparently, there is a large number of these tribal communities still surviving in the area.
At the market

At the market


The outside of the winter kitchen

The outside of the winter kitchen

Inside the winter kitchen

Inside the winter kitchen

Inside the summer kitchen

Inside the summer kitchen


We decided to visit Zambia and so Ishmael drove us back to the bridge border post. This time we took the umbrella! We walked across the bridge and up thru the Zambia border post to the Avanti resort hotel. We had a beer at the pool bar and cooled off for awhile. It did rain on us a little, but not like yesterday. At this hotel, they have a herd of zebras grazing on the lawn! They seem to be semi-tamed and we could walk very close to them. Then it was time to walk back across the bridge and re-enter Zimbabwe to meet up with Ishmael. He took us by a huge Baobab tree on our way back into town. We had supper at Mama Africa, more good food in interesting surroundings (although more expensive than lunch). Then Ishmael picked us up and we returned for the night. We had given Ruby our laundry to do and when we got back it was all clean and folded for us. Great service!
We made it to Zambia

We made it to Zambia

The hotel zebras

The hotel zebras

Lovely mosaics around the bar area

Lovely mosaics around the bar area

Don showing how big the Baobab was

Don showing how big the Baobab was

Posted by katdill 23:11 Archived in Zimbabwe

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