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Saturday, March 20, 1999
Kasane, Chobe National Park, Botswana to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:
Latitude: 17° 55' 36" South
Longitude: 25° 50' 20" East
Altitude: 3094 feet
From Seattle: 11083 miles
Lodging: Camp - Town Council Rest Camp

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Today's Travel:
Countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe
Regions: Ngamiland, Matabeleland North
Route: Roads
Path:Kasane, Chobe National Park, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Linear:46 miles
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 709
Linear Dist: 139408
Countries Visited: 51
Regions Visited: 198
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Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 98
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2705
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Journal Entry:
Not a long drive into Zimbabwe. The bureaucracy at the border was massive - worst I've seen in Southern Africa. Checked into the campground and walked around the town. Couldn't get any money from the bank - all three ATMs were down. Ended up changing some leftover pula.

The curio market here is quite good but the bargaining is brutal and the salesmen are very agressive - I'd forgotten what that's like. I ended up buying a small basket and a wooded crocodile - less that a dollar each.

Dean and I went for a couple beers waiting fro Craig and Margaret to show up. Eventually gave up on them and went back to camp. There at the campsite are Darrelle and Brett. They were on the Truck Africa overland trip that we kept on running into on the West Coast. Coincidentally we'd set up camp adjacent to their camp site. Dean went to high school with Darrelle and they had randomly met treking in Dogon country (Mali).

Had a steak at Cattlemen's - unfortunately it was was a bit of a disappointment - it had been talked up just a little to much. Went back to Explorers for a few more beers.

[Entry written from notes 5/20/99]


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Zimbabwe
CIA World Fact Book: Zimbabwe

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