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Friday, March 26, 1999
Sinamatella to Main Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
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Main Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe:
Latitude: 18° 43' 51" South
Longitude: 26° 53' 18" East
Altitude: 3666 feet
From Seattle: 11190 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Main Camp (bungalow)

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Today's Travel:
Country: Zimbabwe
Region: Matabeleland North
Start: Sinamatella
Stop 1. Nyamandhlovu Pan
End:Main Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Linear:43 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

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Crowned crane Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Wildebeest Nyamandhlovu Pan, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Wildebeest Nyamandhlovu Pan, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Wildebeest Nyamandhlovu Pan, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 715
Linear Dist: 139631
Countries Visited: 52
Regions Visited: 198
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Hotels: 203
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 100
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2753
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Journal Entry:
Packed up and moved out of our beautiful chalet. The drive to Main Camp was incredibly disappointing from a game point of view. Hwange is supposed to be Africa's most densely populated park, yet we saw very little. A couple elephants some distance away, and the beautiful Crowned Cranes were the highlights. To make things worse, as we got to paved roads (the Southern bit of the park is paved) we started running into crowds - on the roads and on the viewing platforms. I'm a bit worried about other tourists on the east coast - I've gotten very spoiled.

At Main Camp we were told we'd have to wait until 5:30 to find out if there were any accommodations available. Since it was less than an hour we sat down and had a few cold beers. As we were hanging out an older couple drove up and asked if we had a tow rope they could borrow - of course we did. The scary bit was that they had asked every vehicle and been denied - without doubt every safari vehicle out there would have had one - so much for human kindness. Just after getting our "lodge" they drove up and returned the rope and we arranged to meet them later.

The cottage ("lodge") we rented this time was the top of the line luxury version (it cost us US$1.50 each) - it's huge, two large bedrooms, a bath and shower (in separate rooms), a toilet, a comfortable sitting room, a kitchen, a dining room, and two porches - not as nice of a view though. After diner we met the older couple and they bought us all a drink. They were from Wales, but had lived in Zimbabwe for 27 years.


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

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