Lay by

Lay byI don’t know what a lay-by is called in other parts  of the world, or even why they’re called that here in Zimbabwe. I’ve often whizzed passed this one and wished I could stop. (Today we had to wait for a client…so I got my chance.)

Lay by

It’s on  the main Bulawayo/Plumtree Road.

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What a wonderful place to have lunch…imagine the kids – scrambling about in the rocks. Quite safe too, from the heavy traffic on the road.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the picture (below) you can see the main Bulawayo/Plumtree Rd in the background…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you spot the rock rabbit?

Rock RabbitsZoomed, slightly

Rock Rabbits

We also call them ‘dassies’ and I admit that whenever I see one, I look around for the leopard who may be stalking it!Rock Rabbits

 

 

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Country Roads…

Hwange roadThis (above) is a view along the main Bulawayo, Victoria Falls road, overlooking Hwange.

Country Roads

Family, in Zimbabwe…

Roads

Country Roads

The picture (above) is the road down into the Ume valley. Its amazing, totally unexpected. We were bombing along a boring flat road, we slowed for Siakobvu and next thing…whoa!!!Country Roads

The picture (above) was taken soon after we turned off the main Victoria Falls Road. It was about 11.30 in the morning and I couldn’t wait to see what lay on the other side of the Shangani River…Country RoadsAnyone familiar with the Matopos will recognise this rock/tree/road. I love them all!

 

Chizarira

chizarira-004I took these two pictures on the way out of Chizarira National Park. It was hot and mid day, and I thought they captured that hazy heat I so love…

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The image below was taken on our way into the Park – we hadn’t even gone to the offices yet!

National Parks were great – allowed us to store our instruments in a lockup, gave us hints of where to find game…the next day (after sleeping near this precipice) we woke to mist!! No photo opportunities! Chizarira-006

Kingfisher

I took a pic of this little guy in our garden in Suburbs.

Kingfisher

Years ago on the farm, one very similar to him would sit on the branch overhanging our tea table dive bombing worms in the lawn, sometimes right next to us. One day, he did that and got his beak stuck in the lawn. The cat, lying fast asleep under our chair, zapped him. We were devastated. We loved that little guy…Later the same day we had tea and sitting on the same branch was another kingfisher dive bombing worms in the lawn.

Nature abhors a vacuum…

I lay on the lawn this morning for ages with the camera trained on the patch below, but he didn’t oblige. When he does, I’ll post the picture!

Reptilian dwellers of the Ancient Ruins of Zimbabwe

Dhlo Dhlo RuinsHe looks sort of pensive, doesn’t he…an intellectual!

Dhlo Dhlo Ruins

If only this guy could talk – he could tell us all the folk stories handed down by his ancestors… Dhlo Dhlo RuinsDon’t you love these digital cameras – turn us all into pro’s

Dhlo Dhlo Ruins

The guy pictured above gave me one helluva fright. I jumped off one of the rocks and he slithered under the rock…I thought he was another member of the reptile tribe!

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I guessed I had better put a pic of the DhloDhlo ruins in here somewhere since I have tagged this post!

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Guinea fowl…

Usually, when I take my camera out, I get one decent picture. I took this one driving through Jabulani, on the way back from Nalatale Ruins in Shangani. It’s the first time I’ve really been thankful for the electric windows on the Hilux. I was driving too fast as usual, came around the corner and thought I was too late.Guinea fowl

I slid the window down, cringing at the loud noise, balanced the camera on the rear view mirror…

There are lots of things I love about this photo – the characteristic way the guinea fowl are standing on the log – the late evening light…I was racing because I wanted to get to the top of the range near DhloDhlo ruins – I wanted a shot of the sunset from up there, where you can see the Matopos on a clear day, Idunnohowmany kilometers away!

I’m happy to swap this photograph though…I’m sure you will all agree with me, I have plenty sunsets in my collection!

If ever you are here in Zimbabwe, add Nalatale Ruins to your itinerary – you can stay at Jabulani Safari’s close by…  http://jabulanizimbabwe.com  I’ve never stayed there myself, only visited when they were building it…but my niece did, for her school camp and she raved about it. So I’m guessing its “children friendly.”