Chimanimani…

 

ChimanimaniChimanimani

We woke up to this view…it slowly brightened to this:

Chimanimani

Then this…

Chimanimani

All these photos were taken from the verhanda of the place where we stayed…I can’t recommend this guest-lodge enough – wonderful staff, a huge fire and this morning  view.

http://www.chimanifarmhouse.com

Chimanimani

I was totally unprepared for what I found in Chimanimani. The size, the colours (It’s green in Chimanimani, although they had recently had frost.) There is water everywhere and coming from Matabeleland, particularly in the winter, it’s totally out of my experience.

ChimanimaniWe had heard the National Parks camping site was not functional. From the above its clear that is not true…all the taps had water in them and as usual everything was clean and National Parks-like! The guy was very friendly. He asked where we came from… “Mmm,” he said rubbing his chin, and thinking hard. “Matabeleland…I’ve heard of that place!” As if it were in South East Asia!

Again, the road had been recently graded. I would not have been happy driving on the result in a sedan! It was slippery and the precipices were… well, precipices!  Try avoiding a dirty great rock with a huge drop on one side.

Chimanimani

I didn’t climb to the top…(I’m a lazy fat cow) but someone did thank goodness!

Chimanimani

ChimanimaniThe image below shows the “hut” everyone talks about. I still wonder how all the building materials got up there! Apparently, back in the day, it had hot water and a gas stove!

The "hut" ChimanimaniWe went (note that word, “went”) to the top of Pork Pie. I really wanted to test out the four wheel drive! I also walked around like a Lipizzaner horse – bloody Viv Wilson and his “Gaboon Vipers” has stuck in my mind since childhood! We saw nothing alive there other than a little kitten I frightened when I went to the edge of a pile of rocks to get a better view northwards.

Chimanimani

In the following  are pics taken from the top of Pork Pie

Chimanimani OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s