Lumeni Falls…

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The views from Lumeni are varied, the dense tree cover providing shade for most of the walk.

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Lumeni Falls overlook Nswazi.

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The stream disappears under a heap of boulders for a couple of hundred metres and then almost immediately plunges off the edge of a huge boulder.

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Above is where it comes out of the boulders.

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And tumbles over the edge…

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Our guide for the climb…

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Matopos Views…

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The tree on the left is locally called an “ihabahaba tree.” Monkey Bread tree (English name) is high in protein and can be collected and milled for cattle feed. With the very good season we’ve had, these trees are laden.

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I love the tree colour that matches the rock above.

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This photo was taken near to Zhilo school near Lumeni Falls.

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Mostly the road in the Matopos keep to valleys, until they cant! Then they go through kopjies.

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People walk far with large loads on their heads.

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Diana’s Pools…

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Named after the wife of the first “Native Administrator” for the area, Diana’s Pools are a series of natural pools in the Matopos.

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As children we sat on plastic fertilizer bags and slid down the rocks. They get quite slippery with green slime, later in the season and one can end up going at some speed towards the end!

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There are camping sites along the bank – its lovely for a braai lunch here, and equally nice to spend the night. Its a great place for kids to explore on their own.

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This kopie (above) is a great one for the more experienced climbers.

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We walked down to the orbicular granite (its not that far from the pools and lazy me went most of the way in the car!!)

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Umzingwane River crossing…

This is the Umzingwane River before it grows big and lazy!!!

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A few hundred kilometre downstream, its much, much wider than this with an awful lot more sand!

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People collect drinking water here. Socialise.

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Being brought up just over the hill, I rode here on my pony. This is a good spot to stop and rest, water my horse.

Rural Homes…

I took this in the Matopos (the owner of this home has a kopjie just behind his goat pen with a cave painting on the wall.)

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As usual, he has an excellent maize crop, when right next door, the owners are complaining that the season was too heavy and their maize went yellow. Last time we visited, the neighbour complained about drought!!

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Thats a poinsettia in that yard! And the tall grass!!! Wow!

 

Wet Road…

Its rained a lot this year (unusual for Matabeleland!) This is a photo of the road we took to get to Lumeni Falls in the Matopos:

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Yup – its that green! Unusual for arid Mat’land!) I had to keep to the right, skin next to the bolder to avoid a sharp drop near the fence.

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This usually seasonal pool is still full of water!

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This is at the top of Lumeni Falls – I love the huge bolder, balanced right at the edge – I wonder when it will topple over? I million years? One hundred?