Mucheni Gorge, Chizarira…

I spent a night at Mucheni Gorge, in Chizarira National Park.

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The drive up the escarpment is fairly painless and affords several “photo opportunities.”

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If I’d been a few weeks earlier, I’d have got some photos of Msasa!!!

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Over millennia, the Mucheni river has cut into the sandstone, creating these amazing features. I loved the view of “Vast Africa” at Mucheni Gorge.

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Perched right on the edge of the gorge, Mucheni is totally without the intrusion of humans! I didn’t hear a dog, a cockerel, or an aeroplane! Most of all, I didn’t see or hear a human! Now THAT is an experience worth paying for!

I wrote this story shortly after we stayed at Chizarira a few years ago: Embarrassed Please click on the link to read it.

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There are no facilities at Mucheni Gorge camping site (in fact, I found the thatched shelter too developed for my taste.) Visitors must bring their own water, food, camping equipment etc, although there is a loo of sorts.

I woke up at three in the morning and tried to take some photos of the magnificent sky, but totally stuffed it up – and I wont post my feeble effort! It was worth the view though!

I left early in the morning on my way to Mana Pools but before I did, I took this photo:

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I realise its ‘gimmicky’ but hey, its Africa, and I was on holiday!

Please click here, to find Mucheni Gorge Campsite on google maps

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Tree in Chizarira National Park…

I took a photo of this tree (mid-day) on my way to Mucheni Gorge in Chizarira National Park.

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And then again, on the way out:

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The escarpment (the blue hills behind this tree) at Chizarira National Park overlooks the Zambezi Valley – Mucheni gorge camp, perched right on the edge.

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Somewhere, right down there, is the tree! (Im glad I had a vehicle to get me up this escarpment!)

Please click here if you wish to see where Mucheni Gorge and Chizarira is: Chizarira National Park

 

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