Chalet 16, Milibizi

Milibizi resort began life as a fishing camp – with very rudimentary facilities. Back in the day, groups of men would “getaway” in those awesome old cars, drive up the Victoria Falls strip road for 180 miles, and then onto a dust road, for another 50 odd miles. It’s amazing what an effort people will go to, to spend the entire day in the blazing heat on the Zambezi!

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Today it’s an oasis of green, with two swimming pools, lush lawns and tall trees. You can find exactly where in the world Milibizi is by clicking on a link here to google maps.

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One can hire these (very stable) pontoon type boats – that hippo cannot over-turn! I have a healthy respect for hippo, notorious for flipping smaller boats. I would hate to lose my camera in an argument with a hippo!


This sign, below is not just for show – I saw fearsome sized crocs here. Ugh – I could think of better ways of leaving this world!


We caught a lift with a boatman baiting a spot for bream…


And, came across a couple of men we knew (middle-aged Bulawayo business owners,) anchored in the middle of the current, fishing for tiger. Neither wore shirts and only one of them, a hat. They kept the fearsome Zambezi heat at bay, by drinking ice cold ‘Zambezi beer.’ These light skinned progeny of British settlers, (who came to Africa more than a century ago,) sat there all day, trailing bait in the fast moving water. When they eventually rollicked up the hill to their chalet, the red sunburnt stripes on their tummies reminded me strongly of pregnant red and white zebra.

They repeated this activity the following day and the next; then got in their car and went home, content at the “break” from their busy worlds!

No accounting for taste!

Before air-conditioners and fully equipped kitchens invaded this masculine retreat, a tea-room provided food and drinks (although, probably not tea) for fishermen. As chalets were ‘improved/upgraded’ this tea-room was used less and less and was, eventually, converted to a chalet too. Chalet 16 can sleep 3 couples in the air-conditioned rooms, and up to 18 if necessary (on the veranda under mozzie nets.)P1330371

AND – thank heaven for the modern air-conditioning, cos it is jolly hot at Milibizi! The brand new units in all three rooms, new fridges and freezers in the kitchen, make Chalet 16 extremely comfortable when the fishermen are out on the water!

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The Sunset Deck is an excellent spot for watching the sun go down:

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Most of the chalets at Milibizi Resort are privately owned:

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Milibizi sunsets have to be experienced…

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And the sunrises are equally worth getting up early for:

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Breakfast anyone?


I leave you with this photo – out on the boat, the water like glass:


Chalet 16 has a Facebook page


Model A Ford…

This is a lovely photogenic, family car!


Owned by the Sherfield family its often used for outings to the Matopos.


It goes well too! I had to hangĀ out of the passenger seat to get these pics, and it was a little hair raising!

The winter colours are magnificent – the red and oranges in the trees and lovely golden grass.


I caught them again crossing the Maleme Dam wall:



This car is a wonderful family car – I just LOVE the strap on trunk (I promised to fix the leather straps for them!)



Long long ago…

In a far away place…


There were kids who wore no shoes – ran free under the big blue skies, rode on the back of open vehicles, climbed trees and clambered over rocks.

Sure they got skinned knees, stubbed toes, occasional broken bones, but they were happy! They are still to be found, right here, in Matabeleland.


Africa is not for sissies!

I took this pic at a recent classic car event held in Bulawayo. All assembled in town and drove as a convoy to the Matopos. I got wonderful photos against the rocks. I cheated, used the sepia function, trying to recreate days gone by…


Matopos had roads built early on – Rhodes loved the place – and I can easily imagine in days gone by, a Model T Ford “runabout” like this one above, driving away!


This one (above) taken on the old strip road to Matopos.


The Model A, pictured above, a tough little guy – made it up this steep slope, near Maleme Dam with ease. (I ran DOWN this slope, following these cars with ease!!!)