Pigs and figs…

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We crossed this stream on the way to a place called Kenkando. Only later, did we discover it is within walking distance…um not my walking distance, mind…of Kavanika – another of the churches where we had to look for water.

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Love the little piggies!

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I’m told they are a kind of fig… (the tree, not the piggies!)

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Chininga…

Is in the Binga area, with an escarpment towering above it. The trees are large, the road, terrible! P1160450

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A series of gardens run through the middle of several lands and people grow vegetables as well as banana’s and mangos.

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Looks like wells may be a better option here than a borehole.

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Traditional homes here are mostly for shelter from the sun, and have breeze blocks built in to cool them.

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We found a tree there, that’s berries taste like peanut butter!

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And wild flowers!

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Wild Flowers at Nechilibi

Nechilibi is a place opposite the entrance to the Hwange National Park. We drove along the strip road to get there, and when I got out, found a huge variety of wild flowers! Must be the rains!

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This little guy (below) looks like he has a mouth! With yellow lipstick! With prickly spines under the flower!

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And yes, FYI, these pop – better than Jacaranda flowers!

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And the colour! Wow.

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These look very much like hibiscus that grow in our gardens – again, the deep burgundy contrasting nicely with the yellow.

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These, below, may be common, but they put on a dramatic show at this time of the year, covering bushes and large sections of barren ground.

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All of these flowers were within a twenty square metre area!

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This last one is not a flower, but I couldn’t resist the colours!

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The borehole survey at Nechilibi was rained off!!! Nothing more boring than sitting in a steaming car waiting for the rain to stop!

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We had to return there a week later! This is a short video of a part of the drive along the old strip road – although not in the rain! Please click on the link here: Driving on the old strip road