Thursday, June 07, 2012

Mana Pools

We just left Mana Pools National Park of Zimbabwe and it was amazing. Our guide, Mark, and canoe guide, Elijah were armed with rifles as we tracked lion and elephant. We canoed about 50 km down the Zambezi River, dodging a gauntlet of hippos. When we pulled into camp each sunset, the men had set up a camp with our own tent, latrine, bucket shower, drinks table, dining area with linens and glassware and campfire. Not exactly roughing it.
We were safe and slept deeply every night despite the chorus of baboons and hyenas.
I'll post pictures as soon as possible.
Our plane didn't arrive at the airstrip when it was time to leave and we were 40 minutes from cell service. Thankfully Elijah was able to contact the office and they sent another plane. We were 2 hours waiting with our luggage, guide with rifle, and a cooler of diminishing Zambezi Lager.
I yarn bombed the wind sock pole with a knitted maple leaf. I could hear our driver, Knowledge, saying, " What is she doing?"
They also said it was the first time they have had knitting on safari.
I knit during siesta after lunch between canoeing trips and tracking on land.
Next up: driving safari in Hwange National Park with our Capetown hosts. He's a bit of an extreme athlete so wish us luck.

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