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Nyanga National Park

At dawn I was woken up by the beautiful singing of the birds, howls of the dogs and my inner screaming of what was ahead of me. I got into a rented car filled it up with gas, got a bunch of snacks and hit the bumpy road. I was heading to another National Park called ‘Nyanga National Park’, which is located on the other side of Zimbabwe, an eleven hour drive. To lose time I watched the sunrise while listening to some european music.


The Nyanga National Park is one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's eastern highlands which I saw for myself when I arrived. When you got out of the car you could feel the cold breeze with the sun shinning on you heating you up. I was staying in a very interesting hotel called ‘The Rhodes Nyanga Hotel’ running since the early 1900s. It has 24 rooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities. The reason why it is so interesting is because it used to be a museum called ‘Rhodes-Nyanga museum’.

Checked in, dropped of my bags and went on a scenic but yet very challenging climb to the top of Mount Nyangani. Mount Nyangani is Zimbabwe highest point at 2,593m which offers a challenging climb and spectacular views for the daring. The climb was really tough with inclines and declines but it was worth it. When you reach the summit of the mountain you will feel really small, you can see the vast hills and crevices which laid ahead.


After the shiveringly spectacular climb I headed to Nyangombe Falls. Series of cascading waterfalls located on the western edge of the park, a 15 minute walk from the carpark. During walk to the waterfalls I saw a variety of animals such as the Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Kudu, Zebra, Impala and Sables. When I arrived it was truly something spectacular, I felt like I was in Victoria Falls this was due to the drilling noise the cascading water emitted. Finally to cool off, I headed to Nyangombe pool where clear, crisp meanwhile Nyangombe River spills over natural rock slides - which was a really relaxing night.


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Hwange National Park

At dawn I woke up watching the sunrise over Victoria Falls, checked out, got a car and went on a four hour drive to Hwange National Park. The drive was truly stunning. Watching the sunrise over the vast, vast hills, and watching the whole animal empire rise from their sleep was also something quite special.

Three hours into the ride you could start seeing the vast wildlife which was a great time to relax. The roads were not so smooth making it a bumpy ride. When I arrived I went into a lodge which I reserved. The lodge had one bedroom, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and lounge area. Cooking utensils, cutlery were also provided. Something which I saw from the start was that interior was quite well designed and modern, also the views were amazing, you could see the vast landscapes with the sun shining bright over the beautiful scenery.


Towards the end of the morning, I went on a stroll going far into the Hwange National Park hoping to see god's creation. During this stroll I saw something quite peculiar, the park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part right next to the North-eastern end where the Kalahari desert lies. The south is sandy with broad forests and open grassland. Also, there is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation which is quite stunning to look at. What I was really looking for were animals, during the stroll I only saw a couple of birds, I wanted to see more.


I went back and asked one of locals there if he could take me on a safari ride, he said “yes”. As we were driving away from civilization I asked him about what animals we might spot, he answered “Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s sanctuary for wildlife, home for vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and a very large cluster of giraffe. It is also home to many predators, and endangered species and diverse birdlife. The park holds 105 mammal species plus 19 large herbivores and eight carnivores” “A large population of wild dogs found in Hwange is said to be on of the largest surviving groups in africa. Due to the lack of water, man made waterholes were created to sustain the animals through the dry season.” he added. As the local said, we spotted herds of Elephants, Buffalo and Zebras which for me was a once in a lifetime experience, I really do recommend to do the same.


After the wonderful ride, the local and I headed back during the sunset which was absolutely stunning, watching the birds head back to their nest tweeting away - I arrived in a nick of time to watch the rest of the stunning sunset, it was truly breathtaking.

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The Introduction to the Adventures

When I first arrived in Zimbabwe, in the dry season, I immediately caught a taxi and went on a 28 minute drive from the Victoria Falls Airport too AVANI Victoria Falls resort, where I was staying.

There is multiple hotels and restaurants around the area, but if you want to have your ears drilled with the loud roaring machine Victoria Falls is, you can stay at the AVANI Victoria Falls resort. This is a 3 star, quite cheap hotel in the Zambian side of the Victoria falls/Zambezi River, $287 per night has clean rooms, some small and dated, some beds are uncomfortable and the rooms are loud due to the drilling sound of Victoria Falls. To hide all of those bad comments in the dust, the rooms have beautiful views. So if you are looking for cheap hotel which has a beautiful view this is the one for you.



When I arrived at the Resort I was welcomed by welcoming and friendly staff, they gave me the card to my room and gave me instructions on how to get there. When I entered I was surprised of how dated the room was but the view was incredible, I arrived at the right moment to see the sunset. Later that night when I went to bed, I finally laid down on the bed found them really uncomfortable which was a shame.

Next morning I was greeted by the friendly staff down at breakfast, they were very polite, I then caught onto a bus and headed to the Victoria Falls, a 11 minute drive. The reason why I came during the dry season is because you can walk through parts of the waterfall. Throughout the year the water level varies its when at the peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500,000,000 liters of water flow and it reaches at its lowest level in October and early November.


Eleven minutes later I was greeted by Victoria falls or also known as Mosi-o-Tunya (The smoke that thunders, the local tribes call it). Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in world with the length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than a hundred meters, it’s massive. Another reason why it is so special and annoying is that Victoria falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, which I know well, meanwhile the spray from the falling water increases to a height of over 400 meters and can also be seen from 50 kilometers.

After a wonderful and very tiring day I was once again greeted by the friendly staff at the hotel.

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