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    Hi

    Here is SWAMBO's first attempt at a trip report of our recent Zimbabwe trip. The route was Jhb-Kwanokeng–Elephant Sands-Hwange-Binga-Tashinga-Houseboat-Makuti-Mana Pools-Gweru-Jhb

    Great to see all the recent trip reports about Zim as when we started this there where very few recent ones. Hope this is useful to someone.

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    Very nice trip report!

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    Great report, please thank your wife Karl. I particularly liked the bit about the jerry can being returned - nice touch, it's this sort of thing that makes Zim extra special for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlG View Post
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    Great to see all the recent trip reports about Zim as when we started this there where very few recent ones. Hope this is useful to someone.

    Cheers
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    It certainly will be, thanks.
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    Great report.........makes me homesick.
    Reading about your disappointment at Binga, Chilila, I would recommend future travelers to Binga to stay at Masumu River Lodge which is just close to Chilila. They have chalets, a restaurant, and camping facilities with the best ablutions I've encountered. Price very good too.

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    Other stop overs along the way to Binga via the back roads is Msuna and Mlibizi.
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    Great report, nice pictures and lots of useful information - thank you!

    By the way, I heard Masuma lodge in Binga and the Spar there closed down.

    Just 4weeks to go :-)

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    Particularly enjoyed your report as we've also just got back from a very similar trip to Zim travelling almost the same route.We entered at Pandamatenga . You are very fortunate to have seen so much game in Mana- we weren't so lucky. I see you had the same campsite as us.Mana pools is is stunning though.My trip report is also under the Zim section.Thanks again.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Zim is a great country for a visit.

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    Thank you for this delightful report. As you write , Zimbabwe is not a cheap country to travel through, some places are run down and roadblocks can be a pain... However, there are so many wonderful experiences you are writing about which makes reading this report a very enjoyable activity. Thank you.

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    What a fantastic trip and report...man I want to go home for a visit

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    Awesome trip report and pics thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mabe View Post
    Great report, nice pictures and lots of useful information - thank you!

    By the way, I heard Masuma lodge in Binga and the Spar there closed down.

    Just 4weeks to go :-)
    Masuma is still up and running and the fishing season has started to kick in.
    I have just spoken to the manager there and all is well.

    As far as Spar is concerned...I haven't heard anything about it closing down.

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    Thanks for clarification, MariusvdM!

    The rumour was spread by the authors of a well-known guide book....

    There is nothing better than current and first hand information!

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    Great and informative trip report, thank you you so much.

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    Very informative report....great sightings and experience....making us look at a trip to Mana Pools next year....would a 5 day stay be enough....? Would love to visit Zim again.

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    Hi frans. 5 days in mana would be fine as long as that doesn't include traveling as it's 2 long days each way to get there from jhb. Not sure where you coming from?

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    Thank you for a really good trip report! What a special place Zim is, this makes me want to go again
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    Thank you for a wonderful report. The Tashinga road is certainly a challenge. We also tackled it with a trailer. Not for the faint hearted. I loved the idea of catching a ride on a house boat from Tashinga. We have friends in Kariba with one. I will have to do a little negotiating. The road back to Kariba is a difficult one but you seemed to have made the right decision going to Karoi, although Gacha Gacha is a great stop over specially if you want to provision the next morning at Kariba. Mana always is great but this is the first report I have read about monkeys and baboons doing their thing above you. We experienced that at 3rd Bridge in Moremi. When returning via Plumtree I usually stop over at Selibe Pikwe and go through Zambesi BP.

    Thanks again for a well written report and By the way on our last trip we were also fined for not having 2 reverse lights.

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    Super trip report bringing back great memories of our similar trip a few years ago. We stayed at Antelope Park and found it to be fantastic. It's a pity you chose that particular day to spend there. From your report it seems that road - blocks are something new as we had very few stops on our trip. Mana pools will definitely see us again and next time we will do the game walk that you describe. I rate Mana up with South Luanga as the finest game park I have visited, both better than Serengeti.

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    Thanks! Enjoyed reading that!
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