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Zimbabwe, A Place to Remember

Making friends and memories

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It was with great sadness we left our camp on the hill looking over Lake Kariba yesterday. I was definitely tearing up as we said our goodbyes. Not so much for the beautiful view or great service, or for the variety of animals and activities, but purely for the people we came to know. It happens sometimes when you least expect it, moving through life, following your routine or plan and then someone snatches your heart by sharing their stories.
This was the case over the last few days at Bumi Hills. We met some beautiful people who shared their stories and brought us into their world in such a way we want to come back for the extended family reunion we heard about that happens every year. We want to hear the elders tell stories about the baboon and the hare to the children while they sit cross legged in a big circle glued to the story teller.
We want to come back to sit around the campfire on the beach with the hippos and elephant and share new jokes with our friends.
The human connection is a surprising thing and sometimes when you least expect it, someone touches your heart in the most honest way and it can make an indelible mark on your soul.
We met people like this and hope to meet them again.
Thank you all for the fun time we had reeling In bream on the lake, for dodging the grumpy male elephant in musk, for naming so many birds I started to think you were making up names along the way and for backing up on the road to find a new route so as not to crush the long trail of ants moving their colony to a new home as they crossed in front of our vehicle.
Thank you for the letting us into your world, for sharing your totem (Moyo) and opening your heart. I hope our paths cross again and we can be half the hosts you have been to us. To all our friends in Zimbabwe we hope to meet you again soon.
Watching a beautiful sunset on Lake Kariba
Catching breem on the lake near starvation island.
Ellies along the shore at sunset
Ellies along the shore at sunset
Sundowners on the beach at the bonfire, sharing stories with new friends
Godwin showing us the Skelton’s of poached animals, mostly elephant
Brian giving Allan the home made hot sauce to take home
Good bye’s on the tarmac.

Posted by Lauriesam 20:57 Archived in Zimbabwe Tagged #adventure #offthebeatenpath #africansafari #funwithfriends #africanadventure #gamedrives #lovetotravel #adventuretravel #africa #zimbabwe #lakekariba

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