On the way we stopped at Victoria Falls
briefly. Here is a picture of the mists which can be seen from the air
plane thirty miles away. It's hard to see the Falls unless you take the
helicopter ride. We had been here before, so just looked around a little
between planes. The bridge in the background is the one they bungee jump
As we drove from the landing strip to
Linkwasha we saw a beautiful sable antelope. He wouldn't come out into the
sunlight for a good picture though. It looks as though he has no eyes, but
he does. The sable's coat is the most beautiful shade of
These lilies were blooming
everywhere--they had been waiting for seven years for there to be standing water
long enough for them to bloom. There were lavender ones and white
ones. Where is Monet when you need him?
Here is our thatch-roofed tent at
Linkwasha Camp, which is in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. I'm glad
we went to Zimbabwe again since the country is going so rapidly downhill under
the current regime. We had no problems at all in the part we were in, but
their tourism is off 75%, their inflation is 60%, their interest rates are 70%,
and their unemployment is over 50%. They are running out of fuel and
We saw lots of game here, but many of the most interesting things were
sort of far away. Like kudu ewes and baboons.
We saw lots of interesting
behaviors--especially among baboons. We watched a baboon family dashing
about in the trees to escape the wrath of the dominant male--he was furious
about something. He was really loud, and the others were all screaming in
terror and going out on the end of limbs that were too thin to hold him.
Then we saw another family come down a tree and walk away. A very little
baby was falling behind, so he jumped on the back of the dominant male (who
doesn't walk, by the way, he struts.) Apparently having a baby on one's back is
way beneath the dignity of these males. First the big guy reached around
his right shoulder to try to bite the baby's arm and pull him off, but the baby
leaned way over the other way to avoid him. Then he reached way around to
the left to try and get the baby, but still couldn't reach him. Then the
big male stood up on his hind legs and began spinning around like a whirling
dervish and finally shook the baby off with centrifugal motion. It was
hysterical to watch. I'm hoping Ed caught it on video.
Here's the whole troop.
Another thing we watched that was very
interesting, but too far away for good pictures was two leopards out in the
daytime playing on an ant heap. You don't usually see leopards in
daylight. And you almost never see two leopards together except briefly
Here's the kind of buffalo you want to avoid--the lonely old bull--called a
Dagga Boy. This one got out of his mud hole as we approached.
More from Linkwasha to follow.
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