On Tuesday we set off on a 500 kilometre coach journey south-east from Victoria Falls
to Bulawayo, stopping after about two hours in the Hwange National Park for a bit of
Our jeep driver complained that two hours wasn't enough to do justice to what there was
to see, and he was right, really, but as a first taste for Lucy and I, it was great fun,
and Kathleen finally got to see the elephants she never had on safari in Kenya.
Some guinea-fowl was the first wildlife we saw, but bigger things were to come.
Our first glance of an elephant can just be see centre-picture.
And suddenly there we were, up close to a group of young bachelors.
Then a lovely group of zebras
And this is apparently a red hartebeest.
A Senegalese cuckoo
An elephant running away from our jeep.
More elephants in the bush
Warthogs near the watering hole
Those warthogs again
Lucy and Kathleen watch the elephant (just visible to the right of the lamp post)
drinking, while they finish lunch
Lucy getting a closer look
Lunch at the Hwange Lodge
Arrival in Bulawayo
In the late afternoon on Tuesday, we arrived in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest
city (population about 600 000). After about 470 kilometres of forest with the
occasional subsistence farm, we gradually started to come across some intensively farmed
We then started to see a few bungalows, and then, suddenly, after 500 kilometres
without so much as a give-way sign, there was a set of traffic lights (called a
"robot" hereabouts). They weren't actually working, but still, it was still a
After all those hours of wilderness, it was quite a shock to find ourselves in a city,
with all the hustle and bustle that goes with it.
The welcome at the Bulawayo Holiday Inn
Wherever we went in Zimbabwe, the people were always extremely welcoming, and it is the
only place I've ever been where the hotel manager is there to greet you in person as you
arrive, and waves you off in the morning.