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Victoria falls

 

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// Nikon D7200 |-17.9222 : 25.82591 | alt. 947m

Long stretch of road to reach Victoria falls, maaaaaany police check points, but so far, after dozens of them, no one asked for money or gave us problems. Just a routine check for driving license, and that’s it.
Now, this place was the only one I actually didn’t like in Zimbabwe, and here why. This is the common starting point for people on safaris in the northern Botswana area, lot of tourists, lot of people going to the falls, and everyone is begging, asking for money, sometimes in a very insisting way…… this was a completely different world, and I hated it. The rest of Zimbabwe, which only a few people visit, was a different experience, with smiles everywhere, and locals just glad to see you here, exploring their country.
The waterfall itself didn’t disappoint, even if it’s way smaller and less impressive than Iguazu in Argentina/Brazil, the location is beautiful, with rainforest (no rain here, but the mist from the falls is enough to change the climate in this very small area). Lot of baboons, careful with them ! And a few stunning lookouts…. Still amazing memories, and a nice refreshment in this hot part of the country.

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Mt Binga (2440m), Chimanimani NP

  // Nikon D7200 |-19.7885 : 32.99436 | alt. 1333m We only had to drive 400kms today, but somehow, we still didn’t manage to cover that distance during the day. Eiji and Chizu visited the ruins in the morning, and we then left around noon. Instead of taking the fastest route, we took a detour on…

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Great Zimbabwe

  // Nikon D7200 |-20.27176 : 30.93058 | alt. 1104m After we left Bulawayo, we went east to reach Chimanimani national park, but this was a long stretch, and there was still plenty of stuff to see on the way, including the great city of Zimbabwe. You can camp below the city, with good discount,…

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First steps in Zimbabwe

  // Nikon D7200 | -20.21449 : 28.60068 | alt. 1433m A long day driving from Maun to Livingston, then 2 days here at a campground doing delicious bbq and getting the vehicles ready : all light bulbs in working condition, white reflective stickers in the front, red ones in the back, Zimbabwe is famous for…

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Okavango delta

  // Nikon D7200 | secret location ! | alt. 930m Border crossing from Namibia to Botswana was better than expected. Always easy on the Namibian side, always a mess on the Botswanian side….. but since we already have a 90days visa, they cannot prevent us from getting inside 🙂 Just after crossing the border,…

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Caprivi strip

  // Nikon D7200 After this magical encounter, we drove across the caprivi strip, but hey, this is Namibia after all……. not easy to bushcamp ! In fact, there is people everywhere and it’s simply impossible to find a place to sleep ! Our best option is the national parks, since this part is very…

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Caprivi strip

  // Nikon D7200 |-18.10887 : 21.67396 | alt. 1035m It’s now time to go back to Namibia ! First thing first, we need to refuel before the border since it’s way cheaper here in Botswana. Then the border crossing….. well, no big deal, everything went pretty smoothly, everyone was helpful and friendly, if only…

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Maun

  // Nikon D7200 |-18.78607 : 21.74048 |alt. 1017m Alright, this is it, time to leave the park ! After a long time planning our route, since I’ve got barely no brake, we took the shortest gravel road east to exit the park, and at the gate, we asked if we could drive along the fence…

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Central Kalahari

  // Nikon D7200 |-21.32411 : 23.86979 |alt. 953m Central Kalahari, here we are ! Very important note before going into this park/desert…. there is no water ! It is a very remote place, and you have to be completely self sufficient, this also means you have to be able to fix your car if…

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Bush camping

  // Nikon D7200 | -19.74897 : 26.07107 | alt. 961m Just a few hundreds kilometers to drive today, but it gets really hot during the day, 38c with 20% humidity, which goes to 8c with 80% humidity at night. Our next stop is Elephant sands, a campground north of Nata, with a man made…

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