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newsletter – November 2013
November 23, 2013
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Welcome to our
November edition, which we have dubbed the bonus edition. We hope
that this edition will keep you informed and hopefully convince
you to choose the Zambezi Basin this festive season. We sincerely
trust and hope that this newsletter is keeping you informed about
everything that is happening down here.
A lot is always
happening here on the Zambezi Valley. Every time I hear the word
friendly in the context of sports I'm bound to think of soccer matches,
but National Anglers Union in Charara will be hosting a Zone 6 All
Species International Friendly Fishing Tournament during the first
week of December. The teams will be coming from Zimbabwe, South
Africa and Namibia. We wish the visiting teams an enjoyable stay
in Zimbabwe and to everyone else, tight lines!
Every year in
Kariba courtesy of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, we
hold the International Civil Aviation Day celebrations. The celebrations
are held at our Kariba Airport. Our host the Airport Manager Mr.
S. Maramwidze, will be ready to receive us again on the 6th of December.
apologies for skipping this important piece of information. Kariba
Municipality has got a new Town Clerk, who filled in the shoes left
by Mr. Makunde who is nowin Chitungwiza. The new boss is Mr. Tembo,
we wish him well in his office and we hope that every-one will give
him all the support. We also welcome the new Councillors elected
harmonised elections. On the same note our esteemed Council
will be holding their Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund, this December.
If you happen to stay or be in Kariba please support this worthy
cause for our orphaned and vulnerable children. They will be holding
Fund Raising Dinner, soccer matches and more.
We also understand
that the Tony Waite Foundation will be holding a Christmas Party
for 60 orphans on the 3rd of December. The kids are rotated as the
organisation cannot afford to hold a party for all of them. With
your help and support maybe you can make a difference, imagine an
orphan waiting for a year or years before its their turn to attend
a party, their lives are already disadvantaged.
we announced the arrival of Umbozha, we are happy when new investments
are made into our area. This month we are pleased to announce that
one of our most renowned Safari Camps, Musango has had a facelift.
There is now more space in the chalets, to make your stay more comfortable.
This is coming from a facility that was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate
of Excellence and Steve Edwards has been named among the top 10
Safari Guides in Africa. Steve has also helped in the building of
a clinic and a school in his area.
While we are
still in the area, another equally good facility run by Jenny Nobes
is Rhino Safari Camp. They captured the picture above of lions feasting
on a crocodile. We always thought that crocodiles were at the top
of the food chain with virtually few predators. The list just got
bigger lions are on the list, according to Jenny, the lions eat
the crocs during their breeding season. Rhino and Umbozha are doing
a special this month, please see the poster on page 2.
To those that
are going to be with us this festive season. We would like to give
you a few pointers on itinerary options. First if you haven't secured
accommodation, you might need to make a plan now. Please ensure
that you deal with licensed operators who have valid and current
ZTA licenses. There is still availability in selected lodges, you
might want to try a Kariba, Chirundu and Mana Pools combo. You book
and put up at Makuti Travel Lodge. First day you drive into Kariba
enjoy a visit to the dam wall, visit the mini museum, drive to the
Heights, to the crocodile farm, and enjoy our signature sunset cruise.
Second day you drive into Chirundu, you have options of fishing
at Tiger Safaris, Jecha Point Lodge or Chirundu Safari Lodge, if
you are not a fishing fanatic, you can then try a cruise on a river
I promise you its different from the lake. You can also visit Nyamuomba
for a full day of game viewing, fishing, birding and speedboat cruising
on the river. For the third day you set off early in the morning
for Mana Pools. I have just discovered that day trips into Mana
cut off the whole hassle of accommodation, food and everything.
All you need is packed lunch and a good dose of drinks and not forgetting
beer. In Mana Pools you have options of game drives, game walks,
lion tracking, fishing and lots more. Staying at Makuti or Chirundu
cuts of the hassles of getting everything ready for a safari into
Mana. But for the daring ones, a Mana safari is among one of the
In Kariba besides
the activities listed above, you have options of water activities,
speed boat flips or rides, island visits, or the ever popular 4
in 1 safari combo. In one day you can have it all, you begin with
a game drive, then you have a game walk, then you canoe on the lake
and end with a cruise. If you haven't had enough we recommend a
bush dinner at Kuburi Wilderness Camp overlooking Antelope Island.
You are welcome to try our varied accommodation facilities from
Spurwing Island overlooking the Sanyati Gorge where we last saw
the Nyami Nyami, or the newly opened Changa or you might want to
get hooked on Gache and team up with Ray and Pat Townsend the fishing
fanatics. Further down the lake we have Rhino Safari Camp, Musango,
Bumi Hills and Tiger Bay Resort.
safely, drink responsibly, remember that animals have the right
of way, do not hoot, do not flash lights, and be patient. Thank
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