Zimbabwe: Tourist as the disappearing view of the local fauna -, Zimbabwe – Tourist Blog

An elephant is so close that I can’t catch it entirely into the lens of my camcorder. You have to be content with chewing skin, legs of a hefty diameter, and the trunk, taking, it seems, all the water. It is Zimbabwe, where everything is in full size and under your nose so that the spirit captures from the most powerful. So, I "chose" an elephant, I do not assume the eye, I look, what will do next, and even fifty the same individuals.

Settled on the clearing in Masuma Dam, that on the territory of the most famous national reserve Hwange, in the north-western part of Zimbabwe. Hwange is great, sorry that has a slightly launched view. However, in Zimbabwe everywhere. Country beggar, but Hwange still hit tourists. The unique part of the planet, where you can rip away the pleasure, inaccessible anywhere else in all South Africa. Take at least a glade on which we staged our picnic under the nose at the surrounding fauna. We spent the night here in a stone bungalow under the straw roof, on all about all one local in the form of servants, put us a kettle, and I was engaged in cleaning.

With the dawn and sunset, the water of the elephants come here, the distance between them and we are so small that we are literally soaked in the heavy aroma of moisture, which is covered by their body. Behind the mile is heard from the roar, departing from the depths of the flesh: so the elephants communicate with each other. If in a nutshell, incredible, amazing. Among us is a woman who is here for the first time. She begins to cry out. Clear: I started, so it really turns out.

All last years in Zimbabwe only hears that crying. All wet in tears. In 1980, the country achieved the Board of Most. It was with Robert Mugaba, whom the people, and all the other world, appointed the heroic leader in national liberation. The beginning of his rule (1981-1983) was marked by the brutal persecution of dissidents. But local residents thought little about it, enjoying the period of relative clutch, who lasted until the beginning of the 90s. For many years, the country was considered one of the best safari areas of the tourist market. But then it happened that I finally destroyed the Zimbabvian economy, led to the horror of tourists and deprived the country of almost all tourist companies and objects. And all this was connected with the government program of "delaping" farmers and confiscation of their property.

Contrary to, and also **************** Own dictatorship, Mugaba over the past fifteen years "raised" a powerful political opposition, which formed "Movement for Democratic Changes" (MDC), which won a crushing victory in the 2009 elections. Despite frank reluctance, under pressure from Mugaba was forced to form a kind of coalition government of national unity in the Union with MDC. But the reality is such that the Mugaba himself and the Zanu-PF party controlled by him still hold the power levers in their hands. The visibility of the well-being, which demonstrates the Economy of Zimbabwe at this stage, has become possible after the new government has canceled the country’s walking in the country whoever standing Zimbabvian dollar, replacing it with "green" American billing. But, unlike national currency, the question of the safety of tourists who want to visit Zimbabwe has not been going anywhere.

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Sixteen-year observations suggest that we are dealing with one of the most calm, if not the most calm, tourist destination on the African continent, bearing in mind and personal security and crime rate. But if you can answer this question, then tell those who still doubt whether it is worth going here. I remember when I arrived at the Hwange reserve, familiar forester met me, in the literal sense of the word, with open arms, which he accompanied the greeting "with the return home". And this despite the fact that I was not born here, I did not live, but I have not seen a year ago with him. Zimbabwe was so hungry on tourists (and their money, of course), that, here go out of themselves, even disturbing the canons of ancestors to give you feel in the second homeland. Once upon all completely on self-service chalet in the territory of the three state standings Hwange today is idle without tourists. But there was a time when there was no place to fall from travelers here. The water supply line, of course, was cripped, and the straw on the roofs was noticeably kept, and somewhere and rotted, but the floors are still grazing to the mirror splash, and the sheets are cleaned perfectly and starch. Employees support the reserve in viable state by all means, and, while he works at idle, do not lose hope of tourists again. Come on to rent a car and go to Hwange, keep in mind that go to complete self-sufficiency. Once here on each parking lot there were restaurants, and maintenance stations, and shops, where the essential goods were always, but a year ago they all closed together.

Thieves-pockets turned into a serious problem for state reserves and private hunting grounds, but she does not interfere in shooting birds. The same with elephants. Hwange (perhaps in a bunch with a border located on the other side with Botswana Park Chobe) is still considered the most interesting place in Africa for those who want to get acquainted with the elephants. For four days of stay here, we saw Lviv (and one, small one-eyed female, stared at us so that we were injured cold sweat), huge bison livestocks, the rarest kinds of horsepower, including black horsepower, as well as zebra and giraffe. It is sad to admit that the shortage of tourists falls on the hand of those who come here: the impression is that you are alone with Hwange, and he is only yours and any more. But no matter how nice to make safari tours and not to see a mile around myself not a single wheelbarrow, most importantly, still to have a Hwange again filled tourists. We must hope. Most of the parking lots in connection with the sucked closed. But some private owners managed to withstand and survive economic and political cataclysms. We are in the "Hide" parking lot. This family-friendly in a row, which began in 1992, is located where there are stunning views of the local nature. Wonderful parking with a superbly equipped tent town near the conveniently located Artesian Well. In the morning and in the evening, guests will be offended. The route passes through the part of the reserve, which is famous for the steppe game and the ability to observe such representatives of wild fauna, like rhino and hyena. In the Safari-free time, you can relax by the pool or watch animals, setting around on a high platform or from the originally arranged underground hopper shelter.

Just a hundred kilometers from the northern borders of Hwange is a mysterious Waterfall Victoria. If Falls (so local residents call the town, who received their name from the waterfall), and managed to withstand the long period of troubles and deprivation, then almost all the tourist business moved to the other side of the River Zambezi to Livingstone, where Zambia owns his share of powerful waters. Shame, because it is better to look at Zimbabwe, there are richer and brighter. Sellers and artisans on the Zimbabvian side about something constantly argue, but cute are worried, only to the. So here. One enterprising young man is persistently trying to "push" me from turnover of bills in 100 trillion Zimbabvian dollars in exchange. And so that I gave him for this "rarity" the era of stagnation five new bucks. I am talking to him that when these bills were injected into the turnover, I was just in Zimbabwe and I know perfectly well that the real value of such a paper did not exceed 2.50 US dollars. He laughs in response. "And you like?"He asks me in response, forgetting about the failed deal. "Yes," I answer. "Beautiful country," he continues. This is true. Shabby, though a little bit, and abandoned, but beautiful, he is right.

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