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Kensington

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  • Day112

    Masvingo to Harare

    January 5, 2020 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Today we left the Great Zimbabwe Hotel. Before leaving, we ask how much breakfast is, and were quoted USD26 per person. We politely declined, and picked up a steak pie from Baker’s Inn in Masvingo. Our vegetarian creds continue to decrease by the day.

    We managed to get some petrol at a normal petrol station which was a pleasant surprise. However, when we were filling up, a gigantic queue of cars started entering to the other pump. It seems that our USD allowed us to skip the big queue.

    The road from Masvingo to Harare is maybe the worst main road we have used. Giant potholes arrive out of nowhere, and always seem to crop up when a large bus is coming in the opposite lane, and we have no choice but to take the hit and pray for our tyres. At one point, the road ends, and a gravelly, dusty track takes over. However, this doesn’t stop people from using it as a two lane highway, which kicked up a huge dust cloud, and sent a rock directly at our windscreen, creating a little chip- we fear for our security deposit.

    We arrived at Small World Lodge around 2pm, and enquire about camping. We can camp next to the car park, the swimming pool, or next to the tables where people are sitting and chatting. We opt for the car park.

    Played some beer pong (with bottlecaps) with some overlanders who have done a similar route to us (from Nairobi), and we compare travel stories. We met the most charming Irishman, who had been travelling overland with the group since the start (and told us about this app!) and the most smiley British gent who had just joined the group that day.

    Above the bar is a Sam Smith’s mirror advertising OBB, but unfortunately, all they have is Golden Pilsener.
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  • Day113

    Harare

    January 6, 2020 in Zimbabwe ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today, we got up when the heat in the tent became in too hot (an ongoing theme of African camping). Breakfast options at the hostel were either an english breakfast without eggs, or yoghurt and raisins for $7... Instead we opted for Pariah State at the Avondale.

    Went to the Avondale flea market to pick up a football shirt- Harare Dynamos (“The Glamour Boys”)- and a strong contender for the worst shirt ever (bright blue with hamburgers).

    On the way back, we see the headlines from the local newspapers outside a petrol station. The H-Metro runs a story about someone drowning, mermaids suspected.

    Having to wing it in regards to the fuel situation yet again. The hostel staff will try to sort it out for $1.30 per litre, not sure where the source is.
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  • Day55

    Harare - Bienvenue au Zimbabwe

    October 8, 2018 in Zimbabwe

    Ca y est, on est passé d'une capitale à l'autre en deux temps trois mouvements :) enfin presque! Comme d'hab, on a passé un temps fou à la frontière avec un peu de corruption en prime (on s'est pas laissé faire, hein!).

    Autre pays: le Zimbabwe. Autre contexte: crise économique. Pourtant, jusqu'à maintenant, une population hyper chaleureuse!! On est très content de notre décision d'avoir voulu pousser jusqu'ici!

    Harare: on ne prend malheureusement pas le temps de bien découvrir cette ville mais les rues qu'on parcourt sont assez ordonnées, les arbres sont en fleurs, c'est magnifique, les marchés abondent, les gens sont tranquilles, on marche même de nuit sans aucun problème. Bref, on se sent bien!

    Et je ne sais pas si c'est une chance mais on voit même la voiture du président passer devant nous entourée de dizaines de militaires armés jusqu'aux dents. Ça nous impressionne!!
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