Zimbabwe -

Route & Camping

Day 261 - Tuesday 27th October 2009 CONTINUED

South Africa to Zimbabwe

Trip miles = 20252 miles (32403 kms)    Daily miles = 84 miles (134 kms)

Daily Route – Tshipise to Messina and up to Beitbridge border crossing, into Zimbabwe and the Bubye River.

Camping – Lion and Elephant Lodge Motel camp, Bubye Bridge. An area set aside for camping that was adequate. Reasonable ablutions but cold showers again. Very nice restaurant with a very reasonable selection, all things considered, at reasonable prices. No electricity.

Cost – US$2.50 per person per night.

Coordinates - S21 42.343 E30 29.995

Altitude = 496 metres

 

Day 262 - Wednesday 28th October 2009

Trip miles = 20465 miles (32744 kms)    Daily miles = 213 miles (341 kms)

Daily Route – Bubye River to Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Masvingo and across on the A9 to the Mashandike Sanctuary Dam.

Camping – Mashandike Sanctuary Dam. A quiet site, just us, next to a dam. Reasonable ablution block.  No electricity.

Cost – US$5 per person per night.

Coordinates - S20 08.146 E30 37.115

Altitude = 932 metres

Park fees – Great Zimbabwe Ruins – US$15 per person entrance and US$3 per person for a guide.

Mashandike Sanctuary – US$1 per person per day and US$2 per vehicle.

 

Day 263 - Thursday 29th October 2009

Trip miles = 20745 miles (33192 kms)    Daily miles = 280 miles (448 kms)

Daily Route – Mashandike Sanctuary Dam to Masvingo, up the A4 to Harare and on to Chinhoyi.

Camping – Chinhoyi Caves Sanctuary Campsite, Chinhoyi. A large but empty campsite with a fair ablution block. Electricity.

Cost – US$7.50 per person per night.

Coordinates - S17 21.446 E35 07.860

Altitude = 1246 metres

Park fees – Chinhoyi Caves – US$7.50 per person per day.

 

Day 264 - Friday 30th October 2009

Trip miles = 20920 miles (33472 kms)    Daily miles = 175 miles (280 kms)

Daily Route – Chinhoyi up the A1 to Mana Pools National Park.

Camping – Nyamepi Camp, Mana Pools National Park Campsite. A lovely spot on the banks of the Zambezi with wild animals wandering through camp. Large site and not busy. Reasonable ablution block with hot showers when they remembered to stoke up the donkey fire. No electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S15 43.183 E29 22.056

Altitude = 345 metres

Park Entrance permit – free (obtain from Headquarters at top of escarpment)

Park fee, US$15 per person one off payment + US$3 per vehicle one off payment.

 

Day 265 - Saturday 31st October 2009

Trip miles = 20948 miles (33517 kms)    Daily miles = 28 miles (45 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Mana Pools National Park.

Camping – as previous night.

 

Day 266 - Sunday 1st November 2009

Trip miles = 20982 miles (33571 kms)    Daily miles = 34 miles (54 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Mana Pools National Park.

Camping – as previous night.

 

Day 267 - Monday 2nd November 2009

Trip miles = 21206 miles (33930 kms)    Daily miles = 224 miles (358 kms)

Daily Route – Mana Pools National Park down to Karoi and across to Matusadona National Park.

Camping – Wild camping at the Chifudze Rangers Camp. No facilities but ideal for late arrival at Park.

Cost – free

Coordinates - S17 12.195 E28 29.245

Altitude = 658 metres

 

Day 268 - Tuesday 3rd November 2009

Trip miles = 21284 miles (34054 kms)    Daily miles = 78 miles (125 kms)

Daily Route – Into Matusadona National Park.

Camping – Teshinga Camp, Matusadona National Park. A lovely isolated spot, a little run down, but did have one good ablution block. No electricity. Marred only by the cost.

Cost – US$19 per person per night.

Coordinates - S16 48.813 E28 26.768

Altitude = 490 metres

Park fees – US$15 per person per day + US$5 per vehicle per day.

 

Day 269 - Wednesday 4th November 2009

Trip miles = 21435 miles (34296 kms)    Daily miles = 151 miles (242 kms)

Daily Route – Matusadona National Park to Binga.

Camping – Kuhzwe Lodge, Binga. A nice site primarily serving the houseboat clients. Good ablution block. Braai area near swimming pool. Electricity. Expensive.

Cost – US$16 per person per night.

Coordinates - S17 35.324 E27 21.543

Altitude = 497 metres

 

Day 270 - Thursday 5th November 2009

Trip miles = 21619 miles (34590 kms)    Daily miles = 184 miles (294 kms)

Daily Route – Binga to Hwange National Park.

Camping – Main Camp, Hwange National Park. A reasonable site alongside the Main Gate into the huge park. Reasonable ablution block. No electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S18 43.972 E26 57.118

Altitude = 1083 metres

Park fees – one-off entrance fee of US$20 per person + US$5 per vehicle.

 

Day 271 - Friday 6th November 2009

Trip miles = 21675 miles (34680 kms)    Daily miles = 56 miles (90 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Hwange National Park.

Camping – Ngwasha Picnic Camp, Hwange National Park. A lovely site near a waterhole. Should have been an individual site with a nearby worker to look after the ablutions and hot water. No electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S19 01.542 E27 06.390

Altitude = 1025 metres

 

Day 272 - Saturday 7th November 2009

Trip miles = 21778 miles (34845 kms)    Daily miles = 103 miles (165 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Hwange National Park.

Camping – Masuma Dam Picnic Campsite, Hwange National Park. A lovely site overlooking a waterhole with large shelter. Should be an individual site with a nearby worker to look after the ablutions and hot water. No electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S18 43.839 E26 16.856

Altitude = 979 metres

 

Day 273 - Sunday 8th November 2009

Trip miles = 21819 miles (34910 kms)    Daily miles = 41 miles (66 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Hwange National Park.

Camping – as previous night.

 

Day 274 - Monday 9th November 2009

Trip miles = 21861 miles (34978 kms)    Daily miles = 42 miles (67 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Hwange National Park.

Camping – Robins Camp, Hwange National Park. A much bigger site with more park buildings but still devoid of tourists. Good ablution blocks. No electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S18 37.813 E25 59.317

Altitude = 955 metres

 

Day 275 - Tuesday 10th November 2009

Trip miles = 22152 miles (35443 kms)    Daily miles = 291 miles (466 kms)

Daily Route – Hwange National Park to Hwange town and down the A8 to Bulawayo.

Camping – Bulawayo Municipal Campsite, Bulawayo. A good site in the middle of the City but secure. Good ablutions. Electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S20 09.487 E28 35.612

Altitude = 1350 metres

 

Day 276 - Wednesday 11th November 2009

Trip miles = 22208 miles (35533 kms)    Daily miles = 56 miles (90 kms)

Daily Route – Bulawayo to Matopos National Park.

Camping – Mezilume Dam Campsite, Matopos National Park. A lovely isolated spot next to a small dam. There was an ablution block but not in use as there was no water. No other facilities and no electricity.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S20 32.575 E28 27.654

Altitude = 1263 metres

Park fees – one-off payment, valid for seven days, of US$15 per person + US$5 per vehicle.

 

Day 277 - Thursday 12th November 2009

Trip miles = 22263 miles (35621 kms)    Daily miles = 55 miles (88 kms)

Daily Route – In and around Matopos National Park and Whovi Game Reserve

Camping – Maleme Dam Campsite, Matopos National Park. Not as isolated as last night, being relatively close to the park Headquarters and the main track, but still a nice site next to a dam. There was an ablution block but no hot water. No electricity available.

Cost – US$10 per person per night.

Coordinates - S20 32.488 E28 30.087

Altitude = 1242 metres

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 278 - Friday 13th November 2009

Zimbabwe to Botswana

Trip miles to border = 22336 miles (35738 kms)    Daily miles to border = 73 miles (117 kms)

Daily Route – Matopos National Park to Plumtree Border Crossing.