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New prices and discount for Accomodation in Zim Parks

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02 Oct 2016 @ 10:03:42 am
mulderpm
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I have just had confirmation of my bookings for next year September in Hwange & Mana Pools. Please be aware that there are new prices and they are available for download from the official Zim Parks web site. What is not communicated and was not implemented on my initial booking pro forma, is that SADC residents get a 30% discount and if you stay for longer than 7 consecutive nights in any park you get a 40% discount on your total bill.

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Paul
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02 Oct 2016 @ 11:14:06 am
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Paul,
When in Mana Pools, try to get at least on night at Chitaki Springs. It is in the southern part of the Park, so make it either the first or last night. It is an experience that you wil never forget... The lions there are very forocious and vocal, so go inside your tent at last light, otherwise you could very well be on the menu.
Ngweshla at Hwange is probably one of the best picnic sites where you are also just about guaranteed to see the resident lion family which live around the small loop around the waterhole.
I would also skip the Robbins Camp (west) side of the Park, as there are hunting concessions there and the animals are very skittish.
The shortcut from Hwange to Kariba over the Powerlines Road, is the route we used if you are not taking your road caravan.
Matusadona on the left (west) and the other Park to the east are more scenic, but very rough drives and animals here are very scarce as well.
Matusadona takes about five hours to do 70 kms without towing, so be warned if these are on your route. We had to bush camp just outside Matusadona, so that we could get to the camp in time before dark. The camp is very nice on the banks of the Kariba, but the drive there is not worth the effort.
Enjoy.
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02 Oct 2016 @ 11:46:34 am
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Thanks campervan. We are not towing anything. Just a roof rack with the fuel and other goodies on it.

We went to Hwange in 2014. It was great. Robins Camp was just an overnight stop over on the last night. We also stayed over at Guvalala platform, Jambili and Ngweshla. The east is definitly more attractive.

We have booked in at the public camps in both parks but things may change when we get there. We have two nights at Chitake Springs.

I am interested in the shortcut via the power lines? We are planning to start in Hwange, 5 nights, then one night each at Masuma, Chizarira National Park, Matusadona National Park and then on to Kariba for a houseboat cruize, one or two nights. Then Mana Pools, Nyamepi (5 nights) and Chitake Springs 2 nights.

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02 Oct 2016 @ 21:32:05 pm
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Interesting that people are still going to Zim. I have heard horror stories about road blocks and bribes in Zim. Personally , as long as Bob is in charge, I won't spend a cent there. I used to go ski-boat fishing in Moz a lot, but that also became too much of a hassle. At least in RSA I know my rights. If I cross a border it will be into a civilized country. Botswana and Namibia yes.
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02 Oct 2016 @ 21:32:08 pm
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Interesting that people are still going to Zim. I have heard horror stories about road blocks and bribes in Zim. Personally , as long as Bob is in charge, I won't spend a cent there. I used to go ski-boat fishing in Moz a lot, but that also became too much of a hassle. At least in RSA I know my rights. If I cross a border it will be into a civilized country. Botswana and Namibia yes.
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03 Oct 2016 @ 08:21:56 am
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Will skip Moz for a while longer but do let us know how it was.
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03 Oct 2016 @ 22:21:19 pm
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Paul,
Trax4Africa will show you the power lines road. When you go out of Matusadona, there is apparently also a short cut missing a big section of the bad road that you will have to take when you go into this park.
When you are leaving the campsite, it is not the first one veering north. This is a game drive route. A bit further there is one veering north-east, which alledgedly takes you out the park.
Ask the wardens at the camp. I only recently heard about this from other travellers. Take me with you, I'll show you.
You carry on norhwards, past villages, over bridges and a huge Boabab next to the road then, around homesteads, you will see the powerlines running west. This route will take you over the escarpment straight to Kariba.
From the top of the escarpment, you will already see Kariba in the distance. It cuts off a big chunk off your journey, but there is no fuel on this route, so long range tanks are a necessity.
We did not do Chizarira, because of the cost factor, but birding and the indiginous forrests are apparently something to behold.
Just before you turn north and off the tar road, about 80 kliks after leaving Hwange, there is a town also going west (left), towards Kariba, where you can fil up for the last time, but it is about 20-30 kliks off the route, and not worth the effort.
Rather take 20-40 litres in plastic cans that you can ditch to locals along the way.
I would return, just fot the two nights at Chitakie Springs.
Do cuddle up after last light, as you will have a night to remember if the lions are hungry and need food. There you are just another food source to them, unlike any other place I have ever been to.
I also cannot find the name of the campsite we stayed at a few kliks south of the town of Kariba, but also magical at site 1 & 2, where the hippos graze the lawns around your vehicles and below the self catering places. These sites are just above the jetty/slipway, where you can launch boats. The locals from Kariba Town, come there with their boats, so have a night out at the restuarant and then go back in their boats. Suppose this way there are no drunken driving charges to contend with. The other campites are behind the self catering units.
Enjoy.
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04 Oct 2016 @ 10:38:01 am
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Hi again Paul,
I do not have a good map of zim, as there was nothing available when we went there.
When we left Hwange, there was expensive fuel at a lodge just north of Main Camp.
We elected to go to Cross Roads, but they had no fuel there, so we had to go west on the A8 for 51 kms to the town Hwange, where we filled up. We then returned to Cross Roads where we turned north.
What I did see on the map though is that the town I was speaking of which may have had fuel then was Mlibizi or Binga, which may have had fuel, but there was no cetaintity of this, so we carried on to where we turned off to Matusadona. From here to the Campsite at Teshinga is about 5 to 6 hours slow driving on a difficult road with rocks and washways. We travelled from Main Camp, so elected to Bushcamp outside the Park a little way off the track in the bush.
The gate then was at a post that was infested by tsetse fly, so have your papers ready for the ranger. I really felt sorry for him as these buggers have a terrible bite, much like a horsefly. This may have moved by now for the comfort of the Rangers.
From there it is still a long arduous road to Teshinga. Then there were plans to build a lodge a few killos before the campsite against the lake, but I do not know if this has materialised. Probably not because of the bad road, unless they fly in guests or ferry them in by boat.
Because of the arduous road out, we elected to only leave the campsite at midday to get out and to our bushcamp by late afternoon. From there we took the road out and north-east to probably Msampakaruma, where we followed the powerlines to Kariba.
Your route would probably go on to Zyipane, Chanetse and then on to Karoi, where you would probably get fuel.
Our logic was that this is almost the same distace as the Powerlines Road to Kariba, so the Powerlines road is about 160 kms shorter. The road was also much better than the road going into Matusadona, with lovely scenery down from the escarpment. This will also take off 86 kms of A1 driving from Karoi to Makuti, and unneccessary meeting with the local police, who spent their time on the main roads, so you miss them, by driving the tracks and secondary roads.
From Kariba, we took the winding road up the escarpment to Makuti, where there was fuel, then before going down again at Marangora on the A1, there was fuel, if I remember correctly.
You must beware of the big trucks on the A1 going down the escarpment. We saw two different accidents just on that stretch of road, where brakes failed and trucks rolled. Because of the twisting road the passing is very difficult, and two way radios were very helpful to guide each other down and around these trucks, as they use first geer all the way down.
Enjoy the trip.
Should you need any more assistance my email is,
edgew60 at gmail.com
but written the proper way with @ and no gaps.
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04 Oct 2016 @ 11:01:16 am
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Thanks Campervan. Map below of Matusadona.

Groete,
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04 Oct 2016 @ 13:08:13 pm
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If you have any co-ordinates it would be appreciated. Hwange to Mana route plan below:

Also, I have not booked at Chizarira nor at Matusadona. Can one do a walk in at these parks...i.e. can they accept money at the gate/reception?

 

Groete,
Paul
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04 Oct 2016 @ 20:28:05 pm
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Paul, I do not know if you can go without booking.
The route you have around Matusadona to Kariba is the Power Lines Road, which is the shortcut to Kariba, but,
From Teshinga camp is alledgedly another road that leads to somewhere along the power lines road, so that you do not have to go back all the way along the route you came into the Park on to get to the route north east again towards Kariba town or Karoi. This road is apparently much better and shorter than the one you come in on, but goes out north-east, instead of south-west, so if you also wanted to enter on this route, you would have to virtually go past the park on the main road and then turn back to get into the park from the northern side.
This information was obtained from the 4x4communityforum
Or the hiluxforum.
Three or four couples travelling together, maily with trailers or caravans. One may have had a RTT.
They also went in to Chizarira.
It is nice to be able to see the place and be able to say you were there, but for game viewing you will be dissappointed. The entry roadis about 70 kloiks and takes about 5-6 hours to cover. Nothing too difficult or technical, but driving over round rocks like in a river bed, slow and painful.
Chizarira was also more expensive if I remember correctly and they seem to be more for birders and nice indigenous trees.
Our best sighting in Matusadona was leopard tracks just south of the campsite. We did see some of the buck species and a few elephant droppings. There is also a small airport on the left before you get to Matusadona Teshinga Campsite if you have a small plane and a pilots licence.
I drive a S/C Hilux camper and made it without a sweat on 150 litres diesel in long range tanks. Would have also been no sweat to have gone into Chizarira.
Any other questions you need answered for your planning, feel free to ask.
The road into Mana Pools is also very corrugated.
At the main camp (nyamepi?) Or something similar, our campsite was directly across from the ablution block next to the river/dam. Probably also the best site there, but I cannot remember the number.
At Chitaki site 1 & 3 are in the river bed. Three is where the oak was chowed by the lions. We met his best buddy at mana pools along the river watching lions, which also come into the camp, with elephant, daggaboys, hyena, buck species, baboon and monkey. For game drives, just go along the river and around the few oxbow lakes below the river. You can go quite far up or down the river for a bit of exploring. Probably one of the better parks I have visited and chitake the most memorable. We were at campsite two, which is above the river in which the fontain flows. The lions lie in wait for the game to come and drink.
During the day it is quiet, but don't venture too far from your vehicle. We walked around nonchalantly and must have got quite close to the lions without even knowing about it. When the sun went down, everyone knew about the lions. Hope for your sake that you are there with a full moon. We were there with a dark moon, so our night was just the sounds on full volume without the picture.
Just go and enjoy.
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05 Oct 2016 @ 11:02:39 am
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Thanks Edge. I see some of the trip reports on the 4x4community refer to a shorter exit road to the north east. It is marked as the prefered route with signes and is not on T4A. I will ask Bessie Brand why not? 

This is what we did on Saturday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCl6Y7yI-E&feature=youtu.be

Groete,
Paul
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05 Oct 2016 @ 15:53:31 pm
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Pleasure Paul,
Your site did not open on the computer, so you could have made a small mistake.
What did you do ?
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05 Oct 2016 @ 17:22:30 pm
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Hi Edge. Unfortunately it is not a hot link, I don't know how to do that. Just copy the text below..ctrl+c and, in a new tab, paste it in the field top left...ctrl+v...then press enter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCl6Y7yI-E&feature=youtu.be

Groete,
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05 Oct 2016 @ 17:37:41 pm
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Nie camping nie maar dit is die laas Saterdag pilots almal bymekaar. Waneer ons cross country vlieg dan slaap ons onder die vlerk....in daai kleeeeein tentjie.

 

Groete,
Paul
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