Strange piles of granite boulders cover the Matobo hills, their dusty red hues contrasting the verdant richness of the grass. Rocks perch at precarious angles, casting the humbling spell of nature unchecked. Colonialist Cecil Rhodes named these hills “World’s View,” an insight into how it enchanted even those who spoiled the natural environment (Rhodes is also buried here). Upon arrival into Harare, you’ll be greeted by a representative and assisted with a transfer to a light aircraft, for a flight into this striking and surreal landscape. Check into a thatched chalet and enjoy the wildlife that walks past, notably zebra and buffalo in large numbers. There are no lions or elephants here, so you’re allowed to walk freely in the surroundings. Such opportunity really helps you connect with the wild.
After lunch, you take an introductory game drive, exploring the dense concentration of big game in the center of the park. This area buzzes with life, white rhinos marching unceremoniously, springbok and kudu skipping past elegantly. On multiple occasions, you climb down from the safari vehicle and share the same space as these mammals, quickly understanding their size from ground level. It almost feels like you are one of the original colonialists, taking a walk over a strange landscape of exotic wildlife. After the drive, it’s a relaxed evening at the lodge, sitting around a roaring fire, and admiring animals silhouetted along the horizon.
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