Mar 22, 2017—We stayed two nights in Vic Falls then headed over 400 km (250 mi) south to Bulawayo to stay with Tom and Heather, who are old friends with our friend, Neil in Sagle, ID. Tom and Neil had fished together in Zimbabwe many years ago, then Heather and Tom had been invited to spend some time in the US with Neil. It was nice to make the connection and we very much appreciated having a house and real bed with laundry for a few days, along with, of course, their friendly company.
With Heather and Tom, we were invited to Wine Night Wednesdays with their very entertaining friends, a dinner at home with their kids, who have a great sense of humour and a day out in a beautiful park with giant rocks we could hike up and hear the baboons going at it with each other.
The best part of this day was seeing the very rare white rhino, protected to the point where park wardens are forced to cut off the rhino’s horn in order to save it from being killed through poaching. In fact, if you see a rhino, the rule is don’t tell anyone the location, not even a warden, in order to keep its presence strictly secretive.
The days we get to spend with people living in places we’ve dreamed of travelling are important to us. We love to learn about their lives, even though it’s not all rainbows and roses. Years ago, Tom heard someone break into their house in Bulawayo. He told Heather to stay in the bedroom while he grabbed his .38 Special and hide behind some curtains. When he saw the intruder, he shot him. Tom missed but for some reason, they’ve never had another break-in attempt since 😉
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