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Travel Zimbabwe and South Africa – Safari!

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When we arrived in Victoria Falls you knew you were in another part of Africa.  The small villages that we drove through to get the Victoria Falls Hotel were both primitive and interesting.  Donkey’s and people were wandering down the sides of the road as we drove into town. 

The Victoria Falls Hotel was colonial in style with large rooms for gathering and a fantastic patio that looked onto Victoria Falls.  We unpacked quickly to get to the falls and tour around before dark.  The falls were magnificent and widespread.  We spent a few hours gazing at the massive cascading water.

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That night after a great dirty martini in the patio bar, we headed to the Safari Lodge’s “Buffalo Bar”.  My travel expert, Ryan Hilton, recommended we go there for a low key spot to have a drink or bite and possibly have our first large animal sighting.  So we popped in for a quick drink and low and behold we had a viewing of a massive amount of elephants down below going for their night’s drink at the waterhole.  It was awesome.  Our waiter, nquobil, who kindly gave me some binoculars to catch a better view was great at explaining the animals and their behavior.  Thank you!

After a long period of viewing we went upstairs to have dinner because we figured out that the restaurant upstairs had the same view.

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I had warthog (Pumba) and my husband had filet of beef.  My warthog was outstanding I must admit — tender with a light BBQ sauce.  My husband’s steak was tender but, the flower cut potatoes were impressive to me.  I highly recommend this spot.

The next day after a great breakfast at the Victoria Falls Hotel, we were picked up to drive to the Hwange National Park to meet our guide and start our safari.  We drove through many more villages all slightly different in construction.  I noticed the villages closer to the mining town were made out of brick instead of thatched construction.

When we arrived we met our guide Sibs, who our travel expert, Ryan, requested for us.  He was smart and funny and a true expert.

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We drove for over four hours through the bush looking at animals the entire way.  He would explain their behaviors and answer all of our questions, and there were many.

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When we arrived at Little Makalolo Camp that night we were excited to see our safari accomodations.
The rooms were under a canvas tent but, upscale with running sinks, showers and toilets.  The rooms were very impressive.  As for the food, we dined on some great meals.  I had the oppportunity to go into the kitchen and work with some of the chefs at the camp.  We made chocolate cake, rum raisin scones and two marinades for the meat.  It was great fun!

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Our first night we had puff pastry with sauteed creamy mushrooms and filet of beef with broccoli gratin.  It hit the spot after a long day on safari.

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After another full day on safari we saw some more amazing animals especially the giraffes.

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After a couple of safari days it was time to say goodbye to Sibs and the staff at Little Makalolo.  Thanks again we really had a great time!

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Now we were flying back to Johannesburg for our flight to Londolozi in South Africa for our final safari.

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We had some exceptional animal sightings in Londolozi thanks to our guide Daniel and tracker Like.  The Rhino and her baby were amazing followed by Lions mating and leopards dining on their kill after a hunt.

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We stayed at the Founders Camp at Londolozi and the accomodations were 5 star.  The food was fresh and inviting as well and I enjoyed meeting Anna the executive chef as well as Cibo, the head chef at Founders Camp.  The fruits and vegetables were amazing and I particularly enjoyed the salad with fresh feta cheese and Cibo’s sexy salad dressing.

Sexy Salad Dressing
1 whole bunch of herbs – cilantro, parsley, basil, arugula or any combination
3 Tbsp whole grain mustard
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
5 cloves garlic
2 tsp agave nectar, honey or sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender except olive oil.  In a slow drizzle while machine is running add olive oil.  Dressing will store for 1 week in the refrigerator.

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On our last night we had the privledge of dining in the wine cellar with a Swiss couple – Rudy and Christine who we shared game drives and several meals.  We hope to see you both in Los Angeles or Zurich very soon.  They prepared us a special meal of Lamb Chops, Chicken Legs, Couscous, Fresh Fruits and my favorite Salad.

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I can’t recommend Londolozi safari enough, it was exceptional.  Thanks to my travel expert Ryan Hilton at Admiral Travel in Sarasota, Florida.  He is a true expert on South Africa and Zimbabwe.

RYAN HILTON

SAFARI SPECIALIST & VIRGIN GALACTIC A.S.A.

AuthentEscapes

Los Angeles l Cairo l Sarasota

866.994.9814

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