Frankly, this vacation paradise was convicted and unused for the past five years. I was there in September 2004, and it was quiet, which was great for us, but not for the local economy and the Zimbabwean economy. Can you imagine that in the heart of the African desert is nothing but a huge water space, mountains and knew on the banks of a really natural wild animals? For me Lake Kariba – House "home boat". Ever since I was a teenager, I've heard about these homemade boats. Floating holiday on the vast expanse of water. What I did not know, was the size of these floating hotels, and how large Lake Kariba really. In the vast majority of our call all ports that can be seen on the horizon – it is water.
Landing at the airport in Harare is similar to the arrival at any airport in the Third World. In our time, not too much, than much less. A trip to the Caribbean in the column was pretty exciting because knowledge turmoil in the country and do not know what to expect, but we had some local people with us and they assured us that it will be good. What changes have occurred in Zimbabwe in seven years before it took its degradation. Most of the stations are closed, fenced and closed – waiting for fuel. Driving through the countryside, abandoned farms, barns with only shells, wood and roof fingered, creating makeshift homes (houses). Once prosperous country agriculture is now reduced to a nation that produces subsidence. A trip to the Caribbean takes about 5 hours. Three hours plus to Harare you enter the national park. Wow – no fences and a lot of games.
Turning off the main road, otherwise you will find yourself in Zambia, really strange. Do not move too fast, because you are in fact among the wild. We saw slanasts elephant, giraffe and a lot of dollars. It is also a picturesque landscape, down the hills and mountain passes, flat landscapes with the famous African kustarodam and still knowing that you will enjoy the next ten days to complete maintenance on the boat cruise – a paradise. Passage through the last mountain pass and see the vast expanse of Lake Kariba beautiful. I could not believe that it is so widespread that the city and around the Caribbean and to the wall – the mountains that overlook the water. breathtaking scenery.
I expected that the home will be a small boat, the old and outdated. Which is a surprise when I saw him, and four of the crew, who were waiting for welcoming drinks. It's hot, very hot. The boat has one floor at water level and one upstairs. Below – four cabins, kitchen (galley) and a pantry. Upstairs is a huge entertainment area beyond the dining room, all under a canopy with open ends, a bridge over which the captain steers the boat, and in front of the outdoor pool. Two gentle boat towed behind this massive house on the water that runs on a huge diesel engine.
After all the luggage, food and drinks were loaded, the captain left the mini-harbor. I have often heard of Lake Kariba and a large expanse of water, was now sitting in the pool in front of the home boat, cooling down with ice-cold beer, I could not believe the size of the lake. We got out of the harbor into the open the mirror, and it was huge. African landscape on the side of Zimbabwe & # 39 is the perfect image when the mountains descend sharply to the lake around the city of the Caribbean and to the wall. To the south of the city of the Caribbean mountains are removed from the lake and gradually descend towards the African bush, which eventually coast. An hour later, still in the pool, relaxing with an ice beer is not too far away, we are warned to wear sunscreen from cruel and harsh African sun. We hear the cries of excitement and there on the coastline heard a huge elephant. The coastline on the side of Zimbabwe is about a mile from us. To see them up close, you need a pair of binoculars. Coastline Zambia goes beyond the horizon of the water. This gives you an idea of how wide the lake really is. We're going back in the shadow of the entertainment area and relax in the many lounge chairs, sheltered from the sun is now a huge tent. This is probably one of the most tranquil of holidays that I have ever had. Perfect for the southern siesta. We move to our first port call. Ring ports – a remote stop on a cruise or on small islands or on the mainland in the reserve. There are no towns and villages, and the only wild animals that greet you, then there is no civilization, do not take your mobile phone.
Late in the afternoon, and after 4 hours on a cruise, we hear the engines slow and we realize that we have reached the destination. Captain gradually leads the boat almost to the shoreline, and the crew of the boat ties long mooring ropes. We're actually parked on the beach. The captain turns off the engine, and there is silence as you have never experienced. Then you start to hear nature. Kara hippos and we all look, sure enough, that the family & # 39; and hippos. I counted six. Two tender boats loaded refreshments, fishing gear and snacks. We choose a boat and go. This is the main trip. Small coves along the coastline are many, but the captains of the tender boats, one – the captain of the boat home, and the second – the chief butler know these areas as the back of their hands, guide us to the best places for fishing.
As you can imagine, fishing is good (mainly bream), because you are in the depths, where there are so many people. We support the dinner and snacks. I was a little skeptical about the use of bream, I prefer marine fish and had never eaten fresh bream. Now the sun begins to come on the horizon over water. We are told that we have to go back. There is not nothing like a cruise late in the day on the water with a relaxing gin and tonic and a beautiful African sunset. On the home boat we head to the showers. Preparation on the upper deck, we are met before the meal and the coming darkness, we chatted about the day's events. Suddenly the dark, and the crew call us for dinner. Man, they can prepare. By eight o'clock all were killed and retreated to bed. Most of us slept on mattresses on the deck outdoors. Senior people slept in the cabins below.
At about four-thirty in the morning you are woken up by the downward movement and the rich aroma of coffee. You have twenty minutes to wash, apply a generous amount of sunscreen cream, coffee and rusks before the next fishing adventure now on fragile boats. Now the sun rises over the mountains, you feel the warmth and know that you will vylyud the rest of the day. Between ten and eleven in the morning we come back with their catch, and we want to eat. We were met by a superb breakfast. While we were enjoying our dinner, the captain starts the engine, and the rest of the crew unties the boat docks. He veers off the bay and heads back to the wide expanse of Lake Kariba. We are in the next port of call. We finish dinner, and some of us quickly akunyayutstsa in the pool and relax with the gentle movement of domestic boats that kruizue on the lake. The rest of the day cruise is located between the siesta, considering the wild animals on the beach and playing card and board games.
We arrive in the next port of call with very different landscapes. More, but we meet with the family & # 39; her elephants. Now elephants – my favorite animals. Close and in the wild is one of the highlights of my vacation. Hippos there, too, along with a lot of bucks. The practice is the same with the previous day with tender boats and fishing. It's not boring, as there is always something to see. The wide variety of birds to elephants from & # 39 is out of the bush, and everywhere the amazing hippos near water. Too many crocodiles, hippos but care must be taken, as they will charge your boat, if you are too close to them. If they do, you will certainly be a dish for crocodiles. After another very successful paslyaavdnovay fishing we have another cruise that returned to the house.
The rest of the trip is about the same as on the first day, but, as I said, it's always interesting and never boring. So much wild life, fresh air and the days fly by. Looking at the Evening Star incredible when shooting stars and satellites move across the sky. With so many hundreds of miles between you and the nearest city, you can imagine the number of stars that you can see. We did not see lions, but heard them roar one or two nights. One day after the roar we saw fluttering vultures. The locals and the crew said they are waiting for the lions graduate "kill" so that they can move on. They must have been five hundred meters from us.
Unfortunately, the time has come to return to the city of the Caribbean. Some said that they had spent their vacation and now must return to everyday life. I could hold out longer. I usually recommend this amazing vacation on a boat on Lake Kariba to anyone, however, given the state of Zimbabwe at the moment, unfortunately, no. Who knows, soon things can change for the better, and it's really become a very popular destination?