Posted by: Larzizou | December 31, 2007

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Our first halt in Zimbabwe is a three-day cruise on the beautiful man-made Lake Kariba.

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Leaving the truck is refreshing as the heat is starting to be unbearable.

Before reaching the lake, we park in a small town for lunch. But we don’t get lunch: the shelves of the stores are empty. Food can be found nowhere. It only makes sense that most of the stores are closed and/or vast empty spaces. I did not realize the food embargo had such profound implications. Starvation and Africa are now visually associated in my mind.

Long lines of people form before banks’ cash-machines. Everything feels like a Hollywood movie in which a disaster is about to happen or has just happened. It is pretty unsettling. Even more considering roads are in good conditions with electric street lamps bordering them and streets are paved, which clearly contrasts with the poorer countries we’ve been to just before (which, on the contrary, had well stocked stores). My raw impression is that the country must have been (relatively) really rich in a not-so-distant past and is now subject to arduous times.

We sleep in the lower level of the boat…

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…and undergo a hard knock life upstairs.

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Mum, this one is for you.

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All day long, we cruise. And we see this.

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This.

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This.

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This.

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Or this.

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I was really thrilled by these half-emerged trees.

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Twice a day, we take smaller motor boats…

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…to get closer to the nature…

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…the dangerous nature…

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…risking our lives ! This one really got me scared. We were no further than five meters away from him in the small and fragile boat pictured above.

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Hiding and both naked in the middle of nowhere, we had hard time figuring out what these guys were up to.

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In Africa, can you NOT take pictures of elephants?

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Dancing elephant on acids. He had been moving his left front leg backward and forward for five minutes but we only captured 10 seconds.

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Another classic: the night falling.

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And my two favorites. I really recommend that you click on them.

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Apocalyptic night (props to John C.).

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When it’s dark, the disguised party for which we shopped in Malawi.

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It allowed some of us to fulfill personal fantasies, such as crossdressing.

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As long as it’s done with taste, Mr(s). Morris…

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…Nic…

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…and J.T. Is Rhiannon striking Zoolander’s Blue Steel pose ?

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Out of 17, I was the fifth to pick my cloths in the pile, so I was relatively lucky.

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To this day, I still have no clue what Hungritch was disguised in.

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That is much easier for Scott and Laura. Street Fighter II characters for sure.

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This picture needs a legend. Harry’s hat is quite “special”. Indeed, it is not a hat at all. It is kids underwear (that had most likely already been worn since we bought everything second-hand), with two holes on the top for the legs. The guy invented Style.

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