The next leg of our trip would take us up to the far north of the country. We drove up, stopping in Chinoyi to visit the Chinoyi Caves and going on to Mana Pools, an amazing wildlife reserve that sits on the banks of the Zambesi River and is absolutely packed with wildlife, as well as some of the most beatutiful scenery Zimbabwe has to offer. From there we were going to meet my family in Kariba for a few days on a houseboat.
So after piling all of our things into my dad’s 4×4 we set off, our first stop Chinoyi, about an hour out of Harare. The Chinoyi Caves is a big limestone sinkhole, at the bottom of which is a deep pool of the most beautiful, clear and strikingly blue water. The bottom of it winds down through limestone caves to a depth of over 300ft, 300ft being the deepest any diver has so far dared to go. Ajoining this big cave is a smaller set of caves through which one can climb. Aussie Health and Safety would not be very happy about the state of the place, and the fact that tourists are allowed to explore, without helmets! It is nonetheless fun to explore and the views looking down from above the pool are amazing. After having our fill of scary caves, we head further north.

The next leg of our trip would take us up to the far north of the country. We drove up, stopping in Chinoyi to visit the Chinoyi Caves and going on to Mana Pools, an amazing wildlife reserve that sits on the banks of the Zambesi River and is absolutely packed with wildlife, as well as some of the most beatutiful scenery Zimbabwe has to offer. From there we were going to meet my family in Kariba for a few days on a houseboat.

So after piling all of our things into my dad’s 4×4 we set off, our first stop Chinoyi, about an hour out of Harare. The Chinoyi Caves is a big limestone sinkhole, at the bottom of which is a deep pool of the most beautiful, clear and strikingly blue water. The bottom of it winds down through limestone caves to a depth of over 300ft, 300ft being the deepest any diver has so far dared to go.

Adjoining this big cave is a smaller set of caves through which one can climb. Aussie Health and Safety would not be very happy about the state of the place, and the fact that tourists are allowed to explore, without helmets! It is nonetheless fun to explore and the views looking down from above the pool are amazing. After having our fill of scary caves, we head further north.