After our short stay in Bulawayo we went to Matopos National Park which is nearby. It is an area filled with spectacular lichen covered granite kopies and wildlife. Its here that Cecil John Rhodes is buried, amongst yellow and orange boulders. That was where we stopped for sundown on our first night, its a beautiful spot to be buried. Under the rocks are hundreds of rainbow coloured lizards which come out when you whistle, so long as you have a few bits of food to throw them. The is also, interestingly, a little shrew who lives alongside the lizards. We remembered him from our previous visit three years ago.
Our visit to Matopos was funny in that fact that, without any conscious reference to our previous visit three years ago, we ended up visiting the exact same places, and they were not the easiest places to get to either. So, despite being entirely unoriginal, they were still very beautiful spots.
On the third day I was not feeling too hot so we headed back to Bulawayo and I was sent straight to bed, while the girls went for afternoon tea at the amazing Nesbit castle. It is a crazy old castle, built years ago by a prominent, yet very eccentric Bulawayo resident, and now restored with full medieval furnishing and operating as a very fancy hotel. When they finally got home from their tea and scones, Soph took my temperature and I had a fever. Maria quickly passed the diagnosis of probably malaria. Being something that is best treated ASAP, we picked up a treatment from the pharmacy first thing in the morning and set off back to Harare.

After our short stay in Bulawayo we went to Matopos National Park which is not far away. It is an area filled with spectacular lichen covered granite kopies and wildlife. Its here that Cecil John Rhodes is buried, amongst yellow and orange boulders. That was where we stopped for sundown on our first night, its a beautiful spot to be buried. Under the rocks are hundreds of rainbow coloured lizards which come out when you whistle, so long as you have a few bits of food to throw them. The is also, interestingly, a little shrew who lives alongside the lizards. We remembered him from our previous visit three years ago.

Our visit to Matopos was funny in that fact that, without any conscious reference to our previous visit three years ago, we ended up visiting the exact same places, and they were not the easiest places to get to either. But, despite being entirely unoriginal, they were very beautiful spots.

On the third day I was not feeling too hot so we headed back to Bulawayo and I was sent straight to bed, while the girls went for afternoon tea at the amazing Nesbit castle. It is a crazy old castle, built years ago by a prominent, yet very eccentric Bulawayo resident, and now restored with full medieval furnishing and operating as a very fancy hotel. When they finally got home from their tea and scones, Soph took my temperature and I had a fever. Maria quickly passed the diagnosis of probably malaria. Being something that is best treated ASAP, we picked up a treatment from the pharmacy first thing in the morning and set off back to Harare.