Zambezi does it when you get away to northern Zimbabwe


Zambezi does it when you get away to northern Zimbabwe

Escape to Wilderness Safaris Chikwenya camp, a luxurious and remote tented camp on the floodplain

Sarah Buitendach

No cellphone reception. No wifi. No comms at all. The sun scorches skin through clothing and heatwaves make the air hazy. You’re hundreds of kilometres away from any town of  significant size, but deadly creatures circle. If only you knew where. Is this a modern-day nightmare? A glimpse of a future gone wrong?

Nah! It’s a bush break that only the wealthy can afford. One to which just a privileged echelon of international tourists will ever be privy. And I’m on it.

A mother elephant and her offspring wander past my tent’s gauze-covered window, slowly grazing on the brush outside it; 3m away, I top up the water with my toe and read another page of my book. I’ve climbed into an egg-shaped bath of cold water to break the intense heat of the afternoon. Then I relocate to the bed to continue reading but the oppressive temperature makes me sleepy. I doze, I manage another page, I doze some more...

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