We planned our trip for the end of the dry season when foliage is sparse and game more easy to spot. When we arrived, we found a parched land - not only because of the dry season but because of a 3 year drought. One night while in Hwange we had a nice rain and two days later the landscape changed dramatically.
The down side of being here this time of year is the heat. We did game drives early morning and late afternoon when temperatures were a bit cooler and the animals more active. Mid-day we had "siesta". We often took a nap with a wet towel over us to cool down. We knew it was going to be hot, but some days have been brutal even for us Arizona desert rats!
We have had exceptional guides. They generously share their knowledge of nature (wildlife, plants, etc.) and their culture. Mufuka is a good example. At 74 years old, he's been a guide for more than 50 years. Like many men here he has multiple wives - 3 in his case, many children and myriad grandchildren.
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