We left the bloody hot Mana Pools National Park in the morning and drove towards the capital city of Zimbabwe: Harare. As said before it’s a real challenge to get some diesel or petrol these days in Zimbabwe. On the more than 300km long road from Mana Pools to Harare there was diesel to be found, all the fuel stations were empty. There were plenty of queues but these people were just waiting until the station would be restocked. It was in Harare when we had a bit of luck by showing our US Dollars instead of using Bond Notes only. With a more than full tank and fridge, we headed to Vumba.
How green can it be
While the Mana Pools was so dry that we had about 10 kg of dust in our car Vumba was completely the opposite. When we drove towards the mountain it got so foggy that we could only see 10 meters in front of us. It made our arrival at the campsite even more spectacular. The Seldomseen campsite is situated at a height of 1600 meters and overlooks two valleys. A little cottage was built all the way at the end of the property which we could use to take a shower. We parked our car in front of it, pitched our tent and made a (necessary) fire. What a difference compared to the past few days.
Cleaning our house
After a lovely and quiet night we woke up the next morning. With that much crisp and clean mountain air in our lungs, we decided to clean the car. When we were done we took a couple of photos since we’re going to sell the car. We decided to sell it in South Africa in November or December (interested or know someone who is? Let us know 😉 ). The rest of the day was pretty much about enjoying the view on the valleys of Vumba down below. This must have been the place where we really had the feeling that we were the only ones on the planet.
Bird nerd(s) at Vumba Mountains
Most visitors come here not to clean their car but to admire the numerous special birds that fly here. What about the Livingstone’s Turaco, Robbert’s Warbler, Bronzy Sunbird and the Red-faced Crimsonwing?! Never heard of them? Me neither until our great guide Bulowezi took us around the property. He knew every single bird call, knew to identify every bird within two seconds and he even communicated with them. How professional can it get? After spotting more than 25 new birds it was time for a piece of cake at Tony’s. Tony is a local celebrity and that must have been why we had to pay 16 USD for some cake and 8 USD per cup of coffee haha. Luckily we managed to change some USD to bond notes at a good rate… This too is Zimbabwe, what a superb country!